Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal

  • City Breaks, Italy, Venice

  • 4.5

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Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal is everything you’d expect from a Venetian hotel. It’s a stunning building on the Grand Canal that dates back to the 17th Century. Head straight for the bar and grab a drink to enjoy on the terrace. You could easily sit here all day and just watch the boats and gondolas drift past. Breakfast is served on the terrace when the weather’s nice, which is a great way to start the day. The restaurant opens for dinner too so you can enjoy classic cuisine and a glass of local wine.

The hotel’s been modernised but still has a traditional Venetian feel in the rooms and public areas. Think frescoed ceilings and rich fabrics, which are offset by parquet floors and light colours. When you’re ready to get out and explore, you’ll be just a short distance from the sights. St. Mark’s Square is around the corner and you can see Rialto Bridge as soon as you leave the hotel. Don’t forget to stop by the famous Harry’s Bar for a Peach Bellini.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by water taxi from Venice Marco Polo airport.

Added value

Duration discount available between 02/12 - 28/12, 02/01 - 09/02, 22/02 - 06/04, 30/06 - 13/07, 16/07 - 31/08, 03/11 - 28/12 (min 3 night stay, not combinable)

Telephone rep service

Flights and airport transfers included

  • No. of rooms: 99
  • Official rating: 4


Classic Double Rooms have a mix of modern and classic design and come with air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi, minibar and hairdryer. They measure 21m² and can sleep up to two adults.

Superior Foglia D'oro Rooms have a modern style and can sleep two people.

Superior Triple Foglia D'oro Rooms sleeping up to three people are available on request, please call to book. 

Junior Suites sleep two adults and have plenty of space at 35m² and comfortable seating area. They are available on request, please call to book.

Exclusive Double Rooms are 24m² and can sleep up to two adults. They have have views of the San Marco bell tower and Venetian rooftops and are available on request, please call to book.

Suites are about 40m² and sleep two adults. They have an elegant bedroom and separate living room with comfy arm chairs. They are available on request, please call to book. 

Deluxe Canal View Rooms are about 23 - 25m² and sleep two people. They have beautiful views of the Grand Canal and the San Marco Basin. They are available on request, please call to book. 

Canal View Suites have panoramic views of the Maria della Salute and San Giorgio island. This bright and spacious suite has a living area with high back armchairs, tea table and antique writing desk as well as Murano glass chandelier. They are available on request, please call to book.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

Arriving in Venice by vaporetto, the skyline appears like a mirage of gleaming palaces and marbled piazzas. On closer inspection, you’ll find that it’s more like a maze – and the loveliest of places in which to get lost. St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal draw the crowds (and then some), but the most interesting finds are often the time-worn backstreets and bridges that pass pocket-sized cafés and shops hung with Venetian masks. Islands speckle the surrounding lagoon, each touting their own specialty, from Murano’s glassblowing workshops to Burano’s lace shops. Or, there’s always Venice Lido – home to Venice Film Festival.

Walk around aimlessly: getting lost in Venice

You’ll discover some of the best walks in Venice by ditching the maps and apps and seeing where your feet take you. One turn off the tourist trail are streets strung with washing lines and quiet canals dotted with bàcari – bars serving up delicious Venetian small plates called cicheti.

Cannaregio, the northernmost neighbourhood, is free of the crowds found elsewhere. Listen to the stories of the Jewish Quarter, seek out Tintoretto’s grave at the Madonna dell’Orto church, and sit on the fondamenta and watch gondoliers go by – preferably while digging into a bowl of spaghetti-like bigoli.

Exploring Venetian masterpieces

It’s little wonder that the top spots in Venice are so popular; they’re just as beautiful as rumour (and Instagram) has it. St Mark’s Basilica is a masterpiece of painted ceilings and gilded icons. The Campanile bell tower offers a bird’s eye view of the vast square below. The Grand Canal’s oldest bridge, the Rialto, arches elegantly over the water, while the baroque Bridge of Sighs is carved with solemn faces. Gallerie dell’Accademia houses masterworks and ever-revolving exhibitions by famous faces like Anish Kapoor.

One of the perks of spending a walking holiday in Venice is that you can saunter around these places when what’s left of the cruise ships have departed and the crowds have thinned. Just make sure to book your entry tickets in advance to skip any queues.

The islands and beaches of the Venetian Lagoon

Vaporetti water taxis dart between Venice’s many docks and the islands of the lagoon. Catch a boat to Murano to marvel at the masterful glass blowers or to Burano to wander canals framed by a rainbow of houses.

Venice Lido – an 11km-long sandy spit at the mouth of the lagoon – offers a total change of scenery. Hotels line the water’s edge at Lido town, the host of the Venice Film Festival. It’s been a red-carpet escape for the rich and famous for a good few hundred years, with Liberty-style hotels stacked along the beachfront. The southerly village of Alberoni is a relaxing finale. This nature reserve is heaped with sandy dunes best explored by foot or bike.

Lake Garda, Florence and Rome

Venezia Santa Lucia train station is your gateway to the rest of Veneto. Go to Treviso (20 minutes) for quieter waterways and some great chances to sample the local Prosecco. Peschiera – the southernmost town of Lake Garda – is 1.5 hours away by train, opening the Italian Lakes to water-loving wanderers. How about another city with a romantic reputation? Verona (1 hour 10 mins) and Florence (2 hours 10 mins) both make easy day trips. You can even reach Venice train station in style – by vaporetto.

Why book a summer holiday in Venice with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Venice's best activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Venice include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Private water platform

Breakfast is served in the grand dining room where you'll find a buffet of freshly baked pastries, homemade jams, cold meats and fresh fruit juices and coffee.

Grand Canal Restaurant is renowned for its inventive and luxurious dishes. The exceptional team of chefs work with local ingredients and create recipes inspired by traditional cuisine. The restaurant looks out over the Grand Canal and during the warmer months dinner can be taken out on the terrace with panoramic views of the San Marco basin and island of Guidecca.

Terrace Bar has lovely canal views and is an ideal spot for a cocktail or glass of wine before dinner.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast

Longitude: 12.3369453
Latitude: 45.432334

  • Central location in Venice on the Grand Canal
  • 150 metres to St Mark's Square 
  • 200 metres to San Marco Vallaresso waterbus station 
  • 2.5 kilometres to Venice Santa Lucia train station

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