Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth
ABOVE: The Gabrielli Sandwirth's Venezian
Byzantine façade. INSET BELOW: The palazzo courtyard, and a
water taxi arriving at the hotel.
Location: On the Riva degli
Schiavoni, facing boat piers and St. Mark's Basin.
Alilaguna Airport Boat
stop: San Zaccaria.
You want a waterfront room in a 14th Century palace near the Piazza San
Marco, but you aren't ostentatious enough to spring for a five-star
you're looking for an historic property with authentic Venetian
atmosphere, the Hotel Gabrielli Sandwirth fits the bill. From the moment
you behold the palazzo's Venetian-Byzantine façade,
the ornate lobby, and the stone-paved courtyard with its ancient
wellhead, you'll think you're on a movie set--especially if you've seen
Blame It on the
Bellboy, a 1992 comedy that starred Dudley Moore, Richard
Griffiths, Bronson Pinchot, and the Gabrielli Sandwirth.
the guest rooms maintain the traditional theme, with plenty of dark
woods and Murano glass light fixtures to remind you that the Gabrielli
has been serving visitors to Venice since 1856.
Later, when you're in a mood for fresh air, you can have a drink on the
Riva, enjoy views from the roof terrace, or explore the hotel's
surprisingly large garden. (On warm days, breakfast is served outdoors
in the courtyard.)
The top satellite image shows the Doge's Palace
(next to the Piazza San Marco) on the left and the Hotel Gabrielli
Sandwirth in the lower right corner of the frame.
In the close-up photo, the Gabrielli Sandwirth is
the historic palazzo with the orange umbrellas, behind the
words "Riva degli Schiavoni."