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Hotel Palazzo Stern

Hotel Palazzo Stern

ABOVE: The Hotel Palazzo Stern has a terrace and garden alongside the Grand Canal.

Category:  Four-star hotel.

Location: On the Grand Canal in Dorsoduro, next to the Ca' Rezzonico vaporetto stop. (See photo.) Closest Alilaguna Airport Boat stop: Rialto.

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You want the experience of living--however briefly--in an historic palazzo on the Grand Canal, while experiencing modern comforts in an elegant boutique hotel.

Breakfast terrace at Hotel Palazzo SternThe Palazzo Stern has a Venetian Byzantine exterior, but its 24 rooms and suites are decorated in 18th Century style. The embroidered wall fabrics, oriental carpets, Murano glass light fixtures, and other throwbacks to  the Baroque Era are complemented by such modern touches as satellite TV, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi in every room. (You'll even find a Jacuzzi hot tub on the roof if you can tear yourself away from the waterside terrace, where breakfast is served in good weather.)

Staircase in Palazzo SternAccommodations range from single rooms to large suites, many overlooking the Grand Canal. Prices aren't cheap, but if you're partial to watching boat traffic or you want a romantic hotel for your honeymoon or getaway weekend in Venice, the Palazzo Stern should be on your short list.

Note: The Hotel Palazzo Stern isn't very convenient to Alilaguna airport boats, the Piazzale Roma, or the railway station, although you can take the Alilaguna boat to San Marco or Rialto and change to the No. 1 water bus. If you're arriving or departing by water taxi, you're in luck, because the hotel has a boat landing.

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Aerial photos:

  • In the first satellite image, the Hotel Palazzo Stern is on the left side of the Grand Canal near the white rectangle (the Ca' Rezzonico vaporetto pier) just below the Calle del Traghetto. Other landmarks in the photo include the Accademia Bridge and (above the bridge) the Campo San Stefano, which is on the main walking route to the Piazza San Marco.

  • In the second photo, the Hotel Palazzo Stern is left of the vaporetto platform and Ca' Rezzonico near the right side of the frame. If you look carefully, you'll see the hotel's breakfast terrace alongside the Grand Canal and a smaller canal, the Rio  Malpaga.

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