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Venetian Glamour at the Opulent Palazzo Barbarigo in Venice

Venetian Glamour at the Opulent Palazzo Barbarigo in Venice

by Kelly Sparkes on July 26, 2012

Water TaxiThe 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.

Palazzo Barbarigo EntranceThis 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.

Palazzo Barbarigo LobbyPalazzo Barbarigo Lobby Polished PlasterPalazzo Barbarigo Stairway

Mirrored Lobby CeilingThe 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.

Palazzo Barbarigo BarMr S really treated me and booked ‘Junior Suite Number 10′.  It has views of the Grand Canal and we listened to the Gondoliers singing as we enjoyed an amazing breakfast in bed.

Palazzo Barbarigo BedroomThe bathroom was definitely design over practicality.  It’s dark and impossible to see in the mirror for makeup, but it’s gorgeous with a huge shower, so I’ll let them off.

Palazzo Barbarigo BathroomMr S and I drank a spritz in the bar on this romantic, private balcony on my birthday as the sun went down.

Palazzo Barbarigo Balconyand here’s the view…

Palazzo Barbarigo Grand Canal ViewWe had a fabulous stay and can’t wait to go back to this hotel.  The perfect mix of design and luxury, it’s a unique place in a beautiful city.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Passey July 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

That is what I call a birthday treat! Mr S is one very clever husband!

The colour palette is so sexy, and I just love those velvet slipper chairs at the end of the bed that appear to be kissing (in a very cool way!) Way to do fringing too!

I loved Angelina Jolie in the Tourist (and in anything really!) And your arrival there reminds me of my own first sight of Venice in an early morning water bus with my best friend. It was one of those “heart photos” that stays forever.


Kelly Sparkes July 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm

He is, I’m a lucky girl! Did you notice the lamps with the ostrich feathers? The whole place was amazing.

I’m glad I reminded you of your trip with your friend, I love being transported back in time by a photo, song or text.



Tina July 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

So here’s a question. Where did you find Mr S????

So happy you had a wonderful time. Your husbands attention to detail is admirable. He also listens, which is refreshing!!;)

Isn’t Venice the most glorious place ever? I’ve only stayed in the usual suspects: Danieli, Excelsior, Cipriani.
Your hotel sounds fab, designer orientated and has great views. Can imagine your wonderful Breakfast in bed!!

Still can’t get over your 5wks Sabbatical! You’ll have an amazing time! x


Kelly Sparkes July 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I found him on the internet haha! I came to London, found a flat and flat mate on the internet and thought I’d give internet dating a go. Very happy I did :)

I would love to stay in all of the hotels you mentioned, I guess we will just have to go back…



Sam Lennie August 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

Aww lovely, he is a good boy that husband of yours :-)

A deep, dark mysterious looking interior, that’s beautiful even if you cannot put makeup on effectively. However surely D was only looking into your eyes, not at them while you were having a romantic time on the balcony x


Kelly Sparkes August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

He is, I’m a very lucky girl :) x


Alex Parker August 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Hi Kelly

Wow, a beautiful hotel and what a view!! I love how the interior manages to incorporate traditional Venetian elements whilst still keeping an overall contemporary feel. You lucky thing!

Alex x


Kelly Sparkes August 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Hi Alex,

It’s a very special hotel, you are right about the mix of traditional Venetian and contemporary elements, it felt very modern yet traditional :)



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