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Best hotels in La Giudecca
Curiously, La Giudecca, which is home to several of Venice’s luxury hotels, is one of its more workaday islands. Although it was once the island where wealthy aristocrats of the early Renaissance lived, today you will find the housing estates, workshops and boatyards of ordinary Venetians. This, of course, makes the best hotels on La Giudecca a welcome relief from the tourist hordes of the other islands. And it’s also a cool distance from the hubbub around the Grand Canal and San Marco.
The two big attractions are the Redentore, a 16th-century Franciscan church designed by Andrea Palladio - built to celebrate the city’s survival from bubonic plague - and, on the neighbouring island just a spit away, another Palladian creation: the dazzling-white church of San Giorgio Maggiore. The best hotels in Giudecca are not necessarily the city’s cheapest, but they do give a certain exclusivity.
Best hotels in La Giudecca
- Tucked away on the tip of Guidecca island, close to San Giorgio Maggiore, Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa is a converted 16th-century convent, also originally designed by the great Veneto architect, Andrea Palladio. Rooms are coolly lavish, many with private balconies, plus there’s a spa and very romantic garden.
- For the ultimate in privacy in Venice, it has to be Villa F. Sharing the same views across the waters to the city as the nearby Cipriani, it is immensely more intimate with just 11 glittering suites, private dining in each and a gorgeously secluded garden. Guests can also slip to the next-door sister hotel, Bauer Palladio (see above) to use the spa.
If you are looking for privacy when visiting Venice, the best hotels on La Guidecca should be your starting point. Neither of these suitable? Then widen the net and check out all our Venice recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa Venice 50 rooms from £304
Located on Giudecca Island this 16th century converted Palladian convent overlooks St. Mark's Basin and the Bacino. Rooms feature rich tapestries and soft silks, private balconies and luxurious marble bathrooms. There are delightful gardens and a huge spa. An utterly romantic and relaxing getaway.Cooking classes - There are cooking classes and tasting menus available.Sights nearby - St. Mark's Square is just a two minute walk away.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Villa F Venice 11 rooms from £1041
Stunning and romantic views across the Grand Canal, with grand rooms and a large, secluded garden.Views - Great views from hotelArtworksHistoricRomantic - Good for couples.