Early November 2018, I stayed for the second time at the Sina Centurion Palace in Dorsoduro. It was as memorable as our first stay in June. Sina Centurion Palace is a luxury hotel in all senses of the word. You will notice it in the façade on Canal Grande, the splendid interior, the bathrooms covered with gold, the impeccable service, the contemporary art (such as the statue of Lorenzo Quinn in the banner) and the delicious food. It is however much more than that. The attention for details brings this luxury to a higher level and makes you feel special and spoiled. This post will focus on these secluded treasures. You can read more about the history of the hotel and my review of the hotel and the rooms in my post ‘Sina Centurion Palace: A luxury hotel with a splendid view’.
We arrived in Venice a few days after the terrible acqua alta which flooded almost 70% of the city. The weather was cold and rainy, totally different from the sunny and warm temperatures in June. We could therefore not enjoy breakfast or dinner on the terrace on Canal Grande. However, the positive side of eating inside is that you are not distracted by the boats passing by and you pay more attention to the food. One of the highlights at breakfast was the new waffle iron. You can now make your own fresh waffle in a trice. It was delicious! I topped it with strawberries, but you can also add sirop, marmelade or anything else from the buffet. I don’t know if this will only be available in winter, but I certainly look forward to taste it again.
On the first night, we had dinner in Antinoo’s Restaurant. The white austere interior makes the colourful dishes stand out. The food is really exquisite and makes your taste buds ecstatic. On top of that, the staff is very attentive from the moment you enter. They bring you for instance a hanger for your handbag so you don’t have to put it on the ground and it’s still within reach. The team also gives plenty of information about the menu and the origin of the food. When we asked a suggestion for a local wine from the extensive wine list, the sommelier advised the Pinot & Toi. It is made from 60% Tai (formerly TocaiFriulano), 25% Pinot Bianco and 15% Pinot Grigio grapes. It was perfect and fit our food and taste. On top of that, it wasn’t one of the expensive wines on the list. These small tokens of personal treatment make the hotel and restaurant stand out and add an extra level of luxury service.
Another new service which I discovered in the room is the Manet mobile. This phone is your personal assistant during your stay in Venice. You can use it to make free calls (national and international), but it also serves as your guide during your walks around the city. It has some information on the different sights and shows you on a map how to get there. You have no excuse anymore to get lost in Venice. You also have internet access to search for additional information or to book tickets while you’re in the city or in your room. It’s very practical, and something which I appreciate as a guest.
The rain was quite bad on the first days, so there was no other option than to walk around the small streets with an umbrella. Luckily, I knew that the hotel has plenty of umbrellas for its guests so I didn’t have to bother bringing one from home. This might not seem special, but it’s one of these small things which makes me feel at home and taken care of.
A room with a view
Finally, the best part of my stay was the view from my room. We were very lucky that the hotel wasn’t fully booked and we were upgraded to a room with a view on Canal Grande. It couldn’t get any better! Waking up with such a panoramic view is the best incentive to start your discovery of Venice. You immediately want to be part of this stunning scenery which never ceases to amaze me. You can watch the view from our room in this video. Fabulous, isn’t it?
To summarize, I love the Sina Centurion Palace and I will certainly return to this wonderful luxury hotel. If you want to indulge yourself (or surprise your partner) during your trip to Venice, then I can highly recommend it. You won’t regret it.
FYI: I stayed in the Sina Centurion Palace as a paying guest, but I did book at a favourable rate.
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