Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Tucked down a quiet side-street in the Cannaregio district, Palazzo Abadessa is one of Venice’s best kept secrets. The building dates back to the late 16th-century, and stepping through its doors into the marble-floored atrium is like stepping back in time, as you are surrounded by frescoed ceilings, antique furniture and paintings from the Tintoretto school.
A sweet and savoury breakfast is served in the breakfast rooms, or in the garden in the hotter months. Although there is no restaurant on site, the staff will be more than happy to recommend their favourite eateries close by.
The 15 guest rooms are opulently decorated with antique furniture ranging from Murano glass lamps to 18th-century Venetian mirrors, and some rooms have original 16th-century frescos dating from the time of the Palazzo’s construction. It’s worth noting that, due to the historical nature of the building, none of the rooms are exactly alike.
Although the canal that the hotel overlooks is small, it can get noisy at times so we recommend requesting a garden-facing room if you are a very light sleeper.
Palazzo Abadessa is located in the Cannaregio district, which is slightly quieter than the main tourist areas of Venice, so it is a fair walk to some of the more famous sights. There’s plenty to do on your doorstep, however. The historic Jewish Ghetto is only a 12-minute walk from the hotel, and the dazzling Ca’ d’Oro, one of the finest palazzi in the city, is just around the corner.
The private garden of Palazzo Abadessa is the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring the canals, and is almost as beautiful as the interior of the hotel, with plenty of leafy shade, fragrant flowers, and marble benches.