Venice is one of the world’s most unique vacation spots, so deciding Where to Stay in Venice can make or break your trip. Made up of 118 islands, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often described as one giant museum. Important works of architecture stand side by side world-leading galleries and ancient palazzos. Venice doesn’t disappoint, so let’s make sure your accommodation doesn’t either with the top hotels in Venice!
San Marco is the historic heart of Venice. This means it is the focal point for many tours of Venice. Our Insider Venice Walking Tour is just one example. As such, it is home to many of the city’s most important sights, not least Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square). Ringed on three of its four sides by the Grand Canal, its streets have thronged with merchants and buyers for centuries. Offering the classic Venice experience, San Marco also has high-end boutiques and near-endless cafes.
The St. Regis Venice
There can be few better ways to spend 2 days in Venice than at the St. Regis Venice, just a short stroll from Piazza San Marco. What’s more, it has a prime location on the Grand Canal. A terrace and many of the rooms offer canal-side views towards the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute in Dorsoduro. Despite its location, its interior is filled with stylishly modern furnishings, in addition to a spa and wellness center.
San Marco 2159, San Marco, 30124 Venice
Also just a short distance from Piazza San Marco is Bauer Palazzo. It boasts a traditional Venetian style that makes the most of its historic structure. As a result, guests experience spaces complete with rich wall coverings, antique artwork, and marble bathrooms. Each has been individually decorated, while facilities include a full-service spa with sauna and steam room.
San Marco 1459, San Marco, 30124 Venice
The Palazzina Grassi sits just off the Grand Canal 500 meters from La Fenice Opera House. It is the only hotel in the city designed by French interiors specialist Philippe Starck. Undramatic from the outside, inside is anything but. Neutral tones and the use of reflective surfaces ensure high levels of natural light. At the same time, the design also incorporates little nods to the famed annual carnival and all that makes Venice great.
Ramo Grassi, 3247, San Marco, 30124 Venice
Hotel Corte di Gabriela
There are just 11 rooms at Hotel Corte di Gabriela. They surround an internal courtyard, and demonstrate more elegantly than anything why this is considered a design hotel. Here, guests can experience a mix of palatial surrounds and modern-day luxury. Marble columns and high, ornate ceilings blend with contemporary wall finishes. Traditional parquet flooring finishes the look.
Calle Avvocati 3836 S. Marco, San Marco, 30124 Venice
This seventeenth-century building is almost lost behind its wall of greenery. Boasting a secluded courtyard garden, Hotel Flora has a traditional style with public and private spaces that are equally impressive. In them guests will find antique pieces of solid hardwood furniture, as well as historic tapestries, and glass chandeliers made by Murano’s master craftsmen.
Calle Larga XXII Marzo, San Marco 2283/A, San Marco, 30124 Venice
The Dursoduro district faces San Marco from the opposite side of the Grand Canal. Its sights include the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute at its easternmost tip, in addition to the Peggy Guggenheim art gallery. Also called the university district, it’s more laid back than San Marco. Consequently, it attracts a younger and more local crowd to its bars and restaurants.
Sina Centurion Palace
Overlooking the Grand Canal, Sina Centurion Palace has a rich color palette. It combines modern elegance with original features, such as finely-carved stone fireplaces and decorative ceilings dating to 1892. Guests can make use of the private dock to arrive in style, escape the crowds in the attractive internal courtyard, or take to the gym.
Dorsoduro, 173, Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice
Il Palazzo Experimental
A traditional Venetian palazzo on the outside, the interior of Il Palazzo Experimental offers a modern streamlined look. Original arched windows help form the look, which is then echoed throughout the rest of the hotel. What’s more, a canal-side garden to the rear provides outdoor space. The rooms have views of either the garden or the Canale della Giudecca.
Sestiere Dorsoduro 1410 – 1411 – 1412, Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice
NH Venezia Rio Novo
The NH Venezia Rio Novo is one of Venice’s few centrally-located newly-built structures. It stands similar distances from Santa Lucia train station, Rialto Bridge, and Piazza San Marco. Its rooms have a mid-century design, typified by shapely chairs and crisp lines. Large windows provide natural light, while the relaxed atmosphere means it’s easy to feel at home.
Calle Larga Ragusei, Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice
San Polo & Cannaregio
Still on the Grand Canal, San Polo is where you’ll find the Rialto Bridge. It makes a great alternative to San Marco, without missing out on impressive canal views. Cannaregio is bounded by the Grand Canal to the south and the Venetian lagoons to the north. The historic Jewish ghetto, it’s a favorite with shoppers looking for craft and vintage items.
Palazzo Barbarigo Sul Canal Grande
The Palazzo Barbarigo Sul Canal Grande sits on the opposite bank of the Grand Canal to San Marco. While elegantly modernised, its structure was first built in the 1500s. The result are interiors inspired by the art deco movement. Each of its 18 rooms offer canal views, as well as the chance to sleep in a contemporary take on a four-poster bed. Each morning guests are served a complimentary breakfast.
Sestiere San Polo 2765, San Polo, 30125 Venice
The Hotel Heureka has only ten rooms, each of which have a different identity. Located within a carefully restored historic home, original features have been preserved wherever possible. New life has been added to the old stoneby using well-chosen furnishings and fabrics. Just 100 meters from the Rialto Bridge, the hotel also has a terrace and garden.
Cannaregio 3534, Venice
Venturing to Venice
Venice has been a world marvel for centuries and shows no signs of stopping now, as our Design and Insider Guide to Venice shows. Each of its most central neighborhoods offer a difference when it comes to where to stay. All are great for anyone looking to head out on tours such as our Prosecco Tasting Tour or Verona, Lake Garda and Countryside Tour. San Marco is the most central, while Dorsoduro has a more authentic vibe. Not to be forgotten are San Polo and Cannaregio, still close to the sights, but with their own take on the city too.