The Most Romantic Venice hotels

If you would like to visit Venice, and to experience this magical city, at its most sublime, Carnival time at the beginning of February has to be the highlight of the Venetian calendar.

So why not enhance that experienced, by not only attending a Venetian Ball, but by staying at one of its most romantic hotels.

Venice itself is a city encapsulated in romance, reminding us of a far by gone period, when culture, arts, theatre drama and romance were at their zenith.

So, within a city dedicated to love and romance, that showcases historical architecture, around every corner and over every bridge, designed to inspire romantic inclinations in the most hardened and world weary bosom, which of its many splendid hotels have been given the accolade of the most romantic hotels in Venice? The hotels most sought after for honeymoon stays?, with the best canal views and featuring the most splendid frescoes, while offering pampering spas and Michelin-starred dining, and in areas near Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge?

Read on, world weary visitors, and find your ideal venue and romance aplenty.

1) The Gritti Palace
Venice, Veneto, Italy

Set on the Grand Canal and looking across to the magnificent Salute church, this 15th-century palazzo occupies one of the loveliest spots on the Grand Canal, while occupying a peaceful square.


With its sumptuous interiors, housing priceless antiques and frescoes, and a small but exquisite spa, rooms are also adorned with precious antiques, paintings, frescoes, objets d’art and beautiful fabrics, yet each is unique and individual. Opt for the Hemingway, Pisani and Somerset Maugham suites and rooms to enjoy the best Grand Canal-views.

Within easy access of the Calle Largo XXII Marzo, one of the main thoroughfares in this part of city, where you can arrive, by jetty, via water taxis, while there is also a vaporetto (water bus) stop, Giglio, close by.

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Dating from 1475, the hotel underwent a 15-month restoration in February, 2013, that revamped the entire building, including the rooms, restored all of the hotel’s hundreds of precious paintings and other artefacts, and added a small (two double treatment rooms) but exquisite Acqua di Parma spa.

For the techno dependants amongst us, it is reassuring to know that technology has been thoroughly updated, but without compromising the palace’s intimate and historic character. The only concession to modernity are the tell tale sign of digital alarm-radios and televisions to spoil the illusion that you are staying in a 15th-century Venetian palazzo.
Service and Facilities are excellent, was due to its intimate size, its courteous staff have the time to indulge your every whim. The worst you can say about the sumptuous and completely refurbished 61 rooms and 21 suites are the size of the bathrooms, due to laws that restrict amendments to historic buildings. Yet all are different and are filled with precious antiques, paintings, frescoes, objets d’art and beautiful fabrics. So relax and luxuriate in Venetian period splendour, dining in one of the most beautiful dining rooms in this, or any other city. overlooking the Grand Canal, with an outdoor terrace for Summer. Unlike the disappointing dining experience, one often finds in Venice, the chef Daniele Turco offers sublime but unpretentious Venetian cooking that is perfectly cooked and beautifully, but never fussily presented. Breakfast is a fine buffet. while cookery classes are offered. I would say this hotel does offer value for money, despite the Gritti being very expensive, with a double rooms priced from £425 with breakfast, and not all rooms offering a Grand Canal view, as the hotel presents Venice at its most romantic. Six rooms have been adapted for special needs with room 320, in the 1575 part of the palace, affording a small view of the Grand Canal. While not strictly family friendly, its precious contents and relatively limited public spaces, make it not child-friendly, they do welcome families and offer suites that can be linked with adjoining rooms to provide accommodation for four or more.

Campo S.Maria Del Giglio 2467, Venice, 30124, Italy.
00 39 041 794611

From £ 592

2) Novecento Boutique Hotel
Venice, Veneto, Italy

For an experience and a warm welcome, from the charming Romanelli family, and helpful staff offering excellent advice on the best restaurants or sites to see, head to a quiet corner, off a busy street to discover a treasure trove of delights at the Novecento Boutique Hotel, with decor influenced by Mariano Fortuny, the eclectic Spanish designer. Located a stone’s throw away from the busy San Marco-Accademia thoroughfare at Santa Maria del Giglio, five minutes’ walk from St Mark’s and a 20-minute stroll through an area packed with tempting boutiques to the Rialto, the hotel lies down a quiet alley, with its own tranquil courtyard, where you will still feel as thing you are stepping back in time. Here, its nine comfortable and richly decorated, earth coloured rooms, furnished with lovely Oriental fabrics and with North African and Middle Eastern touches, even the Ortygia bathroom toiletries are wonderful.


The public areas present a warm, comfortable ambience where exhibitions are often hosted, and the leafy little courtyard is a delight. If carrying luggage, be aware of the two stepped bridges you will need to cross to reach the nearest vaporetto stop, while the hotel has no life though state will carry luggage .
Enjoy their excellent, fresh, home-made goodies at breakfast – which can be eaten in the courtyard in fine weather and benefit from complementary tea and coffee and wines and spirits at the honesty bar.

From £99 – £194 pm inclus. breakfast and free wifi

S. Marco, 2683, 30124 Venice, Italy.
00 39 041 241 3765

3) Aman Canal Grande
Venice, Veneto, Italy


What better recommendation for this perfectly located 16th-century Grand Canal-side palazzo, in the San Polo district, within a short walk of the Rialto Bridge and close to the Traghetto San Tomà for access to Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), than that it was the choice of the Clooney’s for their wedding night!. Boasting 24 ultra-luxe suites, including the Alcova suite with it’s ceiling paintings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, this hotel is top end, with a predominantly adult atmosphere, but room rates remain the same throughout the year, so are better value in high season. So arrive by boat to enter by the formal ‘porta d’acqua’ into a vast, beamed reception with marble chequered flooring and original frescos.
Glide up the grand trompe-l’oeil staircase to the piano nobile and rococo ballroom with its gilt mirrors, frescos, Muranoi chandeliers, terrazzo floor and windows overlooking the Canal. Dine, on Thai or classic Venetian cuisine around table centrepieces of exotic white amaryllis, while admiring the rich Rubelli silk wall coverings, the oil paintings and carved stone fireplaces of the dining room, bar and salons. Then why not sip your cocktails on the small decked roof terrace for sunset drinks.


Just 24 rooms, many of which overlook the Grand Canal. These fall into four categories. Cheapest are the palazzo bedrooms which have views of the hotel’s leafy back garden and are smaller – though with identical furnishing and facilities – than the bigger palazzo chambers and stanza rooms. Five ‘signature’ rooms include the parquet-floored Papadopoli stanza with views of the water and garden terrace. This has ceiling frescos in the bedroom and in the equally large bathroom. Most striking, although without the views, is the Alcova Tiepolo suite with a Chinese painted sitting room and ornate bedroom ceiling reliefs painted by eighteenth-century Venetian painter, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

Double rooms from £935, including VAT at 10 per cent per room, but excluding breakfast and a €5 per person city tax. Free Wi-Fi
£ 998 per night

Palazzo Papadopoli, Calle Tiepolo 1364, Sestiere San Polo, Venice 30125, Italy.
00 39 041 2707333§

4)The Cima Rosa Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Venice, Veneto, Italy.

An effortlessly elegant mix of antique and modern, the five-room hotel is the extremely stylish creation of an Italian architect and American decorator couple. With its perfect mix of elegance and warmth, Cima Rosa offers five elegant classic-contemporary rooms – three of them overlooking the Grand Canal. A welcoming and knowledgeable female team create a homely feel with exceptional service, that draws guests back time after time. Mixing antique with modern, Cima Rosa hosts five well sized and stylish rooms, three rooms overlook the Grand Canal, and all are decorated in Farrow & Ball pastels, the perfect accompaniment to the natural water colour palette of Venice.

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What better sensual luxury than to sink into the sateen bed linen provided and to wake to a well equipped bathrooms, then to enjoy their generous, fresh, healthy breakfast. Just one caution, if you’re a very light sleeper, the early-morning traffic may disturb you, but the extraordinary panorama merits a little discomfort. Ask about extra beds, that can be provided in two of the suites to sleep three and four people, while one room has a (private) bathroom across the corridor. While a guests kitchen will keep your wine chilled and allow you to make tea or coffee when ever.

Good value for money, with a double room inclus. of breakfast,
From €145 (£125) in low season; rising to €310 per night
Free Wi-Fi.

Santa Croce, 1958 Venice, Italy.
39 373 749 5041

5) Oltre il Giardino
Venice, Veneto, Italy

Right by the Frari basilica, a mere 10-minute walk from the Rialto, you will discover more of a country hideaway than Venetian palazzo in the discrete six-room, two-suite Oltre il Giardino. Accessed through an anonymous gate in a high wall at the end of a tiny lane, it is more of a country house than Venetian palazzo with the Venetian rarity: a garden, the perfect refuge after a day of strenuous sightseeing. Décor is comfortable-contemporary, with great beds and lovely views over the greenery.

With rooms that are large by Venetian standards and delightfully airy and bright, offer value for money for such an excellent standard. Enjoy there treats of fresh fruit, and homemade cakes in the garden in warmer weather.

£153 per night

Fondamenta Contarini, San Polo 2542, Venice 30125.
00 39 041 275 0015

6) Ca Maria Adele
Venice, Veneto, Italy

Tucked away behind the Salute in the pleasantly quiet, gallery-filled Dorsoduro sestiere lies the intimate stylish, yet homely Ca Maria Adele with its own water entrance, just a stones throw from here to the vaporetto stop and on to San Marco.
The exotic, almost gothic themed rooms of this very grown-up boutique hotel by the church of the Salute extends into Palazzetto 113 next door and uses a rich use of Venetian brocade-and-glass that will appeal to style-conscious. The charming hosts Hosts Alessio and Nicola Campa’s set the tone for the quiet ambience of this discreet hotel. The five ‘concept’ rooms, two suites (one with a little balcony) and five deluxe rooms are all delightfully decorated with subtle tones, beautiful dark-wood furniture and marble bathrooms. The Sala Noire with its black Murano glass chandelier is deliciously decadent.

There’s no restaurant but guests order breakfast each evening, selecting not only what they want on their tray but where they want to have it: in their rooms, on the terrace or in one of the stylishly cosy reception rooms.



With personalised service this attentive, the challenging price tag doesn’t feel unreasonable (not in Venice, at least).

From £223 per night
£739 per person for a four-night stay, i.e.two-night stay at Ca Maria Adele, two-night stay at Il Sogno Di Giulietta hotel, breakfast, flights and private transfer.

Via Dorsoduro 111, Venice, 30123.
00 39 041 520 3078

7) Hotel Palazzo Abadessa
Venice, Veneto, Italy

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Lovingly restored, with its superb antique furniture, brocade-covered walls, and ornate Murano glass chandeliers rooms and suites, with a salon showcasing works by Tintoretto, the Hotel Palazo Abadessa, though removed from many of Venice’s better known tourist attractions, offers beautiful heirloom antiques and frescoed ceilings, that make it every inch the aristocratic family palace of the quiet northern Cannaregio district, that also boast many excellent restaurants, too. enjoy a house party atmosphere and peace on their lovely, lush pretty garden, the perfect place to relax after a tough day’s sightseeing. The 13 rooms and suites are all elegantly kitted out, with individual colour schemes, rich fabrics and lovely antiques. Start the day in their pretty breakfast room, when weather prevents dining at tables in the garden.

From £69 per night

Cannaregio – Calle Priuli 4011, Venice, 30131.
00 39 041 2413784

8) Hotel Metropole
Venice, Veneto, Italy

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The five star Oriental-tinged decadent and quirky, Hotel Metropole, a short stroll from St Mark’s square and set on the lagoon-facing riva degli Schiavoni promenade, offers its own private water entrance by water taxi, with just one bridge to cross if you’re using public transport.
Owned by the Beggiato family for generations, its museum-standard family collections include antique fans and crucifixes lining the corridors. With its fabulous opium den style, a throw back to Venice’s historic trading relations with the east, its rooms offer beautiful brocade soft furnishings and antiques — from 18th century pieces to Art Deco and Eastern items, it also smacks of an Old Curiousity Shoppe. The 67 rooms all offer beautiful brocade soft furnishings and antiques — from 18th century pieces to Art Deco and Eastern items, yet each has its own very particular look and feel. Suite Damasco has a mosaic-clad fountain in the room and a Turkish bath; the rooftop suite has its own private ‘altana’ roof terrace.
Gorgeous bathrooms are decorated in marble or glittering mosaics, and have Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. A sensory garden with citrus trees offers respite from days spent trawling the attractions or why not book an In-room massage.
Staff will help organise excursions and experiences and event facilities for up to a maximum 300 people are available.
A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed in the leafy garden courtyard when the weather permits. The Oriental bar is open throughout the day, serving light meals and snacks dreamed up in the kitchens of the Metropole’s Michelin-starred MET restaurant, as well as some truly excellent cocktails. In MET itself, the special two-person Tra’Contemporanea menu created by chef Luca Veritti is an excellent juxtaposition of classic and innovative takes on Italian favourites; there’s an interesting à la carte menu too.

£188 to £712 per night in high. Breakfast included for guests who book directly with the hotel
£ 379 per person for a three-night stay

Riva degli Schiavoni, 4149, 30122 Venice, Italy. 00 39 041 520 5044
From £294 per night

9) Al Ponte Mocenigo
Venice, Veneto, Italy


Though popular with honeymooners, who love the suite with its little balcony, travellers of all ages and descriptions feel at home at this classic Venetian Hotel with a contemporary twist, if lucky enough to find a free room, as for accommodation and their hallmark effortlessly charming service, Al Ponte Mocenigo has no rivals like this in Venice. Despite being located for easy access to the train station, with the San Stae vaporetto stop just around the corner, and delightfully free of thronging tour groups, it is rather distant from most major sights. 10 of their beautiful rooms decorated in rich shades of green, red and gold, antique-style furniture, some with baldaquin beds, are clustered around a delightful courtyard with ancient columns and a lovely antique well head, with 8 more in the annexe, which although equally attractive, lack the outdoor space. A suite offers a tiny balcony and whirlpool bath door, while next door you will find a Turkish bath, bar and front desk facilities.


Rooms from £ 78 per night

Fondamenta Rimpetto Mocenigo, Santa Croce 2063, 30135 Venice, Italy.
00 39 041 524 4797

10) AD Place Venice
Venice, Veneto, Italy


Strategically sited on a canal by the La Fenice opera house, in the San Marco district, a short stroll to St Mark’s, past tempting designer boutiques, the four star AD Place offers great service and a dedication to style and comfort in a generally blissfully quiet location, except when opera crowds gather below, or when gondoliers serenade their clients as they drift past. The stunning Venetian cityscape can be enjoyed from a lovely roof terrace and the hotel couldn’t be closer to La Fenice, while art-lovers are well served by the exhibitions in the lobby. Attention to detail and friendly and well informed staff make this a stylishly relaxing place to stay, where a veritable gem of eye-catching colours adorn its comfortable, attractive bedrooms where a canopied bed takes pride of place in the large top-floor suite, as well as the public spaces. Three huge (for Venice) self-catering options in a nearby palazzo have recently been added to the 12 rooms and suites in the main hotel building. Relax over a generous buffet with snacks available throughout the day, and a formal tea from 5pm to 6.30pm.


Rooms from £101 per night
Fondamenta Della Fenice 2557/A, Venice, 30124.
00 39 041 241 3234

Venice is magical fantastical city to explore, so choose your most romantic hotel to suit your needs, taste, budget and required location and then relax and leave Venice free to spin you back to a time to a decade of dreams and fantasies.

Written by:
Vivienne Sharman-Lewis,

Vivienne Sharman-Lewis

Vivienne Sharman-Lewis



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