Venice's Best Guesthouses

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 it’s back to your hotel or guesthouse, and the best way to ensure the spell isn’t broken at that point is to lay your head in one of Venice’s best guesthouses.


Our Gurus promise their collection of Venice’s best guesthouses are charming, intimate offerings, imbued with the atmosphere of Venice. And Venice brims with guesthouses and B&Bs, often called locandas. And while you may miss some of the standard hotel facilities and services, you’ll find Venice’s best guesthouses less hard on the pocket.

Wherever you’re hoping to stay always at least try for a room with a view: you need to book Venice’s best guesthouses 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 in one of Venice’s best guesthouses is far more likely to be yours.

Venice's Best Guesthouses

For romance

Al Ponte Mocenigo

  • Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo is an intimate hideaway with just ten rooms, arranged around a pretty courtyard, it’s traditional and has plenty of character.
  • Or there’s six roomed Locanda del Ghetto, in an evocative spot, off the beaten track, but with beautiful views overlooking its intimate square.

For great value

Locanda ai Santi Apostoli

  • The Locanda ai Santi Apostoli directly overlooks the Grand Canal, and has 11 rooms, the least expensive of which start from around £85 per night.

For escaping to


  • The Locanda Cipriani is a beautiful restaurant with rooms on magical Torcello island. It’s quiet and secluded and there’s a lovely garden.
  • Venissa is nearby, a charmingly chic hotel-restaurant in a converted manor house abut a half an hours boat ride from downtown Venice.

For location, location, location

La Villeggiatura

  • The Novecento is a chic, seductive B&B with a hint of the orient in the decor, nine rooms and a great location close to many of the main sights.
  • Or, if you want to be right by the Rialto, consider the six, comfortable, spacious rooms of La Villeggiatura.

If you haven’t found your idea of Venice’s best guesthouses on our Guru’s list you could

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  • or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • Novecento

      Venice (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.

      9 rooms from $213
      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.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
    • Locanda Cipriani

      Venice (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.

      5 rooms from $157
      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 Assunta
      Great walks  -  Explore the dense mosaic of islands and sandbanks emerging from the canal waters, the marshlands and the shallow canals.
      Recommended by  -  Fodors
    • La Villeggiatura


      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.

      6 rooms from $236
      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.
      Recommended by  -  Fodors, Sawdays
    • Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo


      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.

      10 rooms from $129
      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.
      Recommended by  -  Fodors
    • Locanda ai Santi Apostoli


      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.

      11 rooms from $112
      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
    • Locanda del Ghetto


      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.

      9 rooms from $118
      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
    • Venissa

      Venice (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.

      6 rooms from $112
      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
Written by  Fiona Duncan, posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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