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Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca, Venice 

10 Giudecca
Fondamenta San Giovanni
Italy 30133
Tel: 39 041 520 7744
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Cloistered among sweeping, verdant grounds on the island of Giudecca, across the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco, the Cipriani is a luxurious world unto itself. It's frequented by the ultrarich and the ultrafamous—many of whom never even bother to take the hotel's private launch across to the bustle of Venice proper. For them, the Cipriani, with its restaurants, bars, tennis courts, spa, and Olympic-size saltwater pool, is its own destination. The decor in the public spaces and 104 rooms is mostly opulent, with lashings of silk brocade, murals, frescoed and gilded ceilings, and all-marble bathrooms—though bedrooms not yet touched by an ongoing refurbishment effort are (at this price) frustratingly faded. The service is formal, at times even a little frosty. If you simply can't cope without a private butler and space for an entourage, opt for the 11-suite Palazzo Vendramin or the five-suite Palazzetto Nani Barbaro, across the garden from the hotel. But be sure to book far in advance: These mini-palazzi are popular with visiting sheiks and their security staff.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"Get away from Venice's bustle at this intimate hotel" on Giudecca Island, a short gondola ride from St. Mark's Square. "Spacious rooms" have walls painted pastel or hung with damask. Fortuny serves pasta on a garden terrace with an antique fountain. While "spa treatments are outstanding," the "facilities are small and not as elegant as the rest of the hotel." Staff "never left us wanting."

(65 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.1
  • Design: 87.2
  • Food: 84.6
  • Location: 89.7
  • Rooms: 88.3
  • Service: 90.9

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa, Tennis

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