Evenings seem enchanted in this opulent 1540 palazzo, with staff fluffing pillows, plying guests with prosecco, arranging water taxis to the opera and plotting irresistible marriage proposals. Classic guestrooms feature kingly beds, silk-damask-clad walls, Murano glass lamps and wood-beamed ceilings. Frescoed superior rooms have 18th-century vanities and canal vistas. Breakfast is served in the tree-shaded, lily-perfumed garden.
Set in a former Doge’s 16th-century residence, Hotel Palazzo Abadessa overlooks the Santa Sofia Canal in Cannaregio, It offers a peaceful garden and rooms with Venetian views and antique furnishings. Rooms at the Abadessa are air conditioned, and include a minibar and satellite TV. Most feature original 18th-century furniture, frescoed ceilings and silk wallpaper. Hotel Palazzo Abadessa offers an extensive continental breakfast, which can be enjoyed in the private garden in fine weather. The staff serve local pastries, Italian ham and freshly made cappuccino. The Abadessa Palazzo’s public areas have Murano-glass lamps and Persian carpets. Guests can sip a drink in the bar while admiring views of the canal, and free Wi-Fi is available. The property is just a few steps from the Ca d’Oro Museum and 600 metres from the Rialto Bridge. Venezia Santa Lucia Station is a 10 minute walk away.