Murano Hotels and Restaurants
Murano, the Glass Island
ABOVE: The LaGare Hotel Venezia (right) is Murano's
first four-star hotel. We took this photo from the Murano Museo airport-boat and
vaporetto stop, which faces the hotel.
Hotels and guesthouses
Murano has several hotels that are worth considering for a final night's stay if you
have an early flight from Venice, since the
Alilaguna airport boats take only 30 minutes to cover the distance from
Murano to Marco Polo Airport. Visiting
artists and glassmakers can put a strain on Murano's limited accommodations, so
book early when possible.
LaGare Hotel Venezia
This four-star, 118-room design hotel opened in spring, 2013.
(See photo at top of page.) It's
right next to the Murano Museo waterbus stop, where Alilaguna Linea Rossa boats
from Marco Polo Airport stop on their way to the Lido and San Marco in Venice's
If you're a serious shopper, you may enjoy the convenience of hauling purchases
back to this small two-star hotel between visits to the local glass factories
and showrooms. The Soffiador has double, triple, and quad rooms with private
baths plus a bar and restaurant. (Two rooms are equipped for disabled
This hotel in the "town house suites" category is a bit cheaper than the
Soffiador but has earned favorable guest ratings. It has 26 air-conditioned
rooms with ensuite facilities, offers Wi-Fi Internet access, and serves
breakfast on a terrace in good weather. You can reach it from the Alilaguna
Linea Rossa stop at Murano Museo without crossing any bridges.
Venere guests and TripAdvisor fans give high ratings to this B&B in the island's
center. The inn is hidden away in a side street near a bridge where you'll see a
winged lion atop a stone column. From the Alilaguna Linea Blu airport-boat stop
at Colonna, you can reach the Murano Palace without crossing any bridges. (The
same boat will take you to or from the Marittima cruise terminals.)
Another possibility is the
Ca' del Pomo Grana'
or Pomegranate House B&B, which has three simply-furnished guestrooms and a
Finally, Murano has a few vacation apartments that can be rented
by the night or week. See The Comprehensive Guide to the Island of Murano
(reviewed on page 8) for
listings and descriptions.
Restaurants and cafés
ABOVE: Outdoor dining at
Busa alla Torre da Lele in early November. (The highly-regarded trattoria is
located on the Campo Santo Stefano and is popular with both locals and tourists.
Book ahead by calling +39 041 739 662.)
has a fair number of restaurants, cafés, and bars scattered along its canals,
next to the Basilica dei Santi Maria e Donato (right), and on the Campo
Santo Stefano across the canal from the San Pietro Martire church. Some
are pricey, but you can easily find snack bars, osterie, pizzerias, and gelato
parlors for every budget. Just check the menus before you go inside. For
recommendations with photos, see Michela and Nicoló Scibilia's Comprehensive
Guide to the Island of Murano.
you're really short on cash, you can buy sandwich makings, pizza by the slice,
and other snack foods at the two-story, wheelchair-accessible InCoop
supermarket and shopping center. InCoop is near the Colonna Actv boat
stop, on the fondamenta that runs south along the canal from San Pietro Martire.
If you're staying on Murano overnight, ask your hotel receptionist which
of the island's restaurants is open in the evening. (Most tourists are
day-trippers, so Murano's restaurants take turns staying open for dinner.)
Fish is sometimes sold by weight. If the menu doesn't show a fixed price,
know what you're getting (and what you'll pay) before you order.
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