The Hotel Corcordia shares a history with Locanda “La Rizza,” an inn that occupied this same building in the 1600’s! There is a 17th century painting by Marieschi, which depicts the little piazzetta and this same palazzo. Hotel Concordia is the only hotel that faces Piazza S. Marco and for the ultimate luxury in accommodations and location, you need look no further.
We had the pleasure to meet Marina, a member of the Beggiato family, who have owned and managed this historic hotel for decades, greeting guests from all over the world. Marina’s grandfather, Tiberio Beggiato, was a close friend and contemporary of Cipriani. Together these two men shared a vision of creating luxury hotels to accommodate the many tourists that were beginning to arrive in this magical city on the water. Tiberio purchased the locanda in the early 1930’s and with his wife, Pia, they began a remarkable tradition of hospitality. Their daughter, Rosetta, took over the management and added the nearby Trieste Hotel to their complex of rooms. Acquiring foreign language skills while receiving training in hotel management, Rosetta embarked on a career still new to women of that day. Her daughter, Marina, followed successfully in her footsteps and has received local and national recognition for her superior management and warm hospitality. She recently turned over the management to her daughter, Carolina, the fourth generation of the Beggiato women to welcome guests to the Hotel Concordia.
They say that there is nothing like a woman’s touch. Our beautifully decorated room overlooked St. Mark’s Basilica. It was unfortunate that the side of the church was draped and under scaffolding, but we were still treated to a wonderful view of its dome, and the lovely, lively piazzetta below where thousands of pigeons come to drink at “their” fountain. Even with all the activity in the square, our room was quiet.
The meal prepared by the hotel’s 4-star Michelin chef was superb and dinner by candlelight with a view of an illuminated St. Mark’s will remain a special memory for a long time. From the warm and personal attention of the staff, to the ultimate location in Venice, our stay was the best, if anything, all too short. Oh, to be able to sojourn here for two weeks as travelers did in the past!
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Calle Larga San Marco, 367, 30124 Venezia, Italy
Hotel Concordia ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson