Whether you’re thinking of staying in five star splendour in a renaissance palazzo or hoping for a more budget friendly option, there are an overwhelming number of Venice hotels to choose from and picking one can seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best places to stay in La Serenissma, starting with the best boutique hotels in Venice.
Housed in a convent that was designed by acclaimed architect Palladio in the 16th century, Bauer Palladio is among Venice’s loveliest and best value hotels. Located on the Giudecca, with views across the lagoon towards Santa Maria della Salute and St Mark’s, this impeccably elegant hotel has a wonderful spa but its main selling point is that it possesses one of the largest gardens in the city, which is no mean feat when you consider how much of a rarity green space is in Venice. In terms of getting around, guests can make use of the free shuttle to the other Bauer hotels in Venice, which operates until midnight,or hop on the water bus at the nearby Zitelle vaporetto stop.
A favourite with Venice’s most discerning visitors, Palazzo Venart occupies a hidden position away from the frenzy of the main tourist haunts whilst still being next to the Grand Canal in Santa Croce. This lavish 16th century palazzo has a handful of rooms which are very possibly contenders for Venice’s most luxurious suites. Decorated with incredible antiques, velvet sofas and marble or parquet flooring, Palazzo Venart has the type of grandeur that Venice’s Doges would approve of.
If that weren’t enough, guests can make use of the property’s gorgeous gardens, which are a serious rarity given the palazzo’s canalside location. Not to mention the presence of award winning chef Enrico Bartolini in the hotel’s Michelin starred Glam restaurant. Here, diners feast on a menu of Venetian style classics with a contemporary spin, expect to dine on dishes include spaghetti with smoked eel and wild fennel and pigeon, bay leaf and artichokes.
Ca Maria Adele
Located in the heart of venice, opposite the church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice’s Dorsoduro area, Ca Maria Adele is tribute to Venetian opulence and its guestrooms are certainly some of the most romantic in the city. Furnished with exquisite Murano chandeliers, flocked wallpaper, gilt mirrors and heavy silk curtains, each room has a decadent marble bathroom and, with only five rooms, guests can expect to receive impecabble and personalised service.
Positioned on the Grand Canal but in the more peaceful environs of the Santa Croce nieghbourhood, this pretty bed & breakfast has a chic decor thanks to its architect and interior designer owners. Perfect for those who prefer understated chic and a neutral colour palette over Venetian Gothic splendour, Cima Rosa is a 15th century palazzo with a charming and well tended courtyard garden where guests can sit down to breakfast when the weather is fine.
Starhotels Splendid Venice
Located behind Piazza San Marco and not far from the Rialto bridge, this centrally located hotel evokes a boutique feel despite its large size. In fine weather, the rooftop terrace is a highlight but the indoor lounges, which have canal views, are also excellent places to when the temperature drops. Rooms are classically stylish, with an elegant nod to traditional Venetian splendour rather than a full blown recreation. Le Maschere, the hotel’s restaurant skillfully turns out good Venetian dishes, particularly seafood and is positioned in the covered interior courtyard of the building.