If you are looking for a romantic city break away where you can soak in the history and culture of the region, then look no further than our list of the best hotels in Venice, Italy, that will fit your brief perfectly.
Often called the most beautiful city on Earth, Venice is the iconic capital of Italy’s Veneto region, situated across more than 100 islands in the Venice lagoon at the very northern tip of the Adriatic Sea. A city on water has no roads, just canals—including the famous Grand Canal thoroughfare—while beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture, untouched for 600 years, line La Serenissima’s banks. When staying in Venice, visitors are spoilt for choice. The city is home to many luxury 5-star hotels directly on the canals and smaller boutique-design flats hidden down enchanting side streets. Have a look at our choice of stays and book your getaway now.
Our Selection of the best Hotels in Venice Italy
Nestled in the centre of Venice, The Palazzo Nani is the perfect city spot. This small but perfectly formed hotel consists of 52 beautifully designed suites and rooms that hint at the Venetian style that is synonymous with the region.
Bringing accents of its grand exterior into each room, the hotel also has a courtyard garden, restaurant, and fitness centre. Being just a stone’s throw away from shops and cafés, you can easily enjoy Venice with the locals.
“Right in the heart of the city, the garden was a real welcome surprise.”
The perfect retreat for all travellers looking for a romantic break with a Venetian twist. This 750-year-old building has recently been renovated to its former glory thanks to the rigorous architectural project that it has undergone.
Now standing magnificently alongside the “Contemporary Art District”, the interiors of the Ca’di Dio are a blend of classic Venetian with a contemporary twist. Raimondo Squeo, Executive chef at the hotel’s restaurant VERO will wine and dine you whilst you enjoy your romantic break and immerse yourself in the contemporary side of Venice.
“I adored having breakfast in the courtyard garden. It felt a million miles away from the city we were actually in.”
This former palace has no intention of losing its regal heritage and is keen to share it with its guests. The Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace can be summed up in one word, magnificent. Every inch of this building is dramatized by the opulent materials and expensive finishes, from the marble staircase to the gilt furniture.
The rooms and suites are designed to be fit for kings, while the gorgeous walled garden is a secret haven away from the hustle and bustle of the urban environment outside the hotel.
“I honestly felt like a princess walking through the lobby, and when I saw our room…WOW!”
A more contemporary approach to the urban hotel design, the Il Palazzo Experimental is anything but quaint. The Il Palazzo Experimental has designed its interiors with a contemporary feel, rebutting the heritage of the city whilst still giving accents of Venetian design.
The hotel itself has three entrances along the Canal Della Giudecca. These entrances are to the restaurant, the reception area and the Experimental Cocktail Club, an exclusive cocktail bar of only the third of its kind worldwide.
“I was really surprised by the contemporary feel behind the ancient building, pleasantly surprised, that is!”
Anchoring its story in the Silk Road, the Egò Boutique Hotel showcases some of the elegant materials and furnishings from its rich history.
Overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge, Ego Venice’s interiors narrate the story of Marco Polos Silk Road journey in its interiors.
Offering a range of suites and rooms, the boutique approach means a unique design and clear attention to detail when it comes to guest attentiveness. Offering a range of experiences, the concierge is on hand for anything you need.
“There is something exceptional and romantic about staying in a room where the walls are covered in actual silk!”
One of Venice’s most exclusive yet secretive hotels, the Londra Palace Venezia is a hidden gem in the Venetian crown. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Londra Palace has 52 rooms and suites designed to combine an antique style and a contemporary flavour.
Using rich textures and classical accents, each room feels as though it’s a home from home. The hotel bar is well stocked with local tipples, while the restaurant has a menu that has been designed with three elements: earth, water and air, in mind.
“We were so fortunate that a friend told us about this hotel. It really is Venice’s best-kept secret.”
A palace hotel with a living history. In the 15th-century house of Duke Andrea Gritti, you will still find oil paintings on the walls, heavy key tassels, antiques and Murano glass chandeliers, even in the smallest rooms. Writers, artists, film stars, and socialites like Peggy Guggenheim, namesake of a suite, have always loved this place as do we.
In the open-air Riva Lounge, you can enjoy warm Venetian nights while gondolas cruise the Grand Canal. For tours to the outer islands of the lagoon, we recommend taking one of the hotel’s own Riva speedboats in style.
“Venice is history, and at this hotel, you can visit it from the moment you check in. From the decoration to the lamps – palatial glamour.”
On the island of Giudecca, five minutes by boat from St Mark’s Square, is the historic Belmond Hotel Cipriani. The pink hotel is an Italian romance. Its founder, the owner of Harry’s Bar and inventor of the Bellini – which can be enjoyed here in the relaxed outdoor settings of Cip’s Club or the Gabbiano Bar by the largest pool in the centre of Venice – has skilfully chosen classic décor inside and tranquil, romantic gardens outside.
The MICHELIN-starred restaurant Oro, redesigned by star designer Adam D. Tihany, treats your stomach while the place caresses your soul.
“Creativity, inventiveness and luxury. From enjoying a Bellini – the classic cocktail created by the owner – in the outdoor gardens to a fine dining experience in the Michelin-starred restaurant. Highly recommended.”
The luxurious hotel on the Grand Canal is a successful contrast to the architecture, modern and is individually furnished. It has become famous for exclusive experiences such as an evening at the opera in the Aman private box at La Fenice or a shopping trip to the Rialto market led by the chef himself.
The rooms and suites are spread across the elegant 16th-century palazzo, with original frescoes by Tiepolo, gilded boiseries and magnificent chandeliers, which already convinced Amal and George Clooney, who held their wedding here. We, too, would marry here, live here… you get the idea.
“Exclusivity and a dream experience. From visiting the Rialto market with a chef to being able to access the opera from a private box.”
The Baglioni Hotel Luna is said to be the oldest hotel in Venice and, with its location in a side street of the famous Piazza San Marco, perhaps also the most central. The former palace from the 12th century will captivate you with its unique flair, also thanks to hand-painted frescoes, ornate stucco work, antiques, and Murano glass chandeliers.
In the Salone Marco Polo you can have breakfast under an epic ceiling fresco. The Canova will also delight you with its specialization in Venetian classics – a journey back in time with a modern twist.
“Here, the decoration is dazzling, a fresco on the ceiling, Murano lamps, and added to its location. It is worth having as a first choice. One of our best hotels in Venice 2022”
See Venice and still unwind is the motto at the full-service San Clemente Palace Kempinski resort, the only hotel on San Clemente Island, where lush gardens, a heated outdoor pool, and tennis courts beckon.
All rooms and suites offer views of the lagoon. Typically, Venetian terrazzo floors, refined wallpaper and luxurious marble bathrooms add elegance and classic style, and a complimentary water taxi takes you to and from St Mark’s Square every half hour. Gondoliere, per favore!
“A unique visit to Venice for relaxation, they offer their Gondola service included in the stay. One of the best hotels in Venice, Italy on the water”.
Thanks to the unusual designs of French visionary Philippe Starck, the Pallazina Grassi is perhaps one of the most modern hotels in Venice. Carnival-inspired lamps meet Fornasetti prints and animal sculptures.
From the Krug terrace, you can enjoy good drinks and a special view of the Grand Canal, and during the Venice Biennale, you’re sure to run into one or two A-listers like Madonna, Angelina Jolie and James Franco. Big celebrities, just like you, when you decide to take your vacation here!
“Where classic is the rule, this hotel dares to offer a bit of modernity with luxury. Its extravagant décor has led film celebrities to choose this hotel. Now it’s your turn.”
One of the newer luxury hotels in Venice is Palazzo Venart. Built in the 15th century on the Grand Canal, it was considered a meeting place for 18th-century aristocrats, whose parties were depicted in frescoes and restored by craftsmen during the renovation. Precious antiques, gilded mirrors and Rubelli silk curtains reminded us of the golden age.
The gardens are adorned with contemporary art by Venetian Anna Paola Cibin. The GLAM restaurant treated us to interpretations of regional classics prepared by chef Enrico Bartolini, whose Milanese restaurant boasts two MICHELIN stars. A real treat for the palate, not to be missed!
“Here, the winning overcomes through the food. Its chef is recognized with two Michelin stars, and in addition to the gardens and its artisan renovation, makes it an ideal hotel.”
The JW Marriott Venice follows a modern design language and clean lines, for which the renowned Italian architect Matteo Thun is responsible. If you’re travelling as a family and like lots of space, this is the hotel for you.
Located on the private island of Isola delle Rose, the hotel has the city’s largest spa and a full four restaurants, from casual dining at Cucina Daily to Michelin-starred dining at Dopolavoro Dining Room. The curious can sign up for a lesson in true Cucina Italiana at the hotel’s own Sapori Cooking Academy – something’s cooking for your next holiday.
“Ideal for families. On an exclusive island, this Marriott hotel offers space and cuisine.”
Just over 1 km from the historic Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, in a 16th-century building, is the home of the opulently furnished Ca’ Bonfadini. Gold and pastel tones, curved shapes and fine materials lay the foundation for the individually designed rooms. We enjoyed extended breakfasts here and were pampered in the in-house restaurant.
We also find the large bathrooms and sitting areas with a view of the canal worth mentioning. Not unimportant if you want to relax your feet after a long day in Venice.
“Centrally located, decorated to relax, with a good gastronomic offer, another suitable option to visit this Italian city.”
At the palace style 5-star Hotel Danieli, you can enjoy a relaxing holiday on the waterfront as well as on Piazza San Marco, which is just around the corner on foot. Considered one of Venice’s top five luxury hotels, it’s housed in an opulent 15th-century palazzo built by one of the noble Dandolo families.
The iconic and striking building at the mouth of the grand canal, overlooking San Giorgio Maggiore, welcomes you inside with luxury, sophistication and timeless elegance. In the hotel’s own Terrazza Danieli and Danieli Bistro, you’ll be treated to the finest of dishes made from local Italian-Venetian ingredients. Noble, local, historic – Hotel Danieli!
“A commitment to the local, from the selection of the ingredients of its gastronomic offer to its origins in a noble Venetian family, this hotel is ideal to feel the city as a neighbour of the city. One of the best hotels in Venice, Italy with canal view”
Hotel Giorgione is a classic hotel in the Cannaregio district. It is centrally located near the main sights of Venice. But that’s not why we love it. The opulent and regal décor of the 19th-century building includes rooms with antique furniture, traditional Venetian design influences and exquisite glass chandeliers from the neighbouring island of Murano, famous for its glass art.
A cosy central courtyard with a fountain is the setting for the included breakfast, while a pool and sun terrace invite you to relax after an exciting day in the city. You have got to love it, and you certainly will!
“In the centre, with a special place for breakfast, with a fountain, swimming pool, terrace and exquisite decoration. It is built to charm.”
The Best Hotels in Venice Italy: conclusion
Our list of the best hotels in Venice Italy, showcases the variety and luxury available in the region, so why show your loved one how much you care and book a stay in Venice today?