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We're going to Venice for a few days with the kids. We are trying to find a good 5* hotel that either has adjoining rooms (must be hard in old palazzos, no?) or a large suite. Any suggestions?
We didn't make it to Venice with the kids but we did research the hotels for family rooms because we were considering it. The biggest problem traveling with kids to Venice is finding space for more than 2 to 3 people. We were looking at Residence Corte Grimani, which offers apartment-style accommodations with living/dining/bedroom/kitchenette for a home-away-from-home stay, but with hotel benefits. We also found Casa Pisani Canal has special Family Rooms and two-bedrooms available, near the Grand Canal. For 5-star, take a look at Starhotels Splendid Venice and Luna Hotel Baglioni, both which have large suites.
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We just returned from Venice and stayed at the Bauer Il Palazzo. I have traveled to many places in the world, and have been lucky to stay in some of the best hotels, but rarely have I ever experienced the hospitality and warmth with which I was received at the Bauer. I can not recommend this hotel enough. Their staff is amazing, the location can't be beat, and the old palazzo is full of charm. Their rooftop terrace where breakfast is served each morning looked out over the grand canal and indeed the entire city. A great great place.
We always stay at the The Westin Europa & Regina, part of Starwood so it is familiar. It is on the grand canal, very close to St. Marks but tucked into a quiet corner. They have connecting rooms and decent sized suites. They are connected to Starwoods other hotels, the Gritty and the Danelli by a private boat that you can take.
Unfortunately Starwood got rid of the two hotels they had on the Lido (beach). The private boat would go there also and you could take the kids to the beach and pool.
We stayed at the Residence Corte Grimani (see the other answe) with one 4 year old, 2 grand parents and us. It was a two roomed apartment with a double, a single and a couch bed double. Good value hotel, clean, close to the main parts of Venice. I'd recommend it. We've stayed in other places in Venice, and this was the best for an extended family. We are heading to Venice next year with a larger group (we've grown since then) so this time we are renting an apartment for a week. One thing to be careful in Venice is to be careful not to have a room that has a busy street below it - whilst there are no cars, people can make a lot of noise.