Hotel Londra Palace

This white-marble beauty occupies a prime location overlooking the waterfront promenade on the Riva degli Schiavoni. With its 100 windows overlooking St. Mark’s Basin, it’s not hard to see why the Londra Palace has been a favourite gathering place for artists, travellers and tourists for over 140 years. In fact, legend has it that the view kept Tchaikovsky inspired during the creation of his Fourth Symphony.

Hotel Londra is Ideally located just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, Ponte dei Sospiri, and for exploring other famous spots, as well as the most hidden, authentic corners of the city known as Serenissima. Water taxis and public boats are right outside the hotel front door.

The downstairs is crisp and contemporary with the lobby and salons sporting the sort of restrained elegance that is becoming the modern international style, in this case designed by the architect responsible for Versace’s retail spaces. Upstairs, the 53 spacious guest rooms have been individually decorated in the 19th century Biedermeier style. Full of 19th century antiques and furnishings including elegant upholstery, brocades and pink marble bathrooms. Superior rooms look out over the courtyard or the city, while deluxe rooms have the more desirable lagoon view, and the suites boast with terraces high above the lagoon, offering a jaw-dropping spectacle.

Do Leoni restaurant is a temple to Venetian cuisine, thanks to the artistry of chef, Loris Indri, combining the traditions of classic Venetian fare with creative flair. The elegant dining room enhances the culinary experience with décor including crystal chandeliers and original paintings. The extensive wine and champagne list created by the Maitre-Sommelier Samuel Basto offers a selection of prestigious labels.

The splendid veranda facing Riva degli Schiavoni is the ‘secret’ ingredient that turns this hotel into something more unique. An ideal place to experience cocktail time, an authentic Venetian rite. It is performed by Marino Lucchetti, Marco and Marcella in a relaxing surrounding, mixing local tradition with an international spirit.

Source: Holly Garrad-Cole

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