The Palazzo Barbarigo has to be the most romantic hotel I’ve ever stayed in. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, perhaps the sultry, alluring dark decoration, the expansive views of the Grand Canal or simply because it’s in Venice.
This trip was my first to the city of bridges and a complete surprise booked by Mr S for my birthday. He chose Venice because I said how much I wanted to go there after the talk by Nicolò Rubelli about his Venetian family Silk business, Rubelli at London Design Week earlier in the year. He even managed to book a hotel practically opposite their headquarters.
He’d organised everything right down to the sleek, water taxi that took us to the hotel. It was the most exhilarating and exciting taxi ride I’ve ever had. I felt like Angelina Jolie in ‘The tourist’, it was the perfect way to make a grand entrance.
The hotel is on the Grand Canal, the elegant facade and stylish black and white striped mooring poles set the scene for the interior.
This intimate boutique hotel is clearly aimed at the designer set, every detail is fabulous. I was so taken with the dark grey polished plaster that I’m going to use it our lounge at home. The mirrored ceiling adds a touch of glamour and reflects the light and views from outside.
The smokey darkness continues upstairs in the bar and restaurant. the main wall is covered in a velvet flock silk finished with twisted cord piping, so opulent. I love the way the back lit room signs look against it.
Mr S and I drank a spritz in the bar on this romantic, private balcony on my birthday as the sun went down.