A Venetian Icon in the City of Love

Venice is a destination unlike any other, with a reputation for romance thanks to its Renaissance-inspired architecture, gorgeous sunsets, public squares, narrow canals, and gondola rides. There is no doubt it’s a city you’re bound to fall in love with.

The main tourist area of Venice is entirely car-free, which is most conducive to romantic wanderings by the canal at twilight, dinner à deux in an intimate cafe, and watching the sunset over the buildings painted on top of cotton candy skies. Because of these enticing activities, it can also be overrun with tourists, and it can be hard to find solitude with your significant other when you want some alone time. When looking for a break from the excessive presence of tourism look no further than the south of Venice, secure the next water taxi and head to Giudecca Island. This quiet and residential island is the largest island of Venice, and its history is intimately linked to the city.

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To enhance your stay in Venice, book a suite at the Hilton Molino Stucky which is easily accessible by a private shuttle boat from the Piazza San Marco. The property comes with a historic past as it was a former flour mill. The hotel has been welcoming guests arriving by land or sea for decades. But before the property became a hotel, it was once one of Europe’s largest mills. In the 1880s, the Swiss-Venetian businessman Giovanny Stucky decided to construct an industrial flour mill in Venice’s Giudecca Island neighborhood. Already a successful manufacturer, Stucky intended for his prospective flour mill to be the crown jewel in his commercial empire. With the help of German architect Ernst Wullekopf, Stucky began building the mill at the site of two former convents on Giudecca Island: St. Biago and Cataldo. The construction project took several years to complete, finally concluding in 1895. When the dust settled, the mill encompassed a complex of thirteen distinct buildings, all of which featured unique Gothic Revival architecture. For the next several years, the mill produced some of the greatest yields of flour in all of Europe. At its peak, the mill employed 1,500 people on a 24-hour work schedule. Stucky quickly became one of the wealthiest people in Venice as a result.

But that prosperity was not to last for long. Labor strife within the mill happened regularly at the start of the twentieth century, with strikes becoming a common occurrence. This strained relationship even cost Stucky his life, as a disgruntled worker assassinated him in 1910. War and other calamities wrought havoc on the business in the years following Stucky’s death, further harming the mill’s financial stability. The flour mill was a shell of its former self by the mid-twentieth century, eventually closing its doors in 1955. For many decades, the mill remained vacant. Working closely with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Societa Dell’Acqua Pia Antica Marcia SpA purchased the complex in 1994, with the intent on transforming the location into a hotel. A massive restoration project began in earnest a few years later. During the renovation, Hilton Hotels partnered with Societa Dell’Acqua Pia Antica Marcia SpA in the mid-2000s, making the site a Hilton institution. When the renovations concluded in 2007, Hilton reopened the facility as the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice.

Today, the hotel’s location is convenient for all travelers, whether the trip is for work or for pleasure. For those looking to explore Venice and its surrounding islands, the hotel is just a short water taxi or hotel shuttle service away.

There are 379 rooms and suites in total, each with a timeless design and thoughtfully decorated and many featuring breathtaking views of the canal. Every guest room and suite in the hotel is spotlessly clean with contemporary décor and elegant furnishings, a flat-screen TV, a marble bathroom, and coffee maker. The attention to detail is spectacular, with even small-detailed provisions throughout.

For an even more opulent stay, book into the Molino Presidential Suite. Take in the beautiful views of Venice and the lagoon from the large windows of this charming suite, the largest and highest suite in Venice. Spreading across two floors, the suite is located at the top of the hotel tower, accessed by a separate lift, and has direct access to the panoramic swimming pool terrace.

Immerse yourself in the private jacuzzi while admiring the Giudecca Canal, keep fit in your personal fitness area, and enjoy exclusive access to the top of the tower, one of the highest points from which you can admire the city.

The Presidential Suite includes a large living room with Murano glass design details and a dining room, two bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with twin beds) with the finest linens, a walk-in closet, four bathrooms, and a kitchenette. This Presidential Suite is undeniably the best luxury suite in all of Venice – and yes, it does come with a private elevator for guest use only!

As you can imagine, dining options on property excel in every way imaginable. The hotel’s bars and restaurants are not only great for visitors, but they’re also popular with locals as well, which is always a great sign. You do not want to miss the creative concoctions at Skyline where award-winning cocktails await you paired with an exceptional view. Twenty-one signature cocktails crafted by expert mixologists are available to enjoy in a hip ambiance while watching the sunset. The ever-popular Aromi is romantic and seductive, and dinner is located on a terrace overlooking Venice and the Giudecca Canal. Offering an exceptional wine list, in addition to a menu that includes everything from homemade pasta to fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes. Here you are in for the most decadent meal as you wave to the boats in from their day at sea and sip cocktails while enjoying the pure relaxation and luxury the hotel offers. From the sweeping views of the city and the canals to the award-winning dining options and sophisticated guest suites, you will love this hotel and all its amenities. The lovely staff makes it their mission to provide excellent service and attention to each guest, ensuring your experience is always beyond compare.