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Boutique hotels in Venice (9)

For centuries, ‘La Serenissima’, or the ‘Most Serene Republic of Venice’ was one of the most important city states in the world. The trading port where many spices and coffee were first introduced to Europe, Venice’s meeting of cultures created a dream-like atmosphere that has enchanted for centuries. Much, much more than the canals that it is most famous for, Venice is a very special gem of northern Italy.

Where to go
Take in St Mark’s Square and explore the majesty of St Mark’s Basilica, built to hold the apostle’s bones. Experience the grandeur of the Renaissance at the Doge’s Palace. Explore the hidden streets and alleyways once trodden by Casanova. Look for a unique carnival mask. Travel down the Grand Canal in a water taxi. Cross the Rialto bridge. See the city from the comfort of a gondola. Admire the artistic glories of Venetian painting at the Gallerie dell'Accademia. Find a bar with a special someone and enjoy some prosecco as the city comes to life in the evening.

Food & Drink
Venice’s location in a lagoon means that there is quite a lot of seafood consumed - anchovies, shrimp, squid and sardines. Venetians also have a sweet tooth, so expect to enjoy lots of cakes and biscotti. You may also encounter the Venetian tradition of ‘Cichetti’ - stopping for a glass of wine (often a local white) and a small, tapas-like bite to eat. When in Venice, we recommend Il Ridotto (Castello 4509, Campi Santi Filippo e Giacomo) near Piazza San Marco for excellent local fare in cosy, intimate surrounds, or Osteria Santa Marina (Castello 5911, Campo Santa Marina) for an atmospheric, romantic meal away from the crowds.

Venice is a terrific city for nightlife - Venetians have loved to party for centuries. Caffe Florian (San Marco 56, Piazza San Marco) was the first cafe in the world and a hangout of Lord Byron, but today it is a popular bar, perfect for a drink outside as the sun sets. Elsewhere, the Skyline Rooftop Bar (Giudecca 810, Fondamenta San Biagio) might be a a hotel bar, but it has astounding views of both city and lagoon and an excellent drinks selection.

Where to stay
You might opt to stay in the Palazzo Ca’nova, secluded apartments whose owners give visitors a very special, insider’s view of the city. The Hotel Arcadia is a small, intimate adults only boutique hotel centrally located and excellent for that romantic getaway you’ve been thinking of. Outside of the city, but easily accessible, La Montecchia is a B&B located in an imposing 15th century castle - the perfect choice for a honeymoon. Liassidi Palace Hotel is located by St Mark’s square and ideal for sightseers. Make sure you check out their bar. For an especially romantic getaway, we recommended the tiny Bloom B&B, bedecked in velvet and exposed timbers - a retreat back through the centuries to more sensuous, decadent era  Finally, Ca Maria Adele is a gem of a hotel tucked away in a quiet square that has wonderful views and a canal berth - a catch a ride down the canal from the hotel front door! 

How to get there
Ryanair, Easyjet, British Airways and FlyBe fly direct to Venice daily.


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Liassidi Palace Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in Venice that is located just a few steps from St Marks Square in the Castello area of the city. The 26 oversized rooms and suites are set within a restored and rather magnificent gothic palazzo.


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An unexpected delight, this small luxury hotel sits quietly back from the canal and offers guests a wonderful experience with an eclectic mix of rooms to choose from. Ca Maria Adele is one of the most exclusive hotels in Venice.


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Bloom B&B and Settimo Cielo are a pair of chic boutique B&Bs, each with just 3 rooms, in the heart of Venice. Opulent, decadent and yet affordable they share a stunning roof terrace which looks across Venice.


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Once a palace for the Roman aristocracy 17th-century boutique hotel Hotel Arcadia in Venice, is filled with Murano chandeliers, antique furniture and period & modern touches resulting in a calming blend of east meets west.


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With views over Venice's Grand Canal, it would be difficult to find a better positioned place to stay in the city than Apartments in Palazzo Ca'nova. Just a stone's throw from Piazza San Marco, guests have exclusive access to the pool at the 5-star Cipriani Hotel, as well as the Excelsior beach club on the Lido.


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Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa is a small luxury hotel on the discreet Giudecca Island, Venice. This gorgeous Palladio-designed 16th-century convent is now home to a bar & restaurant and a holistic wellness spa offering spectacular views over Venice.



Just minutes from St Mark's Square, Hotel Flora is one of the original privately-run hotels in Venice. Hotel Flora started its life as a simple pensione in 1964 from which time it has become a firm favourite amongst regular visitors to Venice.



Novecento Boutique Hotel is hidden away between St Mark's Square and the Accademia Gallery, right in the heart of the romantic city of Venice. This 9 room hotel is the perfect choice for those looking for a romantic weekend away.


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The Venissa project and estate on the island of Mazzorbo, Venice, includes a Michelin star restaurant and a 6 room boutique hotelThe entire Venissa estate is enclosed in 18th century walls which were partly rebuilt in the following centuries. It features original buildings including the manor house where guests stay, cellars, the stable, the barn and the outbuildings. 


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