Across the Grand Canal on the island of Giudecca, the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice offers a quieter corner of the ancient Italian city, just a ten-minute boat ride from St. Mark’s Square. During a recent stay in one of the newly renovated Molino Tower suites with generous city views, Georgia Bentley Buckle sampled a glimpse of what this five-star resort has to offer couples throughout the winter months.
Hotel Review: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is housed in a remarkable 18th-century listed building that was once a pasta factory on the far end of Giudecca Island. It is a spacious and contemporary hotel offering the highest hospitality in the city. This includes the Skyline rooftop bar and pool as well as the Presidential Suite, dubbed “the First Lady’s Suite” since Michelle Obama checked in.
Notably modern, the hotel’s prominent architecture towers above the smaller and considerably older buildings that make up the famous view of the historic city. A former factory with high ceilings and wide walkways, enter a peaceful island that remains proudly inhabited by Venetians, unlike the islands that make up the center of the city.
You can’t miss picture-perfect views from the majority of the 379 rooms and suites, especially in the Molino Tower Suites. Located in the original mill tower, they include two marble bathrooms, a sumptuous bedroom and an expansive living space, ideal for couples who want to stretch out against the backdrop of fabulous Venetian views. The high ceilings feature original wooden beams and exquisite details, including a lavish glass chandelier sourced from nearby Murano Island Glassworks.
In addition to having one of the largest spas in Venice (with popular treatments such as the Venetian couple’s massage), the hotel also has one of the city’s few rooftop pools. It’s open to all guests – but those lucky enough to stay in the Presidential Suite will have private access. Located at the top of the tower and boasting the second highest vantage point in the entire city, it features a gym, hot tub and lounge accessible via its own private elevator.
Still on the roof, the Skyline bar is the highest in Venice and ideal for a cocktail or an aperitif. With indoor and outdoor seating, choose from classic and signature cocktails, many made with the hotel’s own gin, a bottle of which you can take home. Downstairs, on the ground floor, is the Rialto Lobby Bar and Restaurant – perfect for lunch or a midday snack, as well as Il Molino which occupies two of the original buildings where breakfast was served. lunch is served. This includes local bottles of prosecco and wheels of aged parmesan every morning.
Meanwhile, accessible from the outside through a separate entrance is Aromi: the hotel’s sublime gourmet restaurant. A destination in its own right, the award-winning restaurant offers “a rediscovery of the traditional flavors of land and sea”. Choose from dinners paired with wine and brought to life by the “aromas” of the city and wider regions of Italy. This includes an olive oil cart on arrival where you can taste varieties from all over the country. This is followed by complex dishes, including smoked duck breast, served with Sicilian juniper, 24-month-aged parmesan cheese and 18-year-old balsamic vinegar, or handmade tortelli filled with cod cream, mascarpone, bisque from shellfish and chives from the Italian Riviera.
Offering guided tours of Venice from the hotel’s doorstep, Clementson Travel Office, a destination management company, offers bespoke experiences including private boat, gondola, or walking tours led by local experts. Rates start from £150 per night based on double occupancy with breakfast included. To book Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, go to hilton.com or call +39 041 272 3311.
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