There is nothing better than being made to feel like your a princess on your birthday, especially when you’re out of town. Stepping into the luxurious Luna Hotel Baglioni (Calle Larga dell’Ascensione 1243, Venice) in Venice could not have been more special.
The staff in this elegant palace is at once helpful and friendly and guests are made to feel at home upon entering what is believed to be the oldest hotel in Venice. History says that an inn has been on this site since the 15th century, when it was then known as “Locanda della Luna.” The Knights Templar are also believed to have stayed on the site during the Crusades of the 12th century. It is a truly magical place.
The two-story lobby suggests a small glimpse of what awaits you upstairs. Marble floors and Murano glass chandeliers offer understated elegance at this hotel, which boasts its own private dock. Sadly, due to recent earthquake damage in the north, the nearest bridge was out of service and my gondola could not usher me to the Luna in true, glamorous Venetian style.
The friendly staff gave me my room key with a touch of old world elegance in the gold-tassled key fob. My deluxe room was fit for a princess with a deep soaking tub and a marble-lined shower that boasts twin rain shower heads. The sweetest touch was that the staff, having noticed it was my birthday on check-in, thanks to my passport, had a bottle of champagne waiting for me in the room upon returning from dinner. Bellinis lead to sogni d’oro in my comfy oversized bed. Old world luxury travel doesn’t get any better.
The Luna Hotel is centrally located, in the belly of the Venetian fish, just steps away from Piazza San Marco and within walking distance to many sites and the Grand Canal.