Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice
Towering on the banks of Giudecca, The Molino Stucky Hilton neo-gothic facade is difficult to miss. Formerly a 19th century flour mill, the building is now an impressive world class 5 star hotel, certainly one of the best that I've stayed in from the Hilton chain.
There are 379 rooms, a vast majority 'deluxe' rooms and it's worth paying a little more for the rooms with the best views. I found the rooms to be large than the average Venetian hotel, a better standard and also with that added touch of glamour due the height of the ceilings!
I loved the marble bathrooms, luxurious towels and luxury toiletries.
The Plus Points
The Rooftop Pool: A must visit! Exclusively for hotel guests, the rooftop pool has unspoilt panoramic views of Venice. This is the city's only roof top pool and well worth staying at the hotel to visit it. There's nowhere better to sip champagne for the day whilst dipping in and out of the pool to cool off.
Skyline Bar: Sipping Cocktails whilst watching the main canal, this view takes a lot to be beaten.
The Location: I have to admit the location definitely adds to your experience. It gives you the excuse to experience Venice the best way that you can, by boat. Take your pick either by water taxi, the passenger ferry (Vaporetto) or the free shuttle service provided by the Hilton. All are fantastic options and a great way to travel and experience what Venice has to offer. The hotel is just a 10-minute boat ride from St Marks Square and the views along the way are the perfect way to start your day. Having stayed near St Marks' square on another trip, I did miss the daily trip by boat to the sights from the Molino Stucky. Not to mention, that it's a great way to escape the crowds at the end of a busy day sight seeing!
The Little Things
I thought that the reception could be slightly more inviting, but that is my only, very slight complaint. Overall, I have no complaints about this hotel at all and would certainly recommend it!
The destination; Molino Stucky Hilton, Giudecca 810, 30133 Venice, +39 041 2723311; www.molinostuckyhilton.com