Heading to Venice with your kids and want to find a hotel that will make the stay enjoyable? You came to the right place. I have traveled to Venice with children and have been through it all. That is why I curated this list of the best family-friendly hotels and apartments in Venice.
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The Best Family-Friendly Venice Hotels In 2021
For me, family-friendly doesn’t mean that they have a little sticker on their site that says “we love kids!” It means that you as a parent will be able to relax at the hotel because it is accommodating to kids. I am not talking about the staff, Italians adore children so you will have no problem with that at any hotel in Italy.
I look for a few things when selecting a great hotel or rental property when traveling with my kids. First is space for kids to move around. That could be a rooftop, courtyard, or nearby park. I also like larger rooms so you don’t feel cramped. They may just have larger rooms or they are on the cheaper side so you can upgrade your room. A pool is also a big bonus, but you can’t find that everywhere. Traffic is a big concern for me so I avoid properties on high-traffic streets. I break that rule occasionally if the hotel is also close to a peaceful park or pedestrian area to run around.
A big tip when traveling with kids is not to overwhelm them with sightseeing if they are 7 and under. Plan three-hour activities that are less ambitious before returning to a place where they can play. You can even sight-see for longer than that if you plug in an hour playground break. And yes, there are playgrounds in Venice!
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
5 Star | €€€€ | EPIC | Family Friendly | Pool
The JW Marriott in Venice is honestly one of the most amazing destinations in Venice and a great family-friendly choice if you have a “more than healthy” budget for rooms. They about a million pools on-premises and all of them are incredible which your kids will enjoy.
Just understand that this hotel is fairly far from the main island cluster, but don’t stress too much. Traveling with kids is best done by taking things slow and understanding you may not be able to see everything.
4 Star | €€ | Pool | Cannaregio | Family Friendly | Pool
Boutique style hotel with comfortable amenities and a small pool in the courtyard! Great place for families with kids since it has a small but definitely usable pool. The courtyard is also great for kids to run around which makes this a great choice for families on a budget.
It is a pretty inexpensive, but nice hotel so you can consider using some extra shekels to upgrade your room to a larger typology.
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Cipriani, a Belmond Hotel, Venice
5 Star | €€€€+ | Giudecca | Resort Luxury | Family Friendly | Pool
The Cipriani is arguably the nicest hotel in Venice which is reflected in its price per night. You can spend over a thousand dollars for a standard room and use the hotel pool or pay a few thousand per night and have your own private soaking hot tub.
Another great choice for kids because they have TONS of room to run around, but that will come at a premium. If you have a big budget and want to feel like you’re in the action but not be in the action, this is a great choice!
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
€€€ | Giudecca | Rooftop Pool | Family Friendly | Pool
The Hilton Molino Stucky is right up my alley. First of all, I do not want to and cannot spend $400+ per night on a hotel room. It just isn’t my thing. Second, I love a good rooftop pool and the Molino Stucky gives you a “baller” luxury experience for less than you’d pay at other comparable hotels.
I also love that this hotel is in Giudecca which is not part of the main island cluster of Venice. The hotel has a private taxi that is free to hotel guests to and from St. Mark’s Square which makes staying here a solid option. This is a super tempting option when visiting Venice with a romantic partner or with the family. Basically, great for any type of traveler willing to spend a few hundred dollars per night on a room!
Palazzo Morosini Degli Spezieri
Apartments/Suites | €€€ | San Paolo | Side Canal | Family Friendly
I really like this location. Basically it is a building full of beautifully furnished apartments in Venice. Every unit has a dishwasher, oven, and other basic kitchen appliances.
Many units have balconies, living rooms, and even multiple bedrooms. This is likely where you’d find me staying if I was traveling with my wife and kids. It is perfect for families or groups that appreciate some independence.
Casin dei Spiriti
Apartments | €€ | Modern | Cannaregio | Family Friendly
Really chic apartments in Cannaregio are perfect for groups traveling together or families. While I have not personally visited this property, it appears there is a central courtyard which would be ideal for kids to run around.
These apartments are modern and cool at a great price, but quite far by foot to the main attractions like St. Mark’s Square.
Sina Centurion Palace
5 Star | €€€ | Dorsoduro | Beautiful Architecture & Modern Design
The Sina Centurion Palace is one of my favorite properties in Venice for a romantic vacation but could work with kids as well. They do an amazing job mixing classic Venetian architecture with modern design and touches. There are multiple areas for dining and lots of amazing views. It is a fantastic way to stay at a very nice hotel at a reasonably expensive price.
Staying in Dorsoduro is also a treat. You will find yourself in a part of Venice that has much less foot traffic than St. Mark’s Square but amazing views which is ideal if you have to watch over your little ones. You can easily walk to the main areas of Venice and be in St. Mark’s within 20 minutes on foot.
4 Star | €€ | Courtyard | Family Friendly
Quaint hotel in Cannaregio with everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay in Venice. The area is a bit off the beaten path which affords you some of Venice’s more local restaurants.
The hotel looks slightly dated, but the price is low enough that you can upgrade your room and surely have a nicer stay with your kids in Venice.
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Hotel Ca’ Pisani
4 Star | €€ | Dorsoduro | Deco Design
I really like the location of Hotel Ca’ Pisani which is in Dorsoduro right over the Ponte della Accademia. You’ve got great access to St. Mark’s for nighttime cocktails but you’re in a really local area with good restaurants. I also, which you may have noticed by now, really appreciate the quick access to Giudecca and San Giorgio island with the Vaporetto.
Ca’ Pisani is priced reasonably in the summer fo 2021 for what you are getting which makes it an easy “point and click” type decision. No worries on this one – go for an upgrade so you’ll be able to spread out with the children.
5 Star | €€€ | San Marco | Gaudy Luxury
Palazzina Grassi is an amazingly gaudy (which I am a fan of) and luxurious hotel in the San Marco district which makes it pretty central. Prices are extremely reasonable given the size of the rooms, decor, and general beauty of the hotel. It is in a more “local” area of San Marco because it is not terribly close to St. Mark’s Square nor the Rialto bridge so the “tourist paths” don’t cross this section.
If you want luxury and style it is an excellent choice in the mid-300s. You’ll also be in a very central part of Venice that has a local feel. If you can pick up a room with more space, it would be perfect for a trip with kids.