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Best Venice hotels for foodies
Eating out in Venice can be expensive, especially in the touristy cafes and restaurants around San Marco. Good areas to hunt for more authentic, well-priced restaurants are around the Rialto market, the Ghetto area of Cannaregio and in parts of Dorsoduro. So choose a hotel within striking distance of these areas. But also, hotel restaurants, chosen wisely, can be less of a touristy rip-off. We have eaten our way around Venice - tough task - to bring you a selection of the best Venice hotels for foodies.
Not surprisingly, given its watery location, Venice specialises in fish and seafood. This low-lying hinterland of the Veneto region, perfect for rice-growing, also makes risotto a popular dish, especially combined with seafood. Pork, polenta and - that most Italian of desserts - tiramisu, are also items for which to scour menus. The Veneto area is also a noteworthy vine-growing region; the wines to looks out for include Bardolino, Valpolicella and Soave.
Best Venice hotels for foodies
For a Michelin star
- If you’re looking for Michelin star, it has to be the family-run Metropole, overlooking the lagoon. A hotel filled with the owners’ fabulous array of antiques and collectables, and with bedrooms ranging from lavish to more traditional. The Michelin-starred Met restaurant is in a suitably grand dining room, hung with silks and gilt-framed portraits. There’s also a chic bar and shady garden.
- Venissa, on Isola di Mazzorbo which is linked to Burano by a wooden bridge, is a restaurant-with-rooms and considered one of the finest dining rooms in Venice. Family-run, with its own kitchen garden, orchard and vineyard, rooms are simple, chic and minimalist.
On the islands
- If you don’t mind being a boat-ride from the star attractions of Venice, consider the charming, small northern islands. Torcello - once more populous than Venice but now charmingly faded with two sublime churches - is home to Locanda Cipriani, a restaurant-with-rooms and part of the grand Cipriani hotel on Guidecca. Rooms are simple but elegant and the food surprisingly sophisticated.
- Tucked away on the tip of Guidecca island, Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a converted 16th-century convent, designed by the great Veneto architect, Andrea Palladio. Rooms are quirky and lavishly decorated, plus there’s a gourmet restaurant, with tasting menus, and the chance to take cookery lessons.
For dinner overlooking the Grand Canal
- In a superb position, overlooking the Grand Canal, the 14th-century Ca’ Sagredo Hotel has everything you would expect of a Venetian palazzo: frescoes, stucco work, gilded furniture and rich fabrics. The icing on the cake is its canal-side terrace for dining on regional specialities with a modern twist.
- Although it has a less than alluring (1960s) façade at the rear, the five-star Bauer L’Hotel, with a 19th-century core, has a good location on the Grand Canal. Its acclaimed De Pisis restaurant has a dining terrace with views to the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute.
- Or take a look at its sister hotel, Bauer Il Palazzo, whose restaurant, overlooking the Grand Canal, is about as romantic as it gets in this romantic city. Beautiful bedrooms with a contemporary-lavish edge. There’s also a small spa with rooftop Jacuzzi plus a large rooftop terrace for breakfast.
For lagoon views
- The Hotel Londra Palace, on the Riva degli Schiavoni, has wonderful lagoon views plus sleek bedrooms with original artwork and Biedermeier furnishings. Tchaikovsky was so enchanted with the setting, he wrote his Fourth Symphony here. The elegant restaurant is known for its fine-dining food; on balmy evenings, eat on the terrace; excellent people-watching.
Eating in Venice is as much about the views as the food. Use our guide to the best Venice hotels for foodies to ensure you get the best of both. If there's nothing here to tickle your taste buds, check out all our Venice recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
Metropole 67 rooms from $206Venice
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.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Fodors
Venissa 6 rooms from $114Venice (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.Recommended by - I Escape
Locanda Cipriani 5 rooms from $160Venice (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.Recommended by - Fodors
Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa 50 rooms from $400Venice
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
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel 42 rooms from $314Venice
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.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Johansens, Fodors
Bauer L'Hotel 109 rooms from $424Venice, DUPLICATE
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.Recommended by - Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Bauer Il Palazzo 82 rooms from $520Venice
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 views 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.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Londra Palace 53 rooms from $337Venice
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.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Johansens, Small Luxury Hotels, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors