Under the direction of general manager Paolo Morra, SINA Centurion Palace is in the centre of the action…
Where is it? In the Venetian cultural triangle between Punta della Dogana Museum, the François Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Just a few steps away from the magnificent Santa Maria della Salute Church, the hotel faces directly onto the Grand Canal.
Style: The hotel is in the 19th century building formerly known as Palazzo Genovese in Dorsoduro. This is where one of the cloisters of the San Gregorio Monastery was located and is considered to be the oldest part of Venice.
The Palace was built in Venetian-Gothic style and overlooks an internal courtyard. Architect Guido Ciompi merges classical and contemporary design with refined Venetian glamour.
Food & Drink: Antinoo’s Lounge & Restaurant overlooks the water and serves delicious Venetian dishes. Known as the white room because of its all white decor, it has a calm and sophisticated vibe. Awarded three red forks by the Michelin Guide 2019 edition, it has also received a Cappello (chef’s hat) from the Guida ai Ristoranti d’Italia 2020 de L’Espresso.
Chef Giancarlo Bellino draws on techniques and tales of the past to create Italian cuisine with passion and flair.
The neighbouring bar is a sumptuous place to unwind and a pre or post dinner Spritz on the terrace is also a must.
History: Every corner of this fabulous city is steeped in stories and SINA Centurion Palace is awash with tales. General Manager Paolo Morra explains: “There is a link between the city of the Doges and the capital. During the excavation work a Roman coin was found. It is now in the custody of the Agency for Archaeological Heritage. The coin depicts the likeness of Antinoo (Antinous), an individual famous for his close friendship with the Roman emperor Hadrian, a lover of classical art. In honour of this discovery the owner decided to dedicate the restaurant and bar to the young Bithynian.”
Which room? Split over six floors, there are 50 rooms, 12 of which overlook the Grand Canal including the Presidential Suite. Opt for one of the canal rooms if you can.
Best for: a weekend break in the heart of the city.
Details: a superior double starts from £190 per night in low season.
Book: visit sinahotels.com.