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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Family Friendly Venice Hotels


Venice, Italy

Q: Hi! I am picking up my 16-year-old daughter from a bike trip at the end of July in Venice, Italy. I’m looking for a reasonable hotel for the two of us for two nights before we fly to Crete to join the rest of our family. Any ideas? Thanks! ~ Debbie K.

A: Hi Debbie, Wow! What an amazing summer of European adventures.

My family and I loved Venice when we visited last spring! Although the city can get a little pricey in the summer, I have a few lodging options that cover every budget range:
Venice, Italy
The picturesque canal-side entrance at Baglioni Hotel Luna
My family stayed in a fabulous boutique hotel right around the corner from San Marco Square, Baglioni Hotel Luna. It leans toward the higher price side of the scale, but the setting — it’s housed in the oldest building in Venice (the Knights of the Templar held court here in the 12th century) — and the location — steps from all the action, but tucked away on a little park, so you can avoid the tourist hordes — can’t be beat, so you’ll be able to save on water taxis and shuttles. We could hear the peal of the bells from the square in our room, which we all loved.
The fairy tale breakfast room at Baglioni Hotel Luna
They also have an elaborate breakfast (included in the room price) served in the most beautiful space I’ve ever eaten scrambled eggs in, with 18th century frescos, heirloom furnishings, and crystal chandeliers (which doesn’t stop the hotel from laying out a special chidren’s buffet with kid-pleasers such as cereals, mini muffins, and a few chocolatey treats).
Ca della Corte Venice
Charming Ca Della Corte B&B

Friends have raved about the charming B&B Ca Della Corte. It has a quiet, waterfront location, but is still only 15 minutes from San Marco Square. The inn offers a range of regular accommodations as well as large, apartment-style rooms and delicious (and free) breakfasts. (Note: For families traveling with smaller children, they offer free use of cribs, strollers, fanny packs or backpacks, and a bottle-warmer.)

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The funky lobby of Generator Venice

For a fun option that will leave you plenty of Euro for shopping (and a fun vibe that I think your daughter will love), there’s a new “upscale hostel” that has private rooms starting at just 38 Euro called Generator. It has a funky, modern feeling and occupies a former warehouse in a fantastic location on the same island, Giudecca, as the super luxe Belmond Hotel Cipriani (one of my favorite splurge hotels anywhere) and the Hilton Molino Stucky (an option to consider if you have Hilton points). Rooms have great views of San Marco, the Lido, or quiet gardens. For a teenager, it might be turn out to be her favorite spot in Venice. (One caveat: I wouldn’t recommend this spot for families with younger kids).

Happy travels!

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Photo Credit: Melissa Klurman



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