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Yacht on Riva dei Sette Martiri

ABOVE: From the waterfront along the Bacino di San Marco, you'll have views of yachts, boat traffic, historic building, and passing cruise ships.

Hotels on St. Mark's Basin above Piazza San Marco

Hotel listings for Marittima:

Hotel listings for San Basilio
and Santa Marta:

One of Venice's liveliest spots (especially in the evening) is the long waterfront promenade that runs east from the Piazzette and the Doge's Palace. A series of broad sidewalks--each called a "Riva," or embankment--are joined by footbridges and lined with three-, four-, and five-star hotels.

From the windows of hotels along the waterfront, guests can enjoy views of vaporetti, workboats, car ferries, and cruise ships, plus the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with its church and bell tower. The Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace, and St. Mark's Basilica are only a few minutes away on foot.

Although the Marittima cruise basin is a good distance away from this neighborhood, connections are excellent: Alilaguna Blue Line airport boats  stop at the San Zaccaria and Arsenale waterbus landings on their route between Venice Marco Polo Airport and the Marittima cruise piers.

On this page, we've grouped hotels by location:

Hotels near the San Zaccaria waterbus stop:

We'll list the Riva degli Schiavoni's hotels from west to east, starting with the first hotel that you'll reach when walking along the waterfront from the Piazza San Marco:

  • photoDanieli (5 stars) is one of the most celebrated--and expensive--hotels in Venice, but it has a loyal following among guests who can afford its luxury. (The Danieli is especially popular with wealthy Americans; we once saw a dapper guest in a Western suit, Stetson hat, and cowboy boots emerge from the Danieli with his young son.) Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • Savoia & Jolanda (4 stars). If you're going to stay here, splurge on a waterfront view: You'll have an unforgettable experience and maximum value for your money. In good weather, the buffet breakfast is served on the hotel terrace. (The hotel is directly behind the Alilaguna airport-boat stop at San Zaccaria, overlooking the riva and St. Mark's Basin.) Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • Locanda VivaldiLocanda Vivaldi (4 stars, left photo) offers singles, doubles, and suites in a building that faces the water. It has extremely high guest ratings from, our booking partner. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button 

  • photoMetropole (5 stars) is a luxury hotel with spectacular views and an impressive collection of objets d'art in its public rooms. Less expensive rooms face a side canal or the hotel's private garden. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • photoLondra Palace (4 stars). Deluxe doubles and junior suites at this 53-room hotel offer views of the lagoon and San Giorgio Maggiore. The Londra Palace is affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has been featured on the Cond√© Nast Traveler Gold List. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • photoPaganelli (3 stars) has been owned by the Paganelli family since 1874, and it's spread across two buildings. Rooms in the annex face the Campo San Zaccaria ; most of the older rooms in the main building have lagoon views. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • photoWildner (3 stars) is a 16-room hotel and pensione where Henry James worked on Portrait of a Lady in 1881. If you can't afford the Danieli and haven't enough money for the Metropole, book at the Wildner--and spend the extra 30 to 40 euros for a lagoon-view room. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

If you're willing to venture inland from the waterfront, consider one of these hotels:

  • Lux (3 stars) is just off the waterfront and a minute's walk down the Calle delle Rasse, which is the second street off the Riva after the bridge where tourists stop to view the Bridge of Sighs. The Lux has one- to four-person rooms in three buildings. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • photoVilla Igea (3 stars) is a lower-priced sister property of the Savoia & Jolanda (see above). Half of the 26 rooms face the pretty church and campo of San Zaccaria , which is a few meters inland from the Riva degli Schiavoni. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • Campiello (3 stars) has one- to four-person rooms and suites, some with panoramic views or terraces. It's easy to find: Just walk along the Riva and turn left at the Hotel Savoia & Jolanda. The Campiello is behind the Savoia, on the right side of the street. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • Corte Contarina (3 stars) has ten single, double, and triple rooms in a 16th Century building where the Doges Contarina once lived. To reach the hotel, you'll need to cross the bridge at the Arsenale Canal, head down the angled Via G. Garibaldi, and turn left just before the Francesco di Paola church. The Corte Contarina is at the end of the narrow street and to the left, overlooking the Rio della Tana canal. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

Hotels near the Arsenale waterbus stop:

Arsenale is slightly east of San Zaccaria, toward the Museum of Naval History and the Biennale art exposition's park. It's a bit quieter than the San Zaccaria waterfront, even though it's only a short walk from Venice's main sites. Hotels in the vicinity include:

  • photoGabrielli Sandwirth (4 stars) is a 14th Century Venetian Gothic palace that looks like something out of a movie. And, in fact, it co-starred in Blame it on the Bellboy, a 1992 film with Richard Griffiths and Dudley Moore. The 105-room hotel has an old-fashioned Venetian decor, a walled garden, and a roof terrace with bar. In warm weather,  breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel courtyard. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • Hotel BucintoroBucintoro (4 stars) is in a wonderful location next to the Museo Storico Navale and the San Biagio church, facing the water. Often, you'll see yachts and river cruisers moored along the Riva.  The hotel has 21 rooms, all with free Wi-Fi. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

  • A Tribute to Music is a "residenza," or upscale B&B, with 13 single, double, and quad rooms. Rates are quite reasonable for a hotel in this pricey neighborhood. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

If you're willing to cross two bridges from the Arsenale boat stop, you can save money at a small three-star hotel:

  • Hotel Ca' Formenta has  14 rooms (all with free Wi-Fi). It's near the water at the foot of Via Garibaldi, a busy shopping and dining street in the Castello neighborhood. Some rooms have lagoon views. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability: button

Next page: Hotels near San Basilio (for San Basilio pier)

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