Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.


Bauer Hotel

This buzzing momentous hotel modernises traditional grandeur. European art-deco furniture and contemporary artworks energise the traditional charm of this 16th century palazzo. There are 91 plush rooms and 18 luxurious suites, and the hotel’s location is often described as “perfect”. Guests enjoy privileged access to the hotel group’s other residences, including the breathtaking rooftop jacuzzi in the opulent Bauer Palazzo next door, the vast spa in the Bauer Palladio on the opposite of the Grand Canal, or exquisite dining at De Pisis restaurant. Borrow the doorman’s hat and take a bow to the luxe of the Bauer Hotel.

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 View Map ... San Marco 1459, Venice, Italy
Charming House DD724

Relax and unwind with Italian luxury and sheer comfort at the Charming House DD724. This boutique hotel features classic Italian artworks, sculptures and photography. The 7 charming rooms are decorated with exquisite attention to detail and alluring features including cosy fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams and magical views of Venice - some even have views over Peggy Guggenheim’s gardens. Located in the heart of Venice, Charming House DD2724 is refined and totally charming.

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 View Map ... Ramo Da Mula, 724, 30141 Murano, Venice, Italy

In the treasure chest of hotels in Venice, Novocento is a gem. You will quickly fall in love with the inherent charm of this boutique hotel where each of the large 9 rooms are décorated with original furniture and tapestries from the Mediterranean and the Far East, mirroring the owners’ extensive travels. The location is near perfect, being just a stone’s throw away from St Mark’s Square, yet peaceful enough to be away from the thronging crowds. It is an enticing and seductive addition to the romance of Venice.

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 View Map ... San Marco 2683 /, 84, 30124 Venice, Italy
Palazzo Barbarigo

With a private landing on the Grand Canal, your arrival at Palazzo Barbarigo will be handsomely James Bond-esque. Once a beautiful 16th century palace, this hotel has been refurbished, acutely polished and reincarnated as an alluring design hotel. The 18 guest rooms are art-deco inspired and uniquely designed, and most rooms dramatically have Grand Canal views. Could a Venetian residence get more romantic than this? We love it.

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 View Map ... 2765 San Polo, Venice, Italy

what we think

The hedonist traveller will enjoy arriving at a waterfront palazzo on an elegant private motorboat. Although this sounds fanciful, it is “de rigueur” in Venice. A gondola ride through the captivating canals that straddle the ancient walls is definitely recommended. Inhaling the beauty of the magnificent Piazza San Marco square with a glass of prosecco is equally mesmerizing. Venice is an architectural marvel and oozes charm. Its bridges are inspiring and its maze of tiny streets are perfect to get lost in. It has canals of every shape, size and mood and is arguably the most romantic city on the European merry-go-round.