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
We stayed at the Hyatt Centric Hotel on Murano for a long weekend. The whole experience was great, from the boat picking us at the airport to the rooms and the food. The hotel is ideally situated for Venice and the surrounding islands.
Our third visit and it was absolutely faultless. It's now a Hyatt and nothing has changed although there is a new beautiful breakfast room and enhanced breakfast choices; we loved our breakfast and were looked after so well by the brilliant Maximillian. The boat transfer pick up was seamless, the welcome warm, the room perfect, air con spot on, every team member amazing, the hotel is spotless and beautiful. Murano itself is a beauty and a tranquil oasis after the wonderful but busy daytimes spent on venice island. Highly recommended in every way.
Booked this hotel as part of a longer trip to Italy and were staying in Venice for two nights. Booked the hotel through British Airways at the same time as our flights and at that time it was part of the Sofitel group but it has become a Hyatt Centric hotel since May/June this year I believe. I’ve previously stayed in central Venice and was a little concerned about staying out of the main island but I needn’t have been. Murano is beautiful and a great place to return to at the end of a busy, touristy day in Venice. We were able to book a complimentary water transfer from the airport and this was a great way to start our holiday. The hotel also provided complimentary transfers to the main Island at set times and we used these and the water buses to get about without any problem. The hotel itself is great, we had a lovely executive room, perfect for two adults and two teenagers, with a mezzanine floor, aircon and plenty of room. The staff were great, friendly and helpful and breakfast was a lovely buffet with all tastes caters for. There is also a co-op almost next door along with a nice ice cream parlour and there are plenty of nice restaurants around. We’d definitely love to go back and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.