Pensione Accademia: tranquil boutique hotel hideaway in Venice

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Unusual sight in Venice: a quiet canal without tourists

It is difficult to find a hotel in Venice that is quiet and private, away from the hordes of tourists who wander around the city. You have to find one that is situated on a small side canal, not overlooking a piazza as Venetian piazzas have noisy restaurants and cafes.

I found what may be the perfect little boutique hotel in the city — Pensione Accademia. A few steps away from the Gallerie de l’Accademia, a museum that houses Venetian art before the 19th century, the Pensione Accademia is also only 25 minutes away from St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. What I love about the Pensione Accademia is that it is very quiet and secluded. Housed in a 17th century villa called Villa Maravege, the hotel also has two private gardens: one in the interior courtyard filled with flowers and crawling vines and chairs where guests can relax after a long day exploring the city; and another at the entrance of the hotel along a tiny side canal without any foot traffic. The front garden by the canal is also where guests can enjoy breakfast (a buffet consisting of cereals, juices, coffee, tea, cheeses, delicious Italian charcuterie, scrambled eggs, toast, bread, croissants, sweet cakes and more).

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Front of Pensione Accademia in Venice where guests have breakfast

As you can see from the photos below, two of which were taken from my room (no. 60), it is an atmospheric place to stay.

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View from room 60 of Pensione Accademia in Venice

View from Pensione Accademia

Another view from room 60 of Pensione Accademia in Venice

Pensione Accademia view across the canal

View from room 60 in Pensione Accademia across the canal

Room 60 is the topmost room in the hotel. It is the most private and quiet because it has its own stairway so you hear no one walking down the hall. However, it is three flights of stairs up and there is no lift. I recommend Room 60 if you don’t mind walking up several flights of stairs.

Because Venice is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and there are not enough rooms in the city to house everyone who wants to stay overnight, hotels are quite aggressive in demanding upfront payment for the first night. At Pensione Accademia, they charged my credit card immediately upon my reservation, unlike hotels in other cities that only hold your credit card number and don’t actually charge your card. Note that other hotels in Venice do exactly the same so Pensione Accademia isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary for Venice.

Pensione Accademia

Dorsoduro, 1058
Venice, Italy
+39 41 5210188

How to get to the hotel: if arriving at Marco Polo airport, take the “Alilaguna” boat service and get off at Zattere. The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the Zattere stop. If there are four or more people in your party, you can hire a private water taxi by the airport.

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