Built at the end of the 16th century, the Rizzo Patarol palace was constructed by one of the last Doges of Venice. Over the centuries, it has housed a monastery and the France Embassy in Venice, among others things. The Boscolo Venezia opened its doors in 2002 in this rich historical setting. Between the fondamenta Madonna dell'Orto and the lagoon, the hotel extends over a piece of land 150m long primarily occupied by a 2,000m garden with 500 rose bushes, classified as a 'historic garden of Italy'. Among other things, it has a ghiacciaia, a sort of cellar for storing ice, the last one in Venice.
Most of the hotel's guest rooms and communal areas are located in the old palace, the main building overlooking the fondamenta. At the end of the garden, on the banks of the lagoon, a second building has nine guest rooms, including the exceptional Presidential Suite on the mezzanine with a lagoon view. You can make out San Michele and Murano Island in the distance. The hotel has its own pontoon and boats.
Just opposite, the ancient palace welcomes guests into a splendid, richly decorated and well-lit lobby, with a hushed but relaxed ambiance, high ceilings, frescoes and comfortable armchairs. Towards the entrance to the gardens, a piano comes alive at around 6:30pm when the lights are dimmed for a more subdued atmosphere. Nearby, the very beautiful Doge Orseolo Bar boasts a collection of antique glasses. The entire building is bathed in a colourful and luxurious historical atmosphere.