Venice isn’t only for couples – there are plenty of fun things to see and do with kids too. Most Venice hotels welcome children, but some are more suitable than others. Some hotels offer large family rooms, others have connecting rooms, or you can book an apartment with kitchen facilities if that’s more convenient for your brood. Whatever your budget and the ages of your kids, you’ll find something to suit in Venice.
The Westin Europa & Regina is the epitome of luxury with large spacious rooms for you and the kids
The Westin Europa & Regina
Set on the Grand Canal in the heart of the theatre district, the Westin Europa & Regina is a luxurious option housed in two adjoining 17th-century palaces. Rooms are classically decorated in relaxing cream colours and the hotel offers 50% off a connecting room for kids. Many rooms and suites also feature sitting areas with plenty of room for extra beds and cots. The concierge is happy to help arrange family-friendly activities around the city. Small dogs are also welcome and provided with a food bowl, mat and pet welcome kit.
Vaporetto: San Marco
The homely Hotel Bisanzio feels less like a hotel and more like you’re staying at an Italian family home
A short walk from Piazza San Marco, Hotel Bisanzio is a mid-range venue set in a pretty 16th-century palazzo. Its rooms are decorated in an 18th-century Venetian style with wooden floors, Murano glass lamps and exposed beams. The loft suites set over two floors and ideal for families of up to five comprise a living room with bunkbeds downstairs and a separate bedroom above, reached by an elegant staircase. Other features of the hotel include two elegant reading rooms and a bar. The hotel also offers spacious apartments with kitchenettes for up to five people in a 16th-century building just two minutes up the road.
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria
Hotel Olimpia has a beautiful garden where the kids can run around in
Close to the Piazzale Roma, the cruise ship terminal and the train station, Hotel Olimpia is set in a 16th-century building in a quiet area overlooking a canal. Traditionally decorated with 18th-century-style Venetian furniture and wooden floors, the hotel offers spacious triple and quadruple rooms. There’s also a sunny garden with loungers, a TV room, a breakfast buffet and a bar with tables overlooking Rio delle Burcielle. If you want to go cycling, there’s a bike-parking area in the garden.
Bus: Piazzale Roma
Torre dell’Orologio Suites
In an excellent location just a few metres from Piazza San Marco, close to I Mori de Venezia bell tower, the Torre dell’Orologio Suites are classy and spacious, decorated in traditional Venetian style with Murano glass and parquet floors. Family suites sleep up to five people in two bedrooms plus a sitting room. Executive suites add an extra bathroom and can sleep up to six people. All suites come with air conditioning, minibars and microwaves, and cots are available on request.
Vaporetto: San Marco
Feel right at home in these super chic rooms at Splendid Venice that lead into a family room
Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione
Set in a 16th-century former inn, Splendid Venice Venezia – Starhotels Collezione offers unfussy connecting rooms for families. On arrival your little ones will receive a welcome kit, and in their room they’ll find snacks, games, crayons and place mats. Baby equipment such as cots, playpens and buggies can be requested, as well as a games console for older kids. There are also three luxurious suites that can accommodate up to four people and include a few extras such as a free minibar and loan of a smartphone. Small pets can also be accepted by prior request.
At Al Redentore Di Venezia you can book suites that are pretty much apartments complete with a living room and dining area
Al Redentore Di Venezia
Housed in a 19th-century building, Al Redentore Di Venezia offers luxurious, spacious apartments in a quiet area on Guidecca Island, a short vaporetto ride from Venice. Apartments come in various sizes, the largest sleeping up to six people in two bedrooms and a living room. Decor is plush traditional Venetian with wooden floors; bathrooms are marble and kitchens are fully equipped. The reception desk is open from 0900 to 1600 and staff are happy to help with restaurant recommendations or booking tickets for events and excursions.
if you book a larger room at Hotel Palazzo Vitturi it comes with a twin beds for your little one
Hotel Palazzo Vitturi
Close to Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, the mid-range Hotel Palazzo Vitturi is set in a historic building overlooking the pretty Campo Santa Maria Formosa square. The 16 rooms are light and airy, with plenty of original features such as exposed ceiling beams and frescoes. Family rooms sleep up to four people and junior suites up to five. Breakfast is included in the room price, with gluten-free options available. Reception is open 24/7 and there’s a concierge service.
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria
You can have a double bed for you and a twin bed for your offspring at Hotel American Dinesen
Hotel American Dinesen
Within walking distance of Piazza San Marco, Hotel American Dinesen is a boutique hotel set in an 18th-century building close to the Grand Canal and the Academy of Fine Arts. Rooms are traditionally decorated, with triple rooms available as well as junior suites for up to four people. There’s an outdoor terrace on the second floor and a private jetty for gondolas and water taxis. Breakfast is extra.
Vaporetto: San Vio