Luxury in Venice at Luna Hotel Baglioni

DSCN5652 (640x480)As many of you may or may not know, I manage the Twitter account and the blog for Italian Talks, whose parent company is Baglioni Hotels. I was privileged to spend one night as a guest in the Luna Hotel Baglioni, the 5-star luxury accommodation near Piazza san Marco. What a treat for me from the moment I set foot inside the oldest hotel in Venice. This elegant 12th-century palazzo was originally a convent, a shelter for the Knights Templar during the Crusades, and later became an aristocratic Venetian palace. Today the Luna Hotel Baglioni is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Fine Hotels & Resorts, and was named on Conde’ Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2013.

DSCN5631 (640x480) (2)With an elegant entrance on a small canal,  the Luna was a short walk from St. Mark’s Square. A private landing allows for hotel guests to arrive by gondola or water taxi. The lovely Carolina Giudice, Room Division Manager, could not have been more accommodating and offered to give me a tour of the hotel. Beginning with the magnificent lobby, I knew that I was in for a treat. Tall ceilings and marble floors and columns punctuated this open space with a warm welcome. A fireplace and Murano glass chandeliers added to the opulence.DSCN5654 (480x640)Many of the original features are in evidence such as ornate stucco walls and Murano chandeliers, but every detail has been attended to so that the hotel with its 91 rooms and suites is very modern. DSCN5651 (640x480)Almost like a museum of art, watercolor paintings, period furniture, and gold fixtures can be found throughout. The stunning Marco Polo Salone, where I enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast, is one of the most beautiful rooms I have seen, and entire ceiling is frescoed with original works from pupils of Tiepolo, the famous 18th century Venetian painter. Photo Oct 17, 9 21 37 PM (640x480)I learned that in the 16th century the Luna Hotel Baglioni had been called Locanda della Luna, which means ‘inn of the moon.’

Although the hotel was fully booked, the recently opened San Giorgio Terrace Suite was vacant, so I was able to see this luxurious suite, which is priced at six thousand euros a night.Photo Oct 17, 3 53 01 AM 640 Carolina assured me that it is booked most of the time. I could only envision what a dream it would be to stay in such a luxurious space which even had its own kitchen with chef. Photo Oct 17, 3 49 33 AM 640The best part, though, was the huge furnished terrace, which overlooked the lagoon and and the island of San Giorgio. I thought I was in heaven.Photo Oct 17, 3 49 58 AM (640x479)My deluxe room was total luxury, with its marble bath and silk fabrics. I could get easily used to this fantasy, but for one night, I enjoyed the reality of opulence, glamour, and luxury.

A tempting plate of Venetian dolce awaited me as a surprise welcome. The balcony and very modern bathroom spoiled me forever.

The quiet and pleasant Caffè Baglioni was the perfect spot for me to wait for my friends, Angela and Alessandro. Maria Teresa, the maitre d and head sommelier, was happy to offer me a Spritz, the traditional Venetian drink. A small patio with a few tables extends outside and I decided to sit there and enjoy the view of the canal. A complimentary triple set of bowls filled with cashews, peanuts, and chips tempted me and I felt relaxed here.

I enjoyed conversing with Maria Teresa, who speaks perfect English. Not long afterward, Signor Gianmatteo Zampieri came out to the balcony and introduced himself as the general manager of the Luna Hotel Baglioni. His passion for Venice and his hotel was unmistakable. He could not have been more accommodating to me, and I felt like some kind of VIP. Although he was busy, he made himself accessible to me, inviting me to contact him anytime for any information I might need.

While I did not dine in the famous Canova Restaurant, I could see that it would make for a very romantic experience, just by the ambience itself. DSCN5655 (640x480)Perhaps on another visit I will be able to enjoy the fine dining experience provided by the world-renowned Chef Cosimo.

Grazie mille Signor Zampieri, for a wonderful and unforgettable experience at your beautiful hotel.

20 Responses

  1. Suzette Barnett |

    What an epic experience, thanks for or sharing. I hope to one day have such an unforgettable experience in Italy. Despite being in nearby countries many times, I never set foot in Italy because I wanted a whole trip devoted to it to give it the time and attention it deserves. That probably sounds so silly…. I’ve been following your blog so I can make sure when I do get there, I do it right.

    • imarancher

      It sounds very smart to me. Italy is the crown jewel of the Mediterranean IMHO. In history, culture, lifestyle, you name it, they have it and have had it for centuries. And they are wise enough not to destroy their ancient artifacts but to live alongside them and enjoy them forever. Very smart.

      • margieinitaly

        Yes, they have to obtain all kinds of documentation to remove any artifacts,. One reason it takes so long to build anything is that they are continually unearthing ancient ruins, so then the digging stops until what they found can be properly excavated. But it’s worth retaining all these amazing monuments and buildings.

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  3. Cindi brashear

    Hi Margie,
    Grazie for this post. What memories this brings back. I also had the pleasure to stay at this fabulous hotel, about 8 years ago. We stayed in what I think is the Giorgione Suite. It was 2 stories with 2 master bathrooms, fresco ceilings and it’s own private rooftop terrace. Simply divine! When I go to my “happy place” it’s always back to the Luna Baglioni!

    • margieinitaly

      Wow – Cindi – You were lucky too I see. Yes the views from those terraced suites are breathtaking. I also thought of you this trip since I returned to Anima Bella for a wonderful dinner.

    • margieinitaly

      Thanks so much Susan – Glad you enjoyed it. I am looking forward to your new book – I just bought it and hope to use the tips next spring when I return to Venice and Rome!

  4. greeneyewitchygirlbree55

    Your blog amazes me every time I get the enjoyment of the read. Viewing the photographs put me right there ! Anticipate each upcoming blog. Thank you for sharing, Sabrina

  5. imarancher

    When I was young I traveled. By the time I was 17 I was in nursing school. I never regretted that decision until today. Why, oh why did I not become a travel writer! Smack, smack, smack! (Sound of hand smacking forehead!) Ah well, could have been worse, I could have opted for teaching.

    You make all things foreign sound romantic, incredibly beautiful and still delightfully instructive. I would love to see more pictures of this architecture and its lovely treasures. And also the people that keep it alive and serving the travelers of this world.

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