HOTEL PALAZZO GIOVANELLI & GRAN CANAL is located in the heart of Venice overlooking the Grand Canal. Situated between the splendid eleventh-century San Stae church and seventeenth-century Ca’ Pesaro palazzo, the hotel has a history as fascinating as its architectural companions. Built in the mid-1500s and inherited by the Foscarini family by the 1580s, the palazzo has not only welcomed such esteemed personages as the Mozart family and the King of Denmark, it also housed at one time an extensive collection of more than five hundred rare books and manuscripts, now preserved at the Imperial Library of Vienna. Beautifully preserved inside and out, including the interior paintings of mythological subjects by the Renaissance artist Zelotti, the hotel perfectly balances the modern and traditional, all bolstered by impeccable service rendered by a multilingual staff. Guests seeking respite from their travels in this vibrant city will find it in the hotel’s forty-one beautifully decorated rooms and suites,
where they will be greeted by an in-room welcome basket full of delicious fruits. Mixing contemporary furnishings with Old School Italian and Venetian touches like terrazzo and parquet floors, Rubelli fabrics, and Lasa marble, each is outfitted to ensure total relaxation. In fact, the only thing you’ll hear from inside your room is the gentle lapping of the gondolas along the canal from an open window or outside on the balcony—all rooms here are rooms with a view. Otherwise, all is calm and quiet. But you’re still within walking—or riding—distance to all the sites, including the Rialto district, St. Mark’s Square, and the Venice Casino. The hotel is right near a vaporetto (water bus) stop, making getting around the city a breeze. Start your day with an exceptional breakfast buffet, featuring both hot and cold items, as well as coffees, teas, and juices, and end it with a drink at the elegant lounge. When you are ready for dinner, simply check in with the concierge and they’ll be happy to make a recommendation.