Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Venice luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos the reviewed luxury hotels. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a San Marco, Venice luxury hotel.
The San Marco district lies in the center of Venice. Who hasn’t heard of Piazza San Marco which has been called “The drawing room of Europe”? It’s the only square in Venice to merit the name Piazza, all the others are called Campi. In the words of Wikipedia “As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and pigeons.” Given Venice’s relatively small size, you can enjoy San Marco without staying there, but you may wish to take advantage of this great location and stay in the neighborhood. For your convenience we have listed district hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Locanda Orseolo Hotel.
The Locanda Orseolo Hotel is almost right around the corner from the Piazza. This family-owned hotel faces the Orseolo Canal. There’s a quiet courtyard and each room is dedicated to a Carnevale theme. There are 12 rooms. The hotel address is Corte Zorzi off Campo San Gallo, San Marco 1083. The Locanda Orseolo website is www.locandaorseolo.com
The Hotel Novocento.
The Hotel Novocento family-run hotel is a short walk from the Piazza. Their rooms are decorated in a variety of styles. While there is no on-site fitness center, guests are welcome to use the nearby Hotel Flora’s fitness center complete with a personal trainer. Breakfast is served in the courtyard. As an extra attraction the hotel also organizes art exhibitions, giving the guests an opportunity to meet local and national artists. The hotel address is Calle del Dose, Campo San Maurizio, San Marco 2683/84 The Novecento website is www.novecento.biz
The Bauer il Palazzo Hotel.
The Bauer il Palazzo Hotel is simply luxurious. You’ll eat breakfast on Venice’s highest rooftop terrace, Il Settimo Cielo (Do you need a translation?) The terrace also boasts an outdoor hot tub and none of the 44 rooms and 38 suites are decorated the same. There’s an exercise room complete with personal trainers, a bar, and a gourmet restaurant where you can dine indoors or on the terrace. The hotel address is Campo San Moisè, San Marco 1413/d. The Bauer Il Palazzo website is www.ilpalazzovenezia.comAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto or other Italian wines.
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