Venice is a city unlike any other on earth. So it makes total sense to book into somewhere truly memorable for a cultural or romantic stay in this unique Italian destination. The good news is that Venice has plenty of seriously impressive 4 and 5-star hotels to pick from. Whether you’d rather stay on a private island or overlook the Grand Canal, there is a classical or contemporary luxury Venice hotel that will tick all your boxes.
With 20 amazing establishments to choose from, here is the ultimate guide to the best luxury hotels in Venice, Italy.
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20 luxury hotels in Venice
1. The Gritti Palace
Housed in an Italian palazzo dating from the 1400s, Gritti Palace is one of the top 5-star hotels in Venice, Italy. Located right by the Grand Canal, it takes under 10 minutes on foot to reach Piazza San Marco from the property.
The exquisite range of rooms and suites feature antique furnishings, original artworks and opulent, glittering chandeliers. Hotel amenities, meanwhile, include a smart canal-side restaurant with terrace, one of the best bars in Venice, and a plush lounge. The Gritti Palace also boasts a cookery school, a deluxe spa and a well-equipped gym.
2. JW Marriott Venice
JW Marriott Venice is a luxurious resort-style property situated on a private island in the lagoon. To reach the sights of central Venice, guests are whisked to the Bridge of Sighs or the Piazza San Marco via the hotel’s complimentary boat shuttle service.
When in the resort, guests enjoy the tranquillity of being far removed from the main tourist areas of this often-crowded Italian city. On site, the hotel offers a range of accommodation encompassing rooms, suites and even an exclusive villa with its own private pool.
With four restaurants, a spa, two bars, a hot tub and an outdoor pool, there’s plenty to keep visitors happily occupied.
3. Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Another of the luxury hotels in Venice overlooking the lagoon is the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. The property offers a superb range of rooms and more spacious suites. All accommodation affords guests pleasing views over the lagoon or gardens.
Rooms come equipped with state–of-the-art amenities like iPod docks, flatscreen TVs and of course free WiFi. Some even have a private outdoor terrace with a hot tub, and the most luxurious have plush seating areas featuring original objets d’art.
The hotel has an elegant restaurant and bar, a spa, tennis courts, a private marina and a stylish waterside bistro.
4. Hotel Danieli
One of the best luxury hotels in Venice, Hotel Danieli enjoys a breathtaking location on Riva degli Schiavoni, overlooking the lagoon. The property occupies a palatial Italian building and offers a range of rooms and suites featuring high ceilings, plush soft furnishings and flatscreen TVs.
Piazza San Marco is just a five minute walk from the hotel. It’s a superb location for accessing all the best things to do in Venice. The property’s superb range of facilities includes a waterfront terrace, a cocktail bar, a fitness suite and a wine lounge. At the restaurant, guests can sample authentic Venetian specialities executed and presented in a fine-dining style.
5. Aman Venice
Situated right by the Grand Canal, the Aman is another of the best 5-star hotels in Venice. The range of accommodation available includes upgraded suites complete with original features such as fireplaces, ceiling frescoes and Italian artworks. Some rooms also offer guests views over the canal.
There are two restaurants at the Aman Venice, one with a summer terrace and the other featuring painted ceilings. This elegant hotel also has a gym, ballroom, hot tub, piano lounge, spa, gardens and a bar.
6. St Regis Venice
Among all the 5-star luxury hotels in Venice, the St Regis stands out for its cutting-edge attitude and design. The interiors are contemporary, quirky and polished, and there are views over the city or canals from the rooms, suites and public areas.
Top of the range suites come with marble bathrooms and separate living areas. All accommodation comes with WiFi, minibar and flatscreen TV. Inside the hotel there is a 24 hour gym, two bars, a restaurant with waterside terrace, a stylish lounge and a luxurious spa.
St Regis Venice is located just a five minute walk from Piazza San Marco.
7. Hotel Metropole
Venice’s Hotel Metropole is where Asian influences meet Italian style. The property boasts a highly regarded restaurant, a cocktail bar, a garden terrace and even an art gallery. Rooms and suites are uniquely styled, featuring the likes of fireplaces, plush fabrics, wall murals and four-poster beds. One even has its own hammam.
Hotel Metropole also has a spa and wellness centre, and is located just 400 yards from Piazza San Marco. This lagoon-facing hotel is packed with personality. It’s therefore ideal for those seeking somewhere to stay that stands out from the norm.
8. Bauer Hotel
Marble bathrooms, a Mediterranean restaurant, a stylish lounge and an elegant bar with live music await guests who book into the Bauer hotel in Venice. The art deco lobby offers an impressive welcome, while the finest suites offer facilities like whirlpool baths, balconies and walk-in wardrobes.
The building is located by the Grand Canal, just 5 minutes’ walk from Piazza San Marco. A daily breakfast is served in a smart lounge with an outdoor terrace.
9. Ca’ Sagredo Hotel
As a relative newcomer to the scene, the Ca’ Sagredo is already making waves among Venice 5-star hotels in Italy. This upmarket property offers a range of elegant rooms and suites, some of which offer marble bathrooms, work desks, lounge areas, private balconies and water views.
The building was once a palace dating from the 15th century. Amenities available at the hotel include a canalside smart restaurant with outdoor terrace and a palatial dining room where breakfast is served daily. Plus, there’s a rooftop bar for pre and post-dinner drinks and cocktails.
10. Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel
This property is also one of the newer luxury boutique hotels in Venice, Italy, having first opened its doors in 2016. The setting is incredible, with the hotel featuring a glorious garden facing the Grand Canal.
Set within a 16th century building, the Palazzo Venart also boasts GLAM restaurant. It’s overseen by a chef with two Michelin stars to his name, Enrico Bartolini. Befitting the location, all accommodation is opulent and stylish, with highlights such as marble bathrooms, original Venetian furnishings and period features.
Some rooms offer views over the water, while the full length windows in the bar make it the number one place to be each evening.
11. San Clemente Palace Kempinski
Like some of the other fine, five star hotels in Venice, the San Clemente Palace Kempinski can be found on a private island, far removed from the crowds. Guests can travel from the island of San Clemente to central Venice by means of the complimentary boat transfer service provided by the hotel.
Accommodation is set among the property’s beautiful gardens. Some rooms offer sweeping views over the lagoon. The suites at the very top of the scale boast amenities like full kitchens, chandeliers made from the local Murano glass and even private docks.
There are three restaurants and three bars at the hotel, as well as an outdoor pool, gym, spa, a running path and even a church dating from the 1400s.
12. Cima Rosa Boutique Bed & Breakfast
If you’re seeking small luxury hotels in Venice, make sure you take a look at the Cima Rosa. With only five guest rooms, this property has an intimate ambience and is set in a peaceful spot close to the Grand Canal.
Accommodation in this 15th century Venetian palazzo is within 15 to 20 minutes’ walk from Piazza San Marco. Rooms are packed with character, featuring original wooden beams, yet come with modern facilities like flatscreen TVs and complimentary WiFi.
The suites have additional seating areas and may also offer views over the water. Breakfast is served on site daily and the hotel has a pleasant outdoor courtyard.
13. Palazzina Grassi
As the brainchild of acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, Palazzina Grassi combines contemporary chic and classic Venetian style to magnificent effect. The property is located in a quiet area near the Grand Canal.
The 16th century building is home to a range of uber stylish rooms and suites featuring modern furnishings. Lots of mirrors and some Murano glass chandeliers are used throughout to create the property’s signature look. Some accommodation comes with canal views, balconies or separate lounge areas.
Palazzina Grassi also has a champagne lounge, a summer terrace and an upmarket restaurant on site.
14. Sina Palazzo Sant’Angelo
The Sina Palazzo Sant’Angelo is positioned on the banks of the Grand Canal. It uniquely offers direct pedestrian access to the water via a private pier as well as boat access. Rebuilt in the mid 1950s, the property was reimagined in a style that harks back to the late 1700s in the city, complete with grand Corinthian columns.
Today the hotel offers a range of accommodation, all with jacuzzi baths and some with canal views. Discover marble bathrooms, antique furnishings and ornate detailing throughout.
This four star hotel is ideal for those seeking luxury on a budget, as it strikes the ideal balance between price and opulence very effectively indeed.
15. Al Ponte Antico
Only a minute or two’s walk from the famous Rialto Bridge is Al Ponte Antico, a hotel housed in a renovated 16th century Venetian home. This four star property offers a range of rooms, including suites set at the level of the canal for unparalleled views over the water.
All rooms are furnished in a plush, refined style, with rich fabrics, minibar, intricate furnishings and satellite TV. The hotel also boasts a palatial bar and a dining terrace overlooking the Rialto Bridge. Piazza San Marco is under 10 minutes’ walk away.
16. Corte di Gabriela
Hotel Corte di Gabriela enjoys an incredibly convenient yet tranquil location between the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco. Accommodation is set around a peaceful courtyard, where guests can marvel at the original well dating from the 1800s.
Rooms at this four star property come with free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, iPads, tea and coffee making equipment and minibars. Some also boast living areas, frescoes, balconies or fireplaces as well as views over the water.
This contemporary take on a Venice hotel combines modern flair with a 19th century palazz. All to a pleasing and relatively pocket-friendly effect.
17. Oltre il Giardino
The enigmatic Oltre il Giardino looks more like a stately home than a typical Venetian palazzo. It’s a breath of fresh air for those seeking a smaller, more intimate property in the Italian city.
Set among gardens dotted with magnolia, pomegranate and olive trees, the hotel has more of a Mediterranean air than most Venice hotels. Breakfast is served here during the warmer months.
Oltre il Giardino has just six rooms and two suites, and service is personal yet relaxed. While it’s undoubtedly a very elegant property, homely touches help guests to feel right at home in this peaceful oasis.
18. Ca Maria Adele
Ca Maria Adele is one of the most romantic properties in Venice. This boutique-style property offers a range of air conditioned accommodation. It can be found directly opposite the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica in a quiet part of the city.
All rooms at this four star hotel come with WiFi, minibar and flatscreen TV. While the finest suites also offer lounge areas, outdoor terraces and whirlpool baths.
The pleasant public areas are a highlight of this hotel. They include a furnished terrace with sofas, a dining room with piano and a lounge with a fireplace.
19. Il Palazzo Experimental
Il Palazzo Experimental is housed in a canal-side palace dating from the Renaissance period. Around a mile from Piazza San Marco, this Dorsoduro property has 32 guest rooms, a buzzing cocktail bar and a restaurant serving some of the best pasta you could wish to find.
Located by the more tranquil Giudecca canal, Il Palazzo Experimental’s guests benefit from the use of a private garden overlooking the water. Rooms, meanwhile, are contemporary in style, with amenities including flatscreen TV, en-suite bathroom and a work desk.
20. Hotel Heureka
Set in a 17th century palazzo, Hotel Heureka is a firm favourite among visitors to Venice. While interiors here are luxuriously styled, they come with a more contemporary twist than most. Think four-poster beds, metallic fabrics, colourful prints, plush fabrics and marble panels.
Some accommodation offers canal views and there is also a pretty garden on site. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the drawing room or outdoors. As well as 10 guest rooms, the hotel has a lively bar and its own music room.
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