The 9 Best Venice Hotels for History

Liz Humphreys | February 07, 2018

It’s hard to find a hotel in Venice that doesn’t have some sort of history behind it. But the ones below have historic features that truly make them extra-special, from famous residents or guests to fabulous historic details that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time—if only for one night.


The Gritti Palace

Why it made the list

One of the most fabulous hotels in town, the Gritti Palace was built in 1475 for the Doge of Venice. Its beautiful rooms are decked out with lovely details, like Murano glass chandeliers and frescoed ceilings.

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Hotel Danieli

Why it made the list

Eighteenth- and 19th-century writers and musicians couldn’t get enough of this charming hotel on the lagoon—and you’ll likely feel the same way. The stained glass, marble, and gilded ceilings in the lobby alone are more than worth a stop.

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Hotel Londra Palace

Why it made the list

Nineteenth-century musicians loved the Londra Palace—Tchaikovsky composed part of his Symphony No. 4 there. You can still feel the glamor in the elegant rooms, complete with lovely antique furnishings.

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Locanda Cipriani

Why it made the list

Best known as Hemingway’s hangout, this hotel on the lagoon island of Torcello has hosted many writers and celebrities since opening in 1935. Today, you’ll still appreciate its relaxed atmosphere and wonderful cuisine.

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Palazzo Abadessa

Why it made the list

The original details in this 16th-century mansion are fabulous, from the ceiling frescoes to the paintings. Plus there’s a wonderful garden where you can relax and soak up your history-filled surroundings.

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Locanda San Barnaba

Why it made the list

This 16th-century palace in Dorsoduro just feels authentically Venetian—most of its rooms have gorgeous original frescoed ceilings. The cost is also on the reasonable side for staying in a place with so much history.

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Hotel Antico Doge

Why it made the list

This palace-hotel, with beamed ceilings, canopy beds, and patterned silk walls, was the residence of 14th-century Venetian leader Doge Mariner Falier. It all feels incredibly romantic.

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Ruzzini Palace Hotel

Why it made the list

Terrazzo floors and beamed ceilings come standard at this 17th-century palace-hotel in quiet Castello. True history-buffs should go for the unbelievable Royal Suite, decked out in frescoes.

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Locanda Ca' Amadi

Why it made the list

Explorer Marco Polo is rumored to have lived at this 13th-century guesthouse. Though some rooms are better than others, if you get the right one—ideally with canal views—you’ll be utterly charmed.

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