ABOVE: The Palazzo Bembo is a 15h Century
Venetian Gothic palace that offers exhibitions and--on the top floor--an
intimate six-room hotel. INSET BELOW: A view of the Rialto Bridge and
the ACTV waterbus stop from the hotel, and the palazzo's
Location: On the Grand Canal, close
to the Rialto Bridge. Nearest
Alilaguna Airport Boat
You want atmospheric, luxurious lodgings on the Venetian waterfront, but
you aren't willing to pay for a five-star hotel.
The Palazzo Bembo may not be the Gritti Palace or the Danieli, but it's
the real deal if you're looking for aristocratic digs: The house, which
built for the noble Bembo family in the 15th Century, is a spectacular
waterfront palazzo that tourists admire as they ride up or down
the Grand Canal on the No. 1 vaporetto. (You can read more
about the building at
The palazzo's top floor--which is accessible by elevator--has been
converted into an intimate hotel with four elegantly-furnished double
rooms and two junior suites. Rates include a bottle of Prosecco
(the Venetian answer to Champagne)when you check in, free Wi-Fi, and
breakfast served in the dining room or your own quarters.
Public transportation is close by, and an inexpensive
traghetto gondola ferry to
the San Polo side of the Grand Canal leaves from the Riva del Carbon in
front of the palazzo.
In the top satellite photo, the Palazzo Bemto is on
the south side of the Grand Canal, just to the right of the Calle
Bembo. The Rialto vaporetto platforms and Alilaguna airport-boat
stop are nearby along the waterfront.
In the second photo (which was taken from the
north), the Palazzo Bembo is the large rose-colored building behind
the private boat piers. To reach the Rialto Bridge, you just walk
along the water and through the arcaded passage under the white
building next door.