San Marco is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Venice, and it’s for a very good reason. It has most of the things that you’d actually would like to see in Venice. So, obviously, San Marco is one of the most convenient neighbourhoods to stay in Venice.
And luckily, there are quite a few amazing hotels in San Marco, Venice, with canal views!
Because staying in Venice is made extra special if you have canal views to enjoy from your hotel room.
So, here is my selection of the best hotels in San Marco, Venice, with a canal view. Enjoy!
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Best hotels in San Marco, Venice, with canal views
For many destinations, it’s easy to group hotels together depending on how luxury or budget friendly they are – budget ones are budget-friendly all through the year. For Venice, though, prices of hotels are very much season dependent. I tried to group them, though, so you’ll find the “luxury”, “mid-budget” and “least expensive” options in this listicle.
And keep in mind that the rooms with canal views are sometimes even twice the price of those that don’t have canal views. Italians know what’s worth paying for!
Luxury luxury hotels in San Marco with views of canals
I have more luxury hotels here in this list of best hotels in San Marco, Venice, with canal views than in the other groups. It’s for a very simple reason – San Marco is the most expensive area of Venice where to stay. But still, these hotels are amazing. So make sure to check them out!
If you’re looking for the best hotels in San Marco with canal views, Gritti palace is definitely worth exploring.
It’s set in a former noble residence, just on the Grand Canal, overlooking the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Punta della Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute Basilica, as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
The rooms actually look just like rooms in palaces look – there’s the grandeur, the colours, the luxury. They are exquisitely designed, with antiques and Murano glass. All of the rooms are quite big and most offer views either of the Grand Canal or Campo Santa Maria del Giglio.
And of course, for such a luxury hotel, there are other perks, including Gritti Epicurean School, Riva Yacht experiences, Riva Lounge and the Gritti SPA branded by Sisley Paris. All in all, it’s definitely one of the top hotels in San Marco, Venice, with a canal view.
Keep in mind – there are dress codes for the restaurants and the lounge.
The St. Regis is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful hotels in Venice. I’m more of the minimalistic and modern type of gal, so the rooms for me are the most beautifully decorated.
St Regis Venice is over a century and a half old! They say that each room has been carefully designed to “cherish the artistic and cultural heritage of the building, while also embracing the evolution of La Serenissima and the St. Regis brand’s spirit of modern glamour.”
Just like the Gritti Palace, the St. Regis also provides guests with a choice of city or canal-view rooms. All of them are huge, but the one-bedroom king suite with the city view takes the cake. It’s the size of a 2-bedroom apartment!
Anyways, The St. Regis Venice has a fitness centre, a full-service spa, and restaurants and bars on site. There’s a rooftop terrace available – actually, even some of the rooms themselves have terraces.
All in all, it’s quite a perfect hotel in the perfect location, being opposite Santa Maria della Salute Church and Punta della Dogana Art Museum, as well as just a couple of steps from San Marco’s Square.
Again, remember that there’s a dress code for the restaurants and lounges.
Canaletto Luxury Suites – San Marco Luxury
A bit different from the first two in the list of hotels in San Marco, Venice, with a canal view.
Canaletto Luxury Suites are actually on San Marco’s Square. This hotel is set in the building that houses the Astronomical clock. So from your personal terrace, you can see the Basilica San Marco, San Marco’s bell tower, the Doge’s palace and the Grand Canal.
The suites are huge and are decorated with antique furniture and contemporary portraits. Each of them has elegant draperies, parquet floors and Murano glass lamps. And! Each is located on its own floor.
Plus, each of the suites at the Canaletto Luxury Suites has a sauna with chromotherapy. Some even have Jacuzzis.
Having breakfast with a view of Basilica San Marco and San Marco Square – I think that’s pretty exquisite.
And it’s definitely one of the best hotels to stay in Venice when it rains – you can easily get to the Basilica San Marco without getting soaked!
Monaco & Grand Canal
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is set in a building from the early 17th century, just on the side of the Grand Canal. It sits opposite the islands of San Giorgio and Giudecca, Punta della Dogana and the baroque Basilica of the Madonna della Salute.
The rooms in the Monaco & Grand Canal are big, decorated in a mix of contemporary and classic Venetian style. There’s antique furniture, modern amenities, and views of the canal from most of the rooms.
I love the ridotto – a multipurpose room that is nicely decorated and has a glass ceiling. And the breakfast is served on an outdoor panoramic terrace (weather permitting) – it just gives that perfect “charm”, doesn’t it?
Baglioni Hotel Luna – The Leading Hotels of the World
If you’re a fan of history, the Baglioni Hotel Luna is definitely a place for you. The palace dates back to 1118, and over the years it’s been a convent, an aristocratic palace, and even a shelter for the Knights Templar. It’s actually the oldest hotel in Venice! Talk about historic!
Baglioni Hotel Luna has kept a lot of the building’s historic charm – there are still ornate stucco walls, Murano chandeliers, watercolour paintings and gold fixtures. The dining (and breakfast) room actually used to be a Marco Polo ballroom, and the original ceiling frescos are still there from the 18th century.
And if that wasn’t enough, the views are incredible, too. You can enjoy spectacular views over the Venetian lagoon or the small canals all around.
The rooms in the Baglioni are probably just as you imagined – big, grand, and decorated in a classic Venetian style. There’s antique furniture, Murano glass, marble bathrooms, and all the modern amenities, including air conditioning.
So all in all, one of the best luxury hotels in San Marco, Venice, with canal view. And lagoon view.
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Moderately priced hotels in San Marco with canal views
These hotels right here offer a bit less than the luxury hotels in San Marco, Venice, with a canal view. They are still quite nice and thus – more expensive than the average hotel (that doesn’t offer canal views).
Hotel Dei Dragomanni
Hotel dei Dragomanni is located very close to St Mark’s Square and offers magnificent Grand Canal views.
The hotel is housed in a recently renovated ancient Venetian home and still has saved some of the charm of days gone by. There is even one of the last remaining double helix staircases in Da Vinci style.
The rooms that offer the canal view are not the biggest – the double room is only 16 sq. m. big. But they are nicely decorated, with fine and elegant upholstery and Murano glass, with modern bathrooms and all the amenities necessary.
Some of the rooms even offer balconies overlooking the canal!
There is a continental breakfast served, which has a lot of good choices.
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
The Splendid Venice hotel looks rather… Splendid, I must say. It’s located in the “Mercerie” area of San Marco and has a private pier if you’re arriving by a water taxi.
Officially, Splendid Venice is a luxury hotel, but for most of the year, it’s rather well-priced. That’s why I added it to the moderately-priced hotels in San Marco, Venice, with canal views part of the article.
The rooms are exquisitely designed, in rich colours, with precious fabrics and design pieces. They have the traditional Venetian touch.
The hotel itself offers the quintessential Venetian experience. You can have a fancy meal by Executive Chef Massimo Livan in the Restaurant Le Maschere or sip an aperitif while enjoying incredible views over Venice on the rooftop terrace.
Hotel Donà Palace
Hotel Donà Palace is located in an incredible place – it overlooks Rio di Palazzo Ducale and is just a 5-minute walk from its famous Ponte dei Sospiri! So you are pretty much next to the San Marco’s square, Basilica, and obviously, the Duke’s palace.
The rooms in the hotel have a traditional design with wooden furniture, carpeted floors, and Murano glass chandeliers. There are marble and woodwork details which were left untouched when the original 14th-century palace underwent reconstruction.
There’s a lounge bar and a secret garden where guests can relax and enjoy some drinks.
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The least expensive hotels with canal views in San Marco, Venice
So, I cannot call these hotels “budget”, as the rooms that have canal views in these hotels are not “budget”-ly priced. But, well, these are the least expensive hotels in San Marco, Venice, with canal views.
Incredibly, hotel Rialto overlooks the Rialto bridge. I’d say that’s quite a prime location, haha. Even if you don’t go for the room that overlooks the Grand Canal, the terrace of the hotel – where breakfast is served from April to October, will give you the views. And there’s even a bar available there if you’d like to have that traditional “Spritz and the Rialto bridge” picture.
The rooms in Hotel Rialto are traditionally furnished, in the typical Venetian red or blue with gold accents. You get all the amenities that a 4-star hotel offers. And some of the Junior suites even come with balconies!
We actually stayed in Hotel Mercurio ourselves. For a three-star hotel, it’s actually quite good! And it has a great location – just a 100m from the La Fenice theatre and a few minutes’ walk from the San Marco’s square.
The rooms are not the biggest, but still quite spacious for Venice standards. They are quite light and nicely furnished, in traditional Venetian style.
The breakfast was tasty, with both sweet and savoury options available. That’s actually not always the case in hotels in Italy.
Superior rooms and suites overlook the canal.
Domus Superior actually faces the La Fenice theatre – how fancy is that? And this accommodation’s view of the Fenice lagoon is pretty much amazing.
It’s not exactly a “hotel” hotel – Domus Superior is tiny, just a few rooms, situated in a restored ancient Venetian residence. It’s a luxury boutique hotel in Venice for quite a non-luxury price.
The rooms are gorgeous and well-sized. They are decorated with velvet, the original wooden beams are exposed, and there’s parquet flooring. The bathrooms have marble finishes and big showers. From the rooms, you can see gondolas pass by. And there’s even a room which has a balcony canal room – bucket list, I’d say.
The only negative I can think of is that there’s no breakfast provided. There are coffee machines and fridges in the rooms, though. And for this price and location, I think a breakfast in a café nearby just would add to the charm.
In conclusion about hotels in San Marco with canal view
As you see, there are many hotels in San Marco, Venice, with canal views. They are more expensive, as the locations are always quite exclusive, but really… if you’re making a once in a lifetime trip out of your vacation, you just must go all out. Right? At least I think so.
Let me know what you think of my choice of hotels!