Luxury Hotels

Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi

prac_info Fondamenta Madonna dell’Orto, Cannaregio 35 00 • 041 220 81 11 • • €€

On a quiet Cannaregio canal, with a lovely garden stretching back to the lagoon, this former convent is furnished with Murano chandeliers and fabrics crafted by leading artisans. This is the best-value luxury hotel in town, and has its own guest launch.

Aman Venice

prac_info San Polo 1364 • 041 270 73 33 • • €€€

The hotel launch brings guests from the airport to the Grand Canal entrance of Palazzo Papadopoli. You step straight into the original palace, with its stuccoed rooms, as well as a small spa and a gym. The hotel also has spacious common rooms and lovely gardens.

Bauer Palazzo

prac_info Campo San Moisè, S Marco 1459 • 041 520 70 22 • • €€€

Close to St Mark’s Square amid the main sights and the best shops, the majestic Bauer offers old-style service in elegant surroundings.

Excelsior Venice Lido Resort

prac_info Lungomare Marconi 41, Lido • 041 526 02 01 • • Closed Nov–mid-Mar • €€€

Crawling with stars during the Film Festival, this hotel has rooms right on the beach. There is also a swimming pool and exclusive restaurants.

Hotel Cipriani

prac_info Giudecca 10 • 041 520 77 44 • • Closed Nov–Mar • €€€

Set on Giudecca, Cipriani is just minutes from the water. It has a private garden with a salt-water pool, and three top restaurants (see Entertainment Venues).

Hotel Danieli

prac_info Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4196 • 041 522 64 80 • • €€€

Set in a pink palazzo, Danieli has a long history of famous guests (see Hotel Danieli). The hotel is close to the Bridge of Sighs and Piazza San Marco.

JW Marriott Venice Resort

prac_info Isole delle Rose, Venice Lagoon • 041 852 13 00 • • Closed Nov–Feb • €€€

In parkland on an island in the Southern Lagoon, this resort offers suites, roof terraces, swimming pools, a spa and a choice of restaurants, as well as daily cooking classes. The private shuttle launch takes 20 minutes to reach Piazza San Marco.

Luna Hotel Baglioni

prac_info Calle Larga dell’Ascension, S Marco 1243 • 041 528 98 40 • • €€€

Enjoy exquisite service in a refined atmosphere of chandeliers and marble. This is Venice’s oldest hotel – it hosted the Knights Templar in the 1100s, while they waited to embark for the Crusades. Breakfast is served in the drawing room, frescoed by pupils of Tiepolo (see Venice Churches).


prac_info Riva degli Schiavoni, Castello 4149 • 041 520 50 44 • • €€€

This grand good-value establishment is immaculately run. On the waterfront, minutes from San Marco, it boasts a wonderful garden and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Palace Bonvecchiati

prac_info Calle dei Fabbri, S Marco 4680 • 041 296 31 11 • • €€€

“Contemporary luxury” best describes this hotel with a roof-level sauna and gym. Private canal access means guests can arrive by water taxi.

St Regis Europa & Regina

prac_info Corte Barozzi, S Marco 2159 • 041 240 00 01 • • €€€

This elegant historic palace, on the Grand Canal, is beautifully decorated. It is also quite close to the Piazza San Marco.

Budget Hotels

Al Campaniel Guesthouse

prac_info Calle del Campaniel, S Polo 2889 • 041 275 07 49 • • €

Spanish-Venetian couple Gloria and Marco are discreet and professional hosts offering spotless rooms close to the San Tomà boat stop. Each room has tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Alloggi Gerotto Calderan

prac_info Campo S Geremia, Cannaregio 283 • 041 715 361 • Closed Christmas week • • No credit cards • €

Handy for the station, this hotel has airy rooms, some with bath (no breakfast). Guests are welcomed by enthusiastic English-speaking staff. Try to bargain down the rates in low season.

Al Santo

prac_info Via del Santo 147, Padua • 049 875 21 31 • Closed 7–30 Jan • • €

This simple family-run hotel is very well located, 10 minutes’ stroll from Padua’s main historic sights (see Cappella degli Scrovegni).

Bernardi Semenzato

prac_info Calle dell’Oca, Cannaregio 4366 • 041 522 72 57 • • €

Located near Campo dei Santi Apostoli, this hotel is a delightful bargain. The owners are extremely hospitable.

Casa Cardinal Piazza

prac_info Fondamenta Contarini, Cannaregio 3539/A • 041 721 388 • • No credit cards • No air conditioning • €

Run by friendly nuns, this great-value palace guest-house is set in a shady garden right on the lagoon edge. It has 24 modest rooms with bathrooms. Breakfast is available; there’s an 11pm curfew.

Hotel Gobbo

prac_info Campo S Geremia 312, Cannaregio • 041 715 001 • • €

The “Hunchback” is a clean, small-scale hotel. Most of the rooms have air conditioning, and a couple overlook a bustling square. Easy access from the railway station.

Istituto Canossiano

prac_info Fondamenta delle Eremite, Dorsoduro 1323 • 041 240 97 11 • Closed Christmas week, 2 weeks in Aug • • No air conditioning • €

This modernized, converted convent has vast courtyards to wander around. Vending machines are on hand for snacks and drinks; otherwise, it’s not far to the Zattere. Guests should note that there’s a midnight curfew.

Il Lato Azzurro

prac_info Via Forti 13, Sant’Erasmo • 041 523 06 42 • • No air conditioning • €

Il Lato Azzurro offers great-value lodgings on this garden island, where sea breezes are ensured. The hosts can arrange canoe trips, use of bicycles, picnic lunches and half-board, consisting mainly of vegetarian meals. The hotel has two rooms specially equipped for travellers with specific needs.

San Giorgio Monastery

prac_info Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore • 041 241 47 17 • No credit cards • €

The monks on San Giorgio Island, just across the Canale di San Marco from Piazza San Marco, welcome guests to their peaceful premises. A simple breakfast is provided, and self-catering accommodation is also available. There are superb views of Venice from the square in front of the church.

Hotels with Charm

B&B Ca’ Noemi

prac_info Rio Terà 32, Malamocco • 041 242 00 40 • • €

This recently renovated 14th-century building is located on the southern end of the Lido in an old fishing village. The nearby Ca ‘del Moro Sporting Club has a swimming pool, tennis and physical fitness facilities. There is easy access to the city and the beach.

Accademia Villa Maravege

prac_info Fondamenta Bollani, Dorsoduro 1058 • 041 521 01 88 • • €€–€€€

This beautiful 17th-century villa near the Accademia was formerly the Russian embassy. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the private garden. You need to book well in advance.

Ca’ della Corte

prac_info Corte Surian, Dorsoduro 3560 • 041 715 877 • • €€

This charming bed-and-breakfast has spotless rooms that boast all the latest equipment, including satellite TV. It is just a short stroll to Piazzale Roma.

La Calcina

prac_info Zattere, Dorsoduro 780 • 041 520 64 66 • • €€

In 1877, Ruskin stayed at this guesthouse on the Zattere. The rooms have been modernized since then, but they retain their charm and parquet floors. An exclusive street-level terrace overlooks the Giudecca Canal, while another surveys the rooftops. It is advised to book well in advance for a stay here.

Hotel Flora

prac_info Calle Bergamaschi, S Marco 2283/A • 041 520 58 44 • • €€

Though small, the pretty internal courtyard with lush greenery at this 17th-century palazzo is an oasis of calm after the city crowds. The charming rooms are individually decorated. Those on the upper floor offer good views.

Hotel Marconi

prac_info Riva del Vin, S Polo 729 • 041 522 20 68 • • €€

This popular hotel by Rialto Bridge has outside seating reserved for guests. Rooms are simple but guests are given a warm welcome.

Locanda Cipriani

prac_info Piazza S Fosca 29, Torcello • 041 730 150 • • Closed Jan–early Feb • €€

A peaceful, sophisticated hotel on the island of Torcello, Locanda Cipriani has a list of illustrious past guests, and a famed restaurant overlooking the garden. Guests can explore the island after the day-trippers have left.

Palazzo Abadessa

prac_info Calle Priuli, Cannaregio 4011 • 041 241 37 84 • • €€–€€€

Murano glass chandeliers and lovely fabrics add to the authentic atmosphere at this palace hotel. There are two specially equipped rooms for travellers with specific needs.

San Simon Ai Due Fanali

prac_info Campo S Simeone Grande, S Croce 946/949 • 041 718 490 • • €€

The rooms at this tastefully renovated former monastery have wooden rafters. Several apartments are available near the Arsenale.

The Gritti Palace

prac_info Campo S Maria del Giglio, S Marco 2467 • 041 794 611 • • €€€

Ernest Hemingway stayed in this 15th-century palace-hotel situated on the Grand Canal. Romantic waterside dining is among its many features.

Converted Palaces

Albergo Guerrato

prac_info Calle Drio la Scimia, S Polo 240/A • 041 522 71 31 • Closed 7–30 Jan • • Not all rooms are en suite • €

This charming, spacious old hotel at Rialto dates back to 1288 and is full of history.

Al Sole

prac_info Fondamenta Minotto, S Croce 136 • 041 244 03 28 • • €€

A beautiful place to stay, convenient for Piazzale Roma, this 16th-century palace, with a huge lobby and a courtyard draped in wisteria, is often used as a film set. Rooms have all mod cons.

Ca’ Nigra Lagoon Resort

prac_info Campo S Simeon Grande, S Croce 927 • 041 524 27 90 • • €€–€€€

Once an ambassador’s residence, this palace on the Grand Canal has two delightful shady gardens. The decor is modern, and one room even has a private jacuzzi. The location is handy for the railway and bus stations.

Ca’ Pisani

prac_info Rio Terrà Foscarini, Dorsoduro 979A • 041 240 14 11 • • €€

Converted in 2000, Ca’ Pisani has a warm ambience, stunning modern design and all the facilities you could hope for. You may never want to leave this 15th-century palace, conveniently close to the Accademia.

Hotel Santo Stefano

prac_info Campo S Stefano, S Marco 2957 • 041 520 01 66 • • €€

Guests return to this former monastery watch-tower for its discerning style, maximum comfort (there are Jacuzzis in all the rooms) and breathtaking views.

Locanda La Corte

prac_info Calle Bressana, Castello 6317 • 041 241 13 00 • • €€

A relaxing atmosphere prevails at this renovated 16th-century palace. It once served the ambassador from Brescia and is impeccably furnished with period pieces. Breakfast is served in the courtyard.

Locanda San Barnaba

prac_info Calle del Traghetto, Dorsoduro 2785–2786 • 041 241 12 33 • • €€

Minutes from the Ca’ Rezzonico ferry stop, this quiet, elegant palace-hotel has original frescoes in many of the rooms, which are named after Goldoni’s plays.

San Cassiano – Ca’ Favretto

prac_info Calle della Rosa, S Croce 2232 • 041 524 17 68 • • €€

Right on the Grand Canal, but hidden away in the maze of alleyways close to Rialto, you’ll find this 16th-century palace which has been converted into a hotel named after a 19th-century artist. It offers elegant, well-equipped rooms with Venetian furnishings.

Ruzzini Palace Hotel

prac_info Campo S Maria Formosa, Castello 5866 • 041 241 04 47 • • €€€

Constructed in the late 16th century, this period residence retains its vast frescoed rooms, monumental staircases and a water entrance. It overlooks a typical Venetian square and is only five minutes from Piazza San Marco.

Hotels in Tranquil Locations

Agriturismo Le Garzette

prac_info Lungomare Alberoni 32, Malamocco, Lido • 041 731 078 • Closed Christmas–Feb • • €

This attractive family-run establishment, off the beaten track, has only five rooms and this – along with the superb home cooking – will make you feel as though you are part of the family. It is located very close to the sea and the lagoon.

Ca’ San Marcuola

prac_info Campiello della Chiesa, Cannaregio 1763 • 041 716 048 • Closed Dec–Carnival • • €

In a handy location close to the vaporetto stop, this unpretentious, but quiet and friendly, guesthouse is well appointed.

Due Mori

prac_info Contrà Do Rode 24–26, Vicenza • 044 432 18 86 • Closed 1–15 Aug • • No air conditioning • €

In a quiet street in Vicenza, close to all the main sights (see Piazza dei Signori), the Due Mori has spacious, spotless rooms furnished in old-style dark timber.

Villa Ducale

prac_info Riviera Martiri della Libertà 75, Dolo • ACTV bus 53 from Piazzale Roma • 041 560 80 20 • • €

Halfway between Padua and Venice, this stately residence stands in a lovely private park with statues. The beautiful rooms have the usual facilities plus frescoes and glass chandeliers.

Ca’ Vendramin di Santa Fosca

prac_info Fondamenta Vendramin, Cannaregio 2400 • 041 275 01 25 • • €€

The comfortable rooms in this cosy 16th-century palazzo just off the Strada Nova are lavishly decorated. Breakfast is served in a period-style room with stained-glass windows.


prac_info Corte dell’Alboro, S Marco 3894/A-B • 041 522 94 54 • Closed 20 Nov–20 Dec • • €€

Located in a relaxing residential area near the Sant’Angelo boat stop, this hotel has rooms with all modern facilities and is centrally located for Piazza San Marco.

Hotel Falier

prac_info Salizzada S Pantalon, S Croce 130 • 041 710 882 • • €€

This cheery hotel is named after the beheaded traitor Doge Falier, “as a warning to guests who fail to pay!” Sunlight streams into the comfortable, if small, rooms, all of which have an ensuite shower. There’s a courtyard dripping with wisteria.

Locanda Fiorita

prac_info Campiello Novo o dei Morti, S Marco 3457/A • 041 523 47 54 • • €€

The very pretty Locanda Fiorita is located on a sunny square that was once a public cemetery off Campo San Stefano. In spring and summer, enjoy a leisurely breakfast outside. Bargain for cheaper rooms in low season.

Bauer Palladio

prac_info Giudecca 33 • 041 520 70 22 • Closed mid-Nov–Mar • • €€€

This exclusive spa hotel was originally designed in the 1500s by Palladio as an orphanage. It has an array of facilities, including a spa and fitness centre, a vast garden and a restaurant.

Medium-Priced Hotels

Al Gallion

prac_info Calle Gallion, S Croce 1126 • 348 814 15 76 • • No credit cards • No air conditioning • €

Guests are given a warm welcome and insider information at this small B&B. It is handy for Piazzale Roma and the Riva di Biasio vaporetto stop on the Grand Canal.

Al Saor

prac_info Calle Zotti, Cannaregio 3904/A • 041 296 06 54 • • €

The owners of this family-run establishment, close to the Ca’ d’Oro, offer personal touches: a ride in their own boat for guests, and home-made biscuits for breakfast.

Hotel Torcolo

prac_info Vicolo Listone 3, Verona • Bus Nos. 11, 12, 13, 51 (or 90, 92, 93 evenings & hols) from Marciapiede A • 045 800 75 12 • Closed Christmas week • • €

Just around the corner from the Arena, this hotel is run by a very friendly team. Guest parking is available.

Locanda Ca’ Zose

prac_info Calle del Bastion, Dorsoduro 193/B • 041 522 66 35 • • €–€€

Rooms are cosy and stylish in this 17th-century building; several have canal views. The hotel is in a very quiet location, handy for La Salute vaporetto and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.


prac_info Calle Procuratie, Cannaregio 262 • 041 715 562 • Closed 6 Jan–6 Feb • • €

This popular family-friendly hotel is high on hospitality. Rooms are spotless, and many have lovely views. The hotel is well placed for Strada Nova. Book in advance.

Villa Giustinian

prac_info Via Miranese 85, Mirano • 041 570 02 00 • • €

Housed in an 18th-century villa, this hotel has a swimming pool, park, magnificent rooms and a fine restaurant. Buses run every 20 minutes for the 40-minute trip to Venice.

Al Gambero

prac_info Calle dei Fabbri, S Marco 4687 • 041 522 43 84 • • €€

This old favourite on a bridge halfway between the Rialto and Piazza San Marco is wonderfully located for many sights and shopping sprees. Downstairs is Le Bistrot de Venise, a popular nightspot (see La Bitta).

Al Gazzettino

prac_info Calle di Mezzo, S Marco 4971 • 041 528 65 23 • • €€

Centrally located between the Rialto and San Marco, Al Gazzettino is a basic, decent-value hotel. The downstairs walls are papered with sheets from the city’s Il Gazzettino newspaper, which was its long-standing neighbour until its relocation to the more practical mainland.

Hotel Novecento

prac_info Calle del Dose, Campo San Maurizio, San Marco 2683 • 041 241 37 65 • • €€

The relaxing rooms at this boutique hotel, located halfway between the Accademia and Piazza San Marco, have Orientalist decor, with furniture and tapestries from the Far East. In summer, breakfast is served in the courtyard.

Hostels and Campsites

A&O Venezia Mestre

prac_info Via Ca Marcello 19, • 041 884 09 90 • • €

Located opposite the Ponte della Libertà, in Mestre, this A&O hostel is six minutes’ walking distance from the Venezia-Mestre train station. It offers single, double and dorm rooms, complete with lockers.

Campeggio Miramare

prac_info Lungomare D. Alighieri 29, Punta Sabbione • 041 966 150 • Closed Nov–late Mar • • €

One of the many camping grounds at Punta Sabbioni on the seaside of Venice, Miramare is linked to the city by ferry (line LN). The camping village has huts and campsites and also offers a range of facilities, including a mini-market and a restaurant-bar.

Camping Fusina

prac_info Via Moranzani 93, Fusina • 041 547 00 55 • • €

This popular three-star venue for campers and backpackers (in a caravan) is right on the lagoon edge. It is well connected via bus No. 11 from Mestre train station or the Alilaguna ferry from the Zattere in Venice.

Foresteria Valdese

prac_info Calle Lunga S Maria Formosa, Castello 5170 • 041 528 67 97 • • €

A wonderful guesthouse near Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Foresteria Valdese is run by the Waldensian and Methodist community and has frescoed dormitories, and two, three and four-bed rooms. Be sure to book in advance.

IYH Città di Padova

prac_info Via Aleardo Aleardi 30, Padua • Bus Nos. 8, 12 or tram from Padua railway station to Prato della Valle • 049 875 22 19 • Closed 22 Dec–6 Jan • • €

A bit out of the way, but only a short walk to the main sights, this hostel benefits from a beautiful setting in an ornamental grassy square.

IYH Ostello Olimpico

prac_info Viale Giuriolo 7, Vicenza • Bus Nos. 2, 5 or 7 from the railway station • 0444 540 222 • Closed early Nov–Feb • • €

This cheery, helpful hostel is close to the main tourist office and Teatro Olimpico. Discounts apply at a neighbouring bar and restaurant. Internet point and bike hire are available.

IYH Ostello Venezia

prac_info Fondamenta Zitelle 86, Giudecca • 041 877 82 88 • • €

This well-run hostel offers inexpensive meals and a lovely setting on Giudecca. It is a 35-minute trip by vaporetto from the railway station and 5 minutes by vaporetto to Piazza San Marco.

IYH Ostello Villa Francescatti

prac_info Salita Fontana del Ferro 15, Verona • Bus No. 73 (Mon–Sat), 91 (evenings & Sun) from the railway station • 045 590 360 • • €

This 16th-century villa on the hillside above the Roman amphitheatre is a youth hostel with dormitories. It is 3 km (2 miles) from Verona’s train station.

Ostello Santa Fosca

prac_info Fondamenta Canal, Cannaregio 2372 • 041 715 775 • • €

Set in rambling convent grounds, this university student hostel lets out dorm beds to backpackers. Cooking facilities are available in summer.

Venezia Camping Village

prac_info Via Orlanda 8d, Mestre • 041 531 28 28 • Closed early Jan & Feb • • €

With immaculate buildings around and a pool, this site is popular for campers and bungalow rentals. Bus Nos. 5 and 19 take you to Venice in 10 minutes.


For a standard, double room per night (with breakfast if included), taxes and extra charges.

under €150 €€ €150–350 €€€ over €350

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