The Metropole Hotel embodies more than any other place in Venice its charming history made of mysterious legends, merchants, saints, adventurers and many precious treasures.
The Hotel is located in an ancient palace on the Riva degli Schiavoni, where among antique objects, silks and incense you can still breathe its legendary past: from the 1500s part of the important Hospital Institute for the Infancy Santa Maria della Pietà, in whose chapel Vivaldi composed the famous Four Seasons, it then became a luxury hotel in the nineteenth century where Thomas Mann wrote Death in Venice and Sigmund Freud stayed for long periods, until the Second World War when it was occupied as a military hospital.
In 1968 the hotel was purchased by the Beggiato family who, after a long conservative renovation, relaunched it in all its splendour, electing it as a temple of beauty and the Venetian arts thanks to the love of Pierluigi and Elisabeth Beggiato, and today of their daughter Gloria, for fashion and antiques.
In its rooms, East and West merge in an escalation of beauty, where every detail is a work of art. From brocade fabrics to Seguso’s hand-blown Murano glass lights, from tables made with bricole wood from the Lagoon to handcrafted brass handles and decorations from the Valese Foundry.
The rooms and suites are truly wonderful, each a different masterpiece of Venetian craftsmanship, as is the new spa inspired by the ancient Hammams.
The Metropole also houses the wonderful Orientalbar & Bistrot, the perfect bohemian-style place to indulge in a cocktail to pair with dishes inspired by Venice and the Orient among Fortuny lamps, ancient 19th-century armor and soft deep red velvet sofas dominated by the site-specific artwork signed by artist Joseph Kosuth.
While in summer, its splendid garden, with an atmosphere of the Thousand and One Nights, hosts romantic dinners and DJ sets with a pleasantly “secret” atmosphere.
The Metropole is loved by many celebrities, from Lenny Kravitz to Jovanotti, from Lou Reed to Patty Smith, who have chosen it as their Venetian “home”, perfect for experiencing the best of the lagoon city in a romantic and hushed atmosphere.
The Metropole Hotel houses more than 2,000 important antiques, including unique collections of trunks and suitcases, fans, business card holders, Belle Époque evening bags, toiletries, corkscrews, crucifixes, and headboards; each collection housed at a different level of the building. The Metropole is not just a hotel, yet a real museum, all to be discovered.