Santa Chiara Hotel
What We Love
- A lovely stay at a 16th-century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal, with breakfast and extra perksChoosing a room with an unobstructed view of the Grand Canal
- Staying in the lesser-known Santa Croce district and experiencing a different side of Venice
- Enjoying a lazy morning (or two), with breakfast in bed
What To Know
- The hotel is on the Piazelle Roma end of the canal, about a 30-minute walk from St Marks and the Rialto Bridge
- The location is prime when it comes to transportation; you're right near a bus stop, train station and cruise terminal
- Complimentary WiFi can be spotty
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A fabulous alternative to elbowing your way through the crowds at St. Mark’s Square, this 16th-century palazzo hotel overlooking the Grand Canal is set in the lesser-known Santa Croce district – the only part of Venice’s historic center accessible by car. Hotel Santa Chiara, named for the Santa Chiara nuns who used to live here, is the perfect base for those seeking a less clichéd side to the city.
Spread between the main hotel and the adjoining Parisi Residenza annex, the hotel’s 40 rooms are individually designed; some feature the ornate and fancy Venetian flourishes you’d expect, while others are outfitted with fashion-forward décor that belies the building’s ancient exterior. The best part is that the hotel isn’t obscured by anything, so you’ll have glorious panoramic views of the Grand Canal, Rio Nuovo Canal, Papadopoli Gardens and Piazzale Roma wherever you look.
Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace are all easily within walking distance, but it’s also worth checking out your Santa Croce surroundings. Be sure to visit the green-domed Church of San Simeon Piccolo, park yourself on a bench in Papadopoli Gardens, and linger over long lunches in the district’s many laid-back cafés and tucked-away trattorias.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €4.50 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out.
One entrance per person to the Venice Casino is included in this offer. The casino opens daily from 11 to 2.45am. Please be aware that a strict dress code applies, and jeans and sportswear are not permitted inside the casino. Parking is available on request.
Set in a new building that adjoins the original core of the hotel, the Deluxe rooms and Deluxe View rooms are inviting, light-filled living spaces. Both accommodations boast floor-to-ceiling windows, wood flooring, a soothing neutral color palette and beautiful accent wallpaper. The Deluxe View rooms provide a truly special experience, with stunning views of the Grand Canal – the perfect addition to any Venetian retreat.
While there’s no on-site restaurant, buffet-style breakfasts are served each morning in the small dining area. However, if you feel like spending a few extra hours in bed, the staff will happily deliver it straight to your room. There is also a lobby bar – perfect for a relaxing glass of wine or evening cocktail.
Directly facing the Grand Canal and Piazzale Roma, the hotel is located in the quaint Santa Croce district – once the wool-working heart of Venice. Directly linked to the mainland by the Ponte della Libertà bridge, this is the only part of the city’s historic center that can be reached by car. Highlights here include wandering the labyrinth of narrow alleyways, savoring the local cuisine in the lovely restaurants and cafés, visiting the Church of San Simeon Piccolo and finding a quiet bench in Papadopoli Gardens. Best of all, you’re just a casual stroll away from the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
How to Get There
Comfortable hotel, I stayed in a deluxe grand canal view room, typical of Venice the room was small, it was pleasantly furnished, and the bathroom clean with plenty of towels and toiletries and decent amount of hot water. the breakfast buffet had a fair choice, the coffee was good. The staff are friendly and helpful.
Highly recommend this hotel to anyone who appreciates comfort and convenience. We drove with friends, (as far as I know this is the ONLY hotel who offers parking) . Was a breeze to find the hotel after getting to the bus terminal. You can drive up to the hotel, where your car will be put on an elevator and taken down to the garage. Then you will be greeting with friendly staff, who checks you in. The hotel is breath taking. Beautifully renovated, and clean. Our room was on the roof top with a small balcony with a view to the Grand Canal. Rooms are spacious and bathrooms are beautiful. Breakfast has a good variety and you sit right next to the canal.
I booked this mainly as a “ transit stop” as I decided to spend my last vacation day in Venice before an early morning flight. I arrived by train so it was a short walk. I left by bus to the airport which leaves from the piazza right next to the hotel. There is also a vaporetto stop right by the hotel. Can’t imagine anything more convenient than this.
The staff was very nice to me.I arrived early and because I was leaving very early the next morning, they allowed me to have breakfast the day I arrived. They also helped me figure our transportation via bus, vaporetto etc.
My room was on the small side but adequate for
1 person for 1 night. I had a Deluxe City view which meant looking at the bus piazza! If you are there longer, might splurge on a canal view. My room was modern, pretty and clean. I thought it good value.
My only caveat is that the bridge from the train
station had lots of steps up which to lug your luggage. I did not think to arrange with the hotel for a porter but would do so in the future.
All and all this was a pleasant experience and I’d definitely stay here again, esp. if convenience is major factor.