Casa Flora — Venice, Italy

Bed centered in room next to face brick fireplace, lush with vegetation
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Many modern hoteliers like to trumpet the fact that they offer the comforts of a boutique property with the freedom of a private home. Few, though, do it as literally as the newly opened Casa Flora.

Located in a 19th-century building in Venice’s San Marco quarter, the three-bedroom apartment hotel is the brainchild of Gioele Romanelli and Diego Paccagnella, the goal being to ‘reimagine the role that Venetians hotels can play in supporting sustainable tourism and bring life to contemporary Venice’.

The hotel is divided into two parts. The first is a flexible public space on the piano nobile in which the owners stage various activities ranging from cooking classes, to bespoke shoe demonstrations and cocktail conversations with local artists. The second leads into high-ceilinged private rooms, each of which features a spa and hammam.

Architect Matteo Ghidoni and interior designer Laura Sari have furnished the spaces almost exclusively with Italian material, whether the palladiana terrazzo tiles that’s a common feature in houses along the lagoon, green stone, Rubelli textiles, Murano tchotchkes, or doors fashioned from briar wood.

And, if during your stay, you find yourself lusting after a particular objet in the casa, the good news is that everything, even the kitchen sink, is available for sale. 

Bedroom, bed with 2 side tables, plants, white walls and exposed roof trusses

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Mustard yellow headboard and bed base, wooden floors with white curtains, ottoman and serving table

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Lounge with green daybed and design seater with coffee table, single chair is corner

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Dining room, 8 seater wooden table with steel frame, wooden chairs to match with plant at head of table, picture frames hang from side wall

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Kitchen, island counter with sink, breakfast overhang and stools. Extractor fan on low hanging roof section above island

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Arch style windows open up to balcony in lounge

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.