7 of the Best Hotels in Dorsoduro, Venice
The Dorsoduro is, along with the Jewish Ghetto area, probably one of the most ‘Venetian’ of all the districts of the city. Choosing one of Venice’s best hotels in the Dorsoduro gives you a little more breathing space, and a little more reality, than in the scrum around San Marco - lovely and rich though the latter is.
Yet many visitors don’t explore beyond its obvious - and very fine - attractions of the Accademia art gallery, the Punta della Dogana contemporary art space, the fabulous 18th-century decorative arts in the Ca’ Rezzonico and the gorgeous Santa Maria della Salute with its collection of Titian’s work.
But if you wander at will, you’ll chance on quiet squares, rich Venetian architecture and serene churches. And the waterfront pavements between Punta della Dogana and the Stazione Marittima - popularly known as the Zattere - is where those in the know do their evening passeggiata, stopping for a drink or a gelato to admire the sunset.
7 of the Best Hotels in Dorsoduro
Dorsoduro's Best Waterfront Hotels
- It may be a simple pensione but Pensione La Calcina offers charmingly unfussy rooms furnished with well-chosen antiques and parquet flooring, many with lagoon views - ask for a corner room. Its restaurant, on a pontoon, is a delightful place for drinks and dinner.
- Steps away from Santa Maria della Salute, the Centurion Palace has a splendid Gothic façade but ultra-contemporary rooms - think designer furniture and bold colours. Sit on the terrace to enjoy watching the passing Grand Canal traffic. There’s also a private courtyard when the heat of the city gets too much.
Dorsoduro's Best Design Hotels
- It may look like any other 16th-century palazzo from the outside but, inside, Ca’ Pisani mixes bold contemporary design with art-deco flourishes. The overall effect is cool and urban. Definitely one to look at if you want a break from Renaissance overload.
The Most Romantic Hotels in Dorsoduro
- The two rooms at Palazzetto 113 are furnished in a chic yet sultry style with rich fabrics, gilded mirrors and embossed wallpapers. Tucked down a side-street, and with a no-children policy, this is a perfect retreat for two.
- Equally romantic, is sister hotel Ca Maria Adele with its fabulous position next to Santa Maria della Salute. Rooms are decadently furnished with plenty of dark damask, rich fabrics and massive chandeliers. Again, there’s a no-children policy plus there’s a small terrace.
Some of the Best B&Bs in Dorsoduro
- Family-run and with charming, traditionally furnished rooms - some of which have balconies overlooking the canal - the Pensione Accademia is excellent value, plus it’s in a quiet location, and has two gardens.
- By contrast DD724 is modern and minimalist with white-walled rooms, open rafters, and funky charcoal and gold colours. It’s unfussy yet elegant and makes a cool retreat after a day of sight-seeing.
Choosing one of the best hotels in Dorsoduro is the ideal option if you want to be close, but not too close, to the heart of the city. If there's nothing in this selection that fits the bill, then check out all our Venice recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
Pensione Accademia Venice 27 rooms from £112Sights nearby - 15 minutes walk to St Mark's Square and the Fenice Opera HouseTraditional - Rooms are styled in typically Venetian traditional fashionViews - Great views from hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.
DD724 Venice 6 rooms from £195City Style - Offering some welcome contemporary cool in historic Venice. A property for those who like clean lines and minamilist styleFamilies - Two of the rooms can accomodate families and baby sitting services can be arranged for when parents need a break!Sights nearby - Next to the Peggy Guggenheim collection, close to the Cini PalaceLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Ca’ Pisani Venice 29 rooms from £141City 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.Recommended by - I Escape, Michelin Travel, Tablet
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. See More
Palazzetto 113 Venice 2 rooms from £260Local 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
Ca Maria Adele Venice 12 rooms from £363City 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.Great walks - Wander down to the island tip where Punta della Dogana hosts the stunning art collection of billionaire Francois Pinault.Sights nearby - The hotel overlooks the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
16th-century palazzo, overlooking Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood. The décor 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. See More
Pensione La Calcina Venice 27 rooms from £134Great walks - Overlooking the Giudecca Canal this hotel is a pleasant a scenic walk from the heart of VeniceSights nearby - The hotel is a short walk from the Basilica of St. Mary of Health and the Jesuit ChurchOutstanding location - Overlooking the Giudecca CanalViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
A charming (and popular) 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. See More
Centurion Palace Venice 50 rooms from £312Local exploring - Located in the heart of the Dorsoduro district next to the Basilica of S. Maria della Salute and a number of museumsCity Style - A luxury five-star stay offering the best of both worlds in its design with the old and the newViews - Overlooks St Mark's Basin at the mouth of the Grand CanalSights nearby - Visit the neighbouring Punta della DoganaRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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. See More