Crossing over a few bridges, a walk through Piazza San Marco, and we arrived to the Hotel Metropole. When I imagined what the hotel would look like, I envisioned Venetian luxury, a living history, and a space that would welcome us to truly experience Venice. Stepping through the front doors of the Hotel Metropole, I knew my imagination would be surpassed.
Set by a canal, and along the lagoon, the Hotel Metropole is a palace that has history dating back to the 1500’s. With icons like Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Mann staying at the hotel, the importance of this palace is felt in each room. One of my favorite parts of the hotel, is how they bring the history of Venice through multiple displays of antiques. These collections of small galleries bring together a museum-like experience, with showcases of Belle Epoque evening bags, 19th-century visiting-card cases, nutcrackers and the biggest Italian collection of crucifixes.
As you step into the hotel, the Eastern and Moroccan influences in decor catch your attention in the salon. It felt as if you were stepping into someone’s tea room, reserved for special guests. Passing through the lobby, you make your way to the citrus garden — a lovely patio that I loved retreating to during the bustling afternoons. Fragrant with hints of oranges and spices, the citrus garden is also where breakfast was served each morning.
One thing that absolutely cannot be overlooked at the Hotel Metropole is its emphasis on dining. Featuring a 1-Michelin star restaurant, the MET serves Venetian cuisine, all wrapped around forward-thinking technique. Set in a beautiful room, it’s certainly a star of the hotel. In the front part of the hotel, the Oriental Bar awaits as a beautiful lounge for evening cocktails, prepared with class and care.
The Hotel Metropole has sixty-seven rooms available, each decorated with their own antiques and furniture. The Junior Suite I stayed in peered into the citrus garden, and had the most beautiful walls lined with fabric. The room was elegant, and each time I stepped in, I felt as if I was truly in a palace. An expansive bedroom set with a large bathroom and a beautiful area to place luggage, made for a comfortable space to make my own.
With Venice being the last stop on the trip, I couldn’t think of a better place to end. The Hotel Metropole brought to life the Venetian history and elegance that makes Venice so grand. With a concierge that are truly experts in arranging and tailoring the time, I was in good hands while in Venice. If you are looking for service, elegant history, and a palace set with a view, the Hotel Metropole is the place to stay while in Venice.
Bon Traveler’s Tips For Staying at Hotel Metropole
- Book a suite with a canal view, you will not be disappointed.
- For planning, the concierge is exceptional for knowing where to go, where to eat, and can arrange accordingly. I used it every single day, and it made the world of difference for the time there.
- Be a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ iPrefer program for extra perks like upgrades.
Get in touch
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4149, 30122 Venezia, Italy
*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of Hotel Metropole. As always, all opinions are own.