Venice Hotels – Tips & Advice
- Best Luxury Hotel in Venice: Gritti Palace
- Best Boutique Hotel in Venice: Santa Croce
- Best Hotel for Families in Venice: Bisanzio
- Where to Stay in Venice: San Marco (best for first timers, home of Venice’s most iconic sights) • Dorsoduro (museums and palaces, good cheap food, local vibe) • Cannaregio (where most Venetians live, authentic vibe and dining, near the train station) • San Polo (small, historic district packed with art, churches, and a centuries-old food market) • Santa Croce (least touristy area, a transportation hub in its western half and modern musuems and family-run restaurants in its eastern half) • Castello (most family-friendly area, very quiet, spacious, with botanical gardens and a historic naval shipyard) • Giudecca (low key, artsy area with excellent city views and gorgeous churches).
- Booking.com – the best site for booking Venice hotels.
- Best Tours in Venice: Legendary Venice (3 hours/skip the line) • Venice at Sunset (Food & Wine) (3 hours) • Venice in a Day (7.5 hours/skip the line)
The 19 Best Hotels in Venice, Italy
1. Gritti Palace – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 794611
Fabulous hotel set along the Grand Canal in a beautifully restored palazzo, featuring lavishly furnished, spacious, Venetian fantasy-like rooms and suites with high ceilings, Murano glass chandeliers, antiques, splendid marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, balconies (some), and mini-bars. Upgraded rooms have hand-painted ceilings, restored mirrors, heritage headboards, and top-notch views. Suites add living areas, entertainment systems and upgraded suites add wet bars, art books, walk-in closets, powder rooms, hand-painted harpsichords, frescoes, and private rooftop terraces with jacuzzis, depending on the category. The Hemingway Presidential suite has Ernest Hemingway’s own club chair.
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2. The St. Regis Venice – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 240 0001
Housed in a group of four historic buildings, this outstanding 5-star hotel near Piazza San Marco has a remarkable location to watch the boats and activity of the Grand Canal. The hotel has a top-notch bar, restaurant, spa, and exercise room. Water taxi provides direct access from the airport or train station directly to the front steps of the hotel.
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3. Ca’di Dio – Castello
Hotel phone: +39 041 098 0238
Elegant and contemporary 5-star in the quieter Castello sestiere. Two garden courtyards, a fitness center, reading room, on-site bar, and two notable restaurants complement this historic property located adjacent to the Arsenale (home to Venice’s Art Biennale). Rooms are simply and tastefully furnished, stocked with high-end amenities. The Quadruple Suite accommodates a family of four; the Altana Suite boasts a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view of San Giorgio and the Lagoon. All an easy 10-minute walk along the Grand Canal to St. Marks.
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4. Santa Croce Boutique Hotel – Santa Croce
Hotel phone: +39 041 740112
A tranquil oasis in a quiet pocket of bustling Venice. Rooms and suites are ultra elegant, dressed around sophisticated themes (like Secret Gardens and Stones of Venice) and featuring bespoke accents like hand-pained murals and silk-shaded chandeliers. A spacious garden courtyard is the perfect setting to enjoy their excellent breakfast or an afternoon aperitif. Walk 10 minutes to the train, 15 minutes to the Rialto Bridge.
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5. Aman – San Polo
Hotel phone: +39 041 270 7333
Exclusive 5-star enclave on the Grand Canal. Surrounded by private gardens, this sumptiously-restored historic palazzo offers opulent chambers and apartments that feature distinctive elements like 18th-century frescoes, gilded doors, and silk wall coverings; many with Grand Canal views. The fouth-floor apartment has 3 bedrooms and private elevator entrance. A beautiful bar, fantastic fine dining restaurant, and wellness spa are all on site.
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6. Cipriani – Giudecca
Hotel phone: +39 041 240801
Tranquil, classic Venetian-charm hotel located on Giudecca Island, a short boat ride away from the city center, with charming rooms and suites with mini-bars, bathtubs, balconies/terraces, and spectacular garden & vineyard and lagoon views. Upgraded Palazzetto rooms add kitchenettes, private butler services, and views of St. Mark’s square. Poolside suites have direct access to the pool and the top-end Palladio suites have floor-to-ceiling windows with outstanding views, jacuzzis, and plunge pools on the private terraces. The hotel has an excellent Olympic-size, outdoor, seawater swimming pool and a Michelin-star restaurant.
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7. Ca Maria Adele – Dorsoduro
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 3078
Small, 12-room, stunning boutique hotel with an intimate, romantic vibe, set in the peaceful art quarter, featuring exquisitely designed, concept rooms (Room of moors, Noir rooms, and more) and suites, with damask walls, balconies (some), marble fireplaces, Palladian floors, black Murano glass chandeliers, and mini-bars, depending on the type. Suites have a more contemporary feel and add seating areas and terraces (some), with the top-end suite sporting illuminated vases on wooden beams, and a chromotherapy whirlpool right in front of the bed.
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8. Al Ponte Antico – Cannaregio
Hotel phone: +39 041 241 1944
Splendid, small hotel facing the Grand Canal, located in a central location, featuring large, classic Venetian-style rooms and suites with brocade, tapestries, bathtubs/showers, mini-bars and Grand Canal & Rialto bridge views (some). Suites add seating areas and the top-end suite has a lovely patio that’s directly on the Grand Canal. The hotel’s terrace facing the Rialto Bridge is popular for its fantastic views.
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9. Londra Palace – Castello
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 0533
A short walk away from St. Mark’s square, this Illustrious, small, historic hotel has individually decorated, vibrantly colored rooms and suites with fabric-covered walls, lots of natural light, Biedermeier furniture, carpeted floors, marble bathtubs, mini-bars and superb city/San Marco Basin views. Upgraded rooms have balconies (some), some suites add balconies, terraces and top-end suites add living rooms and hydromassage baths.
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10. Novecento Boutique Hotel – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 241 3765
Exceptional boutique property tucked quietly into the super central San Marco sestiere. Warm and welcoming, and dressed in a unique blend of Mediterranean and Oriental design, the nine guest rooms here are chock-full of hand-picked textiles and treasures from around the globe. The theme continues in the hotels common areas, which include a stylish and cozy breakfast room and living room (with honesty bar).
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11. All’Angelo Art Hotel – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 9299
Comfortable, good-value hotel located just around the corner from Piazza San Marco. Rooms and suites offer views of the canal or the basilica domes, and range from simple singles to spacious suites that sleep three. An excellent breakfast is served on site, and the lobby bar provides a good selection of drinks and snacks. Easy water taxi access via the hotel’s canal entrance.
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12. Ca’ Bonfadini Historic Experience – Cannaregio
Hotel phone: +39 041 098 6298
This beautiful and romantic 16th-century restored palazzo sits on an arterial canal, a quick and easy walk to the train station. In guest suites and throughout the hotel, original period frescoes and stuccoes are complimented by elegant neoclassical decor that evokes a sense of stepping back in time. The hotel’s exceptional fine dining restaurant has a seasonal menu centering on creative seafood and vegetarian dishes.
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13. Egò Boutique Hotel The Silk Road – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 639 9882
Luxurious boutique hotel in a prime location near the Rialto Bridge, with a vaporetto stop just out front. Rooms are ornately dressed in period style, mixing luxe details (like silk paneling and original Baroque cielings) with modern conveniences. Breakfast is served in a beautiful room overlooking the Grand Canal.
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14. Palazzo Nani Venice – Cannaregio
Hotel phone: +39 041 884 2200
Sumptuous Radisson Collection property incorporating modern styling into a beautiful historic property. All guests in the 52 rooms and suites enjoy access to the hotel’s fitness center, peaceful garden courtyard, and on-site restaurant and bar; four ground level rooms are handicapped accessible. Great location near the Venetian Ghetto, with a water transit station just in front offering easy access to the airport and around the city.
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15. Sina Centurion Palace – Dorsoduro
Hotel phone: +39 041 34281
Overlooking the Grand Canal and housed in a 19th century Palazzo, this hotel features distinctive, boldly-colored rooms and suites, with plush contemporary interiors & Venetian touches, wood-beam ceilings, burnished gold leaf in bathrooms and mini-bars. Suites add sitting areas; some suites are bi-level, some have bathtubs. Quiet Dorsoduro location, a quick vaporetto ride to bustling San Marco.
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16. Baglioni Hotel Luna – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 528 9840
Close to St Mark’s Square, this well located, grand Venetian-style hotel, has luxe, tastefully decorated rooms and suites with silk brocade wall linings, wood floors, Murano chandeliers, marble bathrooms and mini-bars. Entry-level suites have sitting areas and lagoon views (some) and upgraded suites add living rooms, French beds, very spacious furnished terraces, antique furniture (from private collections) and more bedrooms depending on the category.
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17. Arcadia – Cannaregio
Hotel phone: +39 041 717355
Pleasant, 17-room, good-value boutique hotel set in a 17th century building, having immaculate rooms and one suite category, and featuring a mix of classic and modern elements, wooden floors, and mini-bars. Surrounding area is vibrant with plenty of shops and restaurants and hotel is close to the historic Jewish ghetto and train station.
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18. B&B San Marco – Castello
Hotel phone: +39 041 5227589
This family-owned and run bed and breakfast offers a taste of real Venetian homelife. Its three guest rooms are spacious and comfortable; one features an en-suite bath, two others share a bathroom. Live-in hosts Alice and Marco are exceptionally warm and welcoming, eager to introduce you to less-touristed parts of the city. Fresh coffee and pastries are provided every morning. Central, yet quiet, canalside location.
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19. Bisanzio – Castello
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 3100
Located in the heart of Venice, this hotel is a short walk from Saint Mark’s Square and offers elegant accommodations in a 16th-century Venetian palazzo. Family-friendly loft suites, designed with parquet floors and exposed beams, and superior rooms with private terraces are available. Their quaint nearby apartments, complete with full kitchens, are ideal for families seeking a home-like experience. Nestled on a quiet side street near the canal, the hotel is a stone’s throw from water taxis and top attractions.
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20. Nani Mocenigo Palace – Dorsoduro
Hotel phone: +39 041 5227589
A beautiful old palazzo, done up in traditional Venetian design. Accommodations range from cozy economy rooms to family apartments that sleep five; all are elegantly furnished and feature marble bathrooms. Their ground-floor bar/cafe offers tranquil garden courtyard seating. Convenient location near waterbus stops and the Squero di San Travaso gondola serviceyard in the Dorsoduro sestiere.
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The oldest sestiere (district) in Venice, San Marco is the historic hub of the city, filled with Venice’s most recognizable landmarks such as the Basilica San Marco and Palazzo Ducale, side-by-side in the Piazza San Marco. The cafes on either side of the square each have live bands playing classical music on their al fresco dining patios. There are two large gondola service stations (servizio gondole) and several smaller ones crisscrossing through the neighborhood. The iconic Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) connects San Marco to San Polo across the Grand Canal, while the picturesque Ponte dell’Accademia connects San Marco to Dorsoduro. Though an absolutely stunning area, San Marco is also the busiest, most touristy, and has the most expensive restaurants, especially in the piazza.
The Best Hotels in San Marco
- Gritti Palace • Hotel phone: +39 041 794611
- The St. Regis Venice • Hotel phone: +39 041 240 0001
- Novecento Boutique Hotel • Hotel phone: +39 041 241 3765
- Egò Boutique The Silk Road • Hotel phone: +39 041 639 9882
- Baglioni Hotel Luna • Hotel phone: +39 041 528 9840
- All’Angelo Art Hotel • Hotel phone: +39 041 520 9299
The Best Restaurants in San Marco
- Ai Mercanti (inventive Venetian flavors in a casual setting)
- Bistrot de Venise (wine-centric Venetian menu mixing classical and modern dishes)
Offering a lively blend of top sights and local life, Dorsoduro brims with high art, historic palaces, and frescoed churches. Top attractions here include the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Church of San Sebastiano, and the Ca’Rezzonico palace. Casual restaurants, spirited bacari (wine bars), and a bustling produce market make this an ideal home base for foodies. Dorsoduro is the best sestiere for nightlife in Venice with its pocket of bars around Campo San Margherita buzzing with activity. Bars here tend to skew younger than in the rest of the city due to the university here.
The Best Hotels in Dorsoduro
- Ca Maria Adele • Hotel phone: +39 041 520 3078
- Sina Centurion Palace • Hotel phone: +39 041 34281
- Nani Mocenigo Palace • Hotel phone: +39 041 520 0145
The Best Restaurants in Dorsoduro
- Pasticceria Tonolo (rich pastries since 1886, best tiramisu year-round, best frittelle during Carnival)
- Cantine del Vino già Schiavi (AKA Al Bottegon, local favorite for cicchetti and wine, a little chaotic and a lot of fun)
- Cafè Noir (wonderful, cheap cocktails, wine, and sandwiches with an artsy, young vibe)
Best known as the site of the world’s first Jewish Ghetto established in 1516, Cannaregio was formerly an industrial area and is now where the majority of Venetians live. Rich in history, sights include the Museo Ebraico (Jewish Museum), Baroque synagogues, Renaissance churches, and ornate palaces. Its location near the train station makes this an excellent base for day trips to nearby cities, like Verona, Bologna, Padua, and more. Romantic, authentic, atmospheric, and filled with great, affordable restaurants.
The Best Hotels in Cannaregio
- Al Ponte Antico • Hotel phone: +39 041 241 1944
- Arcadia Boutique Hotel • Hotel phone: +39 041 717355
- Ca’ Bonfadini • Hotel phone: +39 041 098 6298
- Palazzo Nani Venice • Hotel phone: +39 041 884 2200
The Best Restaurants in Cannaregio
- Osteria Ai Promessi Sposi (casual spot for Venetian dining and cicchetti)
- Taverna al Remer (Venice’s best happy hour hangout plus delicious dinners in the evening)
- Torrefazione Cannaregio (best coffee shop in Venice)
- Bacaro del Gelato (best gelato shop in Venice)
Compact, vibrant neighborhood brimming with picturesque churches, excellent restaurants, and the Rialto Market – selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood for almost 1000 years. Major attractions here include San Giacomo di Rialto (believed to be Venice’s oldest church, but the actual date of construction is unknown), the Scuola Grande di San Rocco (housing gorgeous paintings by Tintoretto), and the Basilica dei Frari (filled with some of Titian’s greatest works). A clutch of small cocktail, wine, and cicchetti bars ring its main piazza, Campo San Polo, along with a handful of great restaurants and local flavor.
The Best Hotels in San Polo
- Aman • Hotel phone: +39 041 270 7333
The Best Restaurants in San Polo
- Ristorante San Silvestro (best restaurant in Venice, elegant dining focusing on local seafood and updated versions of classic dishes)
- Antico Forno (best pizza in Venice)
- All’Arco (casual, hole-in-the-wall bacaro for fantastic local wine and cicchetti)
The largest, most family-friendly sestiere, Castello offers a quiet retreat from the city’s crowds while remaining walkable to Venice’s most beloved sights. This neighborhood is situated around the Arsenale di Venezia, a historic shipyard, and includes the botanical gardens, the 15th-century Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (with artwork by Carpaccio), and several relaxed piazzas. Some of Venice’s most important churches are here, including the Zanipoli (25 doges are entombed here), San Zaccaria (Gothic-Renaissance architecture and artwork by Bellini, Tintoretto, and more), and Santa Maria Formosa church and square.
The Best Hotels in Castello
- Londra Palace • Hotel phone: +39 041 520 0533
- Ca’ di Dio • Hotel phone: +39 041 098 0238
- B&B San Marco • Hotel phone: +39 347 244 2237
The Best Restaurants in Castello
- Ai Do Archi (intimate, casual osteria, great pasta and risotto, lots of vegetarian options)
- I Tre Mercanti (not really a restaurant but a gourmet Italian grocery store known for their delicious tiramisu, made fresh every hour)
Despite its location including the bus station, cruise ship port, and major vaporetto hub, Santa Croce is the least touristy of Venice’s sestieri. Most of Santa Croce’s hotels and attractions are in the eastern half of the neighborhood; highlights include Ca’ Corner della Regina (a Baroque palace), San Giacomo dell’Orio church (filled with medieval, Renaissance, and Mannerist art), and Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art (masterpieces by Klimt and Zuloaga, Venetian art from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the Oriental Art Museum on the top floor). Restaurants here tend to be unpretentious, family-run osterie and bacari, including two of the top spots for cicchetti in the city, Arcicchetti Bakaro and Cantina Arnaldi. Santa Croce is just a short walk to the nightlife of nearby San Polo and the best-known sights of the city.
The Best Hotels in Santa Croce
- Santa Croce Boutique Hotel • Hotel phone: +39 041 740112
The Best Restaurants in Santa Croce
- Arciccheti Bakaro (best spot for cicchetti)
- Cantina Arnaldi (best bar in Venice, great wine and cocktails)
Giudecca is Venice’s unofficial seventh sestiere located across the Venetian Lagoon south of Dorsoduro and San Marco. Throughout the centuries this series of islands has been a prison island for aristocratic rebels, a retreat for nobles, a military and manufacturing hub, and today home to artists and independent boutiques. This relaxed neighborhood offers stunning views of the city from its north-facing hotels, restaurants, and bars. Historic churches here include San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore, both designed by Palladio with artwork by Tintoretto and the Bassanos (Jacopo, Francesco, and Leandro). Several vaporetti connect Giudecca to San Marco and Dorsoduro.
The Best Hotels in Giudecca
- Cipriani • Hotel phone: +39 041 240801
The Best Restaurants in Giudecca
- Trattoria ai Cacciatori (a standby for Venetian comfort food for over 40 years)
- Majer (bakery by day, chic waterfront dining by night, grilled meats are the specialty)
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