Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel
An island oasis just minutes from central Venice
What it is
A glamorous resort and long-standing Venice classic.
What it isn't
Convenient to the rest of the city: most sights, shops and restaurants are all at least a boat ride away.
What we think
Venice’s most famous hotel stands apart not just because of its popularity with the high-net-worth and celebrity crowd (George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin held their nuptials here). It’s literally separated from the rest of Venice, located on the tip of Giudecca island across from the Piazza San Marco. That makes it slightly less convenient for shoppers and sightseers, but it makes it a welcome oasis after a day battling the heat and crowds of the city. Unlike other Venice hotels, the Cipriani is really a private resort, with an Olympic swimming pool (the only one in central Venice), a red-clay tennis court, manicured gardens, La Prairie spa, children’s club and spacious rooms, all with private balconies or terraces. The decor is grand and authentically Venetian, with parquet flooring, silk lampshades and upholstered headboards. Note that rooms are slightly dated, and only those in the Palazzo Vendramin annex have views of the city. But the Old World ambience is what counts here, and the view at poolside lunch—gorgeous, tanned, impeccably dressed jetsetters—is unbeatable.
You're here because
You’re less interested in heavy sightseeing than in having a resort-like experience within easy reach of the city.
Loaded down with shopping bags, you stand on the Cipriani’s private dock next to the Piazza San Marco as Shirley, the hotel’s mahogany launch, pulls up, ready to whisk you back to the cool quiet of the hotel.
Restaurants & Bars
Oro Restaurant - Italian-inspired, Michelin Starred Chef Davide Bisetto
Enoteca: La Via Della Sete - Cicchetti (small Italian snacks)
Cip's Club - Italian
Porticciolo Pool Restaurant - Light Cuisine
Enoteca: La Via Della Sete - Traditional Venetian Wine Cellar with tempting Italian snacks
On the island of Giudecca, a five-minute ride on the hotel’s private launch to the Piazza San Marco.