Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy

 Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
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LAST UPDATED:  7th December 2013 at 11:50am

Any hotel that can offer you a bed slept in by the gorgeous George Clooney (room 100, since you ask) as well as a cocktail created by the man himself (La Nina's Passion - a combo of prosecco, elderflower liqueur and fresh passion fruit) is off to a pretty impressive start in our book.

And as you board your 45-minute speedboat transfer from Venice airport to the Cipriani, you'll start feeling like a mega star too.

Don't be surprised if you're greeted in the hotel lobby with a double kiss and a firm hug - this is Italy and they like to be passionate about everything they do. And passion has been applied in bucketloads to this grand dame's interiors (luxe fabrics and marble everywhere), service and entertainment.

Don't miss dinner at Cip's Club where a plate of grilled fish, washed down with the requisite prosecco, turns into a lavish dining event.

On a warm night, request a table outside on the wooden terrace looking towards St Mark's Square for what Cip's claims is one of the best dining experiences in the world. We're not going to argue with that.  

WOW FACTOR: A pre-breakfast dip in the most fabulous pool in the city. It's Olympic-sized so you'll easily earn your lavish breakfast.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours.

GO: Double rooms cost from £975, B&B while British Airways return flights start at £101.

LAST UPDATED:  1st November 2012 at 2:35pm

It's not often you can say you've slept in the same room as Matt Damon or sipped a cocktail (La Nina's Passion) invented by George Clooney...


But while the Cipriani has welcomed its fair share of A-list clientele, it also rolls out the red carpet for couples celebrating their anniversary, honeymooners and boyfriends popping the question - there were two proposals during our two-night stay alone! And with romance oozing from every Murano-glass chandelier, it's easy to see why.

The hotel is located on Giudecca Island, over the water from the main bustle of Venice - just wait until you see the view over the lagoon (left). Take a trip across the water and explore the famous canals, then for the perfect end to a romantic day, have dinner at Cip's Club on the terrace.


WOW FACTOR: Whizzing to St Mark's Square in the hotel's private launch. You'll feel like a celebrity, so don't forget your shades.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer

GO: Garden View Rooms cost from £903, B&B ( British Airways ( flies from £101 return.

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