Venice

Hotels in Venice

You'll find countless hotels in Venice (more than 400, to be exact), since the city's tourism industry has been vital to the economy for ages. Most, not surprisingly, are quite charming. But it's important to verify certain elements on the phone before you book. For example: The size of your room, whether or not it has views of the water, and if it's equipped with an elevator.

In the heart of the city lie the best hotels in Venice, those with stunning canal views and excellent amenities. Built on the Grand Canal, the opulent Hotel Gritti Palace is filled with antiques (think Murano glass chandeliers). Bed and breakfasts have been on the rise and one standout is Ca'del Pozzo near St. Mark's Square.

Or, stay in true Venetian style at the Hotel Ca' Vendramin. If you're looking for more affordable accommodations, turn to the less expensive guesthouses on the outskirts of the city. Regardless of where you decide to overnight, it's essential to book months in advance—even for the off-season—since hotels in Venice are in such high demand.

Contemporary rooms steps from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the galleries of Dorsoduro.

It’s a canal-side palazzo with a twist: Each of the 50 rooms in the 19th-century monastery turned merchant’s residence—located on one of the best spots on the Grand Canal—forsakes traditional grandeur for a design-forward sensibility, thanks to bleached-wood floors and sinuous, vibrantly hued sof

Quiet Giudecca—the only “downtown” Venetian island not connected to the others by bridge—has lately become the center of the exclusive Venice scene.

Starwood’s Luxury Collection pulled out all the stops to renovate Venice’s legendary hotel on the Grand Canal, with an estimated price tag of $55 million.

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.

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).

A 900- year-old palazzo—the oldest in Venice—located steps from the Piazza San Marco.

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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.

Trio of buildings (including a 14th-century palazzo) on the water's edge near the Bridge of Sighs, with new rooms designed by Jacques Garcia.

Set on a prime location along the Grand Canal (but still north of Piazza San Marco, away from the crowds), Ca’ Sagredo Hotel is a landmarked 15th-century palazzo artfully converted into a 42-room hotel.

Giuseppe Cipriani’s legendary 1950’s getaway—silk lampshades and all-marble bathrooms—flanked by two 15th-century palazzos.

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.