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Hotels in San Marco

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The sestiere of San Marco is a place of pilgrimage for tourists in Venice: It has the most famous monuments, the most expensive designer shops, and restaurants that range from humble (if overpriced)  pizzerie to the Hard Rock Café, Caffè Florian, and Harry's Bar.

Many visitors want to stay in San Marco for convenient access to the Piazza San Marco, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and other landmarks. The convenience argument makes sense if you're in town for only a few days and you're using Venice Marco Polo Airport for arrival and departure (since Alilaguna water buses offer frequent service between the airport and the San Marco district's Rialto, Sant'Angelo, and San Marco stops). However, if you're traveling by car, train, or a cruise ship at the San Basilio pier, you'd be better off staying in Santa Croce, Cannaregio, or Dorsoduro.

In the listings below, we've organized San Marco hotels into two groups: hotels on the waterfront (including the Grand Canal), and hotels that are located inland. Most hotels are within reasonable walking distance of an Alilaguna Linea Blu or Linea Arancia airport-boat stop. (See map.) Still, you should check locations carefully if you're traveling with heavy luggage and want to avoid the scores of footbridges that criss-cross San Marco's canals.

  • Note: Many waterfront hotels near the Piazza San Marco are on the Riva degli Schiavoni, which is just beyond the Doge's Palace in the adjacent sestiere or district of Castello. You'll find them listed on our Hotels in Castello page.

Aerial Venice Hotels by district:
Cannaregio San Marco
Castello San Polo
Dorsoduro Santa Croce

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