Walking around Venice feels much like falling into a postcard – from the Venetian Gothic architecture to the picturesque canals – and accommodation can be just as spectacular.
With so many tourists flocking to the so-called Floating City, its native population has halved over the last 50 years to cater for travellers. This means competition for accommodation in Venice is fierce: there’s a wealth of options for both small and big budgets. But the very best places? Take note.
This modern hotel is located in the centre of the San Marco district, close to iconic sights like the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. Although Rosa Salva Hotel is slap-bang in one of the busiest parts of the city, its sound-proofed windows and shutters make it very much an oasis within the hubbub. Run by the local Rosa Salva family, who also own Venice’s most famous pastry shop next door, anything that they don’t know about the city isn’t worth knowing.
A favourite of the rich and famous, Aman Venice is the place to go if you want an exclusive experience. Why? Well, housed in the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli, this ultra decadent hotel features original frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, a Rococo ballroom, and a fusion of contemporary and classic decor. Discretion is the name of the game: there’s a hidden jetty entrance to ensure privacy. Regardless of your celebrity status, you’ll be made to feel like a movie star here.
At the Ca Maria Adele, Asian design meets typical Baroque style to create an opulent getaway. Occupying a palace first constructed in the 1500s, this hotel retains its historic grandeur, all while feeling unimposing and welcoming. Enjoy welcome drinks and snacks on arrival: it will set the tone for the pampering stay to come and the hotel’s first-rate service you can expect. Staying here is the closest you’ll get to a true Venetian fairytale.
Positioned in the centre of Venice, Corte Di Gabriela has world-class attractions, like the Doge’s Palace, at its fingertips. This boutique hotel prides itself on the service and knowledge of its staff, who endeavour to make your trip all the more special through insider recommendations. As for its design, Corte di Gabriela has been successful in juxtaposing traditional elements of Venetian design with industrial poise.
Situated in the postcard-pretty Cannaregio sestiere, the Ai Mori d’Oriente, which pairs Moorish design with ornate fittings typical of the city, sits on a small canal, offering great views of its surroundings. When it comes to planning your itinerary, Ai Mori d’Oriente Hotel will organise every detail of your trip – from booking tours and restaurants to arranging limousine service.
In true Hilton style, the Molino Stucky is another fabulous example of a stylish hotel that seamlessly juggles hundreds of rooms while offering first-class service. Formerly a flour mill, this red-brick building on Giudecca offers a novel location for a luxury hotel. Highlights include the rooftop pool, which provides sweeping vistas across the city, along with the Skyline Rooftop Bar where you can enjoy a citrus-fresh Ruhmba from its signature menu.
“Sophisticated” is a word that springs to mind to best describe Il Palazzo Experimental’s decor: pastel shades lend a clean aesthetic, and it feels light and airy. It’s a destination that does the thinking for you – quality amenity kits are provided in the bathrooms in case you’ve forgotten the essentials. Meanwhile, the ground-floor restaurant, Adriatica, serves up a variety of creative dishes, such as the divine risotto vialone nano with squash and smoked eel.
Hosting just 10 rooms, Hotel Heureka offers an intimate stay in La Serenissima. Set in the Cannaregio sestiere, a tranquil part of the city, this bespoke escape is a great base for exploring Venice. The hotel interior is full of character, and it lends a modern element to this traditional Venetian building; each of the rooms blend contemporary florals with Murano chandeliers and antique features.
The rooms at Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo look as though they have fallen out of 1700s Venice – excluding the minibar and television, naturally. Set amidst the hubbub of the city, world-class museums and inviting restaurants are only a few minutes away on foot. On those warm Italian evenings, the traditional courtyard, complete with Roman columns and statues, is a great place to relax.
Hotel dell’Opera prides itself on its elegance – from the moment you walk in, you’ll notice thoughtful details that lend an opulent feel. As well as the place to be for unparalleled city views, the rooftop terrace is where you should end the day with a cocktail in hand. Beat hangovers the following day with a delicious continental breakfast, which can be catered on request.
For a taste of the real Venice, head to Amor Imo B&B, in the Cannaregio district. Although this B&B is positioned further from the main city sights, the trade-off is the opportunity to get a glimpse of everyday Venetian life. A varied buffet breakfast, served daily, will set you up well for exploring the city.
If you’re looking for a romantic Venetian getaway, book for a stay at the Bloom B&B, which is close to Venice’s main attractions. The guesthouse overlooks the Campo Santo Stefano – but once you’re inside you’ll feel as though you’re a million miles away from the bustling streets below. An authentic Italian breakfast is served, which includes freshly baked croissants and a selection of meat and cheeses. Don’t miss the chance to watch the sunset from the rooftop terrace.