Luna Hotel Baglioni – A Visit in Photographs
Reviewed by Christine Jenner
I was eagerly anticipating my return visit to this wonderful hotel when I arrived accompanied by photographer (and husband) David Jenner late on a warm September evening. Following a short but exhilarating trip across the lagoon by water-taxi we were greeted warmly by the front desk staff and speedily checked-in. Our room had already been set and turned down for the night and was softly lit by beautiful Fortuny silk lamps.
The room’s gold and muted pastel fabrics complemented the taste-ful items of period furniture. We were pre-sented with a plate of delicious sweet pastries and chocolate covered fruit and we nibbled these as we relaxed in our stylish surroundings.
Luna Hotel Baglioni has a great location and, wandering out for a late night stroll, in less than a minute we found ourselves in the Piazza San Marco. This area is always busy during the day but at night when the crowds leave café orchestras play, couples dance and the historic buildings are illuminated to create a magical atmosphere.
Taking breakfast in the amazing Marco Polo Ballroom is, in my opinion, one of the greatest joys of staying here. 18th century frescos by pupils of Gianbattista Tiepolo decorate the walls and ceiling and exuberant Murano chandeliers illuminate this amazing space. The choice at breakfast is extensive; from fresh fruit to hot dishes and with the most amaz-ing selection of pastries or cakes I have ever seen. As I sat eating far too much and drinking indulgent hot chocolate I daydreamed about attending one of the balls held here during Carnevale. How fabulous it must be to dance here dressed in an elaborate ball gown, identity concealed behind a jewelled mask although I fear this will remain one of my unfulfilled ambitions.
The small terrace of the Caffé Baglioni is the perfect place to observe a more tranquil Venice so I settled there with a spritz and nibbles while David took some more photo-
graphs in the hotel. From my vantage point I watched with admiration as gondolieri deftly steered their gondolas to and from the small landing stage outside the hotel. Even a baby’s push chair was accommodated – a feat that I had thought impossible.
Our stay in Venice passed too quickly but I know that I will return to my favourite city soon and, hopefully, to the wonderful Luna Hotel Baglioni.
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