The Metropole, like most palaces in Venice, has a long and rich history. Many centuries ago, it housed one of the biggest orphanages of Venice, offering assistance to women and children. In the 17th century a small church was added and here the young girls were given music lessons by one of the world’s most renowned composers, Antonio Vivaldi! Following extensive renovation work in 1880, the palace was converted into a hotel. From 1970 onwards, Hotel Metropole has been owned and managed by the Beggiato family who have distinguished themselves in the hotel business of Venice (see Hotel Concordia).
The temptation to stay within the extraordinarily beautiful ambience of Hotel Metropole is every bit as strong as the lure of Venice outside the hotel doors. Hospitality reigns supreme here and guests are made to feel comfortably at home amid the luxuries – sumptuous décor, fascinating art and antique collections, soft piano music, cozy tea times and fabulous fare in its elegant dining room.
The Met Restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Star, earned by Chef Corrado Fasolato, who creates a fanciful fusion of flavors, taking inspiration from both the East and the West. It is certainly a splurge to stay here and well worth it. At the very least, stop in for afternoon tea or make a reservation for dinner – it will add immeasurably to your memories of Venice.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4149, 30122 Venezia, Italy
Hotel Metropole Welcome ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson