Hotels in Venice
Quiet Giudecca—the only “downtown” Venetian island not connected to the others by bridge—has lately become the center of the exclusive Venice scene.
The new B&B is a loftlike hotel in an 18th-century palazzo near the Rialto Bridge. The wood-beamed rooms are edgy, but classic: colorful Kartell lights, Venini vases, and Starck Ghost chairs are paired with antique wooden dressers.
A Venetian classic, right next to Piazza San Marco. Quiet 18th-century property with its own Grand Canal berth, adjacent to the modern Bauer I Hotel, with personalized service and up-to-date amenities.
At the foot of Venice’s beloved and infamous Rialto Bridge, this watermelon-red hotel embodies classic Venetian opulence.
The Hotel: Like the home of an exotic world traveler, this tiny jewel-box of an inn is filled with unusual art, gorgeous textiles, and unique furnishings from far-flung locales like Asia and North Africa.
For travelers in search of classic Venetian elegance in San Marco, the city’s epicenter of dining and shopping, Bauers L’Hotel has been the top choice since 1890.
Glamour comes naturally to the Campa brothers, owners of the intimate 12-room property. Their grandfather created the world’s largest Murano-glass chandelier, now in a casino in Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium (a panoramic photograph of the piece is on view in the breakfast salon).
The ace in Venissa’s pocket is its location on the remote Mazzorbo island—not to mention its star chef in the kitchen. Six guest rooms mix rustic elements (wooden rafters; vintage wardrobes) with Italian haute design (colorful Driade rugs; light fixtures by Artemide).
The 178-room Hotel Excelsior, on the Venetian island of Lido, first opened in 1908, and has remained one of Italy’s top-notch luxury hotels for more than a century.
Historic palazzo with original 19th-century furnishings and unbeatable lagoon views, located minutes from the Piazza San Marco, at a nice price.
Room to Book: Room 106—Tchaikovsky composed the first four movements of his Fourth Symphony here.
Guests should expect to be lulled to sleep by the opera-singing gondoliers on the nearby canal. This hidden gem of a hotel, accessible by gondola, is a favorite among privacy-seeking celebs attending the Venice Film Festival.