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B&B San Marco 3 rooms from $75Venice
An adorable, typically Venetian B&B. Rooms exude understated charm and homeliness. Excellent views from the bedrooms and lovely breakfasts. A great value spot for central Venice.Value chicCity StyleViews - All the bedrooms have canal views.Sights nearby - 5 mins walk from St Mark's Square
La Residenza 9 rooms from $86Venice (Castello, 3608)
An elegant historic residence close to San Marco Square. Gothic-Byzantine architecture remains the hallmark of its restored interiors - period furnishings and 18th century paintings throughout the rooms. A great value choice for families, friends or couples.Sights nearby - Plus the hotel organises free excursions to Murano with a visit to the glassworksRomantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Villa Pannonia 30 rooms from $91Venice (Venezia Lido)
Attractive redbrick townhouse hotel in the Lido. Contemporary bedrooms in whites, blacks and greys with lots of natural light. Lovely terraces outside to enjoy breakfast in the summer months. Family friendly and great value.FamiliesValue chicSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Locanda ai Santi Apostoli 11 rooms from $107Venice
This stylish third floor apartment guesthouse has a sitting room, small library and views of the Grand Canal. Classically styled rooms are comfortable and come with a complimentary breakfast. Location is perfect for exploring, making this the perfect budget way to get a great view.Local exploring - A wonderfully central location, just minutes from Piazza San Marco, perfect for exploring on foot.Local markets - The hotel sits right opposite the Fish Market, a wonderfully unique experience.Sights nearby - The beautiful Piazza San Marco is just down the road.Views - Some rooms have views of the Grand Canal
Venissa 6 rooms from $107Venice (Isola di Mazzorbo)
A charming and chic restaurant with rooms, set in two acres of vineyard, on an idyllic island . A gastronomic delight off the beaten track, a half hour boat ride from downtown Venice. Rooms are simple and elegant with beamed ceilings and clean design. A foodies haven.Foodies - The Michelin star restaurant headed by super chef Paola Budel, focuses on local produce and is undeniably one of Venice's best.Hideaway - A perfect escape for those discerning travellers who would rather a rustic chic retreat to five star glitz and crowds.Great walks - Take an evening stroll around Mazzorbo, the views are sensational as the sun goes down on the lagoon.Fishing - Fish for soft shell crabs with local fisherman, the perfect opportunity to catch your dinner.
3749 Ponte Chiodo 6 rooms from $107Venice (Cannaregio)
Set in a stunning part of Venice, this hotel offers rooms with exceptional canal views and a quaint internal garden. A breakfast buffet is served outdoors on the veranda or in the communal dining room. An elegant spot for those looking to explore this magical city and superb value for money.Less £ - Excellent value for money in the centre of Venice with rooms from as little as €70 including breakfast.Sights nearby - Rialto Bridge is just 10 minutes' walk away, and all of Venice's highlights are within easy reachGarden - Where breakfast is served in summer months.Local exploring
Gio & Gio 2 rooms from $107Venice (Calle de le Ostreghe)
Opulent, romantic, and traditional B&B very close to St. Mark's Square. Rooms and suites have tapestries, oil paintings and gigantic puffy beds. A romantic choice and great value too.Value chicCity StyleSights nearby - Close to St Mark's Square, the Fenice Theatre and the Grand CanalLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Locanda del Ghetto 9 rooms from $112Venice
An understated and romantic 15th Century Locanda, in the old Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Off the beaten track, quiet and good value, you get the chance to see a new side of the city away from the throngs of tourists. Simple rooms, some with terraces overlooking the square, are charming and comfortable.Local exploring - Explore this hisotrical and fascinating area of Venice, with monuments, museums, cultrual centres and even Kosher restaurants!Great walks - Cannaregio has remained mostly unchanged by the floods of tourists, explore its narrow streets and discover the 'real Venice'.Sights nearby - The hotel is located directly above the Schola Italiana Synagogue, one of the five Synagogues of the Old Jewish Quarter.Full of character
Antico Doge 19 rooms from $118Venice
An elegant and traditional hotel set in a 13th century gothic house. Luxurious rooms have wooden floorboards, silk furnishings, and all the mod-cons. Excellent buffet breakfasts, and just a stone's throw from Venice's sights. A great choice for couple or group weekend.Sights nearby - Walking distance from St Mark's square and Rialto bridgeRomantic BreakViews - The two superior rooms have views onto canalLively area - In the thick of the action.
Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo 10 rooms from $123Venice
Small but oozing character, this privately owned hotel offers two floors of traditional bedrooms in well-located setting for city explores. The charming rooms have 18th Century furniture overlooking a pretty and private courtyard. An intimate, romantic find in the heart of the city.Value chic - Reasonably priced classic Venetian rooms, filled with antique furnishings and fine fabrics, with a charming central courtyard.Romantic Break - The hotels suite comes with canopied bed, Murano chandeliers, balcony overlooking the canal and whirlpool bath!Great walks - Venice is a great city for wandering, explore the narrow cobbled lanes and alleys.Sights nearby - A ten minute walks brings you to Venice's oldest and most famous bridge, Rialto.
San Cassiano 36 rooms from $124Venice
Beautiful canalside townhouse B&B. Elegantly Venetian with original interiors; wooden beams, oil paintings, tapestries, chandeliers and chintzy fabrics throughout rooms and family rooms. Excellent value, very family friendly.Outstanding location - Located right on the Grand CanalFamiliesGroupsSights nearby - Right on the Grand Canal, just 5 mins from the Rialto BridgeRecommended by - Frommers
Ca della Corte 11 rooms from $127Venice
Classically Venetian B&B with rooms and apartments. Softly coloured rooms, some with frescoes, private balconies, oil paintings, chandeliers and statues. Very characterful and great value for family or a group of friends.GroupsValue chicFamiliesSights nearby - Walking distance of the Rialto Bridge and San Marco area.
Hotel Flora 40 rooms from $135Venice
Charming, traditional family run hotel with an enchanting garden and traditional feel. Classical rooms offer comfort and private bathrooms. The vast breakfast buffet is highly recommended as are cocktails in the leafy courtyard . Well suited to families, good value not far from the action.Families - With family rooms, cots, changing tables and strollers and even a special kiddies afternoon tea included in the price!Value chic - Centrally located 17th century hotel, with damask tapestries and Murano chandeliers, plus beautiful courtyard garden.Sights nearby - The famed Piazza San Marco just a short walk away.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers
Palazzetto Pisani 13 rooms from $144Venice
An opulent 16th-century palazzetto with spectacular Grand Canal views. Individually styled rooms feature intricately designed antique furniture, traditional art and wonderfully modern bathrooms. A stylish bar and restaurant serves local cuisine. Well located to access Venice's sights. A chic choice.Local exploring - A well located property with direct access to the Grand Canal.Romantic Break - Grand rooms with private balconies make for a romantic staySailing - Take a romantic cruise down the Grand Canal.Sights nearby - Take a stroll to the Accademia Bridge.
Bloom & Settimo Cielo 6 rooms from $148Venice
Gorgeous boutique B&Bs - one B&B on each floor, but they share the same reception. Similarly opulent bedrooms in striking colours with rich fabrics. The roof terrace is a very special outpost with views over Venice. Very stylish and romantic.City StyleHoneymoonsSights nearby - 5 mins from the Grand Canal, 10 mins from St Mark's SquareViews - Fantastic views over the city from the roof terrace
Locanda Cipriani 5 rooms from $150Venice (Torcello)
Homely yet sophisticated restaurant with rooms on magical Torcello, an outpost of the grand Cipriani. The rooms are simple yet elegant with balconies commanding views of the garden. Wonderful setting, quiet and secluded, serving unforgettable cuisine. A grown up hideaway.Hideaway - Set on the most private and uninhabited Island in Venice, this is ideal for those looking for privacy and quiet.Foodies - Famed for its Ventian food Locanda provides wonderful food in an enchanting setting.Sights nearby - Torcello holds one of the most impressive and interesting churches in the Venice area, the Basilica of Santa Maria AssuntaGreat walks - Explore the dense mosaic of islands and sandbanks emerging from the canal waters, the marshlands and the shallow canals.
Locanda Orseolo 12 rooms from $160Venice
Small jewel-like hotel, in the heart of Venice. The rooms are elaborately decorated in a traditional yet opulent style, deep reds, dark wood and plenty of pomp. The warm and inviting staff make you feel at home. Elegant, richly furnished and intimate.Sights nearby - Located in the heart of old Venice you are Just a few steps from the historic Saint Mark Square and the Ducal Palace.Great walks - Take a stroll in Carlo Scarpa's garden in Fondazione Querini Stampalia, simply splendid.Local markets - Located very near the Rialto market.Views - Great views from hotel
Pensione La Calcina 27 rooms from $166Venice
Charming and often fully booked romantic pension converted with style and flair, where Ruskin used to stay during his visits. Classic rooms feature parquet flooring and antiques. Some have great views of the Giudecca canal. Breakfast can be enjoyed al fresco overlooking the city. A Venetian dream.Great walks - Overlooking the Giudecca Canal this hotel is a pleasant a scenic walk from the heart of Venice.Sights nearby - The hotel is a short walk from the Basilica of St. Mary of Health and the Jesuit Church.Full of characterOutstanding location
Ca’ Pisani 29 rooms from $173Venice
This intimate and chic hotel was Venice's first designer hotel. Minimalist Art-Deco bedrooms are a welcome change from the tardy baroque excesses that litter the city. It's prime location and unique charm make it a popular spot. Enjoy the wine and cheese bar, with street side seating.City Style - Break the traditional Venetian style with sleek Art-Deco design, think bamboo-parquet floors, steel stairs & walnut bedframes.Local exploring - This neighbourhood is bustling with Galleries and Museums, and just a short walk to all the main sights.Sights nearby - Check out the nearby Punta della Dogana, a warehouse holding the contemporary art collection of billionaire Francois Pinault.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Residenza de l'Osmarin 3 rooms from $176Venice
Homely and elegant B&B with friendly hosts. Bedrooms and one suite have parquet floors, lots of natural light and wooden beams. The suite has a private roof terrace. A great spot for families, and excellent value.Sights nearby - 5 mins walk from St Mark's SquareViews - Canal views from most roomsLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Locanda Fiorita 10 rooms from $182Venice (San Marco)
Charming B&B located in heart of the Saint Marco district of Venice. The rooms are elegant and their 18th-century Venetian style reflects the rich culture of the city. With a great location close to Piazza Saint Marco and the Accademia Gallery, it's an unmissable Venetian option.Romantic Break - A romantic and charming getaway for two, with elegant suites, private balconies and a sunny terrace.Local markets - Browse the local Venetian markets and pick up a few treasures to bring home with you.Sights nearby - Rialto Bridge and Basilica San Marco are both within 15 minutes walk.Romantic - Good for couples.
Pensione Accademia 27 rooms from $182Venice
A charming and traditional family run hotel on the canal. Typically Venetian rooms, some with private balconies onto the canal. A romantic and warm atmosphere in true Venetian style.Sights nearby - 15 minutes walk to St Mark's Square and the Fenice Opera HouseViews - Great views from hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.
AD Place 12 rooms from $182Venice
A charming B&B with a slight Casanova theme. Each room and suite extravagantly decked out in bright fabrics, gilt mirrors, funky chandeliers, some with four poster beds. The roof top is an excellent perch to view Venice from. Romantic but also family friendly.Sights nearby - 5 mins walk from St Mark'sViews - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Four poster beds - For romantics.
Cima Rosa 3 rooms from $192Venice
Traditional 15th century Palazzo with views of the Grand Canal. Three elegant rooms with a charming blend of antique furniture & contemporary features and a charming outdoor courtyard, perfect for evening drinks. A great base for a city break - owners have lots of local knowledge.Sights nearby - Great location in the Santa Croce neighbourhood. Easy access to all of Venice's top attractions with a Vaporetta stop close by.Outstanding location - Cima Rosa is right on the Grand CanalGreat walks - Secret Gardens of Venice Walking TourSecluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Sawdays
Metropole 67 rooms from $192Venice
The Beggiato family open their doors and antique collection to give guests Lagoon views, a luxurious stay and Michelin star dining. Rooms are unique with an eclectic mix of curios and collectables. Enjoy the rare Venetian garden, the memorable dining experience and the Oriental Bar. Romantic stay.Sights nearby - Steps away from the famous Piazza San Marco.Views - Choose a room with a lagoon view.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Novecento 9 rooms from $203Venice (Campo San Maurizio)
Seductive and chic b+b with oriental touches, very well located for shopping. Suits couples, dark and intimate, a short walk to the main sights. A breakfast fit for kings is served in the leafy courtyard. Quaint and utterly charming.Romantic Break - This unique and charming hotel marries romance, style and unbeatable location to produce a perfect getaway for two.Local exploring - No better place in the world to wander, get lost and discover, just a short walk from St. Mark's Square.Artworks - Regular exhibitions featuring local and national artists.Local markets - Check out Rialto Market where you can get everything from artisan masks to the perfect cup of coffee.
Quattro Fontane 58 rooms from $225Venice (Venezia Lido)
A quaint and charming hotel on the Lido, Venice. The historic building has the feel of a family home, with traditional decor, lovely gardens and plenty of eye catching antiques and artworks. Endowed with character lacking in many Venetian hotels.Total relaxation - Large comforatble rooms, lovely gardens and generally a much more chilled out vibe than staying in Venice proper.Great walks - The property boasts extensive gardens, perfect for a morning walk.Views - Great views from hotelFull of character
La Villeggiatura 6 rooms from $225Venice
Stylish and elegant family-friendly B&B in the heart of Venice. Spacious and light rooms with original features and thoughtful touches. Helpful and friendly owners will make your stay as comfortable as possible. Breakfast is served in the dining room. Charming.City Style - Venetian style with a twist- think Persian rugs, bold fabrics, charming frescoes, pretty glass lamps and parquet floors.Sights nearby - Steps from The Rialto Bridge and just one km from the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge's Palace.Local markets - A short walk from the hisotric Rialto market, supplying Venice with fresh produce since 1097.Great walks - Venice is a wonderful city to wander, get lost and find hidden jems.
Palazzo Barbarigo 18 rooms from $241Venice
Brooding Venetian romance right on the grand canal. Subtly lit rooms and suites blend boudoir with art deco; plush velvetine chaise longues, theatrical curtains and sumptuous beds. A sultry spot.Romantic BreakRomantic - Good for couples.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Ca del Nobile 6 rooms from $241Venice
Classically elegant Venetian B&B, with a brilliant central location - nestled just behind St Mark's Square. Creamy bedrooms with a Baroque twist - wooden beams, vintage furniture and exposed brick walls. Understated charm, intimate, perfect for a weekend city break.Short fly break - Simple but charming hotel, centrally located, great for a short stayCity Style - Charming place from which to explore VeniceSights nearby - Situated in the heart of the city just behind St Mark's SquareLocal markets - Good for local colour.
DD724 7 rooms from $241Venice
A very charming guesthouse steps from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Unlike the other more statuesque hotels in Venice, this one offers luxury through understatement. Contemporary elegant rooms in neutral and beige tones, furnished with all the modern necessities.Value chicCity StyleSights nearby - Next to the Peggy Guggenheim collection, close to the Cini PalaceLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Palazzo Priuli 10 rooms from $241Venice (Castello di Venezia)
Delightful Renaissance residence in central Venice. Bedrooms and suites filled with delicate fabrics, chandeliers, mirrored lamps, artworks and fireplaces. The hotel's excellent restaurant is nearby. Very authentic stay close to St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge.Sights nearby - Located in the heart of Venice's historic centre just 200m from St Mark's SquareRomantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Good for local colour.Opulent
Palazzo Abadessa 15 rooms from $262Venice
Restored 16th-century palazzo with spacious frescoed rooms, full of antiques and Murano glass. Bursting with history and character. Four poster beds, heavy curtains and patterned wallpaper adorn the rooms. Drinks are served in a walled terrace with shaded seating. Truly regal living.Writing a novel - Be inspired by the enchanting setting- think authentic 17th-century frescoes, silk-lined walls and secret walled gardens.Local exploring - Well situated in the bohemian Cannaregio quarter, beside a quiet canal perfect for private watertaxis.Local markets - Browse the Rialto market for local produce, leather goods and perfumes, just across the Grand Canal.Sights nearby - A short walk away is Ca' d'Oro a splendid gothic style building overlooking the Grand Canal.
Palazzo Soderini 4 rooms from $271Venice
A charming and romantic B&B with a beautiful garden and breakfast terrace. Design conscious rooms have white washed walls, clever lighting and sleek furniture. Great value and very pretty.Garden - Internal courtyard and gardenValue chicSights nearby - A stone's throw from St Mark's SquareLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel 42 rooms from $294Venice
Magnificent Venetian Palace right on the Grand Canal. Plush interiors and classic Venetian style welcome guests. L’Alcova Restaurant offers panoramic canal views, wine from various Italian regions and fantastic food. Impossibly romantic.Honeymoons - This hotel drips in spendour and opulent romance- think frescoed ballrooms, palatial suites, elegant drapes and orginal artwork.Foodies - The trendy and effortlessly elegant L’Alcova restaurant serves up regional specialities with a modern twist.Sights nearby - Nestled between Ca DOro and the Rialto Bridge you're not more than a short walk or boat ride to Venice's main attractions.Local markets - The ancient Rialto Market happens just across from the hotel, a spectacle for all the senses and well worth a visit.
Hotel Londra Palace 53 rooms from $315Venice
140 years of history meets 21st century luxury. Large, comfortable rooms enjoy views of St. Mark’s Basin. Foodies can indulge in the fine dining menu whilst interior design lovers will appreciate the lavish, Venetian decor. Centrally located, St. Mark's Square is but a five minute walk away.Writing a novel - Countless artists and authors have drawn inspiration from the hotel, including Tchaikovsky, who wrote his Fourth Symphony here.Romantic Break - Sumptuous suites, spectacular views, chic dining and beds that are almost impossible to pull yourself out of.City Style - Located on Promenade of Riva degli Schiavoni with Biedermeier style interiors and views of the Londra Palace.Sights nearby - The famed Piazza San Marco is just around the corner, as is the Doge’s Palace.
Palazzetto 113 2 rooms from $321Venice
Very chic city centre hotel. The two rooms have gilded mirrors, opulent fabrics, modern bathrooms and enormous beds. Roof terrace and bar. Intimate, quirky and rich in details.Local exploring - Chic base to explore the winding lanes of this historic city, or enjoy the view from rooftop bar after a day of cultureLocal markets - Visit the nearby islands of Murano (glass-blowing), Burano (fishing, lace-making)Great walks - The 1.5km to Piazza San Marco squareSights nearby - The Church of Santa Maria
Hotel Canal Grande 15 rooms from $334Venice (Campo San Simeone Grande)
An intimate four star boutique hotel nestled in the ancient sestiere of Santa Croce. The refined and opulent suites areadorned with gold leaf, Murano glass and polished wood floors - exuding a classic sense of luxury. Take breakfast on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Grand Canal.Romantic Break - A romantic 4 star boutique, with pampering suites filled with opulent fabrics plus views over the Grand Canal.Local markets - Located in Campo San Simeon, a small square, off the beaten track and filled with fascinating shops and restaurants.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotel
Palazzina G 22 rooms from $337Venice
Exclusive, fashionista and designed by Phillip Starke. A hotel that attracts movers and shakers, glitterati, and mainly by private invitation by virtue of its new status as a members club. White, glittery rooms, suites and apartments, excellent restaurant and bar.Designer - Phillip Starke hotel.Romantic BreakCity Style5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
Al Ponte Antico 7 rooms from $347Venice
Venetian opulence on the Grand Canal - a 16th-century palace. Fabulous romantic rooms and suites have gold brocade walls and elegant beds, and are embellished by chandeliers and tapestries. Wonderful views over the canal from the terrace. A very Venetian choice.Romantic Break - Beautiful fairytale setting located in a 16th century palaceCity Style - Elegant rooms in the centre of the cityViews - Right on the Grand Canal with views of the Rialto BridgeSights nearby - Situated close to all major sights
i Qs 4 rooms from $347Venice (Castello)
Just four contemporary suites with all the modern amenities offer calm and privacy in a hectic city. An ideal choice for a couple looking for independence and privacy, or a business traveller needing simple accommodation.City StyleSights nearby - Located behind St Mark's SquareRecommended by - Tablet
Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa 50 rooms from $374Venice
Located on Giudecca Island this 16th century converted Palladian convent overlooks St. Mark's Basin and the Bacino. Rooms feature rich tapestries and soft silks, private balconies and luxurious marble bathrooms. There are delightful gardens and a huge spa. An utterly romantic and relaxing getaway.Cooking classes - There are cooking classes and tasting menus available.Sights nearby - St. Mark's Square is just a two minute walk away.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Centurion Palace 50 rooms from $385Venice
Stunning luxury hotel behind a classic Venetian facade perfectly situated on the Grand Canal. Fabulous rooms and suites filled with contemporary art, trendy designer furniture and clever lighting. Beautiful courtyard, restaurant with terrace, centrally located. Venice in style.LuxuryRomantic BreakCity StyleViews - Overlooks St Mark's Basin at the mouth of the Grand Canal
Bauer L'Hotel 109 rooms from $397Venice
Commanding views across the Grand Canal this 5 star 19th century hotel boasts classic, opulent Venetian style rooms filled with fine silks, ornate wallpaper and enormous beds.Sights nearby - The famous Bridge of Sighs is an iconic visit.
Ca Maria Adele 12 rooms from $447Venice
16th-century palazzo, overlooking Santa Maria della Salute Basilica in central Venice. The decor harks back to a bygone era of decadence and style. Think rich fabrics, bold wallpaper and quirky antiques. Choose one of the themed rooms for the best experience, and fine lagoon views.Exclusive offer - City breakCity Style - Chic hotel with fantastic views of the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica in central Venice.Romantic Break - Ornate kingsize beds and sumptuous fabrics throughout.Romantic - Good for couples.Great walks - Wander down to the island tip where Punta della Dogana hosts the stunning art collection of billionaire Francois Pinault.
Bauer Il Palazzo 82 rooms from $486Venice
Classic grand palazzo hotel with a breathtakingly romantic restaurant on the Grand Canal. Outrageously sumptuous suites, spa facilitates and rooftop jacuzzi commanding spectacular views are all part of the five star package. Honeymoon stuff.Restaurant - Enjoy stunning view of the Grand Canal below with your dinner.Views - Views of the Grand Canal.Sights nearby - Two minutes from the iconic “drawing room of Europe,” St Mark's Square.Restrictions on children - Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.
Gritti Palace 82 rooms from $663Venice
Former 15th Century Doge's palace turned beautiful hotel for all. Classic styled rooms with views to die for and marble bathrooms. Tradition and elegance meet at the fine dining restaurant, with seating over the main canal. A romantic hotel with great location.Honeymoons - Magnificant suites with hand-blown chandeliers, fine fabrics and balconies overlooking Santa Maria della Salute.Views - Overlooking one of Venice's most famed churches, Santa Maria della Salute.Sights nearby - Nearby San Marco district is perfect for exploring by foot.Outstanding location
Villa F 11 rooms from $1283Venice
Stunning and romantic views across the Grand Canal, with grand rooms and a large, secluded garden.Views - Great views from hotelArtworksHistoricRomantic - Good for couples.
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Many of the best places to stay in Venice have views of the water and you should always at least try for a room with a view: you need to book well in advance for high season, and be prepared to pay extra for the privilege. Or consider a winter visit: the skies are often blue, the crowds dispersed, prices are low, and that perfect room with a view is far more likely to be yours.
The secret of a successful interlude in Venice is to get lost. Leave behind the crowds around San Marco and the Rialto and wander away, along quiet canals and through dusty squares, pausing from time to time in churches to find a Bellini here, a Vivarini there, and in neighbourhood osterie and bacari for something to eat and drink. Then back to your hotel or guesthouse, where, if the spell is not to be broken, atmosphere counts for everything.
Our recommendations have something to fit every taste and every budget, whether you want to spend top dollar or to book a simple B&B. Use our guru's pick of the best places to stay in Venice and start to plan your trip.
For great value
- La Residenza is one of our top choices for a cheap stay in Venice. It's a historic property close to St Mark's Square where you'll find wonderful architecture and period furnishings. Plus doubles start from just €80 B&B.
- Hotel Villa Pannonia is marginally more expensive (rooms from €85 B&B), and offers contemporary bedrooms, lovely terraces for breakfast in warmer months, and a charming location on the Lido.
- The Bauer Il Palazzo on the grand canal is a sumptuous five star spot ideal for honeymooners and hopeless romantics. Glorious restaurant and roof terrace breakfasts.
- Also on the grand canal is the wildly oppulent Ca' Sagredo Hotel which has stucco, chandeliers and gilding everywhere you look. Excellent service in a truly remarkable building in a world renowned location.
- The Gritti Palace is a classic grand hotel and our ultimate favourite of many favourite places to stay in Venice. The former Doge's Palace is traditional with heart-stopping views. Re-opening after a refurbishment which we trust will only have burnished its loveliness.
Hotels with gardens
- The homely yet sophisticated Locanda Cipriani has a lovely garden in which to eat dinner in peaceful seclusion.
- If an outside space is a priority, the Palazzo Abadessa has a lovely walled garden. Owned and run by its former occupant this palazzo in atmospheric Cannaregio gives guests the impression of being at a constant house party.
- The Metropole on the Riva overlooking the lagoon has traditionally opulent bedrooms and antique curios dotted about but is also home to Venice's only Michelin-starred restaurant
- You possibly wouldn't want to be in a hotel next to a bus stop but being next to the boat stop as guests at the Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo are is a different matter. Traditional and intimate, it has a pretty courtyard where breakfast is served in summer.
Venice for families
- For famillies or anyone looking for the best places to stay in Venice which are a little less high-octane the Quattro Fontane is a very good choice not too far from the action. It is a family run former family house close to the lido but delightfully peaceful.
- The simple friendly Pensione La Calcina is a good choice for families and has a floating terrace restaurant in front of the hotel.
- The Ca Maria Adele is a 16th century palazzo richly decorated with damask fabrics. The five themed rooms are the ones to choose if you can and the best of these is the sala noir with its sophisticated black chandlier.
- Housed in a muted pink palazzo, the Ca' Pisani was the first designer hotel in Venice and is an antidote, for anyone who wants one, to the baroque excess of many of the city's hotels.
- Overlooking the lagoon is the Hotel Londra. Original paintings and a huge lovely view of the lagoon will vie for your eye. Shutters keep the bedrooms dark and quiet.
- There are cheaper places to stay on the grand canal if you know where to look - and we do! The Locanda ai Santa Apostoli is a third floor apartment guesthouse accessed via discreet but handsome dark green doors to this converted Palazzo.
- A half hour boat trip from downtown Venice is the Venissa, a hotel and restaurant in an idyllic island setting, promisingly named after the local wine.
- Another of the best places to stay in Venice if you want off-the-beaten-track, is the Locanda del Ghetto, situated in what was the world's first Jewish ghetto. Surrounded by water but in easy reach of the Rialto it is simply decorated and understated.
- A sexily chic B & B with oriental decoration in a great location for shoppers is the Novecento which is owned and run by the son of the owner of the popular but more traditional Flora.
- There is a steep climb up to La Villeggiatura but it is an ideal spacious guest house for families who have perhaps not travelled with any grandparents.
- If you've changed your mind about a hotel and think that an apartment would suit you better, then click here to access our online booking partner, booking.com, where you'll find a wide range from budget studios, to luxury flats.