Venice Hotels – Tips & Advice
- 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 Luxury Hotel in Venice: Cipriani
- Best Boutique Hotel in Venice: Al Ponte Antico
- Best Hotel for Families in Venice: Bisanzio
- The best restaurants in Venice: Ristorante San Silvestro (upscale spot serving Venetian specialties like squid ink risotto, beef carpaccio, and local seafood) • Ai Mercanti (creative Venetian fare with a playful twist and an amazing wine list) • Osteria Ai Promessi Sposi (push through the crowd of locals standing outside eating cicchetti and ask for a table – excellent Venetian dishes, menu always changing)
- Best tiramisu in Venice: Pasticceria Tonolo • Best cicchetti (Venetian tapas): Arcicchetti Bakaro • Best coffee: Torrefazione Cannaregio • Best pizza: Antico Forno • Best gelato: Bacaro del Gelato • Best wine bar: Cantina Arnaldi
- Best Tours in Venice: Legendary Venice (3 hours/skip the line) • Dine Around Venice (3 hours) • Venice in a Day (7.5 hours/skip the line)
The 9 Best Hotels in Venice, Italy
1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Bauer Palazzo – San Marco
Hotel phone: +39 041 520 7022
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.
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5. 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, 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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6. 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.
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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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, 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.
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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
- Bauer Palazzo • Hotel phone: +39 041 520 7022
- Baglioni Hotel Luna • Hotel phone: +39 041 528 9840
- Ai Mercanti (inventive Venetian flavors in a casual setting)
- Bistrot de Venise (wine-centric Venetian menu mixing classical and modern dishes)
The Best Restaurants in San Marco
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
- 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)
The Best Restaurants in Dorsoduro
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’ Sagredo • Hotel phone: +39 041 241 3111
- 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)
The Best Restaurants in Cannaregio
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 Hotel in San Polo
- Aman • Hotel phone: +39 041 270 7333
- Palazzo Barbarigo • Hotel phone: +39 041 740 172
- 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 Best Restaurants in San Polo
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
- 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)
The Best Restaurants in Castello
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
- Canal Grande • Hotel phone: ++39 041 244 0148
- Arciccheti Bakaro (best spot for cicchetti)
- Cantina Arnaldi (best bar in Venice, great wine and cocktails)
The Best Restaurants in Santa Croce
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
- 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)
The Best Restaurants in Giudecca
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