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.
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I just spent two nights pre cruise in this hotel. The location is fantastic. We had a junior suite overlook the Grand Canal. Great view and quite. The breakfast is adequate. The reason I gave 4 star is because it is on the pricey side. But I will stay here again next time I come to Venice.
We stayed at this beautiful facility for three nights after a cruise. It exceeded our expectations with its location on the Grand Canal as well as its upscale room features which included automated shades to a huge shower with variable colored accent lighting. The breakfast buffet included fresh fruit and pastries as well as assorted meats and cheeses.
The stellar point of the hotel is its staff. They went out of their way to answer all of the many questions we had about their beautiful city. They even escorted outside to show us where we could get a gondola and to point us in the correct direction for our daily adventures.
We look forward to returning to Venice and the Santa Chiara hotel soon!
We spent one night at this hotel which is very conveniently located between Piazza Roma and the Grand Canal. We caught the airport bus so it was only a short walk to the reception from the bus stop and no bridges !!
Our room was in the annexe which is a short walk away. The room was spacious with good facilities although we wished we had booked a room in the main hotel to take more advantage of the facilities.
If we return to Venice we would definitely aim to stay here again.