Top 10 hotels in Venice | Venice is a dream – that here, the overnight stay prices are high should thus not surprise anybody. As everywhere in the booming cities of tourism, the prices are almost exclusively based on supply and demand or season and off-season, whereas the season in the lagoon city lasts 9-10 months. But those who also want to experience the somewhat quieter Venice and enjoy the evening flair in the alleyways, restaurants, and bars should already think about spending the night in the center between the narrow alleyways and canals in this unique city. To get to the old hotel palace Hotel Cavalletto (photo above) after a walkover many bridges is also part of the experience of Venice, even if it might be a little expensive at this time.
Venice with its waterways, canals, and bridges is a city with a unique charm. A nocturnal walk across the famous St. Mark’s Square or a romantic stroll through the authentic Cannaregio district will make your stay in this city, even if it is only for one night, unforgettable. First take a look at my top 10 list of hotels, from which you can easily reach everything worth seeing in Venice on foot. Additional tips can be found at the end of the text.
1 – Hotel La Calcina
In the 17th century, the building of the Hotel La Calcina served as a warehouse for the lime sellers, who shipped their cargo from here directly over the Canale Della Giudecca. Today, an elegant, small-town hotel awaits guests with a view of the Canal and Giudecca Island, which can be enjoyed from the terrace at breakfast time.
The rooms are furnished with warm parquet floors and stylish wooden furniture and are equipped with every modern comfort, such as air conditioning, WLAN and satellite TV. From the nearby Zattere water bus stop, you can quickly reach the city center, but the Zattere district itself also has a lot to offer. Since the early 20th century, writers and artists from all over the world have been drawn here, and some celebrities still reside in La Calcina today.
- Hotel La Calcina, Fondamenta Zattere Ai Gesuati, 780, 30123 Venezia, 27 rooms, double room from € 100
2 – Hotel do Pozzi
Right in the center of Venice, the Hotel do Pozzi offers comfortable and contemporary accommodation. The rooms, with modern or classic Venetian furnishings, all have private bathrooms and are equipped with wireless internet and satellite TV. A highlight of this pretty, family-run hotel is the airy courtyard, which on sunny days also invites you to have breakfast with regional pastries and lots of fresh fruit.
From here you can reach all the top sights of the city quickly on foot. St. Mark’s Square is only a five-minute walk, and a Vaporetto stop is about 50 meters away. Guests who are enthusiastic about tours and gondola rides can arrange and book individual excursions at the reception.
- Hotel do Pozzi, Via XXII Marzo 2373, San Marco, 30124 Venice, 28 rooms, double room from € 150
3 – Hotel Canaletto
If you want to walk in a comfortable and stylish way on the traces of Venetian artists, you can stay in the 3-star hotel, Canaletto. Here, the baroque painter Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697 to 1768) lived, whose artist name gave the hotel its name. Both the rooms and the two dining rooms are furnished in the traditional Venetian style. Rich gold decorations, knotted carpets, and heavy damask curtains bring the epochs of the Baroque and Rococo to life again.
Nevertheless, the guests do not have to do without modern comfort in the luxuriously equipped rooms. The Hotel Canaletto with its view of the canal is ideal for exploring the city center on foot, the Rialto Bridge is 200 meters away and St. Mark’s Square is just a short walk away.
- Hotel Canaletto, Castello 5487 San Lio, Castello, 30122 Venice, 38 rooms, double room from € 170
4 – Hotel Giorgione
The Hotel Giorgione is something for lovers of the classic Venetian ambiance, who at the same time appreciate modern wellness offers. The 4-star hotel combines luxurious furnishings with period furniture, chandeliers and fine textiles with the most modern facilities such as whirlpool, solarium and an outdoor pool. In the warm season, the courtyard of the historic building with its picturesque fountain serves as a breakfast room.
The rich international buffet is especially known for the many homemade pastry specialties. The hotel’s location in the popular Cannaregio district, about 400 meters from the Rialto Bridge, makes it an ideal starting point for exploring the entire city. The best way to discover the interesting district is on foot, and a walk to St. Mark’s Square takes only 15 minutes.
- Hotel Giorgione, Cannaregio Ss. Apostoli 4587, Cannaregio, 30121 Venice, 76 rooms, from € 190
5 – Locanda Ca’ Zose
The Locanda Ca’ Zose pension promises a luxurious stay near the most important museum center in Venice. The elegant 17th-century building is situated in a quiet but central location in the Dorsoduro district near the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Punta Della Dogana, the art center of François Pinault. The guesthouse with its Venetian style furnishings is prepared for demanding international guests:
There are non-smoking rooms, orthopedic mattresses for allergy sufferers, minibar, safe, air conditioning and all modern entertainment and communication facilities. The renovated wooden beams on the ceilings provide a living character, with white period furniture with gold decorations forming an interesting contrast. The Locanda Ca’ Zose is a particularly good choice for those who want to be part of the cultural life but stay off the beaten track.
- Locanda Ca’ Zose, Calle del Bastion, 193/B (angolo fondamenta Ca’ Balà), Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, 12 rooms, double room from € 125
6 – Alla Vite Dorata
Alla Vite Dorata is a small but fine Bed and Breakfast with lovingly decorated rooms, each of which has been individually decorated in fresh colors. The traditional wooden beams in the ceilings have been renovated and retained as decorative elements. Everyone can find his or her preferred accommodation: some rooms offer a picturesque view of the canal, others are barrier-free or extra spacious.
The quiet, comfortable guest house is located in the Cannaregio district near the Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli. The Rialto Bridge can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes, St. Mark’s Square in 15 minutes. From Alla Vite Dorata you can also take a tour to the island of Murano with its traditional glass-blowing workshops, as the landing stage is only five minutes’ walk away.
- Alla Vite Dorata, Cannaregio 4690 B, Cannaregio, 30121 Venice, room 6, double room from € 125,00
7 – Locanda Cà le Vele
Located in the best position in the Cannaregio district, the Locanda Cà le Vele Hotel is an accommodation for demanding guests who are interested in the city’s sights and excursions to the islands. The rooms are equipped with hairdryers, minibar, free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Room service is also available and breakfast is even served in bed for those who don’t like the morning.
Here guests experience Venice up close, not only in the typical, traditional furnishings of the house but also in the surrounding area. Numerous restaurants in Cannaregio are famous for seafood and many other delights of classic regional cuisine. Nearby is the Ca’ d’Oro Museum, a marble palace of the Venetian Gothic style, where changing exhibitions can be seen. Short walks lead to the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square.
- Locanda Cà le Vele, Calle De Le Vele, Cannaregio 3969, 30121 Venice, 6 rooms, double room € 200
8 – Metropole of Venice
The luxurious 5-star Hotel Metropole offers oriental flair in a prime location with a panoramic view over the lagoon. Only 350 meters away is the lively St. Mark’s Square, the largest promenade in Venice with St. Mark’s Cathedral, Loggetta, procuration and Olivetti showroom. Each of the air-conditioned rooms is individually furnished with stylish antique furniture, exotic indoor plants, and lavish textile decorations. Guests can also enjoy the upscale ambiance in the lounge bar, restaurant and lemon garden with its oriental look.
The Michelin-starred cuisine stands for modern and sophisticated dishes, and the varied breakfast buffet appeals to every taste. Slippers, bathrobes and care products in every bathroom are a special amenity for wellness fans.
- Hotel Metropole, Riva Degli Schiavoni 4149, Castello, 30122 Venice, 67 rooms, double room from € 260
9 – Combo Venezia, former We Crociferi
A very special accommodation with character and excellent value for money is the Combo Venezia, a medieval monastery in the Cannaregio district. The 12th-century complex has been completely renovated and equipped with modern, practical furnishings. Depending on the budget, guests can choose between a private room, an apartment, and a bed in the dormitory.
All rooms are equipped with refrigerators, desks and comfortable duvets, and in the shared kitchen and laundry room everyone can cater for themselves. There is also a bar, a conference room and a reception staffed around the clock. The Combo Venezia is an ideal base to discover the many cultural and historical sights of Venice. The nearest Vaporetto stop is about 100 meters away and the Rialto Bridge is only a ten-minute walk away.
- Combo Venezia, Campo dei Gesuiti, 4878, 30121 Venezia, 130 rooms, double room from € 100
10 – Casa Accademia
Modern and functional accommodation for sightseeing trips and museum tours is the Casa Accademia in Dorsoduro near the Gallerie dell’Accademia. Not only the famous art gallery is within walking distance, but also the sights around St. Mark’s Square are only 15 minutes away. There are also two Vaporetto stops in the immediate vicinity.
The spick and span hostel is fully tiled and marbled and has a beautiful roof terrace with a view over the roofs of the quarter. Each of the practically furnished rooms has a large wardrobe, a desk, and a private bathroom. Last but not least, the Casa Accademia Hostel is known for its particularly courteous service, pet-friendly, and good value for money.
- Casa Accademia, Fondamenta Bragadin 624, Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, 30 rooms, from € 100
Further information about the hotels in Venice
Staying overnight in Venice is expensive. Cheaper accommodation in the city center can be found in the relevant booking systems, whereby the price-performance ratio must also be considered here. Cheaper accommodation is also available on the mainland in the district of Mestre, suggested below in my hotel recommendations. Here, a lot of Venice tourists stay overnight, as the accommodations here are cheaper than in the historic old town of Venice. From Mestre, you can also reach the tourist center of Venice quickly by public transport. As an alternative to my top 10 hotel recommendations, there are some suggestions in my article Hotel recommendations.
Quietly and partly also a little cheaper one can also stay overnight on a lagoon island or at the Lido di Venezia. As here, the arrival and departure and the transfer to the center of Venice are more time-consuming, this interesting overnight accommodation is only recommended to visitors who want to spend several days in the lagoon city. The articles about the unique lagoon islands of Murano, Burano, Torcello and the Lido di Venezia, which is well worth a visit, all include tips for accommodation. Those who are looking for proximity to the water should read all about the rather unknown Chioggia.