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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We stayed here for 2 nights while on a Trafalgar bus tour. The room we had was very small. We had to squeeze by just to walk between the desk and end of the beds. the worst part was the bathroom which had a shower that was only 2'x2'. It was about the size of the old fashioned telephone booth. It was the smallest shower we had ever seen. The hotel was located in a very convenient location which was five minutes from the train station, boat taxi's and gondolas but the narrow street it is on is also very busy and as a result very noisy especially at night. We were told that this used to be a monastery which may be the reason why the rooms are so small.
Front desk staff were super rude to us and the American couple behind us. However, they were very pleasant to the French lady in front of us... Hotel is old and stuffy, especially for the price. The showers are poorly designed so the water will spill on to the floor. We got a room all the way in the back. Since it was stuffy we decided to open a window... but it turns out the window opens to an enclosed space facing four other windows. I don’t know how they can even make or sell a room like this. The whole hotel is filled with misquotes. The walls are paper thin. If you read the other one star reviews you’ll see that these are common problems. Honestly I’ve stayed in hostels nicer then this place. Don’t stay please. I don’t even know how they have a rating over 2 stars... I only give it two because it’s close to the train station. But if you stay on the island of Venice everything is walking distance so is that even really a benefit?
After visiting Venice many times over 20 years with a young family we always looked longingly at the Hotel Principe and promised ourselves a visit ..one day.. this year was it. booked it in December as a new year treat for my wife for a week in May. we were eagerly looking forward to our visit. imagine the disappointment when we got inside. the foyer was large and looked luxurious, tick. the desk staff were friendly and booked us in eventually (our room was not ready) tick. bell hop took bag to room, tick. room .. tiny, and v v v hot (outside temp 16C). no problem turn on the AC and go for walk while it cools down a bit. later returned to find room hotter than ever, turned off AC. no sleep that night with heat. plus the room was over the cocktail bar so was very noisy till gone 1am, never mind, - breakfast will be great after all this is a four star hotel. what a let down! it is no better than ones we have had in 2 star B&Bs in the backstreets. table by canal? of course AFTER 8.30am ( breakfast is from 7 to 10.30am!) luckily we have been before so do not need to be in St Marks square early to avoid queues ( felt sorry for the tour groups staying as each day had to be out before 8am) so we wait second day for 8.30 and have breakfast on terrace along grand canal - heaven- we sat with a cuppa for a while in the sunshine. The hotel customer service assistant attended breakfast on second to last day to ask if all was ok.. we said room was v hot and AC not working (stupidly opened window one night and got bitten! never done that before on any hotel from May to October!) She told us the AC was on hot as it was to them still winter- something we were not told at the desk and said we would have a fan delivered. On first night we noticed a water stain on ceiling above bed, on last night a large piece of plaster/paint fell from ceiling onto my face in the night... scared me a bit I must admit as thought it was a creature of some sort. took this (and photos) to the desk before breakfast (7.15am as we were leaving that day so no canal view ) to find the staff in this four star hotel were dressed .. well for bbq or a day on the beach, they were disinterested and said the manager would be told. not sure what we wanted but an apology would have been nice. while we were completing our packing a knock on the door.. was this the manager to apologise? .. no it was a builder to see the damage. As it happened the manager office was the room next to ours, we showed the damage and the builder went to the office and spoke to the manager(ess). We completed our packing and left the room . and left them talking to each other. Oh well maybe there will be some sort of recognition of the incident when we check out? not on your life. this FOUR STAR HOTEL failed in it primary function to satisfy its customer. We thought that there would be no comparison with this hotel and the cheaper ones we stayed at over the 15 visits to Venice and we were right it does not compare it is at best a 2 star establishment and living on past glories. We are so very disappointed to have chosen to stay here and will not again. Many friends ask us about hotels in Venice and from this point we will NOT advise them to pay the premium for a sub standard service.
The staff showed a lack of interest in service. It is very difficult to recommend this hotel. Our booking included two free drinks at the bar. However, it was not until I reminded the front staff that they issued the drink coupons. Air conditioning was off. We were not offered but upon request, a fan was provided.
Great location along the Grand Canal with its own Boat Pier. We had a Superior Canal view room which had a large veranda. We never ate in the restaurants their as both Japanese food which we do not like. Breakfast was ok but not a lot of selection. Would have been nice to have tea/coffee facilities in the room.