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 booked only six weeks ago when it was known as the Lagare Hotel and actually didn’t even realise it had changed ownership until the day before we arrived. However that made no difference to us, it looked how we expected and the service exceeded our expectations.
The only downside was the view from our room, while some rooms overlooked the canals we unfortunately got a building site view, but honestly we used the room to sleep in only so we can’t complain.
The location is amazing, literally in the most amazing spot. Murano is just beautiful, I would highly recommend staying here rather than in Venice, but that’s a personal preference.
The hotel is beautiful, clean, lovely sized rooms and serves a wonderful breakfast in the morning.
We had cocktails in the bar in the evening on two occasions and a little background music wouldn’t go amiss, listening to other people’s conversations is not for me and also it would have been nice to sit outside on the terrace, maybe with a blanket as it was a little chilly, but it was closed. I imagine it’s open in summer and would be lovely.
If you are looking for someone to stay please consider here. Murano is easy to access from Venice and is so charming.
I will definitely be back!!
The hotel is not located in the main area of Venice. It is located on Murano, which is a quick 20 minute ride on the Vaporetto line 3 from the train station, and it the Vaporetto stop is right in front of the hotel (use The Murano Museo stop). It is also located out of the tourist area which is even better.
Everything was good, from the food to the service to the staff. Only thing is that they did not allow irons in the hotel, so we could not use an iron for the clothes.
Other than that, superb hotel!
3 nights but our room view was of a building site at the rear of the hotel but easy to get in and out from Venice as the water taxis are right out the front
This used to be an Accor hotel which it was when we booked it and paid in advance only to find the Hyatt have charged us again which whilst we are likely to get our money back is very disappointing so make sure you check your bills
Highly efficient and friendly staff represent this beautiful hotel.
Breakfast and evening meal was superb.
The hotel is modern,sleek and clean providing a comfortable and relaxing environment.
The watershuttle was great fun and always on time. I'm looking forward to a return visit! Highly recommended.
Great way to see Venice as Murano is a little quieter and you have to board the boat to and from Venice anyway, which is really easy.
Fabulous hotel, really good breakfast.
Room we had was amazing with a big bath and shower.