Venice, Italy

Palazzo Venart

Rates from (ex tax)$357.63

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR318.60), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Sixteenth-century swag


Sophisticated Santa Croce

Not everything stands the test of time; Palazzo Venart, a 16th-century Venetian palace, is the exception that proves the rule. Antiques, artworks and marble a-go-go woo guests’ eyes; a twice-Michelin-starred chef woos their tummies. Any closer to the Grand Canal and you’d be sleeping in it – instead, stay dry, bed down in one of the palazzo’s opulent rooms and spy on the Bride of the Sea in all her watery glory from your windows. Landlubbers are also well-catered to: there are the gorgeous gardens (a real boon for Venice), for starters...

This pretty palazzo is one of the luxurious stays featured in our Italian itineraries.


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Photos Palazzo Venart facilities

Need to know


18, including four suites.


Noon; earliest check-in, noon. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $357.63 (€290), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR289.64), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude à la carte breakfast. If you book a Luxury room or suite, one-way transfer from Marco Polo Airport or Venice's train station are included.


The palace has a very distinguished history: it has housed some of the city’s most respected figures and hosted elite events and parties.

At the hotel

Gorgeous gardens; courtyard; direct access to the Grand Canal; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, desk, minibar, Etro bath products, bathrobes, slippers.

Our favourite rooms

The world’s first famous female author, Christine de Pizan, hailed from Venice; honour her memory by bedding down in the suite that shares her name. In addition to its feminist credentials, this suite has wooden wall panels, parquet flooring, swag-tastic furnishings and a cosy lounge with impressive views of the Grand Canal. For something with a more masculine heritage, opt for the Lord Byron Suite, which has a covetable parquet floor, walls clad in silk and plenty of secret thrills in store: a bath tub tucked away behind a partition by the bed, a hidden seating area where you can lounge (and read works by the famous poet, natch) and more…

Packing tips

Forgiving waistbands for maximum bigoli-consumption.


The hotel is suitable for wheelchair-users: there are lifts between communal areas and bedrooms, and two of the ground-floor Classic Rooms are step-free.


Four-legged Smiths can come too (at the general manager’s discretion) for €150 a stay; only small dogs are allowed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Venice.


Little Smiths are welcome; the hotel can lend parents cots or cribs, baby bedlinen, highchairs and booster seats. That said, it’s a very glamorous, grown-up palazzo, better suited to adults.


The hotel uses LED light bulbs, seasonal local produce and ethical suppliers. Guests can walk to the hotel from the city’s train station. Venice itself is a conscientious city, using recycled water in all its modern renovation projects.

Food and Drink

Photos Palazzo Venart food and drink

Top Table

Nab a table in the courtyard, so you can enjoy the perfumed magnolia blossom.

Dress Code

Dress for star-quality food (jeans are a no-no).

Hotel restaurant

Acclaimed chef Enrico Bartolini captains the helm at Palazzo Veneto’s Michelin-starred Glam restaurant, set in a courtyard planted with fragrant magnolia trees and overlooking the Grand Canal. Glam by name, glam by nature; expect classic Venetian cuisine jazzed up with modern updates: spaghetti with smoked eel and wild fennel; fried moeche (soft-shell crab) served with artichokes and pink sauce; risotto with porcini and curry (reported to be delicious). Enrico has garnered two Michelin stars at his previous outposts; we reckon a third is on its way.


Last orders

Dinner is served until 11pm; breakfast service stops at 10.30am.

Room service

Order from the full menu while the restaurant is open (there’s a limited service once it closes). Drinks can be requested around the clock.


Photos Palazzo Venart location
Palazzo Venart
S. Croce, 1961


Venice Marco Polo International Airport is 13km away, a 20-minute drive ( Hotel transfers are €120 each way; guests hop in a water-taxi that deposits them directly outside the hotel’s Grand Canal entrance. You could also fly into Treviso, which is a 40-minute drive away – hotel transfers from Treviso are €150, one-way.


Venice Santa Lucia station is just one kilometre from the hotel, a 10-minute drive; there are high-speed connections to other Italian cities such as Rome, Bologna, Milan and Florence. You can easily walk from the station to Palazzo Venart, as long as you’re not weighed down with Imelda Marcos-style luggage.


The hotel is 800 metres away from the main Venetian carpark, which you can access from the SR11 road from Mestre, following signs to Venezia. Be warned: parking is eye-wateringly expensive (around €50 a day)


Catch the vaporetto (water-bus) from the any stop to San Stae, which is close by, or take a water-taxi directly to the hotel's private drop-off point on the Grand Canal. When in Venice, and all that...

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel’s waterside perch makes it one of the most romantic places in the most romantic of cities. When/if you tire of unabashed romance, staff can arrange excursions to the local museums, the island of Murano (where you can learn about glass-blowing) and the historic Ghetto, the city’s original Jewish quarter. The city’s oldest bridge, the Rialto, is a short walk away, acting as a dividing line between San Marco and San Polo. Sip a bellini in Piazza San Marco, cruise in a gondola and marvel at the Palazzo Ducale. Titian is buried in 14th-century Frari Basilica in the Campo San Polo; two of his works still hang there. Sculpture-clad San Rocco is a Byzantine beauty with gilded ceilings, and Tintoretto’s brushwork adorns the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. In January and February, catch the pageantry of the Venice Carnival; modern-art maelstrom, the Venice Biennale, kicks off on 1 June (on odd-numbered years).


Local restaurants

When in Italy, it’s obligatory to eat pizza; get yours at Antico Forno on Calle de L'ogio o de la Rugheta. Tiny bacaro All’Arco opens for lunch on Saturdays (+39 041 520 5666), serving cicchetti (small plates), including a lauded baccalà mantecato (salted cod on toast). In the eponymous square, L’Osteria di Santa Marina is a locally beloved joint with a penchant for delicate seafood and a spectacular tasting menu (+39 041 528 5239; closed Sundays and Mondays). 


Local cafés

You’ll definitely need a gelato pit-stop (or two, three, four or five); bookmark Gelateria Ca' d'Oro on Strada Nova (+39 041 522 8982).

Local bars

Pause for a drink at Harry's Bar on Calle Vallaresso in San Marco. Enoteca Vineria All’Amarone has reds and whites from Veneto, Friuli and Tuscany, ranging from reasonable to wallet-crippling, with a few rare selections thrown in. Wines are available by the glass too, and tempting cicchetti are dished up on the side.


Photos Palazzo Venart reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this opulent hotel by the Grand Canal and unpacked their masks and prosecco, a full account of their Italian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palazzo Venart in Venice…

Palazzo Venart is as Venetian as canals, Carnivale and Carpaccio (the painter, that is; though we love the Italian raw-meat treat, too). The hotel is housed in a gracious 16th-century palace overlooking the Grand Canal; its distinguished building was once used for hosting dignitaries and visiting VIPs. You’ll be the ones feeling like VIPs when you stay here, thanks to courteous service from the brilliant, smartly-clad staff (this is not a hotel to slouch around in) and the extravagantly beautiful interiors that definitely haven’t heard the maxim ‘less is more’. Consider Palazzo Venart your sophisticated guide to Venice, from the Baroque decadence of its rooms and suites (each of which champions a different aspect of the city’s history), to the Venetian-cuisine restaurant run by a Michelin-approved chef. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Palazzo Venart’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The huge terrace that came with our room. Beautiful hotel and room, really friendly and helpful staff.


Stayed on 5 Feb 2018

We loved

The rooms were original and had a great history. There was a level of intuitive service, the staff were on point to know when you wanted to chat and learn and when you wanted romantic time. It was a brilliant extra that you don't find in many places. They were very accommodating around my dietary requirements also. The breakfast was outstanding and fills you up till way past lunch time. Arrive by private water taxi to get the full effect of the grand arrival. It's also one of the only two hotels in Venice to have a garden.

Don’t expect

Pomp and cermony.


Stayed on 6 Jan 2018

We loved

The decor, private jetty and the considerate management and staff.

Don’t expect

Easy access to the hotel without a water taxi


Stayed on 14 Oct 2017

We loved

Everything was exceptional; beautiful food and rooms, great service and an incredible location.

Don’t expect

Can't think of any negatives.


Stayed on 9 Jun 2017