What We Love
- A charming stay at an authentic Venetian palazzo, with breakfast and discounts at local eateries Stepping from a gondola on the Grand Canal straight through the hotel’s doors
- Staying in an authentic Venetian palazzo with breathtaking views of the city
- Savoring authentic Italian cuisine at the nearby Restaurant Sivoli
What To Know
- Central location right on the Grand Canal
- Each guestroom has its own interior design
- Free WiFi
The majestic city of Venice hardly needs an introduction. If you haven’t been there before, you simply must go; if you have, then you have every reason to return. The city’s dizzying, labyrinthine streets are home to enough gems to justify a lifetime’s exploration. This, combined with its mild climate and rich heritage, makes Venice the perfect destination for a well-deserved European escape.
Occupying a grand old palazzo overlooking none other than the Grand Canal itself, Hotel Principe invites you to experience all this splendor for yourself. With a private dock for gondola and water-taxi access, as well as a lovely canal-side restaurant, the hotel couldn’t be better positioned. You’ll find original features inside the building, like molded plaster ceilings and lavish marble floors, paired with contemporary touches and modern conveniences. Staying like a Venetian noble on the banks of the iconic Grand Canal? Now that’s what we call a luxe escape.
Superior rooms are decorated in traditional Venetian style, featuring sumptuous colored fabrics and ornate patterns. You’ll enjoy 270 square feet of space, as well as charming city views.
You can expect Venetian and Italian specialties at the hotel’s restaurant, offering a menu that embraces fresh seafood and seasonal produce. The dining room looks towards the terrace and the Grand Canal beyond, so not only will you savor exquisite cuisine, but you’ll enjoy some exquisite views, as well.
The hotel is right on the famous Grand Canal, with the Museum of Natural History and the Chiesa di San Giacomo dall’Orio on the other side. Venice’s Santa Lucia train station is a two-minute walk away, while the bus station is also close by. Venice is a fairly compact city, meaning most of the must-see sights are within walking distance of the hotel. When you want to give your legs a rest, just hop on a gondola or vaporetto – one of the city’s famous water taxis.
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My family visited Venice for one night in Mid May before heading to Padua. HP was the best choice for a better hotel near the train station. The rooms were clean and the AC worked great ! We recommend.
I stayed in this hotel in June 2018. The reception staff was extremely rude and least bothered. They treated customers as if they were doing us a favor
The bell desk staff I guess is too old and least bothered about anyone.
I asked for luggage to be brought down and was given a strange look. As if I asked something out of the world.
The rooms are a mix of old and new.
The balcony of the rooms is in a pathetic state. All wood coming off. Dangerous
The Bathrooms were nice.
Have the courtesy to at least offer a bottle of drinking water in each room.
Do you expect a guest to get up in the night and go to the corridor to fetch drinking water. Basic hospitality courtesy missing.
Would never go back to the Hotel.
Pros: The hotel was simply beautiful. Very large lobby, especially for Venice. 2 minute walk from the central train station. Right on the grande canal, and they have included breakfast you can eat while sitting right on the canal. They did keep our bags for us after we checked out so we did not have to lug them around all day.
Cons: The staff was very cold. No smiles, no welcomes, and barely even raising of heads to talk to us at the front desk. They were also impossible to reach via email (took several different tries). The room was also very small, but so are most in Italy and Venice specifically.
Just returned from 3 nights . Lovely hotel. Perfect location. Loved sitting by the canal in the evening. Hotel clean and excellent breakfast choices. Room was spacious and tasteful decor. Would definitely recommend this hotel.
First the positives - the hotel is in a good location on the Grand Canal, within five minutes' walk of the railway station and a vaporetto stop and therefore very convenient for transport.
The main rooms on the ground floor are very smart, service in the breakfast room and bar pretty good, and service on reception is efficient. There is a small outside terrace with lovely views up and down the canal but I wasn't able to have breakfast there because the staff wouldn't open it until 8 a.m., even though they were serving breakfast from 7 a.m. and every morning I was there the weather was very favourable.
But clearly some of the bedrooms and corridors need some refurbishment and modernisation. And my bedroom was the smallest room I have stayed in anywhere ever - a tiny single room with a single bed, even though I had been charged a hefty extra charge for occupying a room on my own. This is clearly unfair and not justified. I appreciate that the hotel is a collection of old buildings and therefore rooms vary in size (though note that only really large grand bedrooms are shown on the hotel's website), but charging extra for a double room and then allocating a guest a tiny single room is unfair and unjustified.
I won't stay there again.