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
This is the second time we have stayed at this hote. Great location right next to a Vaporetto stop and very centrally situated on the island so an easy walking distance to all the restaurants and glass shops and studios. Build inside an old glass factory in such a way that they have managed to keep the facade of the factory. Very tastefully decorated and comfortable. We had a large room with only a shower in the bathroom, not sure whether they offer rooms with baths. Breakfast was a good spread with everything needed to start the day. We did have one dinner in the restaurant but the food was not good at all, better to spend the evenings out at other local restaurants, if they are open (most are closed on Monday nights). The island is very peaceful in the evenings after the hussle of tourists during the day. Our room did look onto a building site at the back, but we were not disturbed by the activities. They offer a complimentary water taxi to the airport on your day of departure, and will probably pick up from the airport on arrival as well, worth asking this when booking.
The hotel is right at a Vaporetto stop in a building that was an old glassworks factory. The decor is modern with Murano glass on display. The breakfast buffet was good and the outside cafe has a great selection of drinks and snacks. Very nice hotel and a welcome serenity after a day in Venice.
very enjoyable stay. our room was spacious and the surroundings very modern. the location is perfect, it is located just by the vaporetto pier. the island is quiet at night which is a nice change from the busy ain island. There are boats running most of the night so it is easy to get back even after midnight
Great location on Murano right next to a waterbus stop to get to other islands or main Venice tourist area. One stop ticket €7
The hotel has its own boat you can prebook for free that will collect you from the airport which makes a good start to the break. You can also use it to fet over to Venice first thing in the morning or late afternoon, make sure you prebook at reception on arrival.
Rooms very spacious with very comfy beds and no noise from corridor etc.
Breakfast served in outside courtyard or in a marquee which was a bit chilly a couple of mornings, not sure if seasonal. Good choice of hot and cold food.
We didn’t eat in hotel restaurant as good choice of restaurants locally. There is a coop less than 5 mins from hotel where can get drinks & snacks, avoid 5 to 6pm when all the locals are doing their shopping as longs queues ( good atmosphere though!)
Stayed for 3 nights extended to 4 thanks to Italian air strike. Hotel were great in letting us have the same room for the extra night. The staff were always helpful and we found the reception staff particularly good. Asked for advice on several occasions, including good local restaurants, and were given there personal opinions which were very good.
Rooms were spacious and well looked after. Not the best outlook but then again it has been built inside an old building, keeping the old traditional look of Murano in tact.
Brilliant to be able to step directly outside and get the water taxi/transport into Venice. Lovely boat ride to the main island, but great to come back to the peace of Murano in the evenings. Daytime is slightly different as a lot of tourists come to Murano to see the amazing glass shops and museums etc.
Food in the hotel was good and we had an evening meal which was excellent.
All in all a great hotel to stay in to see a wonderful city.