Hilton Molino Stucky on Giudecca Island is a zippy five-minute boat ride (free for guests) away from bustling Piazza San Marco, and ideally located for those craving a tad more tranquility without missing out on any of those sweeping Venetian vistas. Once a working flourmill, this brick, industrial-era fortress has been reimagined as a luxury hotel with all of the modern bells and whistles. Take a break from museum hopping with a day spent surveying the city below from the city’s only rooftop pool (followed by quality time spent in the spa). Of course, with several dining options just steps from your room, you could happily spend most of your time right here.
If mixing business with pleasure, this hotel—with Executive Suites, a ballroom for events, several conference rooms, and a business center—makes for a superbly scenic day at the office.
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Take a closer look on a map and you’ll see that Giudecca Island is a patchwork of several smaller islands connected by canals and bridges. Dotted with historic homes and a few hotels, this largely residential island is a toned-down alternative to bustling St. Mark’s Square—just a five-minute boat ride away.
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Rooms: 379 rooms, 40 suites. From $210. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With a total of eight restaurants and bars at the hotel, guests certainly won’t go hungry. Breakfast at Il Molino is an international affair (everything from scrambled eggs, sausage, and pancakes, to cereals and yogurt). Other venues focus on Mediterranean and Venetian-style cuisine. Take in Giudecca Canal views over traditional cicchetti at Bacaromi; dine alfresco at the nautical-inspired Aromi restaurant; satisfy a sweet tooth with Piazzetta Nutella’s dense panna cotta or chocolate mousse, and for panoramic city views head up to the Skyline Rooftop Bar, serving snacks and signature cocktails. Spa and gym details: A dedicated Health and Wellness center offers an array of massages (also available in-room) and head-to-toe treatments, plus a Turkish bath and a sauna. The gym houses the latest in cardio and strength-training machines, and personal training sessions can be arranged.
Who's it for: Business travelers, families, and those who appreciate resortlike amenities. Our favorite rooms: Not only are they sprawling (with high ceilings and a separate living room), but the Tower Suites, set in the beautifully restored mill tower, make an excellent lookout above the Giudecca Canal and the city below. For sun lovers: The city’s only rooftop pool (open mid-May to mid-September) is guests-only, but lounge chairs cannot be reserved in advance. So snag a spot early if a day spent poolside is on the agenda.