Venice has been the allure of elite travelers for centuries and now with a host of new suites, luxury on the lagoon is having yet another renaissance.
By Scott Goetz
BAUER IL PALAZZO
Key selling points | This suite’s rooms were once the palace’s first floor receiving rooms, where owners displayed their wealth to impress visiting nobility. The suite includes a spacious ballroom with 17th-century original stucco, 16-foot ceilings, marble floors, five Gothic windows, and a terraced balcony that overlooks the Grand Canal, the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Santa Maria della Salute Church, and St. Mark’s Basin.
Standout service | The hotel created a private traditional Venetian dinner in the suite for royal couple Charles and Camilla.
Style | Ornate 17th-century Venetian luxury, by Francesca Bortolotto Possati, 1999
Special amenities | Interiors with Bevilacqua and Rubelli fabrics, Murano chandeliers, toiletries handmade in Venice by Santa Maria degli Angeli, pillow menu, 46-inch Hantarex TV, custom minibar with top wines and liqueurs, chocolates handmade by the executive chef, fine wine, and champagne
Square footage | 1,076
Number of bedrooms in suite | One
Number of bathrooms | Two
Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 72, including 34 suites
Who’s slept here? | Elizabeth Taylor, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Al Pacino, Queen Rania of Jordan
Nightly rate | $20,250
Location | San Marco, 1413/D
Contact | Reservations Manager Davide Buccheri, 39-041-520-7022; email@example.com; www.ilpalazzovenezia.com