Hotels We Love...Londra Palace, Venice

To conclude our tour of Italy, we stayed in the posh Hotel Londra Palace. We really went all out in booking this little gem!

The easiest way to find your way through the twisting streets and canals of Venice is to follow signs toward the big attractions. Since the Londra Palace was just on the other side of St. Mark’s Square, it was always easy to find our way home. We arrived via train, and opted to walk across the city to our hotel to get a good lay of the land, rather than taking a boat. It was a solid 30-minute walk, and we were once again happy to have our luggage on our backs as we traversed some of the narrow, tourist-packed passageways.

We were greeted with a sweet note and bottle of champagne from the hotel staff to celebrate our honeymoon. They really thought of everything!

The room was lovely, with a quaint sitting area, comfy bed, and a wonderful bathroom, complete with a deep tub that was nice to soak the muscles in after carrying our bags across the country!

We loved the versatility of our room – we could open the doors to our Juliet balcony to let the breeze in and people watch with a glass of wine in hand. When it was time for bed, we could close the medieval-style shutters to block out the sounds of the boats and street performers for a relaxing, quiet sleep.

The pros:
Um, can we say everything? We were certainly pampered here. The balcony, the room, and the breakfast were winners.

The cons:
We didn’t quite live like the locals. Next time we might seek out a more down-to-earth place to stay.

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Insiders tip: ask at the front desk for access to the rooftop deck at dusk to take in the bells ringing across town.

Waking up to the sound of the quiet lagoon was so nice – we could throw open the shutters and see the first gondolas setting off for the day.

The breakfast was served on the terrace directly under our balcony. Breakfast started with fresh squeezed orange juice and homemade croissants, followed by a huge assortment of delectable breakfast options. It was the first time Paul had his favorite, scrambled eggs, during our entire time in Italy!

We had an especially early view of the area on the morning of our departure…we got the first water bus (Alilaguna) over to the airport, which departed just steps from our hotel door. While we were checking out, the concierge even brought us some espressos as a nice caffeinated sendoff. We loved this hotel for being the cherry on top of our honeymoon in Italy. If we go back to Venice, we may try out another more down-to-earth place to live more like the locals, but wouldn’t trade this visit for anything ☺