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Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy

Location: The Cipriani Hotel is located just opposite the skyline of Venice on the island Giudecca. The Cipriani operates a free boat service to and from its private landing stage at Piazzetta San Marco, which is between the waterfront and St Mark's Square, for 24 hours a day. If the boat is not waiting next to the traditional canal gondolas there is a telephone to call it, even when the hotel is closed in the off-season. There is a charming service helping you to enter the beautiful wooden boat and the crossing of the lagoon is an enjoyable ride with a great view of the famous main waterfront of Venice. Apart from that, the Hotel Cipriani is delighted to arrange direct private transfers to or from Marco Polo Airport, which takes about half an hour, and the main railway station, which takes about a quarter of an hour. Alternatively, water taxis or the Vaporetto public boat services operate from the airport or train station to the terminal at St Mark's Square beside the Cipriani's private landing stage. Last but not least, the Cipriani's docking facilities can accommodate boats of up to 70 feet (21 meters) in length with a maximum draft of 10 feet (3 meters)

History: In the 18th century, the island Giudecca was Venice’s garden of delights. Alongside noble palazzos there were modest casinis for shorter stays. Today the Giudecca is much changed, but some of the gardens which were the favourite summer retreats of the Venetian noble families still exist. The Hotel Cipriani opened its doors in 1958 on the island of Giudecca. Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of the famous Harry's Bar in Venice, where the Bellini drink was invented, built this hotel within easy reach of St. Mark's Square and yet far enough away to guarantee peace and privacy to its guests. Thanks to the unique location and the perfect service, the Cipriani hotel enjoyed instant acclaim by the rich and famous, including Duke and Duchess of York and Hubert de Givenchy. In 1968, some adjoining land was purchased and a magnificent Olympic size swimming pool was built, which is still the only one in Venice today. Hit by the recession in the early 1970s, the Hotel Cipriani was sold to Sea Containers in 1976, whose president and owner, Mr. James B. Sherwood, was a regular visitor. In order to make the hotel more accessible to his clients in style, Mr. Sherwood and his wife bought antique trains and started to operate the Orient-Express Trains from London to Venice – probably the most stylish way to travel to the Hotel Cipriani, even today.

Rooms and Suites: The Cipriani Hotel boasts of 46 rooms and 58 suites, with lagoon or garden view which is assigned at arrival. Standard Rooms are fitted with a king or twin beds overlooking the Hotel gardens, some with private balcony. Superior Rooms are beautifully appointed with a king or twin beds and overlook the Hotel gardens or lagoon, some with a private balcony and jacuzzi. Deluxe Rooms are elegantly decorated with a king or twin beds and overlook the Hotel gardens or lagoon, some with private balcony and jacuzzi. The Hotel Cipriani has 27 Junior Suites, with king or twin beds and overlook the gardens, pool area or lagoon, some with private balcony and jacuzzi, and range in size from approximately 34 square metres. In addition there are 13 Standard, Superior and Deluxe one bedroom suites with king or twin beds, overlooking the lagoon or the gardens, some with balcony and jacuzzi, and ranging in size from approximately 37 to 85 square metres. The Palladio Suite recreates the fairy tale that is Venice in a magical space created out of light, transparent crystal and pure air. The elegant dining area allows guests to host small dinner parties served by a personal butler available 24 hours a day. The Palladio Suite has three bathrooms, each crafted from Carrara and Verona marble with views out over the lagoon.

Restaurants and Bars: Cipriani-style food is simple and freshly prepared: pasta and pastries are made in the hotel daily, including the breakfast croissants. The “Fortuny Terrace” is set in a lush flowered garden with a beautiful antique water fountain bordering the lagoon. The Fortuny Terrace is open for dinner, with seating inside during inclement weather. Children under eight are welcome from 7.30 to 8.30 pm with a special dedicated menu (while at the Cip's Club they are accepted even later) and gentlemen are expected to wear a jacket, while tie is recommended, which helps to make a candlelit dinner a memorable affair on the terrace as well as in the restaurant. The “Fortuny Restaurant” is decorated with Venetian Murano glass lamps, precious fabrics and amber-coloured mirrors and has a magnificent views of the lagoon. The informal “Poolside Restaurant” offering hors d'oeuvres from the buffet is open for lunch. “Cip's Club Restaurant” is located on the Fondamenta delle Zitelle with the most beautiful prospect across the lagoon to St Mark's Square. Cip's Club Restaurant service and food is refined but casual, and very Venetian. The Restaurant is within easy reach of Cipriani’s private pier in the Piazza San Marco, just opposite the Doge’s Palace. “Il Gabbiano” is the hotel's main bar and is located near the Fortuny Restaurant, and is perfect for cocktails before dinner or after-dinner drinks, such as the famous Bellini, Tiziano, Roger or Mimosa.

Sport and Spa: The Cipriani offers swimming, a wellness center, tennis and golf at your leisure. The large Cipriani pool of about 30 to 20 metres is the only one in central Venice and is operated with filtered salt water. In spring and autumn it is kept heated to a constant temperature of around 80°F (27°C). The pool is open from 9 am to 7 pm and children under eight have to be accompanied by their parents. The Casanova  Beauty and Wellness Center is named after the probably most famous Venetian, who once enjoyed himself in the colourful gardens of the Cipriani. Spa treatment rooms offering Babor and Balinese Ajaran massages and other relaxing therapies and open on to private terraces with fountains. One of the treatment rooms is dedicated to the special SeaCreation, using shells and special fluid sourced from the deep sea created by Babor. Workout equipment is also available. Highlights of the Casanova Beauty and Wellness Center treatments and massages range from floating energising treatments, cranial and Swedish massages and the restorative technique ScenTao massage using hot stones. The red clay tennis court, the only one in central Venice, is situated in the beautiful Venetian garden of the hotel, on the edge of the lagoon. It is at disposal from 8 am to 8 pm upon reservation through the concierge and tennis lessons are available upon request with a professional instructor. As a hotel guest you have also access to the famous Golf Course Alberoni on the Lido part of Venice once built by Henry Ford.

Address Details:
Hotel Cipriani
Giudecca 10
I-30133 Venice
Tel.: +39-041-520-7744 
Fax: +39-041-520-7745
e-mail: info@hotelcipriani.it
website: www.hotelcipriani.com

Room Rates (in Euro):
The main hotel is open from 18th March to 23rd October 2005.
High Season: 18 March - 14 April / Low Season: 15 April -23 October
Single Rooms: : € 370 / € 499 to € 499 / € 755 
Double Rooms: € 625 / € 815 to € 815 / € 1,300 
Junior Suites: € 1,090 / € 1,685 to  € 1,380 / € 2,120
Suites: € 1,650 / € 2,120 to  € 2,500 / € 3,945
Palladio Suite: € 4,700 / € 6,360 to € 5,790 / € 8,045
(All rates are per room, per night in Euros, and include full American breakfast, service and all taxes)

The cost for an one-way hotel airport transfer is approximately € 120 for arrivals / departures between 10.00 am and 7.30 pm and € 170 outside these times. This includes greeting at the arrivals lounge, porter service, private shuttle from the airport to the water taxi pier and private boat to the Cipriani hotel. 

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