Venice will always have a special place in the Nomadic Boys' hearts. It was where we celebrated one of our earlier anniversaries together as a young gay couple, visiting for a romantic weekend. And boy did we love it!
This is the place where you will want to profess your love to your significant other, on a cheesy gondola ride through the picture perfect canals, marvelling at the same buildings James Bond was blowing up in “Casino Royale“.
You can't beat Venice for its charm. It's world famous for good reason, which is why we chose to spend our first anniversary here. When researching, we stumbled on several gay friendly places to stay both in the city, and around. When choosing where to stay in Venice, it's also worth considering the area outside the city as there are more options for gay bars and clubs in Padua and Verona than in Venice itself.
Villa Gasparini: unique Venetian villa
This is one of those hidden gems you'll want to check out. It's actually located just outside the built up Venice island area in “Dolo”, around 30 minutes by bus. It is a gorgeous Venetian villa, recently refurbished, with just 15 rooms, some with a private Jacuzzi. We particularly love that they have special packages for LGBTQ travellers.
The reason we recommend this for gay travellers to Venice is because from our experience, Venice as beautiful as it is, lacks any gay hangouts. It is city mainly filled with hotels, museums, gorgeous buildings etc, but lacks much local life. For the best gay nightlife when visiting Venice, you'll want to head to either Padua or Verona, which Villa Gasparini is located near to. Therefore, staying here is ideal for not only being close to the touristic highlights in Venice, but also being close to the best gay hangouts that LGBTQ locals go to like Anima + Hot Dog Club in Padua + Lucla and Romeo'S Club in Verona.
Rooms at Villa Gasparini start from €46/$53 a night.
Cà del Nobile: affordable B&B in central Venice
If you want to be based in the heart of Venice, check out “Cà del Nobile”. It's an affordable gay friendly guesthouse, although difficult to find, located just 10 minutes walk from Piazza San Marco. They also advertise that they are gay friendly and welcoming to LGBTQ couples.
Although reviews for it are quite mixed online, if you are looking for an inexpensive place to stay in central Venice (which is an expensive city), this one's definitely worth considering.
Rooms at Cà del Nobile started from €80/$92 a night.
Hotel Alle Guglie: gay owned hotel near train station
Hotel Alle Guglie is a gay owned 3-star hotel in the Cannaregio district of Venice, which is around 15 minutes walk from Piazza San Marco. It is recommended in the Purple Roofs directory of best LGBT hotels, which we always use as starting point for researching where to stay.
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“.
Rooms at Hotel Alle Guglie start from €112/$129 a night.
Baglioni Hotel Luna: luxury spa hotel
If you want to splurge, this is the place to come. It's one of the best 5* luxury hotels in Venice, located right in the centre just off Piazza San Marco. It has its own private boat dock making it easy to reach via gondolas and water taxis. It's also close to the city's best museums, palaces, galleries and high end shops.
Staff are super welcoming and rooms are huge with lots of space. Breakfast is extensive and famous for being one of the best. Baglioni is a popular choice with couples on a honeymoon and rated as gay friendly by Lastminute.com.
Rooms at the Baglioni Hotel Luna start from €200/$230 a night.
STAY WITH A GAY LOCAL
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.
Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal: luxury hotel with canal view
Hotel Monaco is another popular luxury hotel in the centre of Venice. What we love about it are the views across the Grand Canal in the Suites. It's so gorgeous that it's also a popular wedding venue, especially same sex weddings.
Hotel Monaco is close to Piazza San Marco and the Realto Bridge. It's also near the area where you can pick up a water taxi from, making it easy to reach Burano and Murano islands, as well as the Marco Polo Airport.
Rooms at the Hotel Monaco start from €175/$200 / night.
OUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL TIPS
⭐️ TRAVEL INSURANCE — We recommend you always take out travel insurance before your next vacation. What happens if you suffer from illness, injury, theft or a cancellation? With travel insurance, you can have peace of mind and not worry. We love World Nomads travel insurance and have been using it for years. Their comprehensive coverage is second to none and their online claims process is very user friendly.
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⭐️ ONLINE ANONYMITY — A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a must in many countries: it allows you to surf anonymously and maintain your privacy whilst traveling. You'll particularly need it in countries where gay dating apps are blocked by the government. We recommend ExpressVPN, a reliable and cost effective service which we used and loved during our travels.
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⭐️ SIGHTSEEING and ADVENTURES — When we travel somewhere, we like to seek out the best experiences, whether it is cooking with locals in Bangkok, hiking on a glacier in Patagonia, or going on a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka. Our favorite place to look is GetYourGuide because they have over 30,000 highly rated activities, a user-friendly booking process with free cancellation and a 24 hour customer support.
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