Our first stop in Venice was at Metropole Hotel. The first thing you will love about this hotel is that’s located right on the grand lagoon so our water taxi could pull right up to its private canal entrance. For those taking a Vaporetto, the bus stop is a half a block away. Hotel Metropole is affiliated with the Preferred Hotel Group so you know it’s nice. Actually, it’s rated four stars and has 67 rooms/suites.
The hotel has a ton of history. It started out as an orphanage and Vivaldi taught music here. Then in 1910, it became a hotel and the current owners wanted to make it stand out from the competition so they made it like a museum. Each of the three floors has a different theme with museum-quality pieces throughout the hotel and in the room. We had some antique hairbrushes and hand mirrors in a glass case in our room. Our floor had the largest collection of crucifixes I think in Europe. Even if you don’t stay here, just pop your head in and see the cases in the lobby filled with crucifixes, corkscrews, evening bags, nutcrackers, and more.
Better yet, eat at their Met Restaurant. Their chef has a Michelin star and they have a unique concept going on right now where he offers two different styles of each item on the menu. Traditional or contemporary. It’s a little confusing and expensive but the food and service are great. But my favorite meal was their breakfast buffet that had everything from the usual breakfast dishes to tomatoes and mozzarella. I loved sitting in their courtyard citrus garden sipping my cappuccino and filling my belly with Italian pastries.
BTW: I paid for this hotel using American Express Rewards, which is why we were able to stay at such a swanky hotel. Here’s more info on how you can use American Express Rewards and get into airline clubs using your AMEX card.