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
Great hotel in a fantastic location with friendly staff giving super service. If you want to visit Venice but not be in the noise and bustle this is the place for you. Water bus travel to the city is worth the experience every day giving the best view possible. Make this your next trip.
We enjoyed our stay but really disappointed that when we came home we where full of flea bites we can supply photos if necessary. We know w Eccy got the bites from the room because of where they are. We did see something flying around the room but thought notyof it.
My family and I arrived in Venice after an overnight flight from New York in June 2018. As this hotel is located on Isola di Murano the only way to reach it is by boat. Fortunately Marco Polo Airport has a very large boat dock attached to it and there are many options to reach any of the Venetian Islands. At the time of our stay La Gare Hotel Venezia provided a complementary one way airport transfer so this was the route we chose. Upon landing I called the hotel to alert them to our arrival; after a short wait we boarded the shuttle for a roughly 30 minute and very memorable ride across the lagoon and through Isola di Murano.
We chose the hotel primarily based on location. We heard that the main island of Venice could be over-run with tourists at high season and that some of the other islands retained a much more relaxed and perhaps more authentic feel. This proved true; we enjoyed every aspect of our stay; not least was the ability to vacate the main island at will and return to much quieter Murano on the regularly scheduled water taxis.
Our room was a queen suite with a bed for our young lad on the main floor and with our bed upstairs in the loft. The room was of a very high standard and it was spacious; very acceptable in every respect. The one quirk was the Air Conditioning. Apparently the system is passive and it works by cooling the walls which in turn cools the air. In any case it worked well enough if somewhat slowly; the high temperature outside during our stay was maybe 28C during the daytime.
All in all a very solid stay in very pleasant environs.