With good reason, Venice is widely considered to be among the most romantic cities on the planet.
From gondola rides down impossibly narrow canals to the Bridge of Sighs and the stunning sprawl of the Grand Canal, this Italian city is sure to melt the heart of any visitor.
That’s why we chose Venice for our first-ever anniversary as a young gay couple (many many moons ago!). To this day, the city continues to captivate and charm us as nowhere else can.
Let’s be honest, it helps that Italian men are among some of the most gorgeous on the planet! Both Venice itself and surrounding cities like Padua and Verona boast numerous gay hotspots home to eager hotties with chiseled good looks and plenty of that legendary Italian charisma.
Although in many places overcrowded and overpriced, it remains possible to find awesome gay hotels in Venice. Whether you’re after a budget city center base for exploring this stunning city or seek something a little more luxurious, our guide to the five best gay-friendly hotels in Venice has got you covered!
So, without further ado, here are our five best gay hotels in Venice in what is surely one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Venice is particularly romantic in the evening. This is the best time to grab your lover and together get lost in the magical atmosphere of this magnificent city! Cheesiness aside, we also recommend booking a handsome local to guide you the way, pointing out the main sites and then having a few drinks together at one of Venice’s gay bars.
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A unique Venetian villa
Villa Gasparini is a beautiful renovated villa just outside of Venice which offers special romantic packages for gay travelers.
Why we love it
This stunning hotel is situated in a recently refurbished Venetian-style villa located in Dolo, about thirty minutes from the city center of Venice.
With just fifteen rooms, this oasis of calm and luxury offers guests a place to unwind on the spectacular Brenta Riviera. It used to be the summer residence of an aristocratic family, so you will truly feel like a Queen here!
The fully renovated historic building has fifteen exquisitely styled rooms, decked out in six different themes that span classic Venetian to ethno-chic. The decor here revolves around the allure of the masculine/feminine duality and the juxtaposition of opposites.
With that said, perhaps you are wondering why we included a hotel that’s so far from the centre in our collection of Venice hotels? Well, that’s because this gorgeous place offers special packages to LGBTQ travellers, providing a uniquely romantic experience to gay guys and girls seeking privacy and discretion. Whether it’s an intimate jacuzzi for two with a romantic Dragonfly massage, a private in-room dinner with jacuzzi therapy or a private Gondola tour with candlelit dinner in Venice, we love how Villa Gasparini takes care of their LGBTQ guests!
What’s more, we found that this is the ideal base to be close to Venice whilst being able to visit the region’s best gay nightlife such as Anima and Hot Dog Club in Padua, and Lucla and Romeo’s Club in Verona. The dreamy romantic getaway? Tick! Or a base to explore Venice and search for Mr Right? Also tick!
Misterb&b is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. Unlike on Airbnb, you know your host is gay, avoiding any nasty surprises when you check in. It is also a great way to meet gay locals and discover the underground gay scene. Click below to get 10 € (or $10) off your first booking.
Affordable B&B in central Venice
Cá del Nobile is an elegant and very gay friendly b&b in Venice
Why we love it
This reasonably priced B&B is right smack in the heart of Venice, just off Piazza San Marco. It’s located in an 18th-century building, with Baroque features and old walnut furniture making you feel oh so posh!
Cá del Nobile openly advertise that they are gay friendly and we love them for this. We found them to be extremely welcoming and respectful during our stay.
Although you’re unlikely to meet up with gay local guys in the centre of Venice, staying at such a conveniently located hotel is more suited for gay couples who want to see the greatest hits of the city before moving on to more fertile pastures such as Padua and Verona! On the other hand, you might strike it lucky and encounter some fellow gay travellers in one of Venice’s many beautiful bars and restaurants. After all, the beauty of travel lies in encountering the unknown!
For what would be classed as a budget hotel in Venice (such an expensive city!), Cá del Nobile is actually beautifully decorated and well ran. With rooms and a lobby area decked out in classic Venetian Baroque style, you can certainly live out your romantic dream here. The fact that the building is many hundreds of years old doesn’t hurt at all, with the exposed wooden beams throughout the space particularly enchanting.
The free buffet breakfast at Cá del Nobile is surprisingly good – at least by Italian standards, where often an espresso and a cigarette is considered a hearty start to the day. We filled up on plenty of local pastries, fruits and cereals as well as juices and coffee before heading off for a day of exploring this most magical of Italian cities.
Why we love it
This three-star hotel in the Cannareggio district of Venice is owned by a local gay couple and offers a stylish place to stay close to the Santa Lucia Railway station.
Highly recommended by the Purple Roofs directory of best LGBTQ-friendly hotels, Hotel Alle Guglie features rooms decked out in an elegant blend of classical Venetian and modern style, with charming views.
Gay couples staying at this hotel will feel sufficiently romantic in the sensuous rooms, which mirror the gorgeousness of the city outside. Indeed, after returning exhausted and weary from a long day’s sightseeing, who knows what could take place amid the ambient confines of a room in the Hotel Alle Guglie…
Hotel Alle Guglie is famed among guests for the quality of its coffee, which we loved to drink at all times of the day, just as the Italians do. In fact, there’s nothing that gets you ready for a day of romantic wandering around the streets, squares and canals of Venice like a strong shot or two of espresso in the morning. To tell the truth, on some mornings this was the only thing that could get us to leave the comfortable confines of our enormous double bed, which we found ourselves enjoying maybe a little too much at times!
The hotel is named after the nearby Ponte delle Guglie bridge and overlooks the Strada Nuova. It’s also close to the Casino di Cà Vendramin Calergi, the Jewish Ghetto and Palazzo Labia.
The Baglioni Hotel Luna is a high-end spot in Venice decked out in Baroque style to make guests feel like Queens!
Why we love it
This high-end spa hotel is the ideal spot for gay couples in Venice who are seeking some serious opulence from their trip. Situated just off Piazza San Marco, Baglioni Hotel Luna is in prime position for romantic explorations of this stunning city.
Rooms at Baglioni Hotel Luna are enormous and decked out in classical Baroque style, which made us feel like queens in more ways than one!
With antique furniture, Murano glass chandeliers and marble bathrooms in every room, we really felt that we were staying somewhere special during our time at Baglioni Hotel Luna.
Whilst Venice may not be the ideal playground for gay boys looking to meet Mr Right Now, the Caffé Baglioni, located inside the hotel, is a prime spot for eyeing up local talent with a touch of class. What’s more, a visit to the stunning Canova restaurant is also a must, not only for the delicious Venetian food but for the equally delicious Venetian waiters!
Another element of Baglioni Hotel Luna that we just couldn’t get enough of was the fact that this luxury hotel in Venice has its own private boat dock, making it easy to reach via gondolas and water taxis. Baglioni Hotel Luna is also close to the city’s best museums, palaces, galleries and high-end shops for those of us who just couldn’t imagine a visit to Italy without some designer indulgence.
Luxury hotel with canal view
The Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is a stunning and luxurious place to stay in the heart of Venice with amazing views
Why we love it
Another stunning luxury option in Venice is the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, which offers some of the finest views of any place to stay in the city.
Indeed, the stunning vistas from this hotel are so good that it has become a hotspot for marriages and, in particular, gay marriages. Can you imagine anything more romantic and OTT than getting married with views over Venice’s Grand Canal?!
Without a doubt, the views at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal are what separates it from other luxury Venice hotels. It is possible to spend hour after hour gazing out across this stunning city from your room or the chic terrace café bar.
The rooms at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal are as opulent as they come, with antique furniture, original frescoes, chandeliers and more, letting you know that this is a special place indeed. Views from these gorgeous Baroque rooms across the Grand Canal are among the best in Venice and make for an incredibly romantic night in.
Located near to both the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is ideally situated for those of us who just want to wander and get lost around Venice’s historical heart.
There’s plenty to do in the gorgeous Italian city of Venice
Find the best things to do while you’re visiting Venice, from romance, to fine dining to history. No matter your interests you’re sure to find something to entertain and fascinate in this beautiful city!
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