Il Palazzo Experimental in Venice is a waterside Renaissance palace, with a signature city-view cocktail bar all the big-ticket sights nearby. Dorothée Meilichzon designed the sumptuous interiors in locally inspired shades of terra cotta and soft yellow, while retaining the centuries-old exposed beams and Gothic windows: it’s the ideal spot for watching vaporettos buzz up and down the Giudecca Canal while you tuck into plates of Venetian cicchetti on the restaurant terrace, or take afternoon tea in the secluded garden. You can summon a gondola to the private pier or take a trip on hotel pontoon – or just set out on foot and lose yourself in ‘La Serenissima’…
Artfully crafted cocktails
One cocktail each at the bar during your stay
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There are two ground-floor rooms which are suitable for wheelchair users, and all the common areas are also accessible.Il Palazzo is part of the esteemed Experimental group, including Henrietta Hotel in London and Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris.
Binoculars, for peering at the pontoons zipping along the canal (bonus: you’ll feel like a Bond villain).
Anything but stripes and straw boaters, unless you want to be ambushed by selfie-seeking tourists.
Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo 1412, Venice, 30123
0.7 mi / 1.2 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Internet services
- Room service
The Giudecca-side restaurant specialises in modern Venetian cuisine, which means you can look forward to fresh takes on seafood classics, handmade pastas, and piles of polenta. Booths and banquettes make for an intimate indoor space, and there’s an outdoor terrace for alfresco dining. Meanwhile, in the rear courtyard, you’ll find tables set for breakfast and afternoon tea.
The prime perches are on the sun-trap terrace, overlooking the Giudecca Canal.
Breakfast is from 7am until 11am; food is served in the restaurant until midnight. The Experimental Cocktail Club serves food from 7pm until 10pm, and drinks from 5pm until 2am.
There’s no room service yet, but with all of Venice to explore why stay in your room?
The Experimental Group prides itself on first-class and fiercely creative cocktails. Pick from a menu of newly imagined house drinks and sip them in the sun on the terrace, or in the Cristina Celestino–designed interior.
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