lgbt friendly hotels venice

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Venice Italy (2023 Updated)

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals and gay friendly hotels Venice – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.

Gay Pride Venice  is a peaceful march of LGBT people and their relatives and friends, which combines social and political protest with entertainment such as live concerts. It takes place every year in the month of June in Venice, of of the main destination of Italy. There are more than 90 daily flights from various cities of Europe to Venice  if you want to attend the parade.

Like most countries in Europe the  city of Venice has many gay bars, clubs and gay hotels.


What are the top attractions to visit in Venice?



1. Locanda Casa Querini Venice 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice


Locanda Casa Querini
Locanda Casa Querini

Locanda Casa Querini offers air-conditioned rooms in a 16th-century building, a 5-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square. You can enjoy breakfast and drinks out on the terrace.

Your room at Casa Querini features a plasma-screen TV with satellite channels, as well as a radio, minibar, and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served in your room or in the small breakfast room.

Reception is open 24-hours a day at this family-run Locanda. Staff can provide lots of tourist information and recommendations on the best places to eat in Venice.

An enthusiastic family management, the Casa Querini inn in Venice is pleased to welcome you from the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of the 6 rooms in a quiet and elegant residence in a building of the ‘500. An ideal solution for families and groups of friends looking for a convenient accommodation close to St. Mark’s Square.

Spacious rooms where you can always add a bed, with private bathroom and shower, some with views of the picturesque Campo San Giovanni Novo. With a beautiful terrace complete with umbrellas and tables where you can have breakfast or sip a good glass of Prosecco wine offered by Signora Patrizia, Casa Querini will put you gently in contact with Venice, giving you the gift of relaxation and courtesy in comfortable rooms complete with the best services.

This is an excellent, quaint hotel located on a quiet campo just a 3 minute walk to Piazza San Marco and right next door to the Murano glass factory showroom. Many wonderful cafes and restaurants nearby. Very close to all the action ( 2 – 3 minute walk to gondola rides) yet very quiet campo.

Even though it’s only 5 minutes away from the loud multitudes of St Mark’s Square, the inn is in a very quiet location. However, a number of restaurants are just around the corner too. There’s also a clean, unstaffed, albeit expensive, laundromat (Effe Erre Laundry) no more than 5 minutes away.

Location was a few minutes from St. Marks. Patricia was superb, recommending a glass demo/shop tour right in the area without having to spend 1/2 day in Murano. Room was nice, clean and restful. Breakfast offered many options besides the traditional espresso and croissant, very nice. All staff were very nice and helpful.

The hotel is located in a quiet and peaceful square just steps from St. Mark’s Square. Everything is easily walkable and the location could not be better. All of our rooms were cozy, very comfortable, and absolutely spotless. AC was available if desired, but most of us just opened the windows. The rooms were serviced daily.

The showers had plenty of hot water and excellent water pressure. The beds were very comfortable. The continental breakfast was just perfect and included various rolls, jams, cheeses, meats, cereals, and yogurt. The coffee and espresso was plentiful and excellent. There is a small breakfast room on the first floor, and you can also eat breakfast outside overlooking the square and watch the city come alive in the morning.

! The hotel also offers a recommended tour guide you can book with- Alvise- also highly recommend! Perhaps best of all was the warm welcome we always received when returning to the hotel. There was always a smile and the offer of cold water or hot coffee. We truly felt like family and cannot wait to return to Locanda Casa Querini.

Gay Friendly Hotels Venice
Gay Friendly Hotels Venice

How much does a room costs at Locanda Casa Querini Venice ?


Prices start 90$/night for Double Room.The Deluxe Room with View is 95$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Large room on the ground or first floor. Offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a plasma-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms overlook the square.

Where to book online – Locanda Casa Querini   – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice – you can find the best hotels deals in Venice during Venice Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Venice on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



2. Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice


Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati
Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati

Located just 250 m from Venice’s Saint Mark’s Square, Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati offers contemporary rooms with elegant furniture and air conditioning. A wellness and fitness area are also available.

With free WiFi throughout, each room at the Bonvecchiati is spacious and well equipped with a minibar, bathrobe and slippers and TV with satellite channels.

The property features an on-site bar that serves hot and cold snacks throughout the day. Breakfast and other meals are served at La Terrazza restaurant at a partner hotel next door.

Guests can relax in the wellness centre, available at an extra cost, which includes a Turkish bath and sauna. A free fitness area is also offered.

See why so many travelers make Palace Bonvecchiati their hotel of choice when visiting Venice. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

Rooms at Palace Bonvecchiati provide a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Palace Bonvecchiati Hotel guests have access to a concierge and room service. You can also enjoy a hot tub and free breakfast.

Close to some of Venice’s most popular landmarks, such as Scala Contarini del Bovolo (0.1 mi) and Ponte di Rialto (0.2 mi), Palace Bonvecchiati is a great destination for tourists.

Travelers looking to enjoy some tempura can head to Ristorante Alle Corone, Bacarandino, or Do Leoni. Otherwise, you may want to check out a barbeque restaurant such as Old Wild West or La Dolce Restaurant.

If you are interested in exploring Venice, check out one of the history museums, such as Museo Storico Navale, Museo d’Arte Orientale, and Museum of Icons.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Palace Bonvecchiati as you experience all of the things Venice has to offer.

The location is perfect, we took a water bus (not taxi) directly from the airport and walked for 2 minutes to get to the hotel, can’t get any easier than that (unless you can find a place with a helipad). It is close to San marco and trust me you don’t want to be too far from this area if you want to walk around at night without worrying about how to get back to your hotel.

Perfect location between St Marks & the Rialto bridge, 5 mins to the water bus but far enough away from sites to be quiet. The only time we took a water bus was to & from the airport and to see all around the island as we walked everywhere.

Our room didn’t have a canal view but they are available at higher price, our large twin room was on the side facing another building & nice & quiet. You can see canals and gondolas all over Venice!
Breakfast had a good variety and staff here were professional, pleasant and efficient.

he room cleaning service was excellent and they went to great care and effort preparing the room with the evening turn-down service, it was a real treat to return after a long day out.

The room was exceptionally spacious with great views of St Marks, the canal and the street. Breakfast was a pretty standard choice, nicely presented and freshly made as it was continually re-stocked through service. The staff provided an excellent service, and were attentive and provided everything we asked for quickly and with a smile.

The room allocated was spacious fresh and immaculate as was the roomy bathroom. The beds were very comfortable and despite the central location there was very little noise internal or external. The room staff kept the room immaculate and there was a nightly turn down service and tidy up. My only small complaint is that there only appeared to be one socket available for us to use – we had to take it in turns to charge our mobiles. Additionally the hair dryer provided in the bathroom was dated and effectively useless for a woman with thick hair. I would have used the one power point in the bedroom with the slightly better hairdryer the hotel provided on request but there was no mirror at the socket – I had to buy one at a local pharmacy. Strangely, despite the elegance of the native Venetian ladies I did not spot a single hairdressing salon – however I’m sure that Reception would have assisted if asked.

The staff were wonderful. The bespectacled gentleman on Reception could not have been more helpful and gracious assisting not only us, but an endless succession of guests, with directions, recommendations, tickets and travel arrangements. Despite long hours none of the staff lost their smiles or good humour and this created a very pleasant ambience which added greatly to our enjoyment.

Breakfast was of good quality and staff pleasant and efficient despite some demanding guests (request for ‘takeaway’ cup for coffee – it wasn’t Starbucks!)

The hotel has a superb location. It is down a little narrow street with some pleasant restaurants and lovely little shops ( fabulous leather handbags!). It backs on to its sister hotel which in turn has a Terrace backing on to the canal. The Terrace staff are very obliging and the cocktails and meal we had there one night excellent. Five minutes walk in one direction takes you to Rialto Bridge and five minutes in the other direction to San Marco. Perfect.

Aside from the great staff the other lovely thing about the hotel is it’s jetty through a door to right of reception right onto canal – so you can arrive by motorboat in style. We advance booked our travel to the hotel and were met at airport and car taxi took us for what seemed like miles to a water dock for short journey to hotel by boat. I much preferred the return journey where we shared ( at suggestion hotel – much appreciated) a water taxi all the way from the hotel door to the airport travelator. Worth every penny to see Venice behind you as you speed across the sea.

I would recommend this hotel without hesitation as the base for a visit to this incredible place.

Gay Friendly Hotels Venice
Gay Friendly Hotels Venice


How much does a room costs at Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati Venice ?


Prices start 120$/night for Superior Double Room.The Junior Suite is 230$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

With seating area and welcome chocolates. Overlooking a Venetian street or the courtyard. WiFi is free.

Where to book online – Hotel Palace Bonvecchiati   – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice – you can find the best hotels deals in Venice during Venice Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Venice on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Corte 1321 B&B Venice – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice


Corte 1321
Corte 1321

A 5-minute walk from Rialto Bridge, Corte 1321 offers a pretty courtyard where you can enjoy Venetian pastries at breakfast during summer. Rooms here include antiques from the owner’s personal collection.

The courtyard features a historic well and is filled with flowers in the warmer months. Romantic dinners can be arranged here on request. Breakfast is brought to your room during winter.

The rooms combine original features with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and Sky TV. The studio includes a kitchenette.

Corte 1321 is 200 m from the San Silvestro Vaporetto (water bus) stop. You can catch the number 1 Vaporetto to St. Mark’s Square, Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia Train Station.

Of the charming boutique hotels in Venice, Corte 1321 Bed & Breakfast stands out for the elegant but relaxed atmosphere that permeates common and guest rooms, gathered around an enchanting private courtyard. Each room is embellished with original furnishings and enhanced by rich warm colors. Our guests can choose from the selection of rooms that best fit their style. You will be welcomed into our space by a charming private courtyard filled with green plants and dotted with colored flowers.

An ancient water well and original stone pavement provide an old world feel. Table and chairs invite travellers to sit down and relax in the inner sanctum of our 15th century Venetian paradise. When weather permits, we serve a lovely continental breakfast outside with fresh fruits, breads, yogurt, cereal, cakes or pastries along with freshly brewed coffee/tea. In the colder weather, we serve this fine breakfast in your room.

A perfect place tucked away in a quiet corner and as close as you need to be to all of Venice’s other sights/transportation. Lovely breakfast in their courtyard was a nice start to our day.

The location was fantastic, tucked away by a lovely little square, yet a three minute walk to get you to the grand canal, right next to the Rialto bridge. Clear directions were provided to the property. The rooms are generously proportioned and spotlessly clean, bathrooms in particular were great.

Its lovely to take breakfast in their nice outdoor courtyard, beautiful fresh rolls and pastries were provided from a local bakery as well as cereals/fruit etc.

It is blessed with a great location in a quiet neighbourhood – 5 minute walk to the Rialto and within 20 minute walk to any location in Venice! It is done up with very tasteful interiors, clean, warm and comfortable – it is more than a B&B!

. Our favorite part was the fantastic location and the King size bed, which is unbeatable for the price. The whole place occupied a few hundred square feet of a floor in a typical 15th century Venetian building. It’s more of a bed and breakfast than a hotel, with friendly staff, a common area to sit and read, and a light breakfast of sweets and coffee every morning (we would have preferred something with protein and less sugar).

Our water taxi dropped us off at the San Silvestro stop on the Grand Canal where we wheeled our luggage train along the narrow, ancient streets. It took about 5 minutes to get to the unassuming door in a small alley off of a church square. The alley door leads to an exceptionally (and surprisingly) peaceful courtyard with a door to the rooms.

Our room overlooked the courtyard. It was spacious and clean with bathroom that boasted a big tub and standing shower.

Gay friendly hotels venice italy
Gay friendly hotels venice italy

How much does a room costs at Corte 1321 Venice ?


Prices start 120$/night for Superior Double Room.

Where to book online – Corte 1321   – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice – you can find the best hotels deals in Venice during Venice Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Venice on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



4. Hotel Arlecchino 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice


Hotel Arlecchino
Hotel Arlecchino

Overlooking a typical Venetian canal, the Arlecchino Hotel is 100 m from Piazzale Roma square, where you can find Venice’s central train and bus station, and the ferry port. Housed in a historic building, it offers elegant rooms with free WiFi.

These rooms are air conditioned and feature a satellite TV and minibar. Each has a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer, while some have canal views.

The position of Arlecchino hotel make it easy access via car/aeroplane/train or even cruise ship.hotel arlecchino is unique for the fact that it is extremely close to Piazzale roma, the entrance of Venice, making any transport of luggage,trouble free, also easy car parking,pre -arranged , if necessary by the management. Piazzale roma is also the shuttle stop for cruiseship and Venice airports. The bedrooms are all decorated in a typical venetian style with er,air conditioning private bath, hairdryer telephone , satellite tv…THE Breakfast room has windows facing into one of the typical canal.

The Hotel is less than 10 minutes walking distance from the bus stop at Piazzale Roma where the bus from the airport stops.

While the rooms, reception area and elevator are small, the location is great to start exploring Venice from. Very close to major transportation hub–could easily ride bus from airport to hub for 8 Euros. The hub for the vaporettos was a short walking distance and one could go anywhere from there. Accessible to car taxi to transfer to cruise port. Easy and safe area to explore. On corner of two canals. Bed was comfortable and breakfast buffet good.

Great choice particularly if you plan to spend a few days in Venice after your cruise disembarks (or leaves) from the Port of Venice, Convenient location to and from the Piazzale Roma, the transport gateway into Venice proper. After disembarkation find your way to the “People Mover” — 1,5 Euros (automated ticketing) for a short (3-4 minute) ride to Piazzale Roma. From there you can walk about 250 Meters to the hotel. A few short stair cases to navigate across the first Canal. In total, you can get from the ship to the hotel in under 30 minutes for 1,5 Euros per person!! Spacious rooms and EXCELLENT internet connection.

Hotel has a great breakfast, Continental +plus eggs, cold cuts, selection of cereals, yogurts, fruits etc . Well worth the 5 euros extra for breakfast.

Its a 20 – 30 meander from the hotel to San Marco square, but a wonderful way to see Venice by foot and getting lost in the Venezia maze is more than half the experience.

If you are departing Venice via air, either Marco Polo or Treviso, getting to the airport is even simpler! Back track the 250 meters to Piazzale Roma, get your tickets, board the bus and 20 minutes you are there (for Marco Polo).

We were given a good sized room with twin beds, but we were offered & preferred to change to a smaller double bedroom on the 4th floor, with both bath & shower, small but cosy, and all we needed.

We were lucky enough to have a corner room with a wonderful view, the type of view you would dream of in imagining a trip to Venice. The bathroom was very small but recently renovated and very nice. The location is also very convenient to public transportation and many restaurants.

Gay Friendly Accommodation Venice
Gay Friendly Accommodation Venice

How much does a room costs at Hotel Arlecchino Venice ?


Prices start 140$/night for Classic Double Room.The Classic Small Double Room with Canal View
 is 180$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room offers a view of a Venetian canal. With air conditioning, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.

Where to book online – Hotel Arlecchino   – Gay Friendly Accommodation Venice – you can find the best hotels deals in Venice during Venice Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Venice on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


5. Metropole Hotel – SPA & Wellness 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Venice


Metropole Hotel - SPA & Wellness
Metropole Hotel – SPA & Wellness

Set in a privileged location 350 m from Saint Mark’s Square, Metropole SPA & Wellness offers luxurious rooms with antique furnishings and fine fabrics. Offering views of the Venice Lagoon, the hotel features a contemporary restaurant, ethnic lounge bar and citrus garden.

Uniquely decorated rooms and suites have an oriental style and offer free Wi-Fi, a minibar and air-conditioning. The private bathroom includes a bathrobe, slippers and free toiletries.

The Metropole SPA & Wellness corridors are home to an eclectic collections of antique fans, tapestries and other artefacts. The garden features palm trees and a 14th-century well.

If you’re so far into planning a trip to Venice that you’ve got this far, you know that there are no inexpensive ways to experience the city. But for about the same price you can find a “cookie cutter” hotel, you can spend about the same amount and have a truly unique experience in one the city’s best establishments. Others will tell you of the Metropolis s location–it is excellent, about 200 yards from the Doge’s Palace.

Just walking around the hotel is a treat. Collections of crucifixes, fans, and other things line the walls. Each room (we saw several) is different and remind you that you’re in Venice. The rooms are neither large or small, but we were especially pleased with the baths with huge showers that were a treat in themselves. The bar was a delight, and even surprised this Louisianian with a Sazerac cocktail.

The food in the restaurant and the bar were excellent, and beautifully served. Nothing was too much trouble, whether we wanted directions, water taxi or anything else for that matter. Location was excellent as we wanted to cover as many of the 10 things directed in the guide book for Venice, particularly things like the Doge’s Palace which was awesomely beautiful. We would definitely return to this hotel, given the quality of food, cleanliness, the wonderful staff, the service and its location.

The hotel location is good, a few doors along from the Danieli and a short walk to the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s. We arrived by water taxi direct from the airport and were met at a neat little private dock on the canal on one side of the property. The Riva di Schiavoni in front of the hotel is very busy with tourists, even in March, but we discovered if we followed the passageway by the side of the hotel in less than 100 yards we were away from the noise and bustle, and could explore the real Venice in peace.

The hotel staff were friendly and welcoming, upgrading us to a suite, and arranging an excellent tour by water taxi of parts of Venice you would not otherwise see.
The hotel style is very Venetian, plush velvets, dark furniture, low-wattage light bulbs and so on, which I thought was rather fun. We had a quiet room at the back overlooking a small garden. The bed was very comfortable.

Lavish breakfast buffet was served in a lovely garden room, where one could also have coffee/drinks/snacks at other times during the day; the hotel also offered a convivial “clubby” bar, where we were toasted with a complimentary Prosecco on my birthday, and a MichelinStar restaurant.

The room was a little snug but very comfortable and the perfect temperature with the sweltering heat outside. We spent a couple of nights relaxing with cocktails in the gardens/terrace which are very attractively designed with different private areas to sit if you want some peace and quiet. We did enjoy the Oriental bar on our first evening with a good selection of beverages and the Michelin star restaurant was super with excellent wine pairings which complemented the meal. Again the staff were outstanding throughout which made our stay truly memorable.

lgbt friendly hotels venice
lgbt friendly hotels venice


How much does a room costs at Metropole Hotel – SPA & Wellness Venice ?


Prices start 280$/night for Classic Double Room.The Deluxe Double Room with Lagoon View is 530$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Overlooking the lagoon, this elegant room is decorated with antique furnishings and fine fabrics. It includes a marble or mosaic bathroom.

Where to book online – Metropole Hotel – SPA & Wellness   – LGBT Friendly Hotels Venice – you can find the best hotels deals in Venice during Venice Carnival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Venice on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.