The Best Hotels in Venice

Updated: February 5, 2016

Belmond Hotel Cipriani – Giudecca
Hotel phone: +39 041 240801
Best Luxury Hotel in Venice with Pool

Centurion Palace – Dorsoduro
Hotel phone: +39 041 34281
Best Hotels in Venice

Hotel Gritti Palace – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 794611
Best Luxury Hotel in Venice

Bauer Il Palazzo – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 5207022
Best Luxury Hotel in Venice

Luna Hotel Baglioni – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 5289840
Best Boutique Luxury Hotel in Venice

Hotel Londra Palace – Castello
Hotel phone: +39 041 5200533
Best Luxury Hotel in Venice with View.

Aman Canal Grande – Mestre
Hotel phone: +39 041 2707333
Best Luxury Hotel in Venice

Ca’ Maria Adele – Dorsoduro
Hotel phone: +39 041 5203078
Best Hotels in Venice

Al Ponte Antico Hotel – Cannaregio
Hotel phone: +39 041 2411944
Best Luxury Hotel in Venice

Arcadia Hotel – Cannaregio
Hotel phone: +39 041 717355
Best Hotels in Venice

Giorgione Hotel – Cannaregio
Hotel phone: +39 041 5225810
Best Hotels in Venice

Palazzina G – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 5284644
Best Boutique Hotel in Venice

28 questions and comments

  1. Hotel Antiche Figure in Venice

    Hi Dave- I was wondering what you thought of Hotel Antiche Figure.

    Thanks!

    Teressa

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      Great hotel and convenient location. It’s a short walk from the train station and right on the Grand Canal. Some people are put off by it’s location near the train station (thinking it might be a little seedy but that’s not the case at all). It’s an easy and interesting 20 minute walk to central Venice (e.g. St Marks Square).

  2. Hotel for Older Couple with Limited Mobility

    Can you recommend a 4 or 5 star hotel for an older couple with limited mobility. We can walk but not too far (say, 2 or 3 city blocks), so would like to be fairly central. A few stairs are OK but not more than that. Does anything come to mind? I think a hotel with a good restaurant or something just out the door would serve us well.

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      The Suisse Splendid should fit the bill. It has an elevator and is only a short walk to St Marks’ Square, the heart of the city. It can be reached directly by water taxi with its private landing stage. (It also has a gorgeous rooftop terrace.) It has its own canal-view bar and restaurant, though there are plenty of other choices in the vicinity.

      However you might enjoy a stay just out of the centre on a peaceful island at the JW Marriott hotel. It is very spacious and has an elevator. And very importantly it has a shuttle launch service to St Mark’s Square so you can reach the city centre easily (and with little walking). Naturally if you stay there you can dine at one of the hotel restaurants.

      Hope this is helpful

  3. Enjoying Water Taxis in Venice

    We would like to take a water taxi in Venice – not so much to get around but more for the experience. Any tips for doing this? A good scenic route you recommend? And buying tickets, is it straight-forward? Are there day passes? Different companies?

    Thanks!
    A. D.

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      There are several water taxi companies in Venice – with almost identical prices. The best route to request is the Grand Canal – cruising down it you can admire the magnificent waterfront facades of the palaces that are not visible from the street. People used to enter the palaces from the water. The taxi companies do Grand Canal excursions (as well as small canal routes) and you can book directly on their web sites (click on Excursions). Otherwise phone them once you’re in Venice.
      http://www.motoscafivenezia.it/eng/

      You may also enjoy the Grand Canal by water taxi as an organised group tour – approx 1hr long and more economical. (Book here.)

      Day passes are available but only for the water buses – public transport. Line No.1 is the most popular route and runs all the way down the Grand Canal but the boats can get very crowded. (Info here and a good visitor guide here.)

  4. Cooking Course in Venice

    My husband and I will be in Venice for 4 days as part of our honeymoon. We’d love to take an Italian cooking lesson. Preferably one-day. Not too serious but good quality. Any suggestions?

  5. Cipriani, Gritti Palace, or Danieli Hotel?

    Trying to decide between Cipriani, Gritti Palace, or Danieli Hotel – all look wonderful. Any big differences? Location and walking to the main sights? Access to water taxis (which is how we’ll be arriving from the airport)?

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      The Cipriani is on a separate island (Giudecca) – but it has its own shuttle launch that takes 5 minutes over the water to St Marks Square and the city centre and main sights. It’s very laidback and has an outdoor swimming pool. The Gritti is on the Grand Canal (wow) with a waterside terrace restaurant. On the whole it is rather formal. Only 5 minutes on foot to St Mark’s Square. The Danieli is alongside St Marks Square and looks over the water. Lovely rooftop restaurant. Fairly relaxed atmosphere. All three have water taxi access.

  6. Good Beaches near Venice

    Are there some good beaches near Venice that are easy to get to? Also, what hotel has the nicest pool? And are there any public swimming pools that are outdoors with bar/restaurant?

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      Venice has its own beach – the Lido, which is a 15min ferry trip from St Marks Square, then 5min on foot. Most of the beach is organised in that you can rent a beach cabana for the day, and have access to showers, toilets – and café/restaurants. (Most Venetian families rent huts for the whole summer). There are several free beach areas where you can just spread out your towel but they tend to get a bit grubby and crowded.

      Hotels with swimming pools: the best is probably the new Marriott on its own island – as well as a common pool, there are several suites with their own pools. The renowned Cipriani is closer to the city centre, but the pool’s not nearly as nice. The Molino Stucky Hilton has a marvellous rooftop pool with great views.

      There are no public outdoor pools in town.

  7. Day Trips from Venice

    We (my husband and I, mid-forties) have 5 days in Venice in May. We’re now starting to think this might be too long. Are there any worthwhile day trips from Venice?

    Tori

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      5 days is definitely not too much for exploring wonderful Venice as you can spend a day out on the lagoon visiting islands such as Murano, Burano, and Torcello. However worthwhile day trips by train are to Padova for Giotto and the old university and Verona for the Roman arena and Romeo and Juliet house.

  8. Best Areas to Stay in Venice

    Thank you for all this great info. So helpful.

    Really having a hard time figuring out where to stay in Venice. I just can’t get my head around the areas and neighborhoods. Any advice for a first time visitor to Venice who loves to walk and explore? What areas should I be looking at? Being around good local restaurants would be wonderful too (if they even exist in Venice).

    Charla

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      Your confusion is common. Figuring out where to stay in Venice is not easy. Here’s a small map and a short guide to the best neighborhoods for the first time visitor.

      Cannaregio: This area extends east from the bus and train stations and includes the main drag, Strada Nuova. Within 5 minutes on foot is Hotel Carlton which has rooms on the Grand Canal. Continuing east along Strada Nuova a bit further along is the marvellous Venetian palazzo Ca’ Sagredo (near Campo Santa Sofia). For restaurants it’s advisable to leave the main street and wander around back canals. Seek out the Fondamenta della Misericordia (a street) with the marvelous osteria Paradiso Perduto – but book ahead. Al fresco tables and live music with platters of seafood.Further along on adjoining Fondamenta degli Ormesini is Osteria al Timon, which specialises in snacks and excellent meat.

      San Marco: Central and close to the big sights, but also tends to be a bit too noisy and crowded. Also takes longer to reach. Not a district I’d choose to stay in and full of very touristy restaurants.

      San Polo/Santa Croce: On the opposite side of the Grand Canal to Cannaregio and extending as far as the Rialto market area and monumental bridge, this quieter area is a warren of narrow alleys linking neighbourhood squares. A lovely oasis of tranquillity close to the Frari church (a good landmark) is the hotel Oltre il Giardino. It’s a fair walk from the station and you’ll need a good map (or lots of patience) to find it. From there you can walk to plenty of good restos such as Antica Osteria Ruga Rialto, well-frequented by local people who drop in for a drink. But you can stay for dinner.

      Castello: The far end of town including a large public park (Giardini), this is a good area to stay though it does mean adding on extra time to walk to the sights. There’s waterfront Hotel Bucintoro. Around the corner in Via Garibaldi are plenty of neighbourhood restaurants and cafés – though be aware that prices are hiked during the Biennale art and architecture exhibitions held nearby. At Trattoria Giorgione the jovial owner Lucio gets his guitar out and entertains customers.

      Dorsoduro: This accounts for the vast swathe of the city running along the southwest edge of the Grand Canal and home to many art galleries. Not that fast to get to, but a lovely area with excellent accommodation such as Pensione Accademia Villa Maravege near the Accademia bridge. Also Ca’ Pisani. It’s not far out to the Giudecca canal waterfront and Lina D’Ombra restaurant with its exclusive terrace. In the vicinity is renowned Gelateria Da Nico – easy to find – just check out the people enjoying an ice cream cone.

  9. Staying near Train Station

    We are looking at 2 hotels near the train station. We are in Venice for 2 nights in between trains from Milan and then to Rome. We’re thinking this will make train travel convenient but hope that it will be ok for seeing the sights. Don’t mind a bit of walking. Is this a good compromise or should we look at a hotel in a more central location.

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      Staying near the station is a good compromise as it means you don’t have to lug your bags too far. And to be honest, once you’ve walked out of the station buidling, the “sights” are Venice itself – and they’re all around you. Of course to get to central places like St Mark’s Square it’s then a 30 minute water bus ride along the Grand Canal or a good walk. Timing is hard to calculate for the walk as it depends how much you get lost and how many shops and cafés you stop at en route.

  10. Romantic Weekend in Venice

    I will be in Venice for 2 nights as part of a mini-honeymoon to Italy. I wonder if you could recommend 2 or 3 romantic hotels and restaurants that would make for a special visit. Budget is not a concern. Would love places dripping with character and atmosphere. I don’t know Venice at all but I guess centrally located is what we would want.

    Thanks,
    Erika

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      My favourite romantic hotels are all on the Grand Canal. There’s Palazzo Barbarigo (Ramo Pisani e Barbarigo) four poster beds, velvet. The discretely opulent Bauer il Palazzo close to St Marks (Campo San Moisé). And if you prefer slightly less luxurious but with the atmosphere of a Venetian palazzo (frescoes, magnificent staircase, old library) go for the Ca’ Sagredo Palace (Campo Santa Sofia).

      Romantic Restaurants:
      The MET near St Marks is Michelin starred and has a lovely garden (Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4149, tel 041 5240034)
      Lineadombra (Zattere, Ponte edll’Umiltà, Dorsoduro 19, tel 041 2411881) has a divine terrace over the water.
      • Otherwise you could take a water taxi to the island of Torcello for the famed restaurant of Locanda Cipriani (tel 041 730150)

  11. Good Neighborhood of Venice for a First Timer

    We have a short trip to Venice (just 2 nights and one full day). This is our first visit to Venice. We will take the train from Milan. Where would you suggest we stay with such little time but want to see the magic of Venice? Not so interested in museums or churches. Any favorite boutique hotels for atmosphere? (Budget not an issue.)

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      I’d suggest Ca’ Sagredo, a lovely old 15th century palace-hotel on the Grand Canal with plenty of frescoes and atmosphere. To get there entails a 10 minute ride by water taxi from the train station (just walk down the steps outside the station and you’ll find the water taxi ranks) and you’ll disembark at the hotel’s private landing stage. The palace is opposite the Rialto market. Do ask for a waterfront room so you can enjoy the comings and goings on the water.

  12. Best Areas of Venice to Stay In

    Having a hard time figuring out where to stay in Venice? What areas are good for tourists? Are there bad or inconvenient areas? It looks like the main area is all connected by walkways, streets, and bridges. Is it accurate to say that if we’re on the main island then we’re walking distance to the main sights?

    Thanks much
    Barry

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      You’re right to say that if you’re staying on the main island the main sights are within walking distance as everything is connected by bridges and traffic-less streets. The areas of Venice I’d call inconvenient are those a long way from public transport, especially if you’re only staying a couple of days. Once you’ve got off your plane/train/bus you don’t want to spend too much time dragging your luggage onto a water bus or along the street. (The exception is if you catch a water taxi you’ll get door-to-door service of course and help with your bags. You can get water taxis from both the train station and airport).

      One of the most convenient areas is Cannaregio, especially for train travellers as you can probably walk to your accommodation. The Rialto and San Marco districts are more exciting but you’ll need to ride a water bus (from the train station). Dorsoduro is quieter if a little farther away, whereas Castello is at the far end of town. Avoid the Lido unless you desire a summer beach holiday.

  13. Easiest Transportation from Venice Airport to Central Venice

    Hello.

    We arrive on a flight from London at the Venice Marco Polo airport. We are not great travelers and are looking for the fastest and easiest transportation to central Venice (our hotel is right in San Marco). What would the best way to get into Venice be? We are not concerned about the cost or whether it is boat, train, taxi, or bus – only need it to be quick and painless. Thank you. Richard.

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      By far the easiest – and the most exciting – way is to catch a water taxi across the lagoon. They’ll deliver you as close as possible to your hotel (often right to the door step or a 1 or 2 minute walk). If you prefer to book the water taxi in advance they’ll give you a convenient meeting point just outside of arrivals – but the pier is easy to find if you want to wait until your arrival to hire the boat.

  14. Best Pizza in venice

    Venice is the first stop of our trip (also doing Florence, Rome, and Naples) for our family of 5. Can you recommend a good pizza place in Venice?

    1. hotelsdave The Hotel Guy

      Venice is not the place to get great pizza. There are no fires allowed on the island so wood stoves are not used to bake pizzas. The pizza is much better the farther south you go so wait until Rome or Naples.

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