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Updated: February 10, 2020

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The 9 Best Hotels in Venice, Italy

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1. Belmond Hotel Cipriani – Giudecca

Best Luxury Hotel in Venice with Pool
Tranquil, classic Venetian-charm hotel, located on Giudecca Island, a short boat ride away from the city, featuring charming rooms and suites with ipod docks, mini-bars, bathtubs (some), balconies/terraces (some) and spectacular garden & vineyard/lagoon views (recommend the latter). 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-ceilings windows with outstanding views, jacuzzis and plunge pools on the private terraces. Hotel has an excellent Olympic-size, outdoor, seawater swimming pool and a Michelin star restaurant. Hotel Phone: +39 041 240 801.

2. Sina Centurion Palace – Dorsoduro

Best Hotels in Venice
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. Hotel Phone: +39 041 34281.

3. Hotel Gritti Palace – San Marco

Best Luxury Hotel in Venice
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. Hotel Phone: +39 041 794611.

4. Bauer Il Palazzo – San Marco

Best Luxury Hotel in Venice
Centrally located within walking distance of key attractions, this stunning hotel set in a historic palazzo has lovely, striking rooms with Art Deco & Venetian style interiors, marble bathrooms with bathtubs and mini-bars. Upgraded rooms have period furniture, Murano glass chandeliers and balconies (some). Suites add living areas, jacuzzis (some) and better views. Hotel Phone: +39 041 520 7022.

5. Baglioni Hotel Luna – San Marco

Best Boutique Luxury Hotel in Venice
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. Hotel Phone: +39 041 5289840.

6. Hotel Londra Palace – Castello

Best Luxury Hotel in Venice with View.
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. Hotel Phone: +39 041 5200533.

7. Ca’ Maria Adele – Dorsoduro

Best Hotels in Venice
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, terraces (some) with the top-end suite sporting illuminated vases on wooden beams and a chromotherapy whirlpool right in front of the bed. No elevator. Hotel Phone: +39 041 52 03 078.

8. Al Ponte Antico Hotel – Cannaregio

Best Luxury Hotel in Venice
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 overlooking the canal is popular for its fantastic views.

9. Arcadia Hotel – Cannaregio

Best Hotels in Venice
Pleasant, 17-room, good-value boutique hotel set in a 17th century building, having immaculate rooms and one suite category, 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 a train station. Hotel Phone: +39 041 717355.

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  1. JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Venice

    Curious if you’ve stayed at the JW Marriot Venice. Looks like a great luxury option for families. Thanks for the input!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Venice Marriott is a wonderful property. It’s on a separate island about 20 minutes from St Marks Square with the free hotel water taxi. The rooftop pool and view are awesome.

  2. Where To Stay in Venice

    My husband and I arrive in Venice by train from Florence for 3 nights and have a flight out of Venice at 5:30am. We’re looking for a 4 or 5 star hotel and not sure whether to stay closer to the airport or closer to the main part of Venice. What would you recommend? Also what do you think the best way to get to the airport would be at that time of the morning?
    Thanks :)

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Definitely stay in central Venice. No need to stay near the airport. The quickest easiest way to the Venice airport is by water taxi which will pick you up right from your hotel and take you straight to the airport (luggage and all). Fun and easy!

  3. Best Places to Eat in Venice

    Hi Dave

    Do you have any recommendations for restaurants in Venice? Will be there for 2 days and 2 nights. Dinner and lunch spots. Looking for the best possible experiences in 2 days not necessariliy most expensive but budget is not in an issue if those are your top recommendations. Also what would be your top 2 recommendations for after dinner drinks/bars. Love your site, have followed your advice in Mykonos, Santorini, Phuket, and Koh Samui so far.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Hidden in the heart of the San Polo neighbourhood, Antiche Carampane is an old-school family-run restaurant renowned for its fabulous seafood. Another good bet is Ai Mercanti, a smart, intimate restaurant serving seasonal cuisine near Piazza San Marco. Venice is famous for its gourmet bar snacks called cicheti. Like tapas these are served in eateries across the city. A good spot to try them is All’Arco (Calle dell’Ochialer 436), a traditional osteria near the Rialto market. For a drink, Harry’s Bar (Calle Vallaresso 1323) is one of the city’s historic haunts. The Bellini cocktail was invented there and Ernest Hemingway was one of its early customers. For magical views over the Grand Canal, try the summer terrace of the Bar Longhi in the luxurious Hotel Gritti Palace (a fantastic place to stay).

  4. Recommended Hotels in Greece

    Hi Dave,
    I’ve been following you the past few months as we prepare for our first trip to Greece! (2 couples) Staying at Inn Athens for 2 nights (end of September), then flying to Mykonos for 3 nights. Having trouble choosing a place, what are your thoughts on Rocabella, Boheme, or the renovated Myconian Korali? Then taking ferry to Santorini, want to stay on the Caldera in Oia, so many choice there as well! Have a Blue Dome Villa on hold but wondering if hotel is better option. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Mykonos Rocabella is the most luxurious of those hotels but somewhat remote and isolated (fine if you rent a car or don’t need to explore the island). Mykonos Boheme would be my choice. As to villa or hotel, I prefer the service and attention of a hotel but Bluedome Cavehouse in Oia (if that’s the one you’re referring to) has a great location and views.

  5. Hotel with Good Location in Venice


    What are your thoughts on hotels Continental, Principe and B4 Bellini? How would you rank them? Arriving by train and have luggage. 3 vs 4 nights in Venice? There seems to be some event on June 4? Prices are up and fewer rooms.

    Many thanks!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Booking hotels early for Venice is more important than Rome and Florence. All 3 hotels are well located close to train station and airport express bus. Porters at the train station will carry your luggage to the hotel if you need help. Central Venice is an enjoyable 25 minute walk.

  6. Hotel Antiche Figure in Venice

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



    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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).

  7. 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. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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

  8. 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?

    A. D.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

      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.)

  9. 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?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      You might like to contact Enrica Rocca; she has a cooking school in Venice (with full and half-day courses) and a good reputation.

      Otherwise, there is the one day cooking class at osteria Ai Assassini. And the Marriott hotel (on its own island) which runs cooking lessons at its Sapori Cooking Academy.

  10. 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. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  11. 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. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  12. 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?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  13. 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).


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  14. 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. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  15. 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.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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)

  16. 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. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  17. 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

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  18. Easiest Transportation from Venice Airport to Central Venice


    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. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  19. 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. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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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