Though contemporary in style, the hotel—made up of five 18th- and 19th-century buildings—still boasts a Venetian look (think Murano glass chandeliers and silk patterned walls). More importantly, it has a fab location on the Grand Canal, and for shopping hounds, it’s dangerously close to Venice’s most exclusive shopping street. Plus with the most terraces in Venice, guests are sure to find something to like (or love) here.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is still a Westin, and the rooms have some of the feel of a chain hotel rather than an independent boutique property. If you’re a Westin fan, you’ll love the Venetian touches; if you’re not, it may not be uniquely Venetian enough for you.
Streamlined but not boring, rooms have red carpets, cream-colored walls, and Murano glass lights. The more deluxe rooms feature oak floors and balconies or terraces with stunning water views. All have Westin Heavenly® beds.
Not all rooms look over the canal, so to avoid disappointment, be sure to request (and, yes, pay extra) for one before your stay.
All bathrooms are lined in marble, and some include separate showers in addition to the tubs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some bathrooms have tiny showers, so ask to switch rooms if you’re not happy with yours.
With marbled columns and grey-, brown-, and black-patterned floors, the Westin lobby is sleek and modern. There’s also a formal sitting room off the lobby, with high-backed chairs and sofas, though it’s not the most comfortable place to chill.
The small fitness studio has basic equipment for working out and is accessible 24 hours a day.
It’s view-arific everywhere you turn here, especially on the terrace of the aptly named InAcqua restaurant, which serves up seasonal Venetian cuisine with vistas across to Santa Maria della Salute church and Punta della Dogana.
For an extra fee, you can reserve a “Floating Table” on a private pier, surrounded by flowers—perfect for celebrating your time in Venice.
The Westin Europa & Regina’s convenient location means you can walk just about everywhere, from Piazza San Marco just to the east to Gallerie Dell’Accademia to the west. To get a ferry, you’ll need to hoof it to one of the many San Marco stops, about six minutes away—but from there, you can pretty much go anywhere in Venice or the Venetian Islands.
Getting lost in the narrow Venetian streets will be worth it once you find Ai Mercanti (7-minute walk), a haven for inventive dishes at a reasonable price. Osteria Enoteca San Marco (5-minute walk) is a surprisingly ultra-modern Italian bistro with a wonderful wine list amongst a sea of tourist traps. Michelin-starred Ristorante Quadri (6-minute walk) is pricey and gets mixed reviews, but its prime location in Piazza San Marco is worth a look.
Down an Aperol Spritz while taking in prime Piazza San Marco views at Caffè Florian (5-minute walk), or sample a Bellini cocktail at its place of birth, Harry’s Bar (5-minute walk)—mainly a restaurant, but it’s fun to nibble on olives and people-watch in the bar area. Enoteca al Volto (8-minute walk) is a fine place to stop for some cicchetti (bar snacks) and wine on a quiet back street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
You get Westin’s signature comfy beds and helpful customer service in a historic place that still says “Venice”—and with wonderful Grand Canal outlooks to match. Plus it couldn’t be easier to get to Piazza San Marco or to shop—and then to come back “home” for a drink with a view.