Curiously, La Giudecca, which is home to several of Venice’s luxury hotels, is one of its more workaday islands. Although it was once the island where wealthy aristocrats of the early Renaissance lived, today you will find the housing estates, workshops and boatyards of ordinary Venetians. This, of course, makes the best hotels on La Giudecca a welcome relief from the tourist hordes of the other islands. And it’s also a cool distance from the hubbub around the Grand Canal and San Marco.
The two big attractions are the Redentore, a 16th-century Franciscan church designed by Andrea Palladio - built to celebrate the city’s survival from bubonic plague - and, on the neighbouring island just a spit away, another Palladian creation: the dazzling-white church of San Giorgio Maggiore. The best hotels in Giudecca are not necessarily the city’s cheapest, but they do give a certain exclusivity.
If you are looking for privacy when visiting Venice, the best hotels on La Guidecca should be your starting point. Neither of these suitable? Then widen the net and check out all our Venice recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
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.
Stunning and romantic views across the Grand Canal, with grand rooms and a large, secluded garden.