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A small, opulent hotel in a historic palazzo
The grand lobby and hallways of this converted palazzo are filled with striking Venetian portraits, lots of marble, frescoes, and big chandeliers. Located away from the crowds, this well-kept hotel has a peaceful feel, especially in the back garden and quiet spa. The preserved hidden garden is rare for a Venice hotel, and has lawns, a white canopied area with lounge chairs (where breakfast is served in warm weather), and meandering pathways surrounded by greenery.
On the quiet northern edge of Venice, within walking distance of the train station
The Boscolo Venezia Autograph Collection is in the quiet northern edge of Venice, around a 25-minute walk from St. Mark's Square. The Cannaregio neighborhood is more popular with locals than tourists, and the restaurants and bars here can give visitors can get a more authentic taste (pun intended) of the city. The hotel offers free private water taxi service to St. Mark's Square and Murano (at specific times), and the 42 and 52 water bus lines stop nearby. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the train station.
Traditional rooms with 18th-century decor and marble bathrooms
Boscolo Venezia Autograph Collection is tasteful and opulent, with rooms containing marble bathrooms, Venetian portraits, and flat-screen TVs. The lower-level rooms may strike some as a bit plain for the price, but upgrades here result in substantially more style; the Junior Suite is a striking room with an elegant gilded headboard, high ceilings with intricate crown molding, an antique painted wardrobe, Murano chandelier, tall windows, and hardwood floors. All rooms have big marble bathrooms; some have canal views, while others face the garden.
A big, private back garden and peaceful spa
This converted palace is isolated from main attractions, but provides a peaceful retreat. A big, private back garden is a rare green space in Venice and the peaceful spa has a sauna, steam room, and hot tub (and a menu of spa treatments). A free breakfast includes a buffet and items cooked to order, and tables are located in the lobby (an area the hotel dubs a Dynamic Hall, meant to encourage guest interaction); in warm weather, guests can eat under the canopy in the garden. There is a cozy bar with wood beam ceilings as well as an on-site restaurant.
A luxurious, 72-room converted palazzo in the northern edge of Venice, Boscolo Venezia Autograph Collection is a quiet retreat from the chaotic heart of the city. The rare, private garden and spa with hot tub, sauna, and steam room are highlights. Rooms have classic decor and Venetian portraits, but upgrading to a Junior Suite gets guests more space and style -- these rooms have high ceilings and intricate crown molding. The hotel's location is far from Venice's main attractions, but it does offer free water taxi service to St. Mark's Square and Murano.
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