Best hotels in Dorsoduro

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.

Best hotels in Dorsoduro

For B&B


  • 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.

For a designer stay

Ca Pisani

  • 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.

For Romance

Ca Maria Adele

  • 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.

For a waterfront hotel

Pensione La Calcina

  • 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.

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 27 rooms from $147


    A charming and traditional family run hotel on the canal. Typically Venetian rooms, some with private balconies onto the canal. A romantic and warm atmosphere in true Venetian style.

    Sights nearby  -  15 minutes walk to St Mark's Square and the Fenice Opera House
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • DD724 6 rooms from $257


    A very charming guesthouse steps from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Unlike the other more statuesque hotels in Venice, this one offers luxury through understatement. Contemporary elegant rooms in neutral and beige tones, furnished with all the modern necessities.

    Value chic
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Next to the Peggy Guggenheim collection, close to the Cini Palace
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Ca’ Pisani 29 rooms from $185


    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.

    City 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
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  • Palazzetto 113 2 rooms from $343


    Very chic city centre hotel. The two rooms have gilded mirrors, opulent fabrics, modern bathrooms and enormous beds. Roof terrace and bar. Intimate, quirky and rich in details. Your own very smart home in Venice.

    Local exploring  -  Chic base to explore the winding lanes of this historic city, or enjoy the view from rooftop bar after a day of culture
    Local markets  -  Visit the nearby islands of Murano (glass-blowing), Burano (fishing, lace-making)
    Great walks  -  The 1.5km to Piazza San Marco square
    Sights nearby  -  The Church of Santa Maria
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  • Ca Maria Adele 12 rooms from $478


    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 break
    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.
    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
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  • Pensione La Calcina 27 rooms from $177


    Charming and often fully booked 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.

    Great walks  -  Overlooking the Giudecca Canal this hotel is a pleasant a scenic walk from the heart of Venice.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is a short walk from the Basilica of St. Mary of Health and the Jesuit Church.
    Full of character
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
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  • Centurion Palace 50 rooms from $411


    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.

    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Views  -  Overlooks St Mark's Basin at the mouth of the Grand Canal
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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Written by Helen Pickles

posted Wednesday, 24th August 2016