We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Venice as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews, and we only list hotels which have a review rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.
This is a northeastern city in Italy and also serves as the capital of the Veneto region. Situated among a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges, this city is a naturally scenic and beautiful place.
Venice is renowned worldwide for the beauty of the settings and landscape of some of its parts including their architecture and artwork. The city lagoon and a part of the city are both listed as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historically, the city of Venice was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance and an important staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto.
Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music and as well as famous for being the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi. Venice has also been ranked as the most beautiful city in the world showing its attractiveness to tourists.
The city is famous for being an important place for artistic movement over the course of history, especially during the Renaissance period. Venice is also popular in literature for being the titular city in one of Williams Shakespeare books, The Merchant of Venice.
“Like a courtesan’s boudoir, this 16th-century palazzo is swathed in damask wall coverings, heavy silk curtains and thick, plush carpets. A smiling host greets you at the padded, golden reception desk and whisks you up to large, unabashedly lavish rooms with enough gilt to satisfy Louis XIV.”
“Yes, Corte di Gabriela is a 19th-century palazzo, but there’s nothing old or traditional about its 11 rooms, which inventively play with the palace’s historic features, combining frescoed ceilings and terrazzo floors with contemporary design pieces.”
“The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the sole resident of Isola delle Rose, a lush private island in the Venice Lagoon. For travelers with deep pockets who want to experience the splendor of Venice with serene breaks from the crowds, this hotel is ideal.”
“Unlike the other luxury hotels on the Grand Canal, the Centurion Palace has ditched the traditional frou-frou Venetian style and opted for thoroughly modern bling. Bathrooms are clad in real gold leaf, bedrooms are given bright palettes and ceilings in the main wing can be enormous.”
“The grand dame of the Lido island, built in 1908, the Excelsior is the single focus for the glamorous Venice Film Festival — little wonder, when it has a swish private beach, restaurant with sweeping views of the Adriatic, and decadent Moorish design in the guestrooms to match the turreted, tumbling façade.”
“As befits its status in the Design Hotels fold, this is a bold modernization of a 500-year-old merchant’s house on Dorsoduro, near the Accademia. Not too modern, mind you; it’s been entirely redone in Art Deco style, with furniture from the 1930s and 1940s, and futurist art on the walls by Fortunato Depero.”
“Find more reasonable rates and a warm welcome at the Hotel Arcadia, a new boutique hotel with 17 modern rooms in a restored palazzo on Cannaregio’s main drag. Included is an outstanding breakfast buffet served beneath wood-beamed ceilings and a gorgeous Murano-glass chandelier.”
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“Few hotels can match the Danieli — an icon for all the right reasons. From the glorious old-school concierge desk to the rooftop restaurant with 270-degree views from the prisons of the Doge’s Palace to the lagoon and Riva degli Schiavoni all the way to Sant’Elena and the Lido.”
“The Bauer used to be two hotels, joined by a communal lobby: the 1940s brutalist Bauer L’Hotel, and the more classical 18th-century Il Palazzo, right on the Grand Canal. 2017 saw them come together to form a single property — and with 200 rooms at its disposal, it’s a winning combination.”
“Most of the 27 rooms have views — either of the side canal or the lagoon itself. The look is traditional — heavy drapes and deep colors — and for those wanting a more home-from- home experience, the hotel also has a hot tub-equipped apartment, Ca’ Bollani, in an adjacent building.”
“All the cachet but none of the crowds is what’s on offer at this gloriously relaxed island retreat, far out in the lagoon on semi-deserted Torcello. It’s a stay unlike any other in Venice — and because of its distance, it’s more suited to regular visitors who want to experience lagoon life.”
“Something completely new for Venice, Casa Burano is an ‘albergo diffuso’ — or ‘scattered hotel’, an initiative sweeping Italy which takes unoccupied houses in a village and creates a ‘hotel’ around them — turning each apartment into a room, and ditching the public areas.”