The Gritti Palace Hotel is Venice’s most sought-after address for good reason: the luxury property set inside a former Doge’s residence is the stuff that dreams are made of. The iconic building dates back to 1475 and occupies some of the best real estate on the Grand Canal. The palace has been fully restored and in keeping with the Venetian theme there are plush fabrics, period furniture, priceless artworks (including original frescoes) and marble nearly everywhere. The suites facing the water are the most sumptuous of all, but every jewel-toned room feels lavish. To really indulge, book a treatment at the hotel’s Acqua di Parma spa or reserve a table at the Club del Doge to dine alongside the world’s most famous canal.
Made up of over 100 small islands with no roads, only canals, it's no wonder the city is known as the 'City of Canals'. Feeling a lot more like a fairytale than a modern European metropolis, Venice is the hub for romance and is classic right down to its core. So, of course, it makes sense that the hotels are opulent, charming, and stuffed with antiques of the city's history.
Luckily, this Old-World city also has a few modern retreats tucked away along its canals, as well as discrete country homes and family-run pensione a short vaporetto ride from the major attractions and museums. There are also budget-busting options for those hoping to book a stay like true Italian aristocracy (as well as budget-friendly, cheap hotel options). Regardless of the style, with only so much space and serious restrictions on any new construction, accommodation in the city is at a serious premium and should be booked as far in advance as possible. Here are some of the best hotels to help you decide where to stay in Venice.