Bloom B&B


Bloom B&B

We thought we were being clever with our map and the address for Bloom B&B but I hadn’t read the instructions on the email, which said to check in to their sister hotel round the corner, Locanda Fiorita. This is because Bloom doesn’t have a reception of its own. It is more like having your own private residence in Venice, with your own front door key. Although there is no lift, it was worth the effort of hauling our luggage up several flights of stairs to arrive in the sedate, sophisticated surroundings of Bloom, which occupies three floors of a building directly opposite the church of San Stefano in San Marco. Our large double room had shuttered windows looking out directly onto the church and my favourite fig Fragonard toiletries in the spacious bathroom. There are just six rooms in the B&B with three on each floor. A continental breakfast was served directly outside our door in the large hall area, which was very convenient for getting a few extra minutes in bed. But Bloom’s real trump card is the roof-top terrace and adjoining lounge area, which has views over the square and must be a real treat on a balmy summer night. A place to drink prosecco and toast the romantic city at your feet. On cooler days the comfortable lounge with unobtrusive music and plenty of books is a relaxing place to enjoy an aperitif (a fridge is kept stocked with bottles of bubbly for just that purpose).

This chic retreat is ideally situated to enjoy all the main sights of the city. Walk in one direction and you are at St Mark’s Square, in the other and you are at the Accademia bridge and the Guggenheim, Rialto is also a short stroll away. It really is like having your own Venetian residence. You can go out and pop ‘home’ again to drop off some bags, or change your clothes and then go out once more. A discreet and sophisticated place to stay in this romantic city.

Reviewed in February 2015

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.