If the Cannes Film Festival is the unofficial start of the summer cinema circuit, the Venice Film Festival is the perfect bookend. This year marks the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival and expect to see plenty of famous faces descend on the Italian city for screenings, industry events and opulent parties. If you’re lucky enough to attend the 2022 Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10, you’ll want to make sure you’re staying in perfectly glamorous accommodation. Luckily, there’s no shortage of trendy Venetian hotels, and we’ve worked hard for you and found the best places to book for the Venice Film Festival or just for your next trip to the Italian hotspot. Below, discover the luxury hotels in Venice that you’ll want to return to again and again.
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The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection hotel
Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, 2467, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
The glamorous Gritti Palace is perched just above the Grand Canal, with Instagram-worthy water views from each of the 82 rooms and suites. The historic hotel is an old-school classic that dates back to the 15th century, when it was used as a private residence, before being transformed into a luxury hotel in the 19th century. In the years since, the lavish hotel has hosted guests such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Grace Kelly, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Ernest Hemingway was so taken with the hotel that he took up residence in one of the rooms (the Presidential Suite is now named after the famous writer). There are three different dining options, plus access to the Gritti Palace epicurean school, where those interested can partake in a full local culinary experience, with demonstrations, lessons and a tour of Venetian markets. If you want to explore Venice, opt for the hotel’s Riva Yacht experience and, for the ultimate pampering moment, be sure to book a treatment at the Sisley Spa.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Giudecca 10, 30133 Venice VE, Italy
You can’t go wrong with the iconic Hotel Cipriani, which is surely one of the most famous places in the whole city. It is also one of the most private hotels, at least in terms of location, as it is located on the island of Guidecca and can be reached by private speedboat. You won’t be isolated from the rest of the festivities, however, as the 96-room hotel has its own exclusive dock near Piazza San Marco. Past guests include Princess Diana, Anne Hathaway and Steven Spielberg, as well as George and Amal Clooney. Even if you’re not a hotel guest, you can’t go to Venice without stopping for a Bellini at Cip’s Club or Bar Gabbiano, and taking a dip in the hotel’s ridiculously Instagrammable pool. If you want to indulge in a Michelin-starred dining experience, head to the 41-seat Ristorante Oro, where former Noma chef Riccardo Canella is now in charge.
Hotel Baglioni Luna
S. Marco, 1243, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
The Baglioni Hotel Luna is actually the oldest hotel in Venice; it dates back to the 12th century and is said to have once housed the Knights Templar. The 91-room hotel just reopened in March 2022 after a major renovation courtesy of design firm Spagnulo & Partners, revealing an all-new spa and modern updates like cool marble flooring and sparkling chandeliers. There are still plenty of original details, like ornate stucco walls and an 18th-century fresco on the ceiling of the Marco Polo Ballroom. In addition to the spa, the LHW member hotel also opened a new restaurant, Canova by Sadler, in May.
The St Regis Venice
S. Marco, 2159, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
The St. Regis is located just one minute from Palazzo Gritti, in a similar location on the Grand Canal. The St. Regis is actually a combination of five different palaces from the 18th and 19th centuries, which have been seamlessly integrated into a lavish hotel that is now comprised of 169 rooms, including 40 suites. Interiors are designed by Sagrada, including custom features such as restored terrazzo floors and crown moldings. There are no less than four terraces on the ground floor, and for dinner, book into Gio’s Restaurant & Garden (it has stunning views) and grab a cocktail from one of the two bars. And, of course, there’s the Iridium Spa.
Ca’ di Dio
Riva Ca’ di Dio, 2183, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
If you want a more contemporary hotel in Venice, consider Ca’ di Dio. While parts of the building date back to the 13th century, it is now a thoroughly modern hotel, which opened its doors last year, showcasing the results of a three-year renovation and redesign Courtesy by the Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. The five-star hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is located upon your arrival in the Arsenale district, where the Art Biennale is held. The 66 rooms are spread over three levels and all feature Italian-inspired design, with local fabrics and marble bathrooms. There are two main restaurants; Vero is perched above the lagoon, while Essentia is nestled in the inner courtyard.