With marble furnishings, a vivid colour palette and retro accents, Il Palazzo Experimental matches the elegance of its surroundings! See more about this unique hotel in Venice
It could be a Wes Anderson movie set, or a fancy illustrated postcard come to life -but Il Palazzo Experimental hotel is absolutely real and a case of love at first sight. Experimental Group’s design partner Dorothée Meilichzon has transformed what was once a jewel box renaissance palace in the tranquil Dorsoduro neighborhood, into an utterly chic hotel.
The clean lines of Il Palazzo Experimental’s common areas and 32 rooms and suites, are rich with hand-glazed tiles, custom brass and chrome lighting, Breccia Capraia marble accents and sumptuous fabrics.
Venetian design signatures like marble terrazzo Scarpa flooring, Marmorino walls and somber carved woods join a vibrant colour palette that radiates the colors of the city: terra cotta, sky blue, pale yellow, silvery grey and cream.
Located close to cultural attractions such as the Guggenheim Collection and the Galleria dell’Academia, but slightly off the main tourist path, this chic hotel in Venice is a crossroads for visitors and locals. But little do the passersby know that it also has a secret back garden that lets out onto a quiet canal served by the hotel’s own pontoon.
But what about Il Palazzo Experimental’s iconic façade? It comprises three entrances on the Canal della Giudecca: one leading to the restaurant, one to the reception area and lobby, and one to the bar, signed Experimental Cocktail Club.
For the bar’s design, young star Cristina Celestino signs a love letter to the city with a polyphony of marbles and antique mirrors, inspired by Carlo Scarpa.
The menu is a reflection of its place and time, based on seasonal and local products, with an emphasis on freshness and elevated simplicity.
Though it is one of the arteries of Il Palazzo Experimental’s ground floor, the restaurant’s seating is predominantly cute booths and banquettes, enhancing greater intimacy indoors and a sweeping terrace of tables outdoor on the canal.
Additionally, an intimate rooftop terrace looks out over the tranquil backside of the hotel, the perfect hideaway for a cocktail in the sun. Breakfast, tea and early evening drinks are also served in the back garden, with its undisturbed view of the tiny canal and pontoon.
Last but certainly not least, there’s the Ristorante Adriatica, opened in partnership with Italian Supper Club founders Silvio Pezzana and Toto Dell’Aringa. The menu is a nod to the Adriatic region -an authentic Italian gastronomic experience, through a combination of strong flavours and locally sourced ingredients.