By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
July 10, 2019
Courtesy of The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

The romance of Venice, which comprises 118 islands, more than makes up for the occasional nuisance of the flooding that results from rising tides. (Residents and visitors get by just fine, gamely ambling along wooden planks lining the cobblestoned streets and crossing its 400 footbridges.) As for the nuisance of tourists who flood the streets by day, well, it becomes less overwhelming when you escape to one of these five hotels, all of which celebrate Venice’s enduring, opulent spirit.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

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New to the list this year is Hotel Londra Palace (No. 4), which one T+L reader called “by far the best hotel experience I have ever had.” Centrally located near San Marco Square and overlooking the Grand Canal, its 53 individually decorated rooms have a romantic, late-19t​h-century sensibility with abounding tapestries and brocade.

For guests who prefer more amenities on site, the 267-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the sole resident of the 40-acre island Isola delle Rose, a 20-minute boat ride from San Marco. The property, which earned the No. 3 spot, offers the city’s largest spa, as well as three swimming pools, a kids’ club, and rambling grounds that include an olive grove that provides the resort’s five restaurants — one of which has a Michelin star — with their own oil.

As for the divine palazzo that earned this year’s No. 1 spot, it embraces Venice’s exquisite, centuries-old charm, as well as the utmost in contemporary comfort. Read on for the full list.

5. Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Courtesy of Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Score: 89.18

More information: belmond.com

4. Hotel Londra Palace

Courtesy of Hotel Londra Palace

Score: 90.40

More information: londrapalace.com

3. JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Courtesy of JW Marriot

Score: 91.24

More information: jwvenice.com

2. Ca’Sagredo Hotel

Courtesy of Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

Score: 91.79

More information: casagredohotel.com

1. The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Courtesy of The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Score: 92.12

More information: marriott.com

Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham, and Peggy Guggenheim are among the famous names who’ve chosen to stay at the most exclusive address in Venice. And while the rest of us are unlikely to have suites named in our honor, as they do, T+L readers agree there is no finer place to perch than this 15t​h​-century, Grand Canal–side palazzo, which completed a $60 million renovation in 2013. Its 61 rooms and 21 suites are outfitted with all the finest touches (silk, velvet, marble, Murano chandeliers), and the floating dock bar offers a canalside seat from which to sip Bellinis and gaze out to the Baroque jewel of Santa Maria della Salute. “A fabulous location, luxurious setting, and great food,” wrote one fan, while another proclaimed, “One of the best hotels in the world.”

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.

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