We'll soon be developing a new and better Venice section for our website. If any visitors have any suggestions or comments based on recent trips, we'd be glad to receive them.
In the meantime, we've done some research on the most popular hotels, based on the opinions of past guests, and here are our favourites so far:
Most five-stars in Venice have very mixed, even poor, reviews. One of the best seems to be the Luna Baglioni. Prices are high, but not as painful as some. Not all guests are happy with the room sizes but on the whole feedback is very positive.
Good options with fewer stars include:
Al Ponte dei Sospiri - small and romantic.
Palazzo Abadessa - this small hotel sounds like paradise, to judge from the rave reviews of past visitors. We can't wait to stay there ourselves.
Hotel Abbazia is close to the railway station and is praised for its friendly staff.
You can get good value-for-money at 3-star hotels which are 'town house suites' under the Italian classification system. These are usually small and lack public spaces (bars etc.), but are often more comfortable than the rating suggests:
Ca' del Campo is near St. Mark's Square, and is praised for stylish rooms, friendly staff and value for money.
La Locandiera is also in a great location near St. Mark's Square (but 'very quiet'), and has excellent feedback from guests ... we'll soon have our own review of the accommodation.
Check our Venice pages in a few weeks for much-expanded coverage of the sinking city.