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Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel looks unassuming from the outside, as most Venice buildings do, but it is an oasis of beauty and modernity in an antique setting. The chandeliers are absolutely beautiful and the breakfast room was lovely, offering hot and cold options. The staff were very helpful about suggesting places to eat and water taxis to take. The bathroom also had a bathtub, which is a rare find in Italy!

Communication with hotel staff while making reservations was friendly & prompt. The location on the Grand Canal & right next to the St. Stae water shuttle stop is excellent both for local public transportation and for airport transportation via Alilaguna (tickets can be purchased from a tabacchi farther down the side canal). Easy to walk past the alley that leads to the hotel -- be sure to watch your left for the very first alley. We had a lovely corner room (204) on the side canal at the back of the hotel with a lateral view of the Grand Canal/St. Stae stop. Our bathroom window faced the courtyard. A citrus-scented satchet was hanging on the door--I am normally sensitive to odors but it was pleasant & not overwhelming. Room was quiet. Beds were firmer than I like, but not uncomfortable. After a day of touring, I hardly noticed & we all slept soundly! WIFI was free. Breakfast was a good assortment of cold cuts, cheeses, rusks & breads, sweet rolls, fruit, tomatoes, yoghurts, and cereals. Breakfast staff was very friendly & accommodating. The hotels we stayed in required one key inserted into a slot in the room to keep the lights on, so if one person leaves for breakfast early or to buy tickets, etc., so two or more people definitely need more than one room key. Met with objection from the desk staff when we asked for three room keys as we had 3 in our party--however, they did give us two after discussing. Other than that slight inconvenience, everything was top notch and we would stay here again with pleasure.

Just got back from a wonderful weekend in Venice. The hotel staff were polite, helpful and attentive. Our room was very clean and a nice size, with a comfy bed and modern bathroom; a mirror in the bedroom area is needed though. We arrived by taxi onto the hotel's dock although the water bus stop is close to the hotel making it really easy to find. The walk to the Rialto and St Mark's Sq is straightforward - the water bus actually takes longer than walking to St Mark's. The hotel is far enough out to be away from the masses but still within easy walking distance of everything, with the added bonus of being in the grand canal. Glad we picked this hotel, I'd stay here again if we came back to Venice.

If you're visitnjg Venice this is just the perfect placde to stay. Being adjacent to the St Stae water taxi stop, you are on the Allilaguna route from the airport and have easy access to anywhere in Venice and out to the surrounding islands. The staff are fabulous, the decor beautiful and the whole ambience just oozes tranquility.

This hotel is right next to the San Stae stop along the canal. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast was lovely, lots to choose from. The room was beautiful! It was clean and quiet and we loved it! The location was perfect for exploring and there were some lovely restaurants nearby. We have already recommended this to others who have since stayed here and also loved it.

We were celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary, and this hotel made it extra special. The staff were very good and helpful, the breakfast was great, and there were some stunning rooms - up the main staircase. The bedroom was very clean

The hotel was located close to San Stae waterboat station (adjacent to the square). A very handy location that is not in the hub of tourist central but within minutes of it. Very handy location to get to and from the Marco Polo airport. The staff on reception were very friendly and professional. Breakfast was a buffet with scrambled eggs, boiled eggs and bacon as the hot options, the rest were standard yoghurt, cornflakes and some pastries. The hotel has Wi-Fi but it was choppy in places. The room was a comfortable size with a fairly comfortable bed. A bit on the warm side as the air conditioning wasn't on (wrong season) and the air circulation wasn't very strong. The room we had had a very thin blind covering the window between the shower and the bedroom. It's slightly awkward if you wanted privacy whilst showering because there isn't much to the blind and you can see everything. Might be a bit awkward if you're travelling with friends. The bathroom was a good size and comes equipped with shower gel and shampoo (you'll need to bring your own conditioner). The shower was disappointing. The hot water took a long time to come through (5-10 minutes) and the temperature adjusting was not very good e.g. you either have a lukewarm shower or you get scolded with boiling water. The only real complaint here for what would otherwise be an amazing hotel and a 5* rating.

1 night stay which was ideal for location, situated next to the San Stae riverboat stop (you can catch this from the train station for €7.50 or €20 for 24hrs). The hotel is clean and petite. Our room, i have to say was very disappointing. The bathroom was average, not a 4* in my opinion. The room was extremely small. A double bed which my boyfriend had to climb over to get to his side. The photos definitely make the rooms look spacious. I wouldnt pay the price anywhere else however, it is Venice! It was very warm in the room and i asked reception how to work the aircon but was told, April is the end of Winter so the aircon doesnt work.... this made a very small hot room uncomfortable. Overall, location was good but i would say theres lots of other alternatives for the price.

Booked this hotel very last minute so had not looked into it much and had only seen a few photos. We were so impressed - it was stunning and the staff were all so friendly and went out of their way to help us. This hotel was perfect as it was quiet and out of the way so we could see bits of venice you might not have walked to if staying in the main square but we were close enough to easily walk anywhere. Would highly recommend

Excellent location half way between Piazzale Roma and the Railto bridge, so easy walk to most destinations. Next to a water transport stop. Hotel overlooks the Grand Canale. Our room was comfortable and quiet with good on suite. Excellent breakfast, really set us up for the day, says continental but has delicious scrambled eggs and bacon. Staff very pleasant and helpful. The character of the old Pallazzo is still there in the grand staircase and upper sitting rooms. When we return to Venice we would have no hesitation in going back to this Hotel.

Santa Croce, San Stae, 2070 Venice VE

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Rialto Bridge and St. Mary of the Friars
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Santa Croce, Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Rialto Bridge and St. Mary of the Friars. The 41 rooms at this 4-star hotel include minibars and LCD TVs and guests can enjoy free breakfast. Located in central Venice, the hotel is also near St. Mark's Basilica and Ca' Rezzonico.


Free buffet breakfast is offered each morning. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


All of Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal's 41 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and desks. Guests can expect WiFi, wired Internet, and LCD TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Select Comfort beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

At Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and express check-in. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a gift shop.

Room options

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room, Partial View

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 765 reviews