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5 extraordinary, art-filled hotels to book during the Venice Biennale

Until November 27, the 52nd Venice Biennale has transformed the floating lagoon city into an art-filled wonderland. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, who is also the director of the High Line in New York, the extensive exhibit is themed “The Milk of Dreams,” which references the 1950s children’s book by surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. “Carrington’s stories describe a liberated world, brimming with possibility,” Alemani said in a statement. Despite the dire circumstances that much of the world is currently facing, Alemani has created an optimistic and hopeful show “that celebrates art and its ability to create alternative cosmologies and new conditions of existence”.

While the main event takes place at the Giardini, home to the historic national pavilions, and the Arsenale, the city’s former shipyards, the entire city is packed with satellite shows and side events. Over the next few months, Venice’s maze of bridges, canals and alleys will lead visitors to stunning palaces at almost every turn.

After you’ve spent the day soaking it all up, these unique accommodations not only offer a place to settle in with a spritz and find respite from the crowds, but also incredible art and design elements worthy of a lifetime. any museum.

Whether you’re in town for just 24 hours or a full week, Gallery has brought together the most spectacular hotels perfectly suited to art lovers.

A suite of Palazzo Gritti. Photo: Courtesy of the Gritti Palace

1. Gritti Palace

The grand dame of Venice’s scenic Grand Canal, the legendary Gritti Palace has long been one of Italy’s most iconic properties, attracting travelers from around the world in search of the romance and magic of Venice. Its history dates back to 1475, when the noble Pisani family, who resided in Palazzo Gritti, transformed the building into its current Gothic form. In 1525 the building became the private residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, and in the centuries that followed became home to a host of other noble families. Converted into a hotel in the 19th century, the property still displays many of its original works of art. Returned to its former glory in 2013 through a meticulous $35 million renovation, the interiors have been revamped by Donghia Associates, part of famed textile house Rubell Venetian. The 61 rooms and 21 suites are full of traditional Venetian design elements — think rich embodied wall tapestries, velvets, unique period furniture, handcrafted Girandole mirrors, and plenty of Murano glass.

Point: Opt for the so-called Peggy Guggenheim Suite, which General Manager Paolo Lorenzoni says is one of the most sought-after rooms. The expansive, light-filled corner space offers direct canal views of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, home to her famous collection of 20th-century art, ranging from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism. In a nod to the modern style and eclectic style of the Guggenheim, the suite includes a handful of furnishings inspired by those found in the museum. More contemporary than the rest of the hotel, with its abstract paintings, library overflowing with modern art tomes, and bathroom entirely clad in painterly green and white Carrara marble, the Gritti’s Peggy Guggenheim suite is the ultimate stay for art lovers.

2. Ca’ di Dio

The latest edition of La Sérénissime is the Ca’ di Dio, a refined and elegant 66-room hotel designed by Patricia Urquiola, interior designer of Spanish origin and based in Italy. Located off off the beaten track, along the Riva degli Schiavoni (which is conveniently close to the Arsenale), the The hotel has just reopened after a major restoration and redevelopment project. While there are sections of the hotel that date back to antiquity, there’s nothing old-fashioned about this gorgeous property, which is a contemporary take on a traditional Venetian home. In the grand entrance hall, visitors will be immediately impressed by the large-scale Murano glass chandelier commissioned by Urquiola herself, as well as a series of ancient statues and porticoes once housed in ancient churches. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, especially during the busy summer months, there is a sense of quiet serenity throughout. All spacious rooms feature polished stone floors, exposed beams, upholstered paneling, Murano glass lamps, and a soothing palette of turquoise and green. Rare for Venice, the hotel also has a series of large garden courtyards shaded by Magnolia trees where guests can linger over breakfast and plan the day’s artistic pursuits.

Point: Check into one of the Altana suites, which have a staircase leading to its own private roof terrace, and don’t miss the organized day trips to the neighboring island of Murano to learn the fascinating art of glass blowing.

3. Il Palazzo Experimental

Located in the former headquarters of a shipping company on the sunny promenade of Zattere, Il Palazzo Experimental is part of the Experimental hotel group, the French hotel brand with a growing portfolio of restaurants, bars and hotels around the world. The Venetian hotel features a design that heavily references the city’s patterns and architectural details while staying true to a contemporary aesthetic. The Renaissance-era palace stood empty for many years, and many of the original features, such as the bedroom doors, have been preserved and updated with a fun, whimsical, and maritime energy. This is the idea of ​​Dorothée Meilichzon, who added a seaside touch to the 32 rooms and suites. Terrazzo floors that pave the lobby nod to beloved local architect Carlo Scarpa, while sumptuous fabrics by Venetian brand Rubelli cover bespoke furniture in the bedrooms and the retro cocktail bar, designed by Cristina Celestino.

Point: Located in the artistic district of Dorsoduro, don’t miss the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Accademia or the “Surrealism and Magic” show curated by Grazina Subelyte at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, both a short walk away.

Cooking the world at Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice. Photo: Agostino Oslo

Subodh Gupta, “Cooking the world” in Venice. Photo: Courtesy of Belmond Cipriani

4. Belmond Cipriani

Located on the beautiful island of Giudecca, the 96-key Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers views of the Venetian Lagoon and faces San Marco. Breathtaking property is the very definition of luxurious perfection. Plus, central Venice can be easily reached in five minutes with the hotel’s free private launch.

Point: Belmond has launched an exciting partnership with the internationally renowned art gallery Galleria Continua. Be sure to visit Cipriani‘s Casanova during the Biennale, where renowned Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s monumental installation ‘Cooking the World’ transformed the space.

Tiziano Suite at the Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice.

5. Baglioni Hotel Luna

Dating back to the 12th century, the Baglioni Hotel Luna is considered the oldest hotel in Venice. It began life as a church and hosted the Templars of the Crusades in 1118. In the 16th century the property was known as Locanda della Luna, or the Inn of the Moon. The destination has just reopened after an extensive overhaul of the property, just in time for the summer reason. There’s also a new restaurant, Canova Restaurant by Sadler, helmed by celebrity star chef Claudio Sadler, while the property’s common areas have been redesigned, including the Canova lobby, lobby, reception and bar.

Point: Don’t miss breakfast, which is served in the magnificent Marco Polo Ballroom under frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and his students created in the 18th century. Masterpieces by Italian Renaissance painters adorn the entire room in pink and blue hues.

Cover: Palazzo Gritti.

Photo: Courtesy of Palazzo Gritti