Venice is a winding web of streets and walkways and knowing exactly which hotel to choose with your preferred requirements in the right part of the city can be daunting. Here are a selection of luxury and boutique accommodation providers and what we adore about each property.
1. Papadopoli Venezia
When you stay at Papadopoli you are close to every type of transport in, out and around Venice. It’s a boutique MGallery hotel, the elegant décor is 18th century inspired and the hotel offers the best views of of the Tolentini Canal and Papadopoli Gardens.
2. Residence Palazzo Odoni
Located close to Piazzelle Roma, this property is an easier one to find as it’s a short walk to the transport hub where almost every person visiting Venice must pass. Managed by the owner, staying at this boutique property is the ultimate in personalised service.
3. Santa Maria Hotel
Full of character, the Santa Maria Hotel was once a convent. It now spreads over two buildings near the Rialto Bridge and the Church of Saints John and Paul. Weather permitting; breakfast can be served on the terrace with views over Santa Marina Square.
4. Belmond Hotel Cipriani
One of the most luxurious properties in Venice, The Ciprani is reached exclusively by a four minute private boat from San Marco Square to Giudecca Island. With views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace, it’s also one of the few hotels with a swimming pool.
5. Boscovo Venezia
What was once a residence for nobility has been transformed into a luxury hotel located in Sestiere Cannaregio, just away from the crowded tourist area. Make sure to visit the hotel’s secret garden as well as its private collection of artwork, both onsite.
6. Danieli Hotel
This plush property is so close to the city centre attractions at Piazza San Marco, namely Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Its rooftop Restaurant Terrazza Danieli is the perfect location for a romantic dinner or a sunset drink with Grand Canal views.
7. Luna Hotel Baglioni
Ideal for art lovers, the Peggy Guggenheim museum is just a short stroll away from this centrally located property near Piazza San Marco. Once an aristocratic Venetian palace, this ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ property is one of the cities finer hotels.
8. The Bauers Hotel
This unique property offers two hotels under one roof, each with its own personality. The Bauer Hotel is a luxury art deco property with contemporary design while the Bauer Il Palazzo is a boutique hotel focussing on its historic 18th-century identity. Both are rather remarkable.
9. The Gritti Palace
Food lovers take note, this exclusive and indulgent property is exactly where you want to be to completely immerse yourself in Venetian food culture as The Gritti Palace has its own professionally run Epicurean School with regular classes, demonstrations and hosted market excursions.
10. Westin Europa & Regina
It’s the perfect location for theatre buffs or those keen on an indulgent shopping spree as this 17th century palace/now luxury property is located near Calle XXII Marzo, the city’s high-end shopping area. Additionally, its restaurant La Cusina, offers some spectacular Grand Canal views.