This exceptional 5* Hot Rate hotel embodies Venetian glamour and elegance, ensuring an unforgettable city break to the ‘Floating City’. Despite being one of the finest hotels on Giudecca Island, Hotwire customers are able to take advantage of exclusive deals on its spacious and beautifully appointed double en-suite guest rooms, meaning that luxury accommodation needn’t come at premium prices. Owing to its extensive onsite business centre, this hotel is the ideal location for conferences and executive meetings, as well as for relaxing retreats. Hotel guests are free to relax by the pool or at the nearby Lido beach, in addition to dining in the authentic Italian a la carte restaurant or working out in the fitness centre.
Situated south of Venice in the sparkling Venetian lagoon, Giudecca Island is one of the city’s most sought-after resort locations. Separated from the city by the Giudecca Canal, the island boasts breathtaking views over both Venice and the Lido. With its excellent links to the city via Vaporetto or public water taxis, tourists are only ever a few minutes from Venice’s world class architecture, bustling plazas and breathtaking basilicas.
Located just to the east of Giudecca is San Giorgio Maggiore island, dominated by its picturesque Benedictine church crafted from brilliant white marble in the quintessential Venetian renaissance style. Designed by arguably the most influential figure in Italian architecture, Palladio, the interior of the church is adorned with vibrant frescoes and intricate paintings, making it a must-see for art lovers and cultural enthusiasts. The tiny island is also home to the Teatro Verde, a popular open-air theatre which regularly puts on classical music recitals and Shakespeare plays against the idyllic backdrop of the lagoon.
Venice’s main thoroughfare, the Grand Canal, is easily accessible from Giudecca by hopping on one of the regular water shuttles leaving from its main port to Riva degli Schiavoni, the nearest stop to the world famous St Mark’s Square. Venice’s most popular public square is most notable as the locale of the iconic Basilica di San Marco and its imposing Campanile. Completed in 1093 in the opulent Byzantine style, the church is widely considered as the ultimate symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Embellished with gold leaf mosaics, gilt ceilings and intricate hand-made stained glass, the basilica has attracted the nickname of ‘Church of Gold’ and is undoubtedly the city’s most awe-inspiring historic landmark.