Reid's recommended hotels in Venice

A room at the Hotel Galleria, Venice
The Hotel Galleria, 50 yards from the Accademia with rooms overlooking the Grand Canal from €100 ($130).

A selection of my favorite hotels in Venice, Italy

Here are 19 of my favorite Venetian hotels in every price category.

A note on star ratings

The star designations (from none to three) merely indicate hotels that have a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special).

These star ratings are based entirely on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with official Italian hotel ratings or categories, which go from 1 to 5 stars-"deluxe" and have more to do with amenities like minibars, not the intangibles—great location, value, style, friendly owners—that truly make for a excellent and memorable hotel.

A note on price categories

The price categories for hotels on this site are as follows:

Under €100
€€ €100–€200
€€€ Over €200

This reflects the lowest cost for a standard double room in low season.

Yes, that does leave a whole lot of wiggle room. Rates will be rather higher for, say, a "superior deluxe" room with a spectacular view at the height of high season. Still, we have to be able to compare somewhere—and using this metric does at least give you a relative sense of how the hotels compare to one another on price.

Since price ranges (€€–€€€) only muddy the issue, I will usually stick to a single designation for each hotel. The only time you will see a range is if a property offers more than one distinct category of lodging—not different types of rooms (many do that), but say a property that offiers, say, both private hotel rooms as well as hostel-like beds in a shared dormitory.

A note on neighborhoods

In the brief hotel descriptions below, I've noted the neighborhood in which each hotel is located. There's a full description of each Venetian sestiere on the City Layout page, but in brief:

Reid's Recommended Venice hotels

Inexpensive Hotels & Hostels in Venice (Under €100)

TIP: Where to find cheap hotels in Venice
Hotels on the Lista di Spagna

There are loads of inexpensive hotels near the train station, especially along broad Lista di Spagna, and its narrow tributary streets, which heads toward the heart of town (take a left at the bottom of the train station steps).

Hotels on the Lista itself can be noisy, but those on the side alleys stretching north (left as you head towards San Marco) are amazingly quiet, and many—especially toward the ends of these streets—overlook tree-filled gardens.

The drawback to this neighborhood: Piazza San Marco and the central sights are a hearty 30-minute hike (or vaporetto ride) away.

Moderate Hotels in Venice (€100–€150)

Premier Hotels in Venice (€150–€250)

Splurge Hotels in Venice (more than €200)

Details, tips, & links

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Lodging tips
  • If you're looking for a hotel near a particular sight, just go to that sight's page and, in the sidebar on the right, you'll see a list of all the nearby hotels (with "Reid Recommends" choices preceded by a little RR icon: Reid Recommends).
  • The Venice hotel tax: As of 2011, Venice began charging a Visitor Tax. This is the city's doing, and it is not a scam (just annoying). All charges are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10, and the tax is charged for stays of up to 10 days. (There are discounts: Dec-Jan, 30%; Kids aged 10-16, 50%; Stays on the Lido or other outer islands, 20%; Stays in Mestre or elsewhere on the mainland, 20%.)

    The cost breakdown is insanely complicated (varies with official clasification and rating cateogry), but general as of 2014:

    • Hotels: €1 pppn (per person per night) per star rating. (So a couple [2 people] staying three nights [2 x 3 = 6] in a four-star hotel [6 x €4 = €24] would pay an extra €24.
    • B&Bs: €3 pppn flat
    • Apartments, residences, rental rooms: €1.50–€2.50 pppn
    • Hostels/religious housing and agriturismi: €2 pppn
    • Camping: €0.10–€0.40 pppn

    Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; most properties tack it on as an extra when you check out. Just be prepared.

  • Book ahead in summer and during Carnevale: Venice is way more popular than the number of beds it has, so while in the dead of winter you can often show up and find a good place to crash easily, the best rooms (and the best-value hotels) are booked well in advance for the summer months and the two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday (when Venice breaks out the fancy dress and masks for its famed Carnevale celebrations).

    Same goes (though less so, and more at the chic and high end hotels) during the Venice Biennale art festival and the Venice Film Festival.
  • Pay extra for A/C in summer: No matter what kind of lodging you pick, if it's summer (a) try to get a room with air-conditioning and (b) even if you can't (or you can but have a hankering for some fresh air) resist the urge to open the windows to your room.

    Venice is, I believe, the primary breeding ground for the mosquito population of Southern Europe, and precious few Italian hoteliers have discovered that newfangled invention called window screens. Keep the windows shut, or prepare to be bitten.

    (Also, carry some bug spray for those romantic canalside dinners outside. Trust me.)
  • Avoid Mestre: Any hotels with an address in "Venezia-Mestre" is actually in the dull, modern, industrial suburb at the mainland end of the bridge over to the real, ancient Venice you came all this way to see. Do not stay in Mestre! You'll spend more time and money commuting each day in an out of Venice proper than you will save.
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