It’s been a long time and run-down palazzos are transformed into fashionable hotels…. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of fascinating secrets and legends, try a night in a room of one of the 13 best hotels in Venice in my opinion. Experience all that Venice has to offer, from its famous sites to its deepest secrets… Visit the ateliers of famous artisans, explore historic sites and museums, and peek behind the scenes of centuries-old establishments. And for the night, stay in a luxury hotel.
1. Aman Venice
Situated on the banks of the canal in San Polo, the Aman Venice Hotel is a window into the city’s historical glory and contemporary cultural achievements. Priceless works of art and iconic landmarks are discovered at every turn – most are just a short walk or a short gondola ride away. Housed in Palazzo Papadopoli, one of the city’s eight monumental palaces on the Grand Canal, the Aman Venice Hotel embodies all that is luxurious and sensual about La Serenissima. Rococo artwork blends with the modern restraint of Jean-Michel Gati’s interiors, and private gardens – a rarity in this floating city – overlook sumptuous dining rooms and spacious suites. Aman Venice’s guest rooms and signature suites, which vary in size and configuration, feature works by Italy’s greatest artists, including 16th-century architect Sansovino and 18th-century painter Tiepolo. Modern furnishings complement authentic silk wallpaper, chandeliers, wood paneling, chinoiserie and painted ceilings, and many suites have views of the Grand Canal. Just a short walk from Piazza San Marco, the Aman Venice Hotel is the perfect place to explore this romantic city and discover its hidden gems by sailing on a traditional gondola.
2. Hotel Cipriani Belmond
At Hotel Cipriani, Chris Rhodes’ lens takes us into a world of timeless glamor and daring energy, where the most interesting people gather to indulge in the pleasures of life. Gliding across the water in a slow ballet of boats, every arrival at Hotel Cipriani carries a cinematic mystery. Look across the lagoon to St. Mark’s Square while enjoying the seclusion of this island spot. With a Michelin-starred restaurant and unrivaled views of Venice, it’s an indulgence that knows no bounds. By day, you can savor the scenery by the pool while sipping a Bellini. Or find solace in nature with a stroll through the hotel’s extensive private gardens. A serene home, a thoughtful blend of relaxation and art is why this hotel in Venice has become a true legend.
3. Hotel Villa Franceschi
The majestic waters of the Brenta River, adjacent to the Venetian Lagoon, wind between Palladian villas, once the favorite vacation spots of the aristocracy. Among them is Villa Francesca, the former residence of the Doge’s jewelers, which rises in the bend of the river in all its splendor on hectares of wooded parkland. Traditionally, balconies and terraces overlook the river, as does the restaurant, which serves fine Venetian cuisine “al fresco”. Rooms retain marble fireplaces and terracotta floor tiles, ceilings retain their original wooden beams, and chandeliers and silks handmade by Venetian artisans serve as a delightful finishing touch.
4. Londra Palace Venezia
This historic hotel is famous for having hosted artists and celebrities such as Tchaikovsky, D’Annunzio, Verne, Brodsky and Borges. Since 1853, they and others have been captivated by the Londra Palace and its fabulous location. Piazza San Marco is a stone’s throw away, as are the vaporetti and gondolas for canal rides. One hundred windows overlook the San Marco basin and lagoon, while the other side of the building offers equally beautiful views of rooftops and church towers. Inside, fine furniture, tapestries and brocades adorn the elegantly decorated rooms, while the restaurant adds creativity to classic Venetian cuisine.
5. Villa Barbarich
Located near Venice, the Hotel Villa Barbarich is a place of rest, relaxation and epicurean pleasures. This charming hotel-restaurant has lived in the rhythm of the Marzenego River since the 16th century. In this authentic setting, Gise Nardiello perfectly blends the authenticity of place with modern comforts to create beautiful, spacious rooms. Chef Malipiero of the restaurant does not stray from tradition, serving the most flavorful local cuisine. An outdoor pool and lush two hectares of recreational grounds are complemented by a health and wellness area with hot tub, sauna and Turkish bath. L’Hôtel Villa Barbarich is happy to introduce curious guests to the splendor of Venice during free guided tours.
6. Ca’di Dio-Small Luxury Hotel
A Venetian palace located in the heart of the Floating City, Ca’ di Dio combines history with the luxury of modernity. Although some parts of the hotel building date back to 1272, in its latest guise it has been impeccably updated for the 21st century and reflects its surroundings in every detail. Located at the entrance to the Arsenale district, home to the famous Art Biennale, Ca’ di Dio is the perfect palace to call home while you explore the city. Once you cross the threshold of Ca’ di Dio, there’s no mistaking that you’re in Italy. Every detail in its bedrooms and suites is the epitome of Italian design, from the precious Murano glass lamps, fine locally made fabrics to the marble bathrooms. Some rooms overlook the mimosa and magnolia trees in the hotel’s two quiet courtyards, while others have views of the lagoon and passing gondolas. Paying for an Altana Suite, you can enjoy 360-degree views of San Giorgio and the lagoon from your own private terrace. The Venetian theme continues in the charming open-air VERO restaurant with views of the lagoon and dishes inspired by it. The courtyard restaurant Essentia offers another option for al fresco dining in summer, while the Alchemia bar adds local ingredients to classic cocktails.
7. The St. Regis Venice
The location of the Hotel St. Regis Venice, is one of the most favorable. It is across the Grand Canal from the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and San Giorgio Maggiore. After a two-year transformation, the hotel has joined the St. Regis Collection to provide a fabulous Venice experience. The décor is set in a vibrant yet delicate color palette reminiscent of the hues of the lagoon city itself, and the resident artists’ program ensures that new works of art are constantly appearing on the walls. The hotel’s 130 guest rooms, housed in five interconnected palazzos, are also paragons of excellence, including rooms with balconies overlooking the Grand Canal and top-floor rooms with private rooftop terraces offering stunning views of the water and rooftops of Venice. The hotel features Gio’s Restaurant & Terrace, whose menu is a modern journey through Venetian and Italian cuisine, and the Arts Bar. It offers art-inspired cocktails, and the treatments offered in the St Regis Venice Spa Suites are another form of relaxation.
8. The Venice Venice Hotel
Hotel Venice Venice is located in Cannaregio, right on the Grand Canal, a short walk or boat ride from the Rialto Bridge, the Accademia, St. Mark’s Square, the Prada Foundation and most other attractions. Located in the heart of Venice, the retro-progressive Hotel Venice Venice, founded by the people behind the Golden Goose fashion brand, is deeply rooted in local culture and excellence, yet looking to the future. Pure sensory bliss and impeccable service at every touch point – a stay at this hotel is truly a dream unlike any other.
A few canals away from Piazza San Marco and the La Fenice Opera House is the Hotel Nolinski Venezia. Its majestic façade, decorated with mythical creatures, daughters of Poseidon, reminds us of the power that La Serenissima draws from its waters. Here we enter Venetian history through the doors of the old Stock Exchange. Art Nouveau, liberti style and modernism combine in a harmony of proportions complemented by the work of Le Coadic Scotto interior designers. On the five floors of the hotel there is an atmosphere of art and noble materials: Marbro and marmorino stucco contrasts with joinery and mango wood panels, while classical and contemporary works of art delight the eye even in the most secluded corners of the hotel. The 43 rooms, including 13 suites, each uniquely designed, create an atmosphere of tranquility and promise a unique and timeless vacation experience. The spirit of Nolinski is embodied in the unique and varied gastronomic offerings created by Chef Philippe Chronopoulos. Reflecting his personality, the menu is a perfect blend of the generosity of Mediterranean cuisine and French culinary technique.
10. Hotel Excelsior Venice
Located right on the golden beaches of the Lido, Hotel Excelsior is the ideal base from which to explore the wonders of the city, tucked away from the bustling tourist traffic in the center and within easy reach of the main attractions. Built in 1908 on a simple sandy islet, this exclusive five-star Moorish-style hotel combines luxury, history and tradition to create an unforgettable experience. The Excelsior Hotel has it all: two restaurants with magnificent sea views, three bars, a large swimming pool, a modern gym and a fantastic private beach on the beautiful Lido coast – an oasis of relaxation and privacy with private cabanas – and a wide range of activities including windsurfing and water skiing.
11. Ausonia Hungaria Wellness & Lifestyle
A renovated 5* hotel in the heart of Lido di Venezia has become a reality. A new dimension awaits you, where history, art, design and nature combine. Ausonia Hungaria is at the center of a world of outdoor activities, sports, nature, art and international events. A stimulating context for body and mind for everyone who wants to enjoy the feeling of discovery and loves to be surprised. Ausonia Hungaria is a unique place where land and sea meet in a changing show of water, light and reflections, changing according to the seasons.
12. Baglioni Hotel Luna – The Leading Hotels of the World
A timeless journey through art, history and exquisite cuisine. Venice, steeped in history, fascinates all visitors. A stay at the luxurious Baglioni Hotel Luna will give you one of the most prestigious locations in the city, just one minute from Piazza San Marco. Choose from a wide range of romantic rooms and prestigious suites, furnished by Baglioni hotels in lush Venetian style. The hotel rooms are ideal for those who don’t want to settle for something limited. These rooms feature elegant marble bathrooms, original Venetian-era furniture and Murano glass chandeliers. Watch the passing gondolas and admire the Royal Gardens from your elegant boudoir. Or maybe you want to relax and nourish your mind and body in the new spa. Inspired by Venetian aesthetics and decorated with classic textile panels, bronze glass inserts and smoked glass mosaics, this soothing oasis offers a wide range of treatments for beauty, body and relaxation.
Palazzina Grassi is the only hotel in Italy designed by Philippe Starck, who has turned the idea of high-end hospitality and style upside down, creating a jewel with alluring beauty and sensual atmosphere. And when innovative in approach and in the kitchen, offering a fresh, modern take on traditional, classic dishes, dining becomes an extraordinary Venetian experience. A luxurious five-star hotel with a next-generation philosophy in hospitality. The atmosphere, style, lighting and materials of Palazzina Grassi come together to make Palazzina Grassi a living, breathing entity pulsating with life and beauty. The extraordinary appeal of the rooms, complemented by unique furnishings and accessories, Palazzina Grassi offers an innovative approach to casual luxury, allowing each guest to feel like a “real Venetian” for a few days, which is much further from the classic, old-fashioned tourist experience in Laguna. Entering Palazzina Grassi is like entering someone’s magnificent home: warm and cozy, elegant and sophisticated. And you will feel at home here too! Some suites offer breathtaking views of the Grand Canal, while Junior Suites, Deluxe and Superior rooms overlook the pink rooftops of Venice. This hotel is a favorite of the international business community and jet set, the venue for the most exclusive parties during the Venice Film Festival and the Biennale of Art and Architecture, stars including Madonna, Al Pacino, and the Venice Film Festival.
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