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.
How to Get There
Arrived shortly before midnight, from the airport,by water taxi at the useful landing stage at the hotel.
Our room was very comfortable and of a good size. The buffet breakfast has a great variety of things to eat.
All the staff are very helpful
We enjoyed the location near so many of the attractions. There are lots of signs through the narrow streets to the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square. The close by Jewish Quarter is very interesting too
The railway station Santa Lucia ( near the hotel)or Ferrovia,as it seems to be called,is well signed too when returning from St Mark's Square.
There are lots of good reasonably priced restaurants in the streets beside the Hotel.
This is Venice, so don't expect a large room. But what is lacking in size more than makes up for it in charm. We loved the Venetian furniture- subtle colours, spackle paint and dainty decoupage. The central chandelier in our room and elsewhere was of Murano glass. Everything was so tasteful and authentic, from the heavy wooden reception desk to the brass room key bells. The common areas were clean and well-decorated - it felt magical. Being Venice, the view out our window was not too interesting.
The bed was very comfortable, everything was functional - just small. The shower was the worst - a square stall that opened in the corner with just enough room to squeeze in. Don't drop anything as you'd have a hard time to bend over and pick it up. The shower pressure was great, though.
Location was perfect with so many shops, restaurants and things to see along the Lista di Spagna. If you walked the other way through the hotel, out to the water, the Grand Canal was a bustle of activity. Beautiful! The train station is nearby, so great for those who are arriving from elsewhere. For Venetians, this is walking distance to St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, but in the heat that is a good long walk. The guide said 20 minutes, but you can easily double that.
The restaurant was lovely, both inside and out on the tables by the Canal. Both food and service were impeccable. Breakfast was included, and it was good - standard fare for most hotels. We loved our stay!
Stayed in what was told the “best room” with rooftop terrace only to find out the the AC didn’t work, after calling 5 times they sent someone at 1:30 AM and he said the fan was doing the best it could, the thermostat said “help” and we couldn’t even regulate the temperature. What a waste.