LaGare Hotel Venezia MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- The setting, on a quaint and quiet island in the middle of the Venetian lagoon
- Contemporary style, with an industrial-chic look that harks back to the building’s former life as a glass bead factory
- The staff: a young and attractive team that’s always smiling and ready to help
What To Know
- Murano, while lovely, is far from the heart of Venice
- There's a regular shuttle service to/from St. Mark’s Square (a 35-minute boat ride), and a vaporetto stop just outside the door
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Built within the brick walls of a former glass bead factory, LaGare Hotel Venezia references both the past and the present in its sleek but welcoming design. In the lobby, colorful pillows in cut velvet patterns befitting a doge’s robe sit atop a mix of velvet and leather sofas. Dramatic Murano glass fixtures dot the space, including “Fragments” sconces, a collage of glass pieces created by the contemporary design team the Campana Brothers. The light-filled bar and restaurant overlook a private courtyard, and the cathedral-ceilinged second-floor lounge incorporates an original wood truss from the centuries-old structure. Gallery-like vitrines showcase glasswork by Venini, and espresso-stained wood floors complement a palette of deep purple, red, brown and ivory throughout the property.
Bed and Bath
All of the spacious rooms (the smallest measures 250 square feet) incorporate Murano glass light fixtures in their otherwise contemporary designs. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the original factory’s brick arches, and the white and ivory wall coverings evoke Venice’s storied past in street scenes and abstract patterns depicting the façades of the city’s buildings. Duvets and quilted blankets top the kingsize beds, which are flanked by barrel-shaded lamps built into glass tables (there are plenty of outlets on both sides of the bed), and there’s a small table that doubles as a work desk, plus comfortable upholstered chairs and a large flat-screen TV. In the sleek bathrooms, gleaming white porcelain fixtures contrast with dark slate floors and walls covered with gray tiles with the texture of tree bark.
The hotel’s restaurant focuses on Venetian seafood specialties, and most of them are prepared according to tradition. There are several meat options, too. Daily specials incorporate the freshest of the day’s catch, and a small but well-curated (and well-priced) wine list allows guests to sample vintages from the area and beyond. A small bar fills the back of the lobby, with a barman mixing drinks of all types, though you’d do well to order an Aperol spritz (a Venetian speciality). The hotel’s Wellness Area includes a sauna and fitness equipment.
In the Area
LaGare sits just around the corner from Murano’s glass museum, the Museo del Vetro, as well as the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato, which has an impressive mosaic floor. In the other direction you’ll find the Church of San Pietro Martire, notable for its rows of locally made chandeliers. And then, of course, there are Murano’s glass shops, with the top houses being Barovier & Toso, Venini, SALIR, Archimede Seguso, Seguso Viro and Carlo Moretti. There’s value just in getting lost in Murano’s ambling streets and hidden piazzas, which can be found the minute you step off the main canalside avenues. And the hotel sits just opposite a stop for the vaporetto (water bus), which takes you into Venice with ease.
How to Get There
Very quiet area of Venice but hotel very good , breakfast really good plenty variety. Rooms spotless cleaned daily , bit expensive but it’s Venice so it’s expected . All staff very helpful and knowledgeable of area and where to go. Get a 72 hour transport pass for 40 euros each it’s definitely worth it get ferries all day. Alll over
We recently stayed at the Hyatt Centric Hotel Murano for a 3 day break for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We arrived and left at the end of our stay via the hotel's complimentary shuttle from and to Marco Polo airport which was really efficient and a lovely experience. Staff were very welcoming on arrival at the hotel and the hotel itself has all the facilities you would expect. We stayed in an upgraded room which had a mezzanine bedroom, tastefully furnished to a high standard and very quiet and comfortable. An ideal place if you want a tranquil stay with the opportunity of plenty of places to explore both locally on the island, which is predominantly famous for its glass works and also a great jumping off point to explore most of the other islands which are all in easy reach, including all the main attractions of Venice. The hotel is located directly behind the water bus stop within a few yards, and in our opinion, the water buses are a very efficient and cost effective means to get to each of your desired locations. I have no reservations in recommending this hotel based on our experience.
Lovely modern hotel on quite island. Great breakfast, friendly staff and big comfortable bed and room. Murano was very quit in the evening (October) but the vaporetto runs 24/7 so you can stay in venice as long as you want.