Liassidi Palace, Venice
If you don’t mind paying the inflated cost of a water taxi (about €80 for a 10-minute journey), then you can arrive at the Liassidi Palace in style as it has its own private pier where you can step off your boat and walk directly into the hotel. Breakfast is served down here at canal-level and you can take a table with a view of the water and the gondolas punting past.
This four-star hotel has 31 rooms and if you are looking for a chic retreat, then you need to ask for a room on the piano noble. Here the rooms are large and airy and decorated with antique carpets and neutral fabrics with large prints on the walls. For a romantic getaway be sure to request room 205, which is a romantic suite with canal view and a large copy of Klimt’s Judith on the wall. The deluxe room next door at room 206 has the best bathroom in the hotel with a large corner jacuzzi bath. The rooms on the upper levels are a little more tired and tell of the 12 years the hotel has been running.
Across the bridge at the Ponte dei Greci, narrow alleys of shops selling Murano glass and Venetian masks and shops and cafes will take you to St Mark’s Square in about a 7-minute walk. A five-minute walk in the other direction will take you to the water’s edge of the grand canal, where you can pick up a gondola tour. Liassidi Palace has its own bar, with reasonable prices, and you can choose a table in the courtyard at the front of the hotel or inside next to the breakfast room. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs and bacon alongside continental offerings such as cakes and pastries, yoghurts, cheeses and hams. Most of the front-desk staff speak excellent English and will be able to help you with directions to wherever you wish to go in the city – they will even lend you wellies if you get caught in one of Venice’s high tides, which sees the waters of the canal flood the surrounding pavements and turns St Mark’s square into a swimming pool.
Reviewed in February 2015