If you are planning a trip to Venice and have just booked your flight, you have come to the right place. As you probably know, your next step is to figure out where you should stay during your trip. Just like any popular tourist destination, Venice has such an abundance of hotels that the decision can be very overwhelming and stressful. You think you can do a quick online search and decide on something quickly within 10 minutes. But all you get is hundreds of results staring back at you from your computer screen. Where do you start? Which should you choose? No one wants a vacation to be ruined by a terrible hotel experience. In order to help you prevent that, below is a list of the best boutique hotels in Venice:
On the Grand Canal
1. CimaRosa Venezia
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Despite being on the Grand Canal, CimaRosa is not located along the main touristy stretch of the canal. Expect to get a more traditional Venetian experience, as the hosts do an excellent job of introducing the area to make you feel more at home. Functioning as a crossover between a boutique hotel and a bed-and-breakfast, CimaRosa is currently rated as a #1 hotel in Venice.
Address: Santa Croce 1958 Venice, Italy
Price: From 200 USD
Access: 2-minute walk from San Stae vaporetto stop
Set in the 1890s theater where Vivaldi first began his music career, NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci is a 4-star hotel that overlooks the Grand Canal. It is only a 10-minute walk from St Mark’s Square, making it an ideal location in the heart of Venice. With only 59 suites available, each room is spacious and has its own unique charm. The Venetian-style décor is mixed with a twist to combine the historical significance of the building with the modern appeal of boutique hotels. Coffee and tea is provided in every room. If you are flying in and out of Venice, the hotel can also provide an airport shuttle by boat from its private dock for a fee.
Hotel Al Ponte Antico is set on the site of a 16th-century palace that was renovated to mimic a typical Venetian-style residence. This 4-star hotel faces the Grand Canal, providing its guests with a view of the Rialto Bridge. It has been recognized for its good service and knowledgeable staff. The romantic waterside terrace makes this hotel an ideal choice for couples, especially honeymooners.
This is a 4-star hotel featuring antique décor, luxurious accents, marble bathrooms, and hot tubs. At Palazzo Sant’Angelo, you will not only enjoy a breakfast buffet, but be able to eat every morning with the best view from a dining room that overlooks the Grand Canal. Because it is located right by the Grand Canal, it can get a little loud with gondola and vaporetto traffic. So don’t forget to request a room at the back of the hotel if you prefer some peace and quiet.
Located in Dorsoduro, Venice’s most tranquil district and also known as the art quarter, Ca Maria Adele is far from isolated. Despite being in a quieter part of the city, it overlooks one end of the Grand Canal, providing a great view of the signature waterway. With the Peggy Guggenheim Collection nearby and St Mark’s Square a mere 10-minute walk away, this hotel strikes the perfect balance between the hectic tourist areas and peaceful moments. What makes it even more unique are the customizable dining options. Each morning, breakfast is made for personal preference and guests get to choose what they want to eat.
The Westin Europa & Regina is a luxurious hotel with amazing views of the Grand Canal. Its location is probably the hotel’s biggest strength, as it is also close to most of Venice’s main attractions, including St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs, and Doge’s Palace. With 3 restaurants, a fitness center, and a spa, it offers some of the best facilities at a reasonable price for a 5-star hotel.
For a more detailed review, check out: Enjoy The Luxury Of Venice From Bygone Eras At Westin Europa & Regina
The gorgeous Ca’Pisani hotel showcases some of the best features of Venice. The synthesis of the hotel’s bold design and the serenity of the neighbourhood is what make this place stand out. This is a uniquely charming hotel where the interiors show a strong Futurist influence. The hotel consists of 29 rooms ranging from standard rooms to suites. There are tons of amenities at your disposal here such as central air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a swanky lounge area, 24-hour front desk and more. As for facilities, offerings are a Turkish bath and a spectacular rooftop terrace. Another added benefit of this hotel is its spectacular location. The Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, the Accademia Galleries, and many other significant tourist attractions are within a few minutes’ walk.
The charming DD.724 guesthouse has some exemplary features and is ideally located in Venice. The guesthouse comprises of seven stunning rooms which are occupied all year round so be sure to book a room in advance. It is located in a quiet alleyway in the Dorsoduro district, just a few steps from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Academia Gallery. The aesthetics are extremely pleasing to the eye with rich blends of warm muted colours and earth tans and browns. Lighting is well-designed and noteworthy artworks and photographs are decorated all around. Truly an amazing place to stay with great facilities at your disposal!
Near the train station (Venezia Santa Lucia)
Located in the far north end of Venice, Carnival Palace is a 4-star boutique hotel with a distinct romantic contemporary design. This elegant hotel has 67 rooms, and is only 10 minutes away from the Venezia Santa Lucia train station. Even though it is far from St Mark’s Square, its quiet location is perfect for a peaceful trip to Venice. All rooms have views of either the Cannaregio Canal, the garden, or the city. Kick back in their chromotherapy showers and bathtubs for an even more relaxing holiday.
3-star Hotel Arcadia Venezia is a more affordable option for those who want the luxury of living in a boutique hotel without the burden of high prices. Housed in a 17th-century palace that was once home to a noble Roman family, this hotel is only 7 minutes away from the train station. It encapsulates a local spirit with its traditional Venetian decors, from its Murano glass chandeliers to its handmade stucco and marble walls. However, do note that this hotel does not have an elevator and the rooms are only accessible by stairs.
Named after Renaissance frescos that adorned its façade back in the 18th century, Hotel Antiche Figure (“Antique Figures”) is another reasonably-priced boutique hotel that provides good value for money. It occupies a 15th-century palace right by the Grand Canal, across from the train station. The 3-minute walk from the station makes it extremely convenient, especially if you have a lot of luggage to carry. Start your day with the complimentary breakfast buffet on the waterfront dining terrace for a great view of the canal.
Located just 9 minutes from the train station, Hotel Moresco offers the perfect combination of a peaceful and quiet location and convenient access to transport. The hotel embraces a Mediterranean connection to the east through its East Asian décor. You can enjoy a private hot tub in your room if you book the junior suite, while the other rooms feature chromotherapy showers. Instead of going to a tourist-filled café, Hotel Moresco has a secluded garden right there for its guests. Hotel Moresco also provides a complimentary water taxi service to Murano Island, the place from where Murano glass originates. It is well-worth a visit.
Murano glass is one of the recommended souvenirs. Find out more: Things To Do In Venice
Hotel Canal Grande is a 4-star hotel with direct access to the Grand Canal and only a 5-minute walk from the train station. With its gold accents (primarily on mirrors and furniture) and Murano glass embellishments, the décor of the rooms is inspired by Venetian art and history. At this hotel, you can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet, while appreciating the beauty of Venice on its waterside terrace.
Near St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
Hotel Flora is a 3-star hotel run by the Romanelli family. Even though it is near to the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Square, and Teatro La Fenice, it is still a relatively quiet area of the city. Decorated in a Venetian style with period furniture, Murano glass chandeliers, and damask tapestries, the rooms allow you to embrace Venetian culture in the comfort of the hotel. It also has a private courtyard garden for guests to enjoy their breakfast in the morning or to unwind during any time of the day.
Editor’s Note: This hotel has been reported as permanently closed.
Located in the heart of Venice, Locanda Orseolo is strategically situated close to all the major sites, including St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Market, the Grand Canal, and Teatro La Fenice. Because the hotel was built as a restoration of a traditional Venetian home, the staff work to create a family atmosphere. While rooms are on the smaller side, they are, nevertheless, just as charming and elegant as in any other boutique hotel.
Address: Corte Zorzi, San Marco 1083 (see map) 30124 Venice, Italy
Price: From 200 USD
Access: 5-minute walk from San Marco Vallaresso vaporetto stop
Aqua Palace Hotel is a 4-star hotel in a prime location relatively close to all tourist attractions. It creates a 16th-century Venetian ambience with its elegant furnishings and decorations. The soft lighting used throughout the hotel adds a sense of comfort, an ideal setting to go back to after a long day of sightseeing. It also has a private dock where vaporettos or gondolas can take you right to the hotel’s doorstep.
Just 3 minutes away from St Mark’s Square is Palace Bonvecchiati, a 4-star luxury boutique hotel. In addition to its prime location, the facilities in the hotel itself (i.e. the gym, sauna, steam bath, and whirlpool spa) are of high quality as well. Even though it is not by the Grand Canal, some rooms still boast a view of the surrounding canals. With a Venetian restaurant on its waterside terrace, get a taste of traditional Venetian food without having to step out of the hotel.
As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Baglioni Hotel Luna takes luxury living to a whole new level. While this boutique hotel in Venice may be more understated than some of its other 5-star hotel counterparts, Baglioni Hotel Luna is just as impressive. Not only is it a short distance away from St Mark’s Square and other historical attractions in the city, it also faces San Giorgio Maggiore Island that you can get a view of from its rooftop terrace. If you’re lucky enough, you may even be able to see it from your room.
This spectacular and fully-functional hotel has 12 spacious rooms ideal for a quick getaway in Venice. It has a classic contemporary vibe to it and is the perfect amalgamation of quaint and modern design. The room’s interiors are thoughtfully designed and include all the essentials one would need for a pleasant stay. The rooms are oozing with comfort and amenities such as free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front desk, room service, and a lounge area are at your disposal here. The location is not far from St. Mark’s Square, and is very close to La Fenice.
The Starhotels Splendid Venice is one of the popular and most loved hotels in Venice. The marvellous interiors reflect the beauty of the city and the rosy casement windows add to the charm. The 165 rooms are decorated to perfection with pastel hues and oak flooring. The hotel has a classic yet contemporary vibe to it and the amenities here are absolutely divine, including items such as the “Starbeauty” bath products. The comfy chairs and canal views also play a strong part in the hotel’s charming ambience. The rooms are ideal for two people and the rates are affordable as well. Sip on the finest Italian brewed coffees and enjoy the mesmerizing canal views from here.
A luxury vacation for everyone
It is no secret that Venice is a city of beauty and luxury. So what better way to enhance your trip than by pampering yourself at one of the best hotels out there? Even though these boutique hotels command higher prices, the lavishness and convenience make the price more than worthwhile and pay homage to the term ‘you get what you pay for!’. But do note that these hotels in Venice will become even pricier during peak season (usually around June - August). If you’re going all the way to Venice for a vacation, you should make the most of your trip. Truly appreciate the city, forget all your worries for a few days, and stay in the comfort of these boutique hotels.
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