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
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
I go to Venice at least once in two years (for Biennale Architettura) and in my opinion this hotel is the best opportunity to stay for a couple of days and maybe one of the best venetian hotels in general. Location is optimal: in takes you max half an hour to get to any popular place in Venice by vaporetto (routes 7, 4.1 and 4.2) and the stop is just in front of the hotel entrance. Free transfer from the airport is extremely convenient and takes 15 minutes (but don’t forget to book the ride in advance). Rooms are spacious with high ceilings and roof windows, big and modern bathroom, large bed. Breakfast could be better, but don’t forget that officially it’s 4 *. The only disappointment is that prosecco has been vanished for breakfast. And certainly, the pricing has recently gone higher and higher reminding that the hotel has deserved popularity, and that in Venice you have always had to pay for the quality a little bit more...
I am pretty discriminating on giving 5 star ratings and can think of no reason as to why this hotel isn't a deserving recipient. Free pick up from airport, spacious room with mezzanine bedroom, uber quiet, proximate to ferry stop and sumptuous breakfast are of note. Yes, the fold out couch wasn't unduly comfortable nor the thermostat easy to understand but were small issues in the scheme of things. This hotel seems to be popular with tour groups and it is best to time your breakfast away from them. Good little touches like late check out is appreciated. Dining options are within walking distance. Compared to the eye watering cost of accomodation in Venice makes this hotel an attractive option.
Having just stayed at a dumpy hotel (Cicerone) in Roma, I was delighted to spend two nights in a clean, comfy room at this lovely boutique hotel on Murano. My only complaint was that the men at the front desk were consistently rude and unhelpful--my reason for only four stars.
Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights , lovely hotel , fantastic location .
Water taxi picked us up from airport with no problem.
So much to do in the area and you can also get a water taxi from right outside the hotel into Venice , would definitely recommend this hotel and would go back again .
Came here to celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary. We emailed ahead of our stay and they organised free airport transfer to pick us up, the boat was waiting for us after running a little late! Lovely touch having the hotel boat transfer and can also book to take you into Venice. We did use the water bus which is available just outside the hotel a couple of time and was no problem. We ate at the breakfast buffet once but would probably recommend eating in the cafe in the morning we preferred having a coffee here and toasted sandwich. We would always come back and have a drink at the bar after our days in Venice, cocktails were lovely and staff were friendly!
Definitely recommend staying here if you don’t mind the transfer back and forth to Venice we enjoyed that, takes around 15/20 minutes.
Thank you LaGare for a lovely experience