Palazzo Venart, Venice: A Hidden Gem on the Grand Canal

Venice casts a magical spell on all those who visit and one of the most magical places to stay here is Palazzo Venart. A true Venice hidden gem, it’s one of the very rare hotels with a garden overlooking the Grand Canal. We recently enjoyed a stay here, making the most of the central location in Santa Croce to really get to know the city.

First Impressions of Palazzo Venart

You definitely get the wow factor, arriving at the hotel by water taxi to their own private dock. We headed through the stunning gardens to reception.

The private dock in Palazzo Venart

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It is beautifully decorated, with a marble floor and historic frescoes. Check-in was quick and easy and the friendly staff gave us some tips on what to see in Venice. Palazzo Venart offer several interesting experiences, including Damien Hirst in Venice, with tickets to the new exhibition, Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable.

Reception at Palazzo Venart, VeniceAccommodation at Palazzo Venart

Every room and suite at Palazzo Venart is different but they are all furnished with beautiful antiques. Our suite on the top floor had the most incredible view over the Grand Canal from 3 double windows.

The view from our suite at Palazzo Venart in Venice
The bed was extremely comfortable thanks to a mattress topper and the very best Egyptian cotton linens.

Bedroom in Palazzo Venart, Venice
There were all the mod cons that you need like a safe and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. There was a separate office area that came in very handy, as well as a comfy sitting room. We loved the complimentary fruit crate with its tangerines and mini bananas.

Palazzo Venart fruit
The bathroom was a sight for sore eyes, decorated with the finest Italian marble.

Bathroom at Palazzo Venart, Venice, Italy
There were luxurious Etro toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and slippers. My favourite part though was the box of treasures, designed especially for the hotel by Etro, containing useful items like a sewing kit and shower cap.

Palazzo Venart bathAround Palazzo Venart

In the past, Venetian palaces and large houses had what is known as a ‘piano nobile’. This entertaining area on the first floor is where the main reception rooms were found. At Palazzo Venart, there’s even a 19th century piano adorning one of the rooms.

19th century piano at Palazzo Venart in Venice
There’s also a good collection of books in a variety of languages for guests to borrow.

Piano Nobile at Palazzo VenartTo the rear of the property, there’s an attractive courtyard garden, adjoining GLAM Restaurant. It’s a lovely place to dine when the weather is favourable.

Courtyard at Palazzo VenartThe real draw though is the gorgeous garden overlooking the Grand Canal. It has some striking artworks by Venetian artist Anna Paola Cibin. This one is called I Leoni del Tempo or The Lions of Time, representing Venice in the past, present and future.

Artwork at Palazzo Venart
The Secret Carnival has seating inside, if you’re looking for a shady spot.

Art at Palazzo Venart in Venice
The garden leads to a private pier, flanked by these imposing stone heads.

Palazzo Venart private pier in Venice
It’s a great spot from which to watch the boats whizz past on the Grand Canal.

Time Lapse Video of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Paul has put together a nifty time lapse of the gondolas and boats whizzing past Palazzo Venart, the magnificent hotel where we recently stayed in Venice…the boy did good!

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I could happily sit here for hours!

Dock at Palazzo Venart
The great thing about Palazzo Venart is how many attractions are close to hand. Opposite the hotel, you’ll find Casinò di Venezia, the oldest casino in the world. Just a minute away there’s Palazzo Mocenigo, one of our favourite off the beaten path sights in Venice.

Dining at Palazzo Venart

GLAM Restaurant is a fantastic place to dine, with a delicious menu by Executive Chef Enrico Bartolini. He holds Michelin stars at his other Italian restaurants and it’s surely only a matter of time before GLAM receives this accolade. Breakfast at Palazzo Venart is also an impressive affair, with a wide range of dishes on offer such as expertly cooked omelettes and delicious strawberry tarts.

Breakfast at Palazzo Venart in Venice
All in all, Palazzo Venart is the perfect place to stay in Venice, away from the crowds yet close to the main sights. The food, decor and gardens will delight you and leave you longing to return!

Palazzo Venart, Calle Tron 1961, Santa Croce, 30135 Venice , Italy

Palazzo Venart, Venice
  • The hotel is really plush and I love the interiors everywhere, including the bathroom 🙂

    High speed internet is a great too, especially for travel bloggers like us! 🙂

    • The bathroom is so stylish, I could have spent all day there! We found the high-speed internet really handy

  • Oh wow that view is to die for what a find – also love your fab skirt! 🙂

  • Julie

    The decoration inside the Palazzo Venart is absolutely amazing and the piano add a romantic feeling to it. The view of the grand canal is gorgeous as well. With so many to offer and such great service, it is more like living in a royal palace.

    • We loved the piano, Paul couldn’t resist playing it! The whole place feels very palatial

  • I love those traditional Venetian hotels!

  • It looks magnificent! Venice is definitely one of the cities I would love to visit someday

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • Danni Lawson

    Love your chic suitcase! I would be spending all my time tinkling on that C19th piano, what an unusual feature. A fruit crate is unique and healthy too, a lot of thought has been put into the design of this venue.

    • The piano was really beautiful and we loved the fruit crate too, makes a change from the usual fruit bowl!

  • Girlswanderlust

    Wow this place looks amazing!! Your suite indeed has the most incredible view ever over the Grand Canal. I will definitely keep this place in mind when visiting Venice.

    • Suze

      The views really were fantastic, so good that we were able to film a time-lapse video directly from the room!

  • MelBTravel

    Oh wow Suze, this place looks absolutely beautiful. I love everything about it, arriving in the water taxi through the garden, your bedroom and the food by the executive Chef Enrico Bartolini. Can I book my ticket now?

    • Suze

      I think you should! The food was a real treat and the water taxi arrival was a great start to our stay

  • Paige Brown

    Um, you’re not kidding about that Wow Factor! That view alone would be worth staying here. I also love that the little garden leads right to the Grand Canal! And, I can’t not mention that skirt! How perfect?!

    • Suze

      The garden is such a haven from the crowds in Venice! I thought the skirt was appropriate 😉

  • We also stayed in a ‘palazzo’ when we were in Venice some years ago, but it wasn’t as luxurious as Palazzo Venart. That view alone is to die for!

    • Suze

      They’ve restored this one beautifully, no faded grandeur there! The view is just gorgeous

  • You’ve captured Palazzo Venart beautifully Suze and how wonderful that you can see Damien Hirst in exhibition too!

    • Suze

      Yes we just missed the exhibition sadly but they were setting it up so we did at least see a few of the exterior sculptures

  • I am always so jealous reading about your travels!!! I visited Venice a few years ago and I absolutely fell in love with the city! This hotel seems like a dream to spend a few nights in!

    • Suze

      It really was a great base to explore some of the less crowded parts of the city, Courtney

  • What a beautiful hidden gem in Venice! Completely agree with you – Venice casts a magical spell on all those who visit 🙂 Have a lovely weekend, Suze!

    Miriam xx

    • Suze

      You too, Miriam, I’m nursing a cold but this sunshine should help clear it

  • Hayley Rubery

    Welllllll this looks bloody WONDERFUL (LOVE that first shot of you up on the balcony!). Still can’t believe that I’ve never been to Italy (hoping to change that this Summer), this post is everything I expected of Venice, and some!

    Hayley xo

    • Suze

      Wow you really have to visit Italy! Could well be my favourite country what with the amazing food, wine, sights and people!

  • I love your skirt Suze! Looks great. I agree the bed looks super comfortable, I am a big fan of mattress toppers!

    Ash |

    • Suze

      The skirt certainly came in handy, got it before my last trip. The bed was so comfy that it was hard to get out of it in the morning!