Where to Stay in Venice: My Selection of the Best Accommodations
You’re going to Venice during your next trip and you’re looking for the best places to stay?
You’re at the right place!
When traveling, it’s never easy to find the perfect hotel, especially if it’s your first time in a city.
As I know Venice very well, I have thus compiled a list of the best hotels in Venice for you, sorted by neighborhood.
Whether you’re looking for a hostel, a budget hotel in the city center, or a more upscale hotel (with a swimming pool, for example!), you’ll find what you’re looking for in this article.
For each area, I will also tell you more about the best things to do and places to visit.
With my recommendations, you can book your dream hotel in Venice right now and ensure an unforgettable trip!
And at the end of this article, you will also find my selection of budget hotels in Venice as well as my list of the best places to stay in Venice if you’re travelling as a family.
So, where to stay in Venice as a tourist?
Let’s find out!
- Where to Stay in Venice: My Selection of the Best Accommodations
- In San Marco District
- In San Polo District
- In Santa Croce District
- In Castello District
- In Cannaregio District
- In Dorsoduro District
- On Giudecca Island
- On Murano Island
- On Lido Island
- Where to Stay in Venice on a Budget
- Staying in Venice with Family
- What is the Best Hotel in Venice?
- Where to Stay in Venice: The Summary Table of the Best Hotels
- You’re traveling in Italy? These articles will help you!
In San Marco District
The San Marco district stretches from St. Mark’s Square to the Accademia Bridge. It’s the most central district of Venice.
As a very touristy part of Venice, it’s home to most of the city’s must-see monuments.
I recommend this district for lodging in Venice:
- If you’re looking for a lively area
- If you want to be close to tourist attractions and visit everything on foot
- To be near numerous bars and restaurants
The San Marco district is the perfect place to discover:
- The famous St. Mark’s Square
- The Doge’s Palace, the historic residence of the Doges of Venice
- The Campanile with its stunning view over Venice
- The Correr Museum, the city’s municipal museum
- The Palazzo Grassi, a contemporary art museum
- The Caffè Florian, the most famous café in St. Mark’s Square, frequented by the likes of Marcel Proust and Alfred de Musset
Here is my selection of the best hotels in San Marco district
Hotel Montecarlo – from 110€
Hotel Montecarlo is a charming hotel located in a 17th-century building, only 50 meters from St. Mark’s Square and 400 meters from the Bridge of Sighs.
Its Venetian-style rooms are ideal for immersing yourself in the capital of the Doges.
In this hotel, you’ll find everything you need to relax between visits: a TV room, reading lounge, Italian restaurant… The breakfast is included and quite generous, and the hotel even offers an afternoon snack every day.
An important detail: the hotel is completely non-smoking.
Hotel Saturnia & International – from 200€
Hotel Saturnia is located just 200 meters from St. Mark’s Square.
It offers elegant rooms decorated in a classic Venetian style with wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Its rooftop terrace offers a lovely view of the city’s rooftops.
An excellent choice for staying in Venice’s San Marco district!
The hotel also offers large family rooms, perfect for family stays in Venice.
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione – from 290€
5-star Venice hotel extremely well-located, at five minutes from St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace.
Private dock, gourmet restaurant, excellent breakfast, rooms with canal views, the hotel offers only high-end and quality services.
Add a rooftop terrace with views over Venice and you have all the ingredients for a dream stay.
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel – from 600€
This is the legendary luxury hotel where to stay in Venice.
It’s located just 200 meters from St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. A vaporetto stop is a 2-minute walk away for all your boat travel.
This iconic establishment is spread across several buildings connected by covered bridges. The luxurious, high-end rooms are furnished with refined furniture, and most offer an exceptional view of the lagoon.
The hotel also has a panoramic restaurant renowned for its delicious Italian cuisine in a splendid setting.
Hotel Danieli is the top luxury hotel in San Marco district in Venice.
In San Polo District
The San Polo district is the oldest part of Venice: it’s located where salt marshes once were. Nowadays, it’s predominantly known as the artisans’ district, home to many workshops and art galleries.
This district is ideal for staying in Venice:
- If you want to be close to the center
- If you appreciate art and craftsmanship
San Polo will charm you with many places of interest to discover:
- The Rialto Market
- The Rialto Bridge
- I Frari Church, which houses a magnificent painting by Titian
- The Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Where to Stay in Venice in San Polo District?
Pensione Guerrato – starting from 78€
The Pensione Guerrato is a charming hotel located just 100 meters from the Rialto Bridge and a 10-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square.
This hotel offers both rooms and apartments in a picturesque setting, within a renovated 13th-century building. An authentic experience is guaranteed. Breakfast is included in the rate, and it is comprehensive and varied.
A vaporetto station is only a few steps away. This hotel has an ideal location for exploring the center of Venice on foot.
Riva del Vin Boutique Hotel – starting from 110€
The Riva del Vin Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the San Polo district, 100 meters from the Rialto Bridge and 10 minutes on foot from St. Mark’s Basilica. The vaporetto station is just a 1-minute walk away.
Brand new, it offers rooms overlooking the Grand Canal, which are comfortable and stylishly designed. A hearty and varied breakfast is included in the room price.
This is my favorite for its value for money in San Polo district.
H10 Palazzo Canova Hotel – starting from 205€
The H10 Palazzo Canova Hotel is located right next to the Ca’ d’Oro and the Rialto Bridge. Some rooms offer a view of the Rialto Bridge and all come with a seating area.
The terrace and bar offer a very beautiful view of the Grand Canal.
The staff is very friendly, always available, and do not hesitate to provide excellent sightseeing recommendations.
I highly recommend it for a romantic weekend in Venice.
Hotel L’Orologio – starting from 290€
If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in San Polo district, I also recommend Hotel Orologio.
Situated right on the Grand Canal and 5 minutes from the Rialto Bridge, this 4-star property offers beautifully decorated rooms with exceptional views of the Ca’ d’Oro.
The location is perfect and very convenient for visiting Venice.
In Santa Croce District
The Santa Croce district is located right next to the San Polo district, to the west. Once an industrial district, now modernized, it remains a more authentic neighborhood than San Polo or San Marco while still being close to the center.
The Santa Croce district corresponds to the working-class area of Venice. Here you’ll find excellent pizzerias and restaurants for affordable dining.
You should consider staying in this district of Venice:
- If you’re looking for a quiet location
- For proximity to the bus or train station
You’ll be able to discover:
- The local Venetian lifestyle
- Charming small churches
- The modern art museum in Ca’ Pesaro Palace
- The Venice Museum of Natural History
The Best Accommodations in Santa Croce District
Olimpia Venice Hotel, BW Signature Collection – starting from 130€
The Olimpia Venice BW Signature Collection is a charming hotel set in a 16th-century building. Unusually for Venice, it has a pleasant garden where you can relax between sightseeing.
The rooms are light and comfortable, the neighborhood is quiet, and the stay is very pleasant.
The hotel’s location is ideal as it’s situated 100 meters from Piazzale Roma where you can find numerous buses and trams, including lines that go to the cruise port.
Santa Croce Boutique Hotel – starting from 180€
10 minutes from the Rialto Bridge, the Santa Croce Boutique Hotel is located in a quiet and tranquil area.
Recently opened, the hotel features comfortable, spacious rooms and is quiet.
Santa Croce also organizes original excursions, away from the clichés and off the beaten path.
Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel – starting from 329€
This 5-star hotel is housed in a 16th-century building and overlooks the Grand Canal. Ideal if you’re looking for a peaceful place to stay in Venice and rest after your visits.
Marble bathroom, a TV with a wide range of channels, minibar… The beautifully renovated rooms are equipped with the greatest luxury, some even featuring a terrace.
The hotel’s restaurant, Glam by Chef Donato Ascani, is Michelin-starred. An opportunity to indulge and enjoy a wonderful stay in Venice.
This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Santa Croce district.
In Castello District
To the east of Venice, the Castello district has the advantage of being relatively close to the historical center of Venice (for example, it’s only about a 20-minute walk to St. Mark’s Square).
It’s the largest district in Venice.
I recommend staying in Castello:
- If you’re looking for a neighborhood close to the center but quieter, especially in its residential area in the east, near Giardini
In Castello, you’ll discover:
- The Riva degli Schiavoni promenade along the waterfront
- The San Francesco della Vigna church
- Via Garibaldi, the district’s main shopping street, where you can find local “tapas” restaurants (cicchietti)
- The Napoleonic Gardens, the green lung of Venice since the 19th century
- Campo San Zanipolo and its Basilica
- The Arsenal and the Shipyard Basin, where the Venice Biennale takes place
Where to Stay in Castello District
San Lio Tourist House – starting at 95€
A quaint hotel housed in a 14th-century building, San Lio is located on San Lio square, right next to the church with the same name.
The renovated rooms are clean and well-equipped, with comfortable bedding.
The very friendly staff will guide you on tours and the best restaurants to try in the vicinity.
The ideal charming hotel to stay in Venice and enjoy the Castello district.
Hotel Ai Reali – Small Luxury Hotels of the World – starting at 250€
Just a 2-minute walk from Rialto Bridge and 400 meters from St. Mark’s Square, Hotel Ai Reali – Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a small oasis of tranquility.
A beautifully landscaped garden, rooms with views of the canal, a wellness center, all designed to ensure a great stay.
Being part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain, you are guaranteed high-quality services and impeccable service.
Hotel Londra Palace – starting at 300€
The Londra Palace is an undeniably charming 5-star hotel.
Its rooms are decorated with antique furniture, and some offer a balcony with magnificent views of San Giorgio Maggiore island or the St. Mark’s Basin.
For dinner, you should try its award-winning restaurant, Do Leoni, where you can enjoy delicious Venetian cuisine with a touch of modernity.
Its location on Riva degli Schiavoni is ideal: you’ll reach St. Mark’s Square in 5 minutes; the Doge’s Palace is only 400 meters away, and a vaporetto stop (San Zaccaria) next to the hotel will allow you to move throughout Venice without any hassle.
Don’t miss the chance to sleep in one of the top 10 most beautiful luxury hotels in Venice.
In Cannaregio District
Once a Jewish quarter, the Cannaregio district is one of the best neighborhoods for nightlife in Venice. You’ll find numerous trendy bars and restaurants, and the nightlife is very lively.
During the day, the district is also very pleasant for strolling, with its artisan galleries.
Like the Castello district, it is relatively close to the historical center, about 20 minutes from St. Mark’s Square.
The Cannaregio district is ideal:
- For easy access to the islands of Murano and Burano
- For nightlife
The main attractions to see in Cannaregio district:
- The Campo del Ghetto Novo with the Holocaust Memorial
- Santa Maria dei Miracoli church
- The Gothic cathedral Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto
- The Ca’ d’Oro Palace, a magnificent palace gilded with gold from the 15th century
- The former home of the painter Tintoretto, which is now an artists’ workshop
Where to Stay in Venice in Cannaregio District?
Maison Venezia | UNA Esperienze – starting at 99 €
A 10-minute walk from Rialto Bridge and 15 minutes from St. Mark’s Square, Maison Venezia | UNA Esperienze allows you to reach the main points of interest in Venice while staying in a peaceful neighborhood. The hotel also has a ticket service for outings (concerts, museums, etc.).
The highlight of this hotel is the comfort: its comfortable bedding and spacious rooms make it an ideal place to rest well after a day of sightseeing. Plus, breakfast, afternoon tea, and aperitif (Prosecco and small sandwiches) are offered every day.
Carnival Palace Hotel – starting at 200€
The location of the Carnival Palace Hotel means you can reach St. Mark’s Square in just a 30-minute walk. A bit away from the main tourist sites, it offers restful nights in a quiet setting.
Note the modern style of the rooms, quite different from the slightly heavier style common in other city hotels. Some suites also have a jacuzzi on the terrace.
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel – Starting from €309
Set in a 14th-century building overlooking the Grand Canal, Ca’ Sagredo Hotel features typical Venetian decor, with period furniture and stunning works of art.
This hotel is very luxury with its spacious rooms and marble bathrooms.
Located 7 minutes from the Rialto Bridge and 15 minutes from St. Mark’s Basilica, the area is very quiet and silent, and the views from the rooms are beautiful!
For a treat and a romantic stay in Venice, this 5-star hotel is an excellent choice!
In Dorsoduro District
The Dorsoduro district stretches between the Santa Croce neighborhood and the Doge’s Palace. It’s very pleasant to stroll there, along the Grand Canal.
For accommodation, I recommend choosing the eastern part of the district, because the western side is very outlying, and you’ll be far from everything, struggling to find bars and restaurants late at night.
I recommend this district for your stay in Venice:
- To be close to the main museums and art galleries
- To enjoy morning walks along the Grand Canal
- For its bohemian atmosphere
Must-see places in Dorsoduro:
- The Accademia Gallery where you can admire works by great Italian painters
- The Punta della Dogana for contemporary art
- The Peggy Guggenheim Collection for modern art
- The Squero di San Trovaso, one of the last working gondola workshops in Venice
- The Campo San Barnaba where you’ll find many bars and restaurants and can buy fruits and vegetables on a floating barge
- The view of the Giudecca Island
Best Accommodations in Dorsoduro, Venice
Hotel Tiziano– Starting from €100
Hotel Tiziano is set in a 15th-century building, featuring a Venetian yet modern decor. Some rooms offer views of the Canal Terese (others on Calle di Rielo).
This hotel is quite far from the main tourist attractions, making it ideal for those looking for a quiet place to stay in Venice.
NH Venezia Rio Novo – Starting from €195
NH Venezia boasts an excellent location: it is less than 2 km away from Venice’s main attractions in a quiet environment.
The hotel offers beautiful design, modern, and bright rooms with large windows overlooking the canal.
Knowledgeable staff and a varied breakfast round off the excellent services.
For a stay combining comfort and tranquility in an authentic Venice neighborhood, I highly recommend NH Venezia Rio Novo.
Palazzo Veneziano – Starting from €260
This beautiful 4-star hotel is located 1.5 km from St. Mark’s Square and 2 km from Rialto Bridge.
With wood floors, marble bathrooms, Spa baths, and canal views, the rooms are very pleasant and comfortable.
An excellent choice for a good night’s sleep in Venice.
Sina Centurion Palace – Starting from €400
Sina Centurion Palace is regularly ranked among the top most beautiful hotels to stay in Venice.
Located on the edge of the Grand Canal, just 500 meters from St. Mark’s Square, this 5-star hotel offers sumptuous, colorful, and warm rooms, with original and contemporary decor.
Exceptional staff, breathtaking views, a private quay, and a gourmet restaurant complete the offerings of this luxury hotel in Venice.
On Giudecca Island
South of the Dorsoduro district, Giudecca Island is a good choice for those seeking accommodation in Venice away from the crowds. You just need to take the vaporettos to reach all the tourist attractions in Venice quickly.
Highlights of Giudecca Island:
- The view of Venice
- Walking along the island’s North quay
- The Casa dei Tre Oci, an art and photography center
- The churches (Zitelle Church, Redentore Church)
- The Redentore Festival, held every year during the third week of July
Our Selection of the Best Accommodations on Giudecca Island
Hotel Giudecca Venezia – Starting from €90
Hotel Giudecca Venezia is a quiet and picturesque hotel.
You’ll stay in rooms with exposed beams and some with views of the Pallada canal.
Situated opposite St. Mark’s Square, two vaporetto lines only 250 meters away will allow you to easily reach the heart of Venice.
It’s a great place to stay in Venice for some peace and quiet.
Generator Venice – From 160€
Still on the Giudecca Island, Generator Venice welcomes you just 5 minutes by boat from St. Mark’s Square.
Originally, Generator is a hostel (I talk about it in the section for budget accommodations in Venice), but the establishment also offers a few spacious and cozy double rooms.
Book as early as possible!
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice – From 300€
This 5-star luxury hotel has everything you need for an excellent stay in Venice: a peaceful location, private boat shuttle to the city center, elegant rooms with marble bathrooms, several restaurants, and a rooftop bar.
But what really sets the Hilton Molino Venice apart is that it’s one of the rare hotels in Venice with a swimming pool! Located on the rooftop, it offers a magnificent panoramic view of the entire city.
That’s not all; the establishment also boasts the largest Spa in the city with a steam room, sauna, and Turkish bath.
If you’re looking for a luxury hotel with a pool where to stay in Venice, this is the best choice!
On Murano Island
Located 1.5 km north of Venice, Murano Island is a must-visit during your trip to Venice. It’s very easily accessible by vaporetto from Santa Lucia station (10 minutes journey).
Murano is famous for its glassmaking, an activity dating back nearly 700 years, with numerous workshops throughout the island.
While the island is very touristy during the day, it becomes quite peaceful in the evening.
This neighborhood is for you if:
- You want to discover the authentic Venice
- You’re looking for a quiet place to stay
- You’re not looking for a lively nightlife
Best things to visit on Murano Island:
- The glass workshops
- Its numerous shady gardens
Our selection of the best hotels on Murano Island
Casa Sulla Laguna – From 80€
Only a few steps from a vaporetto station, Casa Sulla Laguna offers rooms with sea views.
The hospitality is excellent, and the hosts will be delighted to give you plenty of great tips for visiting Venice.
It’s my top pick for its value for money on Murano Island and an excellent choice for staying near Venice.
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice – From 150€
Hyatt Centric Murano Venice offers luxurious rooms, some with views over the Grand Canal of Murano. Set in a former glass factory, the hotel’s Venetian style will immerse you in the city’s authentic atmosphere.
The service is worthy of a luxury hotel: shuttles to the airport and Venice, minibar, TV, bathrobes and slippers provided, wellness area with sauna, steam room, and sensory shower…
You can even take the opportunity to admire the works of the artist Venini, displayed in the hotel.
MURANO Suites – Venezia – From 208€
MURANO Suites – Venezia offers fully equipped studios and apartments with a sitting area, kitchen, and washing machine.
Most even have terraces with sea views.
The apartment complex is very well-located (opposite the Murano Museo vaporetto stop) and very clean.
On Lido Island
Lido Island is the long strip of land separating Venice from the Adriatic Sea.
Like Murano, Lido Island is about 10 minutes from Venice by vaporetto (20 minutes from St. Mark’s Square). A real seaside resort since the 20th century, this island is ideal for staying in the summer, as you can enjoy its fine sandy beaches and entertainment.
The island hosts the Venice Film Festival every autumn.
Why stay on Lido Island?
- To enjoy the beaches in summer
- For a family vacation
Best things to see and do on Lido Island:
- Strolling on the beach
- The Venice Film Festival
- Cycling around the island
Where to stay on Lido Island, Venice?
Hotel New Reiter – From 80€
Located 200 meters from the boat stop, you can reach St. Mark’s Square in just 10 minutes.
The hotel offers spacious and bright rooms with modern bathrooms. It also has a play area for children, a garden, a restaurant, and a bar.
Hotel Villa Pannonia – From 140€
Located a few minutes’ walk from Lido’s beach and 10 minutes by boat from the historical center of Venice.
Featuring a garden, the hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms, very quiet and ideal for resting after a day of sightseeing.
The establishment also provides bicycle rental services.
Ausonia Hungaria Wellness & Lifestyle – Starting from 260€
The Ausonia Hungaria Wellness & Lifestyle hotel is my top choice for a luxury stay on Lido Island.
Not only is its location ideal, just 250 meters from the beach and a 5-minute walk from a vaporetto stop, but it also offers impeccable service: a wellness center, modern, clean and spacious rooms, and a restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine.
The breakfast included in the room rate is generous and of high quality.
This 5-star hotel also boasts a private beach and an outdoor pool open in the summer (June to mid-September). An excellent choice of a pool hotel for accommodation around Venice.
Where to Stay in Venice on a Budget
As you may have noticed, it’s difficult to find a hotel in Venice for less than 100€ a night. The city, being very touristy and quite small, has the best accommodations fill up quickly and the prices skyrocket.
For travelers on a tight budget, here is my selection of accommodations for staying in Venice on a budget:
- The guesthouse Backpackers House Venice offers dormitory beds in mixed dorms for 4 people from 30€. The best budget accommodation in Venice.
- The hostel Generator Venice, located on Giudecca Island, offers beds in modern and comfortable mixed dorms for 30€. It’s set in a 19th-century building with a view of St. Mark’s Square and offers an ideal setting to enjoy Venice.
- The hostel Casa Caburlotto in the Santa Croce district: single room with shared bathroom from 35€. The location, service (breakfast included), and setting (a former convent with a private garden) are very appealing. One of the cheapest accommodations in Venice.
- The Iris Venice Hotel, in the San Polo district. Breakfast is included, rooms are plain and clean, and many of Venice’s attractions (Rialto Bridge, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, La Fenice Theatre…) are within walking distance. A good choice for cheap accommodation close to Venice’s city center. Starting at 60€.
- The Marea Petit Palais Hotel on Lido Island: a small hotel with impeccable rooms and sea views from only 60€!
In any case, I strongly encourage you to book your accommodations in Venice as early as possible. Both hostels and hotels fill up quickly, sometimes even months in advance.
Staying in Venice with Family
- Murano Glass Loft: 75 m² apartment that can accommodate 4 people. Modern, well-equipped, close to transport, it’s the ideal place for a calm and relaxing stay for families or friends.It also has a garden. A true haven of peace on Murano Island. I highly recommend this apartment for a family stay in Venice. Starting from 110€.
- Ca Sacrestia, located in the heart of Venice in Castello district. Count 120€ for an apartment for 4 with a double bed and a sofa bed (45 m²).
- Pensione Guerrato in San Polo district: this charming hotel is very well located, just 10 minutes from St. Mark’s Square and 100 meters from Rialto Bridge. Expect 140€ for a quadruple room with breakfast included. Yet another great choice for family accommodation in Venice.
- Angela di Venezia House on Giudecca Island: for this 60 m² apartment with a double bed and a sofa bed, it will cost 145€.
- For a luxury family stay, I recommend the Palazzo Veneziano in Dorsoduro district. A night in a family suite in duplex (two single beds and one double bed) costs 350€, breakfast included. The best place for family accommodation in Venice.
What is the Best Hotel in Venice?
If you’re looking to stay in the best hotel in Venice, I can only recommend you choose the Hotel Danieli. It’s the iconic luxury hotel of the city of Venice.
However, it must be said that some of the other luxury hotels in Venice are equally magnificent. I’m thinking in particular of:
- Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel
- Hotel Londra Palace
- Sina Centurion Palace
- Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel which has the unique feature of having a pool, something extremely rare in Venice!
Where to Stay in Venice: The Summary Table of the Best Hotels
To give you a better idea of the hotels to stay at in Venice, whether in the city center or elsewhere, I have prepared a table summarizing all the ones I talk about in this article. You can sort them by price or neighborhood!
🚗 Rent a car
🗽 Book entrance tickets and guided visits
🏄 Book your sports activities
🚤 Book your rental boat
🌍 Take a travel insurance
🙎 Book a tour
🚅 Book your train tickets
✈️ Book your flight
Italy travel Guides
- Buy the Lonely Planet Italy guide on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk
- Buy the Rick Steves Italy guide on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk
You’re traveling in Italy? These articles will help you!
- The 20 Best Things to do in Italy – All the must-see places!
- Milan: The Top 15 things to do in the city and around
- Rome: The 25 best things to do and see
- Turin: The 20 must-see attractions
- 2 Days in Rome – How to visit Rome in 48h
- 3 Days in Rome – The best itinerary to visit Rome in 72h
- 4 Days in Rome – The best places to visit in 4 days
- 5 Days in Rome – How to spend 5 days in Rome
- 6 Days in Rome – The ultimate Itinerary + Where to stay
- One week in Rome – The perfect 7-day itinerary
- Where to stay in Rome? – The definitive guide of the best areas!