May 19, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Splendid Venice in Venice, Italy

Floating gondolas, the chime of ancient church bells, and romantic piazzas make Venice such a treasured Italian destination. Splendid Venice, part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and a member of the Preferred Hotel Group, was built during the 16th century. Located between St. Mark's Square and the landmark Rialto Bridge, this historic hideaway features 165 guestrooms. The hotel has been completely refurbished, maintaining a traditional Venetian presence coupled with contemporary appointments. Walls are cloaked in pearl gray with hand-painted wisteria accents. Lush velvets and cool silk textiles, which cover headboards and furnishings, add a most luxurious touch. The hotel's private docks jut out into the canals, allowing guests to disembark from gondolas and water taxis with ease.

As if stepping into the pages of a Hemingway novel, a stay at Splendid Venice feels like a work of art. The hotel's signature restaurant Le Maschere features a sophisticated menu of traditional Venetian dishes and million-dollar views of the canal. Ambient lighting filters from beneath red silk chandeliers at The Bar, which features sexy black lacquered furnishings and bolts of rich fabric. Indulge in red wine from neighboring Tuscany or a martini served straight up at this hip location. Sheltered by a glass roof, the hotel's courtyard is perfect year-round enjoyment. Step beyond the hotel doors and discover all that Venice embodies: the gondola museum where the same family has hand-crafted vessels for centuries, the gelaterias featuring homemade gelato, and the wine shops stocked with shelves of Italy's finest vintages.

Location of Splendid Venice

Splendid Venice
San Marco Mercerie, 760
Venice, Italy

Nearest Airport: VCE

Amenities for Splendid Venice

  • General Information
  • 165 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop Bar
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Media Room
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • WiFi
  • Solarium
  • Garden
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Car Rental
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Bathrobes
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Satellite Television
  • Televisions
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Luxury Linens
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Pillow Menu
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Mini Refrigerators
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center
  • Business Services
  • Family
  • Babysitting
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Shopping
  • Train Station
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Golf
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transportation
  • Interests
  • City
  • Culture & Arts
  • Honeymoons & Romance
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Splendid Venice

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

My husband and I were very impressed with this hotel... it provided all the comforts we love: clean & updated room, comfortable king bed, huge towels, blow dryer, robe, slippers, turn-down service with chocolates, awesome shower head, balcony over-looking a canal (room 111) and a large tv. The complimentary breakfast is excellent with a large selection of pastries, yogurt, fruit, cereal, eggs, sausage, juices, coffee and tea. The concierge was helpful in providing us with a free boat ride to Murano to tour a glass factory there. The location of this hotel is ideal because it's right in between the Rialto Bridge/Grand Canal and San Marco Basilica, both of which are less than a five minute walk. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend it.

123carriek - Moraga, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice, nice, nice! Very near the grand canal, rialto bridge, the plaza, food and shopping, bridge of sigh, murano products, high end shopping and people. Breakfast is simple but okay. Lunch was very good. Service is good. Try this one!

Lex C

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped into this place to relax amidst the hustle and bustle when it was raining and had a glass of wine with a lovely view of the canal. The price was good and it came with snacks! Sumptuous seating and nice place to relax.

treehoddy - Telford, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Splendid on a 2 night trip to Venice in April 2017. To say the city was packed was an understatement - it was like walking on the Vegas strip at the height of convention season madness. For that reason, Venice will be a "one and done" experience for both of our families. The Splendid is honestly the only thing that would lure me back. RIGHT in the middle of the city - a couple minutes walk from the Rialto bridge - it is a luxurious, quiet, charming HAVEN. The hotel is freshly remodeled, the rooms (including bathrooms), linens, etc. are A level. The rooms were quiet, and there are several sitting rooms on the first level where you can relax and recharge (with or without bar service). It would have been a welcome Oasis anywhere we were on a busy travel schedule, it Venice it was a godsend. Our teen/tween children stayed in a room down the hallway from us, and also give it very high reviews. Based on this visit, I will certainly look at the other Starhotels worldwide in future travels.

Elizabeth B

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good things first: Splendid Venice is certainly a nice hotel and we have enjoyed our stay there. Still, some aspects of our experience fell short, this is why I cannot give this property the highest rating. The biggest (and almost only) issue for us had to do with room allocation. We did a last-minute booking of a deluxe double room (next category after the most basic superior room) for three nights and have indicated (among other things) that we would prefer a quiet room. Upon arrival (at 12:00) we have been told that they are upgrading us to a junior suite but the room is not ready yet and will be available 2 hours later. No problem at all, we left for a walk and returned at the time they indicated. We were then shown a very nice junior suite (room 466) in the rear building (the hotel in fact consists of 3 buildings smartly linked to one another). The room had no view (no problem for us), but was nicely appointed and reasonably spacious. Unfortunately, we could not take this room because of the noise. Not the street noise, but the constant ventilation/equipment noise that was immediately evident as one enters the room. It was clear to us that we won’t be able to sleep here because of this buzzing noise. Thus, after spending 1 minute in the room, we had to go back to the reception and explain our problem. The receptionist politely acknowledged our protest (obviously the hotel knows about the noise problem in the rooms ending with 66 and 67) and we were then soon shown another, deluxe room that was supposed to have less noise. This room (166) was located underneath the original room and had exactly the same problem – buzzing noise. Quite frustrated (again, the hotel obviously knew the second room is as noisy as the first one) we went back to the reception and after a little waiting were shown a third room – this time a deluxe room with a view, a very generous upgrade, as the receptionist proudly announced. This third room (118), decorated in the same way as the earlier two, was facing a small canal and finally did not have the noise problem. Annoyed by all this mess and a little tired, we were happy to finally get a suitable room. The “view” of this third room is nothing I would pay extra for, but it did not have the equipment noise. The view is mostly on a building 5m away and only if one comes close to the window and looks vertically down, one could see the small canal beneath. Later, when walking around the hotel we have discovered the source of noise in the first two rooms: it was some powerful ventilation equipment installed on the ground level and using ventilation shafts going all the way up to the roof and transmitting the buzzing sound to the rooms located above the equipment. The first two rooms we have been offered (and especially the junior suite) were actually bigger and we would have preferred staying there, if not for the noise. While I understand that the hotel needs to sell all its rooms, and that Venice is an expensive (and often noisy) place, I do not see myself paying EUR 250 a night for a room where one cannot sleep because of the noise is caused by the unfortunate design of the hotel itself (no matter how nice and spacious the room is, it does not help if one cannot sleep). If anything, Splendid, should downgrade these noisy rooms (ending with 66 an 67) and market them as offering subpar comfort. Now to more positive things. Location: Splendid is very centrally and conveniently located some 3m walking from San Marco (no bridges involved), but otherwise the area us quite plain and lies on one of the busy tourist road between San Marco and Rialto (5-10min walking to the latter). It is possible to reach the hotel by a water taxi. Building: Hotel consists of 3 fully renovated plain Venetian buildings, i.e. unlike some other hotels in Venice it is not located in gothic palace with nice old architecture. Still, the contemporary design of the public areas and rooms is very tasteful and I would say luxurious, with some typical Venetian touches. I found it nice that unlike many hotels in Venice the buildings had sufficient number of elevators, meaning one never has to wait for too long. If one wants a room with a “view”, one has to make sure to get into one of the rooms facing the bigger canal at the front of the main building (rooms ending with 10 to 17, e.g. 111, 112, etc). Rooms facing the other canal have virtually no view of the water. In any case, I certainly won’t pay much extra for any of those rooms, it is not really a Grand Canal type of view. Staff and service: all staff we interacted with has been friendly and willing to help. In fact, the only problem were the “tricks” with the room allocation I described earlier, but then again this has been done friendly, politely and professionally. I was especially impressed by the restaurant staff during breakfast – they were fast and efficient in cleaning the tables and replacing the food. Porters were also always at hand to help with the luggage. There were some nice touches like a small Easter cake in our room (we were staying over Easter). Wifi was free and worked just fine, also in the room. Room and design: our “deluxe room with the view” (N118) was about 20 sq.m. and had pleasant, high-quality contemporary design, which clearly also had a connection with Venice. Everything in the room and in the marble bathroom worked. The floor was quality parquet. The room was overlooking a side canal (the hotel is surrounded with canals on two side, our room faced the smaller one) and there was some noise from traffic through the canals, but nothing serious and mostly during the day. A nice touch was to have a small bay window near the bed, this made the room visually bigger. The bed was on the small side (160x200), but of good quality (box spring with good linen). There were tea and coffee making facilitates in the room as well as a small bottle of water (complimentary, replaced daily). The room is serviced twice a day and the service seemed to be good. Breakfast: some earlier reviews complained about the breakfast, but we found it to be adequate, even if it clearly not a strong side of this hotel. While the selection and quality of food is on par with what is typically found at a 4 star hotels in Italy, it is clearly has nothing to do with luxury. I would say that it is probably fine for a 2-3 night stay, but after that becomes repetitive because of limited choice. I was missing items like smoked salmon, prosciutto crudo, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed juice, etc. E.g. selection of sweets could also be made more inventive. Breakfast is served in the three spaces, one of which is the hotel’s courtyard, covered by a sliding glass roof. Make sure that you are seated in this courtyard, this really makes a difference (and is worth a little wait)! Other two rooms are quite dark and very noisy (probably acoustic reasons), one ends up sitting in the constant noise of dishes being emptied, piled, etc. Really annoying. Breakfast staff is doing a terrific job of cleaning the tables and making sure items are replenished. Average coffee. Lobby and bar: main building has a stylish lounge/bar area with comfy couches and armchairs and big windows opening to the canal. What I found strange was that to put an order or settle the bill one has to walk to the bar counter, i.e. there is really no service when seated. The order is brought to your place, however. I found it a little weird, but works fine. Prices are not cheap, but not too expensive either, most alcoholic drinks are around EUR 10. There is also a bar terrace at the top floor which offers nice views over the roofs (nothing special for Venice, though), but evenings were too cold to use it during our stay. Conclusion/value for money: we are often in Venice and over time have stayed in some nice hotels there. Our stay at Splendid was enjoyable and we would certainly stay again, provided the price is right. This hotel is a true 4 star hotel, freshly renovated and with good service (as are other Starhotels properties we have stayed in). This time we have paid about EUR 250 for a double room with breakfast and at this price point the hotel offers good value for the money. However, if I would be asked to pay EUR 400+, I would be expecting more than this property can really provide – in terms of architecture (plain building, not a historic landmark), location (not on Grand Canal), view (small canals only, mostly building opposite), food (breakfast is just adequate) or atmosphere. If staying at Splendid it is important to make it clear to the staff that you won't accept rooms with equipment noise at the back of the hotel (numbers ending with 66 or 67). If booking a room with a view, the best are the one ending on 10-17, e.g. 117. A piece of advice about crowded places in Venice in general: keep an eye on your belongings and if possible leave them in your room locked in a safe. My wife was pick-pocketed some 300m from the hotel, thieves have stolen her wallet from inside of 2 closed handbags – all without us noticing anything and on a street with numerous surveillance cameras. Almost no money was lost, but the documents and credit cards were gone. Police does not really care (they will do a report, but that’s about it) as long as this problem mostly concerns tourists. Sadly, this is the attitude in many places in Italy – authorities pretend that theft from tourists is something like and an act of God, not something that fall under their direct responsibility. But of course they do not forget to charge a city tax of up to EUR 5 per person per day.

_Wanderer__24242_ - Zurich, Switzerland

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