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Best luxury hotels in Venice
We have scoured the city to find the best luxury hotels in Venice that are worth their not inconsiderable price. Some are heavily frescoed palazzi, others have dreamy views, while others are small and discreet with immaculate service - perfect for romance.
With its rich architecture, fabulous artwork and watery location, there is no shortage of luxury hotels in Venice. The trick is finding somewhere that really lives up to its price-tag. You can be overlooking the Grand Canal but be in a crumbling palazzo or have a frescoed bedroom but indifferent service. Or be on one of the islands but without a decent restaurant. And still be paying a small fortune.
Best luxury hotels in Venice
Best Venice luxury hotels with a spa
- In a commanding position on the Grand Canal, the Bauer Il Palazzo has, arguably, one of the most romantic dining rooms in the city. Tucked away on the rooftop is a jewel-like spa and Jacuzzi while bedrooms are rich and glamorous, some more contemporary-lavish, others more elegant with antiques.
- Tucked away on the tip of Guidecca island, close to San Giorgio Maggiore, Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a converted 16th-century convent, designed by the great Veneto architect, Andrea Palladio. Rooms have a cool, understated luxury, some with exposed beams, many with private balconies. There’s a lavish spa and a gorgeously romantic garden.
Best Venice luxury hotels with a view
- In an enviable position on the Grand Canal waterfront, not far from the Rialto Bridge, the 14th-century Ca’ Sagredo has everything you would expect of a Venetian palazzo: frescoes, stucco work, gilded furniture and rich fabrics. For many, its stand-out attraction is its canal-side dining terrace.
- In one of the hottest spots on the Riva degli Shiavoni, five minutes stroll from St Mark’s Square and with uninterrupted views across the lagoon, Hotel Londra Palace offers sleek bedrooms with original artwork and Biedermeier furnishings: this is a hotel that knows how to do cool yet lavish. Perfect for watching the world go by, particularly from the restaurant terrace.
- The famed Gritti Palace, a former 15th-centruy Doge’s palace in a peerless position on the Grand Canal opposite the lovely Santa Maria della Salute, has all the tradition, sumptuousness and flawless service that you would expect. Plus one of the city’s finest dining terraces for Venetian views.
- Staring back at the Gritti Palace, the Centurion Palace has a splendid Gothic façade but ultra-contemporary rooms with eye-poppingly bold colours and sharp designer furniture. Sit on the terrace to watch the passing Grand Canal traffic or hire a private motorboat to pick you up from the hotel’s mooring and take you across the water. Close to the Guggenheim and Punta della Dogana, there’s also a private courtyard for alfresco lunches and drinks.
Best luxury Venice hotels for romance
- The 16th-century Ca Maria Adele, in the Dorsoduro district and overlooking Santa Maria della Salute, has all the usual palazzo trimmings of rich fabrics and antiques. What will particularly appeal to romantics, however, are the decadently themed bedrooms. One has a fireplace, another a bath in the bedroom, another is in shades of black with a black chandelier. A small terrace, too.
- The 11 suites of Villa F, tucked away on Giudecca island, have stunning views across the lagoon to San Marco. Secluded, discreet with private dining in each glittering suite, it’s the next best thing to your own private villa. There’s a secluded garden and access to the next-door sister hotel, Bauer Palladio (see above) to use the spa.
The best luxury hotels in Venice may require well-lined pockets but they offer unforgettable experiences. For a wider choice and some cheaper options, check out all our Venice recommendations or contact a friendly guru for advice.
Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa 50 rooms from £307Venice
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
Bauer Il Palazzo 82 rooms from £399Venice
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, Michelin Travel
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel 42 rooms from £241Venice
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, Michelin Travel, Fodors, Great Small Hotels
Hotel Londra Palace 53 rooms from £259Venice
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, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
Gritti Palace 82 rooms from £544Venice
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 locationRecommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Centurion Palace 50 rooms from £316Venice
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 CanalRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
Ca Maria Adele 12 rooms from £367Venice
16th-century palazzo, overlooking Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood. 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.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection