The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Hotel Alex

“Somewhat bare but spotlessly clean rooms in these friendly digs come in at unbeatable budget prices.”—Damien Simonis, author, Lonely Planet Venice and Venice Condensed. Airy rooms in a light color palette, some with balconies overlooking the street or one of two adjacent canals; family-run and family-friendly; close to the Frari church and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. San Polo 2606; tel. 39 041 523 1341.

Ai Do Mori

“The only low-cost hotel in the immediate vicinity of St. Mark’s.”—Jonathan Buckley, author, The Rough Guide to Venice & the Veneto. Eleven rooms with traditional beamed ceilings on three floors (no elevator); tucked behind the Piazza, some rooms have views of the clock tower. San Marco 658; tel. 39 041 520 4817.


Locanda Leon Bianco

Overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto market; offers sweeping views from some of its spacious rooms (ask for the stunning room 4); undulating terrazzo floors and heavy wooden doors keep with the building’s medieval feel. Cannaregio 5629; tel. 39 041 523 3572.

Locanda Orseolo

“Tasteful rooms backing on to a gondola terminal just behind San Marco.”—Damien Simonis. Twelve rooms with old-world but not heavy-handed Venetian style, such as Murano chandeliers and even velvet-canopy beds in some rooms; hidden behind a gated courtyard, the hotel overlooks a gondola thoroughfare. San Marco 1803; tel. 39 041 520 4827.

Domus Orsoni

Bed-and-breakfast housed in a wing of the Orsoni family’s mosaic tilemaking compound; guests can tour the factory and take classes. Five rooms, each decorated in glimmering mosaic work by Italian artists. Cannaregio 1045; tel. 39 041 275 9358.

Hotel La Residenza

“In most Venetian two-stars you get the feeling you’re being crammed into the minimum inhabitable space, but here the bedrooms have the same generous dimensions as when this palazzo was built.”—Jonathan Buckley. More than a dozen rooms decorated with painted Venetian-style wooden furniture; some look onto the gothic Campo Bandiera e Moro—a world away from busy nearby Riva degli Schiavoni. Campo Bandiera e Moro 3608; tel. 39 041 528 5315.

La Calcina

“Fabulous views across the wide Giudecca canal, plus the pleasure of knowing that you're staying where John Ruskin wrote much of The Stones of Venice, the most influential book ever written about the city.”—Jonathan Buckley. Wood floors and antique furnishings with modern perks like high-speed Internet in all 29 rooms; located on the sunny Zattere, so pricier rooms have views across the Giudecca Canal. Dorsoduro 780; tel. 39 041 520 6466.



East meets west at this unusual boutique hotel that blends Mediterranean and Asian decor and adds modern comfort to the mix. Nine rooms with eclectic style; breakfast is served in a small garden in warm weather; between St. Mark’s and the Accademia by tony San Maurizio. San Marco 2683/84; tel. 39 041 241 3765.

Ca’ Pisani

“Swags of damask and kilos of Murano glass are the default option in Venice’s hotels; Ca’ Pisani bucks the trend with lots of dark wood and a forties ambience.”—Jonathan Buckley. The 29 rooms offer sleek deco design and high-tech touches in a 14th-century palazzo. Dorsoduro 979; tel. 39 041 240 1411.

Oltre Il Giardino

“Sun-filled rooms and a tranquil, canalside private garden away from the crowds.”—Damien Simonis. Six rooms and suites named after the soft colors of their decor, such as turquoise, chocolate, and ivory; all have garden views, a luxury in a city where public green space is at a premium; former home of Alma Mahler, widow of the composer Gustav; near the Frari church. San Polo 2542; tel. 39 041 275 0015.

Palazzo Abadessa

Feels like a private mansion; walled garden, proprietary boat dock, and grand salon. A dozen rooms lavishly decorated with silk damask, Murano glass, gilt mirrors, and frescoed ceilings; close to the Ca’ D’Oro and Strada Nova. Cannaregio 4011; tel. 39 041 241 3784.

Ca’ Maria Adele

“For a romantic weekend, nothing beats the sultry Sala Noir.”—Jonathan Buckley. Fourteen rooms across four floors of the palazzo right next to Santa Maria della Salute; includes five opulent concept rooms, including the chocolate and pepper-hued Sala Noir, inspired by the Republic’s spice trade. Lounge in the low couches on the Moroccan-style terrace. Dorsoduro 111; tel. 39 041 520 3078.


Hotel Danieli

The 14th-century gothic palace built by Doge Dandolo is synonymous with old-school Venetian glamour. The complex houses 233 rooms steeped in classic luxury; stunning marble-clad lobby bar and famous terrace restaurant; some rooms have expansive (and expensive) views of the lagoon. Castello 4196; tel. 39 041 522 6480.

Hotel Gritti Palace

The 91 rooms feature 16th-century style and modern amenities; hand-detailed wood paneling, antiques, and portraits of Doge Gritti’s family recall the city’s heyday. Request one of the few rooms with a Grand Canal view. Campo Santa Maria del Giglio 2467; tel. 39 041 794 611.

Hotel Cipriani

An exclusive playground on the Giudecca with saltwater pool, clay tennis court, and a storied tie-required restaurant; private boats ferry guests to and from the city. Each of the 88 rooms in the original hotel (plus 16 more in Palazzo Vendramin and Palazzetto Nani Barbaro) is uniquely styled, some with floor to ceiling windows facing St. Mark’s Square. Closed during winter. Giudecca 10; tel. 39 041 520 7744.


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