Luxury Venice Hotels – Reviews Of The Fantastico Four

Venice is a fantastic place to visit — canals, gondolas, piazzas & palazzos, and fabulous food. We like to truly experience the whole thing, and part of that is to have our Venice hotel reflect the luxuriousness and specialness of the place itself. So we've dug deep and come up with these top luxe accommodations — we think you're going to love them.

We don't rely only on our own expertise and opinion. We cast a wider net to find out what hotel guests have said, and filter other reviews as well. Here are the criteria we use for a luxury Venice hotel to make the cut—

  • Located in the heart of Venice.
  • On the water. When you're in this floating city you want to be on the water — on a small island, on a canal, on the waterfront.
  • Found in travelers' favourite parts of the city, with a location rating of 94%-plus.
  • A travelers approval rating of 90% or more, with 100 or more reviews.
  • 5-Star Luxury designation.
  • Free WIFI.

It turns out that there are only four luxury hotels in Venice that match our criteria. Let's take a look at them —

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

We thought we knew about luxury hotels, but this place is absolutely amazing!! That's right, we have to use two exclamation points. Located on its own private island, Isola di San Clemente, in the Venice Lagoon, the views are staggering. The Palace has its own fleet of free shuttle boats that run back and forth to San Marco, and the boat ride itself is worth the cost of your room.

And you are going to love your room — many have uninterrupted views of the lagoon, with the rest of Venice in the distance. The decor has a sort of post-Renaissance classic warmth that welcomes, envelopes, relaxes. Everything is done to perfection, and course there is a pool and restaurants.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

• Travelers Rating: 92%
• Isola Di San Clemente 1, 30124 Venice, Italy

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When we we return to Venice this is the only hotel we will consider. All facilities were commendable the staff could not be more helpful. The location is second-to-none. We had a very enjoyable stay."
– 5-Star Review

Hotel Londra Palace

Hotel Londra Palace

Located on the water at the entrance to the Grand Canal, looking across to San Giorgio Maggiore, and just a few minutes walk from San Marco, the Londra Palace couldn't be better situated. (And that's also what 98% of guests think.) You're right on one of the largest pedestrian quays in the city and the walking is fantastic. To visit further afield, you simply hail a water taxi.

There are only 53 rooms at the Londra Palace, each one distinctly decorated, but all with classical comfort. There's luxe wallpaper, period furniture, and lovely fabric and drapery throughout, all in warm, relaxing tone. We like the Suite Borges with its incredible bathroom and the arched library nook. But, the hotel's rooftop terrace is really something else!

Hotel Londra Palace

• Travelers Rating: 91%
• Riva Degli Schiavoni, Castello 4171, Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy

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Elegant boutique hotel on Grand Canal. The hotel has a wonderful elegance and style. We loved the breakfast and the terrace cafe/restaurant looking straight onto the Grand Canal. The concierge were fantastically helpful — they booked private guides and entry tickets, organised water taxis, arranged airport transfers, and everything went like clockwork! Enjoyed the music in the bar too, the bar staff were lovely. Decor and views are just fantastic- so close to everything! I will stay here always if I go to Venice!!!"
– 5-Star Review

Gritti Palace Venice

Gritti Palace

We know we keep saying this, but it's hard to imagine a better Venice location that being right on the Grand Canal. Relax in the lounge of the Gritti Palace while watching gondolas glide by. From the dining terrace right on the canal, or from the restaurant terrace, you look across this famous waterway at the dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, known as the Salute. Are you in paradise, or is this just Venice?

The location and views are superb, that's true, but the fully-renovated interior of the Gritti Palace is their equal. The decor echoes the best of classical late-Renaissance style and workmanship, with every detail a wonderful surprise. It's breathtaking. The comfort level is higher than you can imagine, or than we can describe. "Go to the best in Venice — you deserve it," as one guest review put it.

Gritti Palace

• Travelers Rating: 91%
• Campo San Maria Del Giglio 2467, San Marco, 30124 Venice, Italy

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This hotel is gorgeous!! We were upgraded to a suite that was just amazing, from the Murano chandeliers to the marble bathrooms. (Yes we had 2 bathrooms!) Everything was lovely. Located right on the Grand Canal with easy access to the waterbus line, gondolas, etc & walking distance to St. Marks square. If you want to splurge on your trip to Venice, I definitely recommend this hotel."
– 5-Star Review

Hotel Belmond Cipriani

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Across the Giudecca Canal from the Gritti Palace and the Londra Palace is where you find the Belmond Ciriani, located on the crescent-shaped Giudecca islands. Yes, you're on an island, looking across a second canal at the dome and bell tower of Chiesa de San Girogio Maggiore, but it feels like you're staying at a country estate with a pool, the grounds, trees, a small vineyard.

The rooms are surprisingly spacious — there's plenty of space for families. From the spa to the elegantly large restaurant dining room the Belmond is all about comfort and relaxation.

Hotel Belmond Cipriani

• Travelers Rating: 92%
• Giudecca 10, Giudecca, 30133 Venice, Italy

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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Where do I start? We were celebrating our 10th anniversary so we were upgraded on arrival to a King Suite with amazing views over the Lagoon and Venice. The hotel organised river taxis to and from the airport. We had complimentary prosecco delivered to our room. Oro, the Michelin-star restaurant, was to live for! Carlos the maitre-d' was so attentive and took great care of us. Just amazing from start to finish — highly highly recommend!!! We are already planning our trip for next year."
– 5-Star Review