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Everyone's buzzing about The Tourist, the soon-to-open flick starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. People are wondering if the pair will have some good on-camera chemistry and whether Jolie will kick some ass in the movie. We were dying to find out about the hotel that provided the setting for some of the film, Hotel Danieli in Venice.
In The Tourist, Elise (Jolie) meets Frank (Depp) aboard a Paris train bound to Venice and sparks fly. They hop on a water taxi to get to the island and then check into the luxe legendary hotel.
So here's a funny story: Apparently Orient-Express Hotels, which owns the famous Hotel Cipriani in Venice, just won around 7.5 Million GBP ($11.4 million) in a lawsuit they brought against Cipriani restaurants.
The terms are a bit confusing, since one would assume that the Hotel Cipriani was associated with the similarly well-known chain of Harry Cipriani's Bars and ritzy Cipriani restaurants in locations like New York, London and Hong Kong. But that's not the case. The Hotel Cipriani sued the Cipriani restaurants for the obvious: using the Cipriani name.
The brief press release on the court decision also mentions that the company behind the Cipriani restaurants has had their worldwide assets frozen. That's a huge dealare we on the verge of either a major Cipriano re-naming and re-branding, or will the restaurant company come down altogether? Of course the Venice hotel will continue to exist, rolling in their winnings.
[Photo: Hotel Cipriani]
It's no one-cent weekend, but this travel package, which includes stays in both Tuscany and Venice, is one of the most reasonable, all-inclusive deals we've seen in a while. We concede that the base price of $799 (airfare included) is slightly unbelievable—and, if you get into the nitty-gritty fine print, it truly is, depending on where you're flying from and when you travel. Yet it's still a solid deal, and there are ways to stay within a bargain basement range if you're willing to be a little flexible (and isn't that the caveat of similar deals, anyway?).
There's nothing we love more than a good booking mistake—when it falls in our favor, of course. Lucky travelers and locals who caught Italy's Crowne Plaza Quarto D'Altino's major, accidental price cut scored a weekend at the four-star resort for a mere one cent. Rooms at the hotel normally run for up to $214 per night, and its location is an accessible 20-minute train ride away from Venice.
Can we please just take a hot minute to "oooh" and "ahhh" at this view from The Hotel Danieli in Venice? Seriously.
This is actually a shot taken from the terrace of the hotel's restaurant (where the photographer, DerekLakin, took tea, if you're interested) and doesn't this sort of make that dangerous trek through the very, very nearby Piazza San Marco worth it? And when we say "dangerous," we mean "risky due to falling pigeon poo everywhere."
This hotel is part of the Starwood Luxury Collection and is "made up of three beautiful Venetian palazzi dating back to the 14th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, featuring hand-made Murano glass chandeliers, precious rugs, hand-carved marble columns, and many original antique pieces." The whole place got a big ol' renovation in '08, and the restaurant on the top floor of the hotel (where this shot was taken, we assume) was once "the viewpoint from which Venetian noblemen would once watch the arrival of merchant ships from the Orient with their wares."
Rooms here will cost you, though: they start around 510 Euros or $710.
[Photo: Derek Lakin]
For a long time, Venice Beach has been lacking in providing a hip but upscale beachfront stay. The only choices were hostels or those luxe beachfront hotels in Santa Monica at $400+ a night. Sadly, some of us just don't have that kind of cash. Nor do we want that stuffy, big-box hotel experience. And you can forget about having us spend a night in a hostel.
Thankfully, JDV Hotels have taken over the old Marina Pacific Hotel in Venice at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Windward, giving us a hipper, happier, cleaner and more affordable place to stay on the beach. It's also got a new name: The Hotel Erwin.
Yesterday in Venice, on the sands of the beach at the Lido Westin Excelsior Hotel to be more exact, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld debuted his Cruise collection for the French fashion house.
For something so elaborate as a location-specific runway show, Chanel flies in the most important magazine editors, stylist and international press, and puts them up in the best hotel rooms in the city as part of the whole spectacle. Although they took over the Excelsior's beach for the actual show, we learned from Grazia's blog that the guests were instead bedding down back on San Marco, in the Westin Europa & Regina.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Katie K celebrates Carnevale...in her mind. Enjoy.
When I drift into hotel fantasy mode, I tend to have a few requirements, depending on my mood. Sometimes paradise weather trumps all, but today I’m craving an exclusive, unrealistic adventure. You know, the sort of escapade I would have needed to plan months and months and months ago. And with that, allow me to be whisked off to Venice for Carnevale, which runs through Feb. 24. (After all, don’t you think “sinking city” pretty much defines exclusivity?)
Wedged shoulder-to-shoulder among Carnevale revelers, I’ll lose myself in Venice’s seductive mystique as I marvel at the masqueraded mobs. And when I need a break from the fray, I’ll retire to Domus Orsoni, a quaint B&B lodged in the city’s only mosaic tile-making factory.
Steps from the Jewish Ghetto in the authentic neighborhood of Cannareggio, Domus Orsoni features five rooms, each bedazzled with mosaic work (handcrafted at the on-site factory) by a different Italian artist. Maybe I’ll even sign up for a workshop to learn the traditional art of mosaic at the Orsoni studio, as I pluck from its color library (including 2,000 gorgeous hues, with 12 gold leaf varieties) to create a masterpiece to remind me of my Venetian daydream.
Prices start at 80 Euros a night for a single room.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
The Hotel Londra Palace in Venice, situated on Riva degli Schiavoni, looks onto St. Mark's Basin and is quick to boast its spectacular views on its website: "no fewer than a hundred windows on the lagoon of Venice that enable guests to enjoy a view that goes from the Salute Basilica to the island of Giudecca and the various islands dotted about in this part of the lagoon: San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Lido."
From the looks of this photo by Quasimime, Londra Palaca delivers. The photographer says that when she stayed at the hotel, she "would climb out the windows and perch myself on the ledge...like an owl." We would probably do the same thing.
During the low season, rates start around $375 USD and can climb all the way to $735 USD for just a plain old standard room so a view like this will cost you. But if sitting owl-style on your hotel room's windowsill enjoying the sight of the pretty water is priceless to you, then go for it...that is, of course, if you're willing to brave Venice with the possibility of another surge of acqua alta.
We've got a special place in our hearts for any hotel that takes up a whole island, which gives the San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort in Venice an unfair advantage when we talk about it. It's a ten-minute motorboat ride from Piazza San Marco and apparently it's not only the sexy hotel-on-an-island thing that's making guests happy.
In fact, San Clemente has also just won the Leading Hotels of the World "Guest Recognition Award of Excellence" for 2008, as well as being voted the best hotel in Europe from the group (out of a total of 250 hotels) and the second best hotel in the world.
Since they've got a New Year's Eve package going that sounds like a good time to try it out--the two-night New Year's Eve deal includes dinner and dancing, casino entry and breakfast for €1,276 ($1,600) for the two nights. Not cheap, but you get your own island, remember? No sharing with thousands of gondola-hunting tourists--we think it could be worth it.
We have to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Hotel Cipriani in Venice this year, because they're celebrating their 50th anniversary. And to celebrate they're in the middle of a three-year renovation (pity it wasn't finished for the birthday, but still).
So far they say they're nearly done with the first phase, which has involved refurbishing ten rooms and suites in the Redentore and San Giorgio wings of the hotel. They've pulled out all the stops to make these made-over rooms fancy: cashmere and silk blankets, Murano glass, Fortuny and Rubelli fabrics and some genuine Venetian artwork.
Woke up this morning after yesterday's cubicle dream and reality set in. We're not rich and/or famous. But that doesn't mean we'll never be able to make our way to Venice before it sinks.
And while we thought we'd have to trade down, way down for a hotel so we can manage to throw in a gondola ride and tix to Italy's Heinekin Jammin' Fest to see The Police, enter Arco Antico Guest House. Sweet. Despite the somewhat drab decor, Arco Antico has great guest reviews and terrific rates. Sixteenth century palazzo stay here we come.