PALAZETTO MADONNA, VENICE
A large double bed with a deep pink bedspread, a bottle of prosecco on ice and a small balcony directly over a canal. This is what you want from a luxury Venice hotel. Although our room at the Palazetto Madonna was small, it was perfectly formed. A large mirror facing the bed concealed the flat-screen television behind and although our bathroom was across the hall, it had deliciously scented Hermes toiletries and a powerful shower. One of the hotel’s suites looks out over this garden, while another looks out over the canal. Breakfast was a delight with a machine that freshly squeezes your orange juice for you, American pancakes, parma ham and buttery croissants.
Palazetto Madonna is in an interesting part of Venice, near the San Toma vaporetto stop in the San Polo district. It is a little removed from the touristy area around St Mark’s Square and walking around the nearby streets you get an insight into the real Venice, with it’s narrow alleys and canals. The hotel surrounds a central courtyard garden, where you can take breakfast in the warmer months. The main attraction close to Palazzetto Madonna is the Basilica dei Frari, which is one of Venice’s greatest churches and one of only three built in the Italian Gothic style. It is also the resting place of the Renaissance painter Titian. Also within easy reach of the hotel is the Rialto Bridge and it’s surrounding market, and a vaporetto will take you to all the other main sights of the city.