Venice has everything from world-class opera and grand architecture to major international festivals. Make your visit to the city a memorable one with a stay in one of Venice’s best hotels.
Timeless, elegant, historical – it’s not hard to see why Venice has drawn in a cast of famous characters, from residents such as Casanova and Marco Polo to travellers like Lord Byron. Ensure you enjoy the city as they once did with the choicest accommodation. From budget to boutique, Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Venice will help you find your perfect palazzo.
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Hotel Flora brings a sense of style to the traditional Venetian aesthetic | Courtesy of Hotel Flora / Hotels.com
Owned by the Romanelli family (who also run the popular Novecento Boutique Hotel) for over 50 years, Hotel Flora takes the Romanellis’ eye for design and applies it to the traditional Venetian aesthetic. The result is 40 rooms with an airy yet rustic feel: parquet floors, exposed beams, hand-carved beds and luxe floral print armchairs. You won’t find a hotel more centrally located, nor more family-friendly: as well as having several dedicated family rooms, the Flora serves a complimentary “kids tea” daily and recommends the affordable kids’ menu from nearby family-oriented restaurant Da Bepi.
Just a few steps from the incredible Piazza San Marco and fronting several major vaporetto stops, Hotel Londra Palace has one of the best locations in Venice – if you can put up with the crowds outside your window. The spacious rooms inside are a refuge from the tourist bustle and are filled with light – a rare commodity in Venice’s hotels. Decor is modern and monochromatic yet still feels authentically Venetian. The attached Do Leoni restaurant serves beautiful, pared-back small plates of gourmet cuisine. To get the full experience, order the seven-part tasting menu, with each dish paired with a carefully selected Italian wine.
An equal distance from the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco, this luxurious four-star hotel lives up to its name with sumptuous interiors and a canal-side location. The boutique feel belies its large size; the building has 165 rooms to choose from. Contemporary decor includes subtle nods to Venice’s connections with Asia, with pointed headboards and velvet in rich shades of crimson and turquoise. For true glamour, stay in the four-person Presidential Suite; it has two sitting rooms, two bathrooms and optional butler service. The multilevel rooftop terrace offers fabulous views over the city – splendid indeed.
Named after a play by beloved Venetian writer Carlo Goldoni, La Villeggiatura is an artsy townhouse hotel with just six rooms. The small size means no detail is overlooked; each room has a different theme, from the gold-trimmed Casanova junior suite to the antique-filled Doge suite. Most impressive, though, is the Turandot superior room, named after Puccini’s final opera. Alluding to Puccini’s Chinese princess, the room contains intricately printed fabrics and a Chinese fresco. The Italian-style breakfast includes Lavazza coffee, served in the rustic dining room. Located in a residential area near the Rialto market, this is a great budget option in the low season.
This budget-friendly boutique hotel boasts a famous connection – it was once the 18th-century home of the notorious Venetian Lothario Casanova. The rooms may be less grand than they were when he wooed his sweethearts there, but they’re still neat and attractively decorated in shades of navy and scarlet, with gold accents and a luxurious canopy bed in the suites. The hotel also includes a self-catering apartment for three people, with a small kitchen and seating area. Nearby is the Rialto Bridge, and don’t miss the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi department store – the rooftop terrace has one of the finest views in Venice.
This restored palazzo from 1540 stays true to its original character with a combination of silk brocade, antique furnishings and sophisticated Murano glass chandeliers. The atrium sets a scene of grandeur as soon as you walk in, with marble floors, plush carpets and stained-glass windows. The highlight, however, is the peaceful private garden, where you can enjoy the continental breakfast (weather permitting) or just relax with a good book. The hotel is in the residential Cannaregio district, near the beautiful Ca d’Oro palace and gallery.
This lovely boutique hotel is in the central San Marco district, yet it’s far enough from the tourist traps to ensure a quiet night’s stay. The 26 rooms (including 14 suites) are classic Venetian: silk walls, red and gold furnishings and ubiquitous brocade. The balconies with Grand Canal views are confined to the Deluxe Suites, but all rooms – even the smallest – have a Jacuzzi. Breakfast in the wood-panelled dining room comprises typical hot and cold options – cereal, croissants, toast, cheese and cured meats. An American-style bar serves afternoon tea and cocktails – sip on an Aperol Spritz on the terrace while enjoying the view of the Rialto Bridge.
Hotel L’Orologio is a rare family-friendly hotel in Venice – the bespoke “family room” adjoins two superior rooms, and the hotel also offers cots, baby toiletries, bottle warmers and high chairs at no extra cost. Should you wish to have a romantic evening meal without the little one, a babysitting service is available for an additional fee. L’Orologio means “clock” in Italian, and stunning macro photography prints allude to the theme. Overall, interiors are refreshingly modern: vermillion and ochre accents, leather chairs, clean lines and smart marble bathrooms. Peaceful enough for a solid night’s sleep yet centrally located in San Polo, it’s an ideal family getaway.
This four-star hotel in peaceful Dorsoduro faces onto the Palladian architecture and galleries of Giudecca island, a short hop away. The Galleria dell’Accademia and historic Squero di San Trovaso boatyard are also nearby. Rooms are modern Venetian executed with flair: gilded mirrors and chandeliers are refreshingly absent, with metallic accents limited to a little extra sparkle on the plush velvet throws and curtains. If a romantic getaway is what you’re after, choose the Skyline room, where the Jacuzzi sits on the outdoor private terrace with views over the city.
One of the best-value hotels in Venice, Al Ponte Mocenigo in Santa Croce is removed from the major sights but also refreshingly devoid of tour groups. Set in a former palace, the rooms are decorated in classic Venetian style, with Murano chandeliers and a calming pastel green and gold colour scheme. The 10 original rooms surround the elegant courtyard; eight more are available in the annex and can be a little noisier, so check when booking. The continental breakfast comprises pastries and fresh fruit and is served in the courtyard (weather permitting).