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11 of the Best Boutique Hotels in Venice

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Beautiful Accommodation in Venice: The Best Unique and Boutique Accommodation in Venice

Venice is the most popular tourist destination in Italy. It is busy all year round, and incredibly busy at peak times which include Carnival and summer. Plan ahead if you want to stay overnight in Venice as hotels can be booked months in advance.

With large international hotels, as well as beautiful accommodation in boutique hotels, there is something to suit everyone in Venice. Many of the small boutique hotels feature fabulous Venetian or Moorish décor and a friendly host to make you feel right at home.

But if you want to stay in one of the unique boutique hotels in Venice on this list book early to avoid disappointment.

Unique and Boutique Accommodation in Venice in Cannaregio

Cannaregio is the Jewish Ghetto in Venice. It is a more relaxed atmosphere than over by San Marco or the Venetian Lagoon and some of the restaurants offer lower prices and better food. This is the neighborhood where our One Day in Venice itinerary ends.

Ai Mori d' Oriente Venice
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Ai Mori d’Oriente Hotel

The name, Ai Mori d’Oriente, translates to “Moors of the Orient.” While now the Jewish Ghetto, this area was once inhabited by Venice’s Moorish trading partners. This family run, friendly hotel has a stylish Moorish décor. The location in a more residential area of Venice offers the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist zones and a chance to enjoy more local restaurants. The location on a small canal still offers lovely water views from some rooms.

Enjoy a pleasant 30 min walk to San Marco Square or catch the water taxi at the nearby Madonna dell ‘Orto vaporetto stop. It is easy to get to the airport on the boat from this hotel as well.

Ai Mori d’Oriente Hotel is Best for: Quiet, stylish accommodation away from the tourist crowds. Breakfast and the hotel bar both receive great reviews.

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Hotel Palazzo Abadessa – Residenza d’Epoca

Set in a former Doge’s 16th-century residence, the beautifully restored Baroque style palace Hotel Palazzo Abadessa overlooks the Santa Sofia Canal in Cannaregio. With its own walled garden and private jetty it is a peaceful oasis in Venice.

This 16th century historic hotel, located on Calle Priuli was once the private mansion of the Priuli family of Doges. The Rossis family bought it in 1975 as their home, and in 2000 after a detailed restoration opened it as an elegant hotel. Interior décor includes authentic 17th-century frescoes, beautiful 18th-century furniture, silk-lined walls and Murano-glass chandeliers.

The location is ideal for Ca d’Oro Museum, the Rialto bridge and exploring the Jewish Ghetto. Santa Lucia Station, the main Venice train station, is a 10-minute walk if arriving or departing by train.

Hotel Palazzo Abadessa is Best for: A quiet stay in peaceful surrounds while still providing easy access to the main train station.

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Hotel Al Ponte Antico

On the edge of Cannaregio, Hotel Al Ponte Antico’s location offers lovely canal views and a short walk to St. Mark’s Square. A palace dating to the 1500’s, Al Ponte Antico Hotel retains the charm and style of a typical wealthy Venetian home. Be sure to look up for the wooden ceiling and the large glass doors overlooking the Grand Canal provide fantastic views while you enjoy breakfast with eggs made to order.

With only 7 rooms, this boutique hotel features large rooms (for Venice) and friendly service.

San Marco square is a 10-minute walk from Al Ponte Antico, while Venice Santa Lucia Train Station is about 2 km from away.

Hotel Al Ponte Antico is Best for: A quiet, romantic getaway with magnificent views of the Grand Canal.

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Boutique Accommodation in Venice in Dorsoduro

(near the Peggy Guggenheim Museum)

Hotel Ca' Pisani Venice
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Design Hotel Ca’ Pisani Venice

If you are following our One Day in Venice itinerary, this art deco hotel is well located near the Peggy Guggenheim museum and a short walk from St. Mark’s Square.

The exterior of Design Hotel Ca’ Pisani is a 14th century Venetian palace, the interior is art deco combined with modern technology to ensure a comfortable stay.

Unlike many hotels in Venice, Ca’ Pisani offers a Turkish bath with complete spa services.

The La Rivista wine bar offers the chance to try local wine and cuisine. On the roof top terrace, lounge in the sun and enjoy panoramic views of Venice.

The nearest vaporetto stop is Accademia. Both the vaporetto and the Accademia bridge provide easy access to the Grand Canal and San Marco.

Design Hotel Ca’ Pisani is best for: Travelers interested in art, museums and culture or those looking to relax in the spa after a day of sightseeing.

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View from the Hotel Metropole Venice
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Boutique Accommodation in Venice in Castello

Hotel Metropole Venice

Overlooking Venetian Lagoon, the 5-star Metropole Hotel Venice is convenient for those looking for luxury and a full-service hotel. This 5-star hotel provides porters, a tour desk and babysitting is available.

The location only 350 meters from Saint Mark’s Square and offers fantastic views of the Venice Lagoon. The hotel has an oriental décor and style and each room or suite is unique. Don’t miss the hotel’s collection of over 100 oriental fans. You can enjoy the tea ceremony at the Oriental Bar.

The hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant, The Met, is the perfect opportunity to try the best in local ingredients. The zero-kilometer philosophy sources the freshest fish from the Rialto Market and vegetables from the nearby island of St. Erasmo. Try Homage to Art, Chef Luca Veritti’s signature dish made at your table.

The Metropole Hotel Venice is best for: fine dining for a special occasion, magnificent views of the Venice Lagoon and convenient access to the Venice Biennial.

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Hotel Metropole Venice
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Hotel Metropole Venice
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Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Venice

Back to San Marco

In the Historical Center, few steps from St. Mark’s Square, this family run bed and breakfast featuring only 3 rooms (B & B) offers a warm welcome and great hospitality.

Palazzo Ducale, the Rialto Bridge, the Guggenheim museum, the Accademia Galleries, and countless exhibitions and cultural events of the city, such as the Venice Biennale are a short walk.

Rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, Wi-Fi and TV’s.

The owners are happy to share their local knowledge and assist with itinerary suggestions.

The Back to San Marco B&B is best for: a friendly stay with a local’s point of view in Venice.

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Hotel Palazzo Vitturi Venice
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Hotel Palazzo Vitturi Venice

Overlooking Campo Santa Maria Formosa square and its medieval church, the Rialto Bridge and the Rialto vaporetto stop are a short 5-minute walk. The Gothic architecture of the13th-century Hotel Palazzo Vitturi and décor featuring many original frescoes create an elegant atmosphere in each of the hotel’s 16 rooms.

The Hotel Palazzo Vitturi is best for: a quiet romantic getaway.

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Boutique Accommodation in Venice in San Marco

Corte Di Grabriela

With only 13 rooms, Corte Di Gabriela is a boutique hotel well located for easy access to the Venice Biennale, St Mark’s Square and Piazza San Marco.

The historic building is a former Venice Mayor’s residence and the décor has an elegant contemporary feel.

The location is perfect for an evening at the Opera with La Fenice only 150 meters away.

Previous guests love the breakfast and location.

Corte Di Gabriela is best for: theater goers and easy access to all of Venice’s tourist areas.

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Hotel Corte Di Gabriela Venice
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The Gritti Palace

The Gritti Palace is one of the top rated 5-star luxury hotels in Venice known for its excellent service. The location offers water views of the Grand Canal, the Santa Maria della Salute (considered one of Venice’s greatest churches), and of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni the present-day home of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. In 5-minutes’ walk you can reach La Fenice Opera House, and St. Mark’s Square is 500 meters. The closest vaporetto stop, Santa Maria del Giglio is 400 meters.

After a day of exploring Venice relax in the Turkish steam bath or enjoy a meal in the beautiful dining room of the Club de Doge Restaurant with its views of the Grand Canal. In the summer, there is outside dining available on the terrace, right on the Grand Canal.

The historic hotel palace dates from 1475, and was owned by Andrea Gritti, doge of Venice from 1523 to 1538. A 15-month restoration of the entire building was completed in February 2013. Renovation of all 61 rooms and 21 suites, restoration of hundreds of precious paintings and artefacts, and the addition of a small exquisite spa, Acqua di Parma were completed. The palace’s intimate and historic character, including antiques and Murano glass, maintain the illusion you are in 15th century Venice.

The Gritti Palace is best for: a romantic weekend away and a luxury visit to Venice.

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Hotel L'Orogio Venice - Terrace
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Boutique Accommodation in Venice in San Polo

Hotel L’Orologio

With 43 rooms Hotel, L’Orologio offers a central location, near the Rialto Bridge, Campo San Polo Square and access to the Grand Canal.

The L’O Bar’s vintage leather armchairs, offers stunning views of the Grand Canal and the Venice Lagoon. A wonderful place to enjoy the Italian custom of aperitivos.

On the 4th floor a terrace offers al fresco dining and splendid views of Venice.

Hotel L’ Orologio if best for: relaxed comfortable, contemporary accommodation in historic Venice.

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Hotel L'Orogio Venice
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Boutique Accommodation in Venice in Santa Croce

Hotel Moresco Venice

Warm staff and a classic Venetian style of décor makes the 23-room Hotel Moresco a huge favorite with visitors. It’s off the beaten track, yet has good transport connections to major attractions and is close to some of the city’s less-visited sights.

Located within easy walking distance of the Santa Lucia railway station and the road traffic terminus at Piazzale Roma, the Hotel Moresco is handy for late arrivals and early getaways. But its position is well to the north of St Marco and the major sights. The pretty Rio Novo canal is pleasantly quiet and residential. The half-hour walk to more central spots is fantastically picturesque and the Piazzale Roma ferry stop is nearby for steaming quickly along the Grand Canal. Water taxis can stop at the front door.

The vibe here is professional but laid-back, from the welcome glass of Prosecco as you check-in in the comfortable lounge, to the aperitivo hour get-together in the pretty garden featuring local wines and snacks. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and flat screen TV’s. Bathrobes and slippers are provided.

Breakfast features a continental buffet breakfast and gluten-free menus can be arranged on request. There is also a bar at the hotel.

Hotel Moresco Venice is best for: Easy access to the central strain station, those that want to explore Venice on foot and a happy hour for guests.

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