Hotel Metropole

Castello 4149, Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, Italy, 30122

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Hotel Metropole - entrance

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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#16 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
5
5.0
Public areas:
3.8
3.8
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3
3.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Best for Food - Expert review of Hotel Metropole

The lagoon-side Metropole offers superb dining and a touch of the Orient.

The family-owned lagoon-side Metropole has been a hotel since 1880, hosting Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann among others. Though still home to the Beggiato family’s fabulous antique collection – I find the the fans and corkscrews particularly intriguing – the hotel was refurbished in 2000, introducing what it describes as “an element of mystery and oriental elegance”.

Location: 

The wide lagoon-facing Riva degli Schiavoni plays host to many of Venice’s classic hotels, including the Metropole which stares straight across the water to Palladio’s magnificent church of San Giorgio Maggiore. It’s a short walk from here to St Mark’s, and vaporettos tie up very close by at the San Zaccaria stop.

Bedrooms: 

Most standard rooms overlook the internal courtyard (this can make them a little dark, but quiet) or the narrow rio della Pietà canal (again, relatively quiet). Then again, if you’re staying on the Riva, splashing out on a view across the lagoon makes sense: for utter luxury, go for the Damasco suite (325) with its magnificent mosaic-tiled hamman-bath. Rather less painful on the wallet, room 209 has a charming balcony allowing views along the rio della Pietà to the lagoon.

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Public areas: 

I find the luscious fabrics and fascinating details of the Metropole’s ground-floor spaces particularly inviting: half boudoir, half opium den, the rich colours and comfortable sofas set this hotel apart from many of the city’s other more predictably decorated luxury hotels.

Eating and drinking: 

At the two-Michelin-star Met restaurant (see Met), chef Corrado Fasolato creates arguably the lagoon’s most extraordinary food. You can experience a snacky version of the taste sensation with a lower price tag at the Oriental Bar, which also offers a tea ceremony each afternoon, evening aperitivi and a DJ playing lounge music on Friday evenings.

Service: 

I have experienced some off-hand treatment from some of the front desk staff, though others have been charming.

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Who stays there: 

Gourmets wanting to stick close to the Met restaurant will book into this hotel. But it’s great for travellers seeking something just a touch different in a classic location. Illustrious visitors include Grace Jones, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Annie Lennox.

Pros: 
The view across the lagoon is spectacular
Lagoon-side rooms are light-filled
Cons: 
Some of the less expensive rooms are rather pokey at this price
The busy Riva isn’t to everyone’s taste

More information on Hotel Metropole:

Price from:
£83
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Castello 4149, Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, Italy, 30122
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Castello

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