If Venice is the most romantic city in the world, the night is the moment in which it releases all its magic and charm, reserved for the lucky few who can experience the privilege of staying in its secret residences. Those hotels, still truly Venetian, that allow you to feel the city’s poetry, impeccable both in the service and in the aesthetic suggestions.
Therefore, we share with you a very well-kept secret: the top family-run hotels, an essential feature, in addition to the beauty of the interiors, to enjoy the perfect stay, savoring every detail of your holiday: from the glass of bubbles offered as soon as you enter the foyer, to breakfast prepared for you as if you were the only customer, from rose petals scattered on the pillow to a restaurant service worthy of a sultan.
Corte di Gabriela
Here love is definitely at home: the one between Gian Luca and Gabriella, the hosts, but also that for Venice, so much so that they decided to leave everything behind in Brianza and create here in Veneto their kingdom made of fine gourmet hospitality, as well as that for the territory, just think that Corte di Gabriela is the only structure in the city to have obtained the European Eco-Sustainable Hotel Certificate (everything is designed from a green perspective so that the fragile lagoon eco-system is totally preserved). In addition to the wonderful and original interiors that marry the Venetian 19th-century style with international design pieces, the hotel offers one of the most romantic breakfasts ever: prepared by Gian Luca himself who, a skilled chef, transforms the suggestive internal courtyard into a Parisian style patisserie with elegant cloches that hide delicious homemade cakes and sweet and savory delicacy. While in the evening the refined cocktail bar comes to life, where atmospheric music is never lacking, often played live.
For further information: VS article with photogallery or www.cortedigabriela.com.
One of the very few still family-owned and operated 5-star luxury grand hotels in the world. The hostess of this oasis on Riva degli Schiavoni, suspended between the splendor of the Venetian 18th-century and the most precious treasures of the mysterious East, is the splendid Gloria Beggiato who looks after every corner of the hotel as if it were her living room. A great patron of arts and collector of vintage clothes and accessories, for years she has been carrying on the passion handed down to her by her parents for fine antiques. The Metropole is, in fact, also a museum that houses the largest Italian collection of crucifixes, the most important European of fashionable fans, as well as a vast collection of trunks, handbags, corkscrews, and many other wonderful objects. The hotel is home to the famous MET Restaurant & Rose Room, truly stunning with its boho-chic style, and the Oriental Bar, famous for its superb cocktails. It is no coincidence that the Metropole has become the second home of many celebs and hosts some of the most glamorous private parties in Venice!
For further information: VS article with photogallery or www.hotelmetropole.com.
Ca’ Maria Adele
It could be sufficient to say that it has been awarded several times with international awards as the most romantic hotel in the world or for the sexiest room on the planet. Indeed, there is much more to tell. Ca’ Maria Adele is, in fact, the kingdom of Alessio and Nicola Campa, heirs of an ancient family of Murano glass masters, refined aesthetes & interior designers who here in Dorsoduro, in one of the most beautiful areas of Venice just in front of the Basilica della Salute, have created an oasis of exquisite good taste and comfort. In addition to the beauty of the interior, which changes seasonally with ever new themed settings, the boutique hotel has become a favorite among the jet setters thanks to a retro-style service ready to fulfill (almost!) every wish. Even breakfast is a unique treat: completely à la carte with a mise en place worthy of a king, you can choose the night before not only what to eat but also where to eat it.
For further information: VS article with photogallery or www.camariaadele.it.
This delightful, small hotel is a pearl of the most authentic Venetian hospitality history. The Romanelli family has in fact managed the Flora for more than fifty years. A legacy collected in 2002 by Gioele and his wife Heiby who take care of each corner of it with love, while keeping intact its charm of a Venetian residence of the past. From the secret garden, which welcomes you for breakfast, an aperitif, or lunch break, to the rooms with a démodé atmosphere with boast all the comforts of ancient aristocratic residences with Simmons beds, linen in precious Rivolta Carmignani yarns, and natural courtesy line from Ortigia Sicily.
A truly “Venetian” allure that also extends to an impeccable concierge service that led Gioele and Heiby to create INSIDE VENICE, a Venice guide made by Venetians to pamper their guests with alternative routes to help them discover the authentic city that still exists but which is increasingly hidden.
For further information: www.hotelflora.it.