Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal
What We Love
- Sipping cocktails and taking in the starlit Venice skyline at Carlton Sky Lounge
- The hotel's amazing location on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside
- Taking a boat trip to Murano to buy beautiful artisan glass souvenirs
What To Know
- Rooms are comfortable, clean and traditionally decorated but a bit dated
- The hotel has great access to transportation; you can catch the water taxi right outside or hop a bus across the street
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
As its name suggests, Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal sits canalside in the uniquely captivating city of Venice. With a vaporetto (water taxi) stop and the Santa Lucia train station within striking distance, you’d fine it difficult to find a better base for navigating the city’s labyrinthine narrow streets and ebbing waterways.
Inside this four-star hotel, you’ll find strikingly elegant and refined interiors clad in intricate Venetian plasterwork, with Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture adding the finishing touches. Sumptuous 1700s Venetian style continues throughout the rooms, which feature walls dressed in silk damask, while Murano glass chandeliers provide exquisite ceiling centerpieces.
The top of the Carlton Sky Lounge is a place to see and be seen, offering a mouthwatering menu of cocktails to wash down delectable Venetian and Mediterranean menus. The domed, arched and spired city skyline provides the perfect backdrop.
Superior Double rooms give you lots of space to relax, while Patio-Garden Double rooms are surrounded by the idyllic Venetian courtyard. Featuring 1700s Venetian décor, the rooms come in calming pastel hues, with silk damask wall coverings and decadent curtains, and are crowned with Murano glass chandeliers.
La Cupola’s menu offers an elegant and simple take on Venetian, Italian and international dishes served with perfect wine pairings. The top of the Carlton Sky Lounge is the place to enjoy stunning city views over dinner or drinks. Choose from a menu of Venetian and Mediterranean classics. Carlton Cafe serves great coffee, homemade cakes and biscuits, ice cream, salads, cocktails and aperitifs.
With a water taxi stand right outside, it’s easy to get to Rialto, St. Mark’s Square, the Lido and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. If you prefer to explore on foot, the historic Jewish Ghetto, Frari Cathedral and the Natural History Museum are within wandering distance.
How to Get There
My wife and I came to Venice a few years ago and stayed at a lovely hotel opposite the train station on the grand canal. We looked at coming back for the Easter weekend with our 13 year old son as we knew he would also love Venice. When we tried to book the same hotel we stayed at before it was fully booked. We knew we liked the location so decided to see what else was in the same area and care across this hotel.
We are not disappointed as this hotel has turned out to be just as nice as the original hotel we wanted to stay in (and happens to be next door).
This is a great area to stay if you are visiting Venice as you are outside all the hustle and bustle and the walk to Rialto or San Marco is great and you can walk a different way every day and come across something new.
We loved Venice as a couple and loved it as a family. This is a great hotel to base yourself at. The staff are great and very welcoming, location is superb, breakfast has a vast choice and plenty of it.
This hotel was a massive disappointment! We came across four receptionists in total, one or two of them were friendly and helpful, the other two were cold and rude with very unwelcoming attitude. Only one towel pp, no proper facial and hand towels, no supply for facial tissues. Breakfast: staff were friendly, but food was not 4 star standard. The only good thing about this hotel is the location!
Wow, what a place. This hotel is lovely, clean, has everything u want and the staff are so helpful and friendly. We were really pleased with this location, right on the canal. The water taxi dropped us right outside and collected us from there. So easy. There is also a roof top bar here. Just perfect
We visited the hotel in April 2019. We had a nice sized room with a window overlooking the canal. You could sit in your room and watch the people shopping and the boats go bye. You could smell the food from the near by restaurants. We loved it.! Thanks to the helpful staff, you are very nice.
Stayed here end of March and left on 01 April; it was simply the best location possible in my view. A short walk from the bus station, the water bus station is across the canal, accessed by a bridge.
The hotel itself is lovely too. Clean. Nice decor. Traditional look not modern but what you want when you’re in Venice. We had a canal view. It was breathtaking. Loved it so much. I would just stand on the balcony and watch the world go by.
Breakfast was good too. Lots of choices. Even had bacon and boiled eggs. Staff were super friendly. I asked to take an apple for a mid morning snack and the kind lady got me a bag and said to take whatever I wanted. Nice touch.
We didn’t eat in the restaurant as we were out and about.
We found the restaurants in this area to be more expensive than ones we saw as we walked around towards St Marks. We opted to pay as we wanted the canal view whilst eating.
Tiny, tiny suggestion: open the terrace earlier if the weather is good. We would have loved to have gone up and had a drink. The weather was amazing and I can’t see why they don’t open it earlier if this is the case.
Overall defo stay here if you want to stay in a luxury central location. Highly recommend it.