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
- 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
This hotel was convenient and comfortable. We got a deluxe room with a canal view. We arrived by bus from the airport and the hotel was just across the street from the bus stop in Piazzale Roma. We checked in and the helped us to our room with our luggage. We had a great view of the Ponte della Costituzione. Hotel staff explained to keep the screen down for privacy from people walking over the bridge looking into the room. It was busy and we could hear the people on the bridge and the boats but we didn’t mind. The beds were comfy, the room was clean and modern, and had WiFi. Staff were welcoming and friendly too. Breakfast was included and there was a variety of food. We ate looking out over the canal. It was nice to eat before exploring Venice. The hotel held our bags after checkout for us. We were going on a cruise and it was a convenient place to stay and get to the cruise port. We also liked that it was close to the water bus and we got on before it got too crowded. We would stay here again if we ever return to Venice.
I almost don't want to write about this hotel as I don't want it to become even more popular and booked out when we want to return to Venice. But I have to so the management knows what a great establishment they are running.
First, the location is incredibly convenient if you're taking a cruise. It's located right in Piazzale Roma next to the airport bus (EUR8) and vaparettos. You can walk to the People Mover (EUR1.50) or luggage storage in a few minutes.
We came off the cruise in the morning and they stored our luggage and provided a map with sightseeing suggestions. Upon returning late at night, our luggage was already placed in the room, which is a nice courtesy.
We stayed in the first floor facing the bridge but the room has huge double pane windows with blackout shades so we could people watch yet also sleep in complete silence and darkness. The room is stylishly decorated and spotlessly clean. Nicely appointed with two chairs and ottomans, stereo in the bathroom, good lighted magnifying mirror, adjustable colors mood lighting in the shower, absolutely wonderful rainbath and handheld shower heads with great water pressure, capsule coffee maker and refrigerator, large mirrored wardrobe, media ports for charging, and multiple types of lighting throughout the room.
The service was professional and gracious. The bar provided ice for a sprained ankle, which was so helpful.
I've been to Venice six times and have stayed in lower and higher end hotels there but Santa Chiara has definitively become my new favorite for convenience and value.
This hotel is located right next to the only car entrance into Venice and a 3minute walk to the train! You can't beat the Location. After seeing so many people struggle to drag their suitcases over stairs I enjoyed the hotel even more.
The staff was friendly, room was trendy and comfortable and had your own coffee maker in the room.
Great place! Lovely room and great service.
Wonderful view from the room out to the Grand Canal.
Breakfast has great variety and the scrambled eggs is delicious.
Definitely worth the money with its great location.
Very rarely leave reviews but I can’t recommend this hotel enough, we enjoyed a 3 night stay here in July 2018 and would go back without any hesitation. The hotel is in an Ideal location for exploring Venice without the added effort of carrying cases across the narrow streets at check in/ check out.
Just a short walk away from the bus and train station, there are numerous options to get to and from the hotel from the airport. We had a canal view room which was spacious, perfectly clean and with a great view straight down the Grand Canal. Rooms were modern and quite obviously renovated recently including the bathroom.
Staff were brilliant and very attentive, couldn’t have asked for more from them. Breakfast was as good as any I’ve had on a B&B basis- very impressed!