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8 of the Best Palazzo Hotels in Venice

Ca Maria Adele

It is many people’s dream to visit Venice - La Serenissima - and stay in a Venetian palazzo. To imagine drawing back the curtains in the morning and gazing down on a canal busy with vaporetti and gondolas; no doubt also having your own personal canal-side mooring. And your bedroom, of course, with be lofty and frescoed, with high arched windows and gilded furnishings. Breakfast might be taken on a balcony or in a shady courtyard. And then you can stroll to all the major sights, or find hidden little back-streets to a bácaro, a small, local bar selling snacks called cicheti. In your dreams? No; these palazzi do exist, and you can stay in them - not always cheaply, but then they were built for noblemen. However, don’t despair, if you look carefully - and we have done - some of best the palazzo hotels in Venice are tucked away from the tourist routes and are more modestly priced but just as atmospheric.

8 of the Best Palazzo Hotels in Venice

Modestly priced

Two more modestly priced palazzo hotels are the Cima Rosa and the Metropole.

Cima Rosa

  • The 15th-century Cima Rosa has just three beamed and softly coloured bedrooms, and is quietly tucked away in the Santa Croce district but still on the Grand Canal.
  • The privately run Metropole is a steal; overlooking the lagoon and steps from St Mark’s. The family’s antiques collection spills everywhere, with rooms ranging from lavish to more traditional. A Michelin-starred restaurant, too.

For antique filled rooms

Palazzo Priuli

  • Also privately run by the owner, Palazzo Abadessa is a 16th-century building quietly tucked away in the Cannaregio district. Frescoed rooms are filled with antiques and Murano glass, and there’s also a walled garden; rare for Venice.
  • Centrally placed, but tucked away, Palazzo Priuli has charming rooms of raftered ceilings and antique furnishings. It also has an excellent restaurant just stepping distance away.

For Grand Canal location

Ca Sagredo

  • Slap-bang on the Grand Canal waterfront, the 14th-century Ca' Sagredo has everything you would expect of a Venetian palazzo: frescoes, stucco work, gilded furniture and rich fabrics. It even boasts artwork by Tiepolo and Longhi, plus a canal-side terrace for dining.

For a room with a view

One of the finest Venetian views is across the lagoon to the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute - a view shared by both Ca Maria Adele and the Gritti Palace.

Gritti Palace

  • The 16th-century Ca Maria Adele has all the usual palazzo trimmings of rich fabrics and antiques, but also has a bold, decadent feel in its themed bedrooms. A small terrace, too.
  • The famed Gritti Palace, a former 15th-century Doge’s palace in a peerless position on the Grand Canal, has all the tradition, sumptuousness and flawless service that you would expect. Plus one of the city’s finest dining terraces for Venetian views.

Venice is a city of superlatives and it doesn’t get much better than a stay in one of the best palazzo hotels in Venice. But if there's nothing here that fits the bill, then check out all our Venice recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.

  • Cima Rosa Venice 6 rooms from AU$293

    Local exploring  -  Great location in the Santa Croce neighbourhood. Easy access to all of Venice's top attractions with a Vaporetta stop close by
    Owner managed  -  Owner managed & it shows. Attention to detail like pre-trip planning & a kitchen with a constant supply of cookies!
    Outstanding location  -  Located right on the Grand Canal with views from three of the six bedrooms
    Historic  -  A stunning 15th century palazzo conversion
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, I Escape

    Traditional 15th century Palazzo with views of the Grand Canal. Three elegant rooms with a charming blend of antique furniture & contemporary features and a charming outdoor courtyard, perfect for evening drinks. A great base for a city break - owners have lots of local knowledge. See More

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  • Metropole Venice 67 rooms from AU$760

    Local exploring  -  This couldn't be a more central location set overlooking the Bacino di San Marco lagoon and with St Mark's Square within sight!
    Foodies  -  The Met Restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star and serves superb contemporary Italian dishes with a focus on local produce
    Sights nearby  -  Steps away from the famous Plazza San Marco
    Views  -  Choose a room with a lagoon view
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Michelin Travel, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Palazzo Abadessa Venice 15 rooms from AU$318

    Writing a novel  -  Be inspired by the enchanting setting — think authentic 17th-century frescoes, silk-lined walls and secret walled gardens
    Traditional  -  Classically Venetian with superb antique furniture, brocade-covered walls, and ornate Murano glass chandeliers
    Local exploring  -  Well situated in the bohemian Cannaregio quarter, beside a quiet canal perfect for private watertaxis
    Local markets  -  Browse the Rialto market for local produce, leather goods and perfumes, just across the Grand Canal
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors

    Restored 16th-century palazzo with spacious frescoed rooms, full of antiques and Murano glass. Bursting with history and character. Four poster beds, heavy curtains and patterned wallpaper adorn the rooms. Drinks are served in a walled terrace with shaded seating. Truly regal living. See More

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  • Palazzo Priuli Venice (Castello di Venezia) 10 rooms from AU$383

    City Style  -  A traditional, yet luxurious stay, offering guests a touch of old-world Venetian elegance
    Local exploring  -  An elegant four star luxury stay with grand traditional design and high-end service
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Venice's historic centre just 200m from St Mark's Square
    Historic  -  Original frescoes by Palma il Vecchio adorn the front of the building
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    Delightful Renaissance residence in central Venice. Bedrooms and suites filled with delicate fabrics, chandeliers, mirrored lamps, artworks and fireplaces. The hotel's excellent restaurant is nearby. Very authentic stay close to St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. See More

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  • Ca’ Sagredo Hotel Venice 42 rooms from AU$484

    Honeymoons  -  This hotel drips in splendour and opulent romance — think frescoed ballrooms, palatial suites, elegant drapes & 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
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Fodors, Great Small Hotels

    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. See More

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  • Ca Maria Adele Venice 12 rooms from AU$592

    City 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 make this a romantic choice
    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
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    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

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  • Gritti Palace Venice 82 rooms from AU$2421

    Designer Shopping  -  Just minutes from Calle Larga XXII Marzo, Venice's premier luxury shopping street, packed with designer boutiques
    Honeymoons  -  Magnificant suites with hand-blown chandeliers, fine fabrics and balconies overlooking Santa Maria della Salute
    Museums  -  Directly opposite the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the famed Guggenheim Museum
    Literary  -  Hemingway and Somerset Maugham stayed here, amongst others.
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    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors

    Former 15th Century Doge's palace turned beautiful hotel for all. Classically styled rooms have views to die for and spectacular marble bathrooms. Tradition and elegance meet at the fine dining restaurant, with seating over the main canal. A romantic hotel with a great location. See More

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Written by Helen Pickles

posted Monday, 14th November 2022