Our Top Canal-Side Hotels

Top Picks

From the arty boutique designed by Phillipe Starck to the romantic hideaway of Ca Maria Adele, enjoy some of our top pick of canal-side hotels in Europe whilst you indulge in the rich history of each of these exquisite cities.

1. The Van Cleef - Bruges, Belgium

Perfectly situated on the Groenerei canal just five minutes walk from the enchanting city of Bruges, lies the stylish boutique, The Van Cleef. This historical hotel has been passed down for centuries by the Van Cleef family, travelling back to the eighteenth century. Retaining much of its stately grandeur, feel the intimacy and discover the exquisite memorabilia this riverside mansion has to offer, and indulge in the striking contemporary art and fabrics that surround you.

Think marble bathrooms and whirlpool baths, featuring fabrics by Missoni to Hermes Duplex suites; The Van Cleef is made up of just 15 rooms and suites, yet each one will make you feel like you’re truly harmonised with the luxurious surroundings.

Enjoy your breakfast in the magnificent Green Room surrounded by Italian crystal chandeliers, then enjoy a cocktail or two in their St Petersburg Bar located right on the canal side, absorbing some the best bar view in Bruges.


2. Palazzina - Venice, Italy

Crafted by French designer Phillipe Starck, the arty boutique of Palazzina is your perfectly luxurious canal-side stay. Start your glamorous trip by taking a water taxi directly to the hotel entrance. With spectacular views of Venice’s Grand Canal, feel instantly at home in this Venetian dream.

This marvellous boutique exhibits the deep love for Venice’s history, culture and modern life, allowing its guests to experience the true “City of the Doges” like nowhere else. Located just behind the magnificent Palazzo Grassi, take a stroll through Venice’s classic streets, enjoy the beautiful architecture and take a romantic ride on a gondola along the famous canal.

Formed of 26 unique rooms and suites, indulge in the sleek furnishings, high ceilings and Phillipe Starck’s creativity and imagination. Taste traditional Italian cuisine from the hotel’s in-house restaurant, embedded within Italy’s rich history and culture in a true gastronomical heaven.


3. Canal House - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nestled in the artistic neighbourhood of Jordaan, Amsterdam, lies the former merchant’s house, Canal House. With influences from Dutch art and history, this canal-side boutique promotes relaxation whilst reflecting the vibrant energy and vitality of the surrounding city.

Formed of 23 individually decorated rooms, indulge in the rich purple and black colour palettes, unique artwork, plush velvet curtains, silk wallpapers and traditional Dutch paintings. Hire one of the hotel’s rental bikes, follow the locals and cycle around the artistic heritage capital of Amsterdam. After a long day of exploring, retreat to the hotel’s bar and enjoy a cocktail or two whilst you take in the picturesque views of the Keizersgracht canal.

Indulge in the artistic history of the Van Gogh Museum, take an idyllic bike ride around the city and discover Amsterdam’s hidden gems. Staying at the Canal House will truly make your trip all that better, spoilt with things to do in this canal-side city.


4. Hotel Heureka - Venice, Italy

Where enchanting architecture meets modern design, Hotel Heureka encompasses the true atmosphere of Venice, a modern composition within the magic of the past. Sat next to one of the luxury lagoon canals in the lively district of the north-western Sestiere of Cannaregio, immerse yourself in the ancient and contemporary harmonisation of Venice.

Relish in the unique, multi-dimensional Italian design that has gone into this luxury boutique hotel. Formed of just ten rooms and suites with their own characters and identities, the interiors, furnishings and artwork truly capture the quintessential spirit of Venice.

Spend your days exploring the city of marble palaces built on a lagoon, the Lido beaches, the island of Murano and discover the many hidden secrets Venice has to offer. Enjoy an exclusive cocktail from the bright, flamboyant bar in the treasured garden, and let the enchanting Italian night and the charm of this magnificent hotel captivate you.

5. CasaDodici - Emilia Romagna, Italy

Situated on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, lies the historical Porto Canale harbour. Dating back to 1502, legends say that this canal in Cesenatico was designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself. With fleets of old maritime fishing boats crowding both sides of the canal and traditional restaurants and bars filling the sidewalks, find your perfect stay at the enchanting CasaDodici.

Formed of just five double bedrooms and one suite, CasaDodici have individually designed and named them after famous actors and celebrities: Sofia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin and Grace Kelly. Having gone under complete renovation, this tongue-in-cheek hotel is filled with retro design, chic furnishings, witty accents and adulterated class.

Home to the fine dining experience, 12Ristorante, taste the delicious flavours and local produce from the menus and be spoilt for choice with the selections of wines to pair with your delicious seafood dishes. Take in the picture-perfect views of the canal, indulge in the romantic setting of CasaDodici and feel at one with the incredible history of this seaside town on the Adriatic Coast.


6. Ca Maria Adele - Venice, Italy

The discovery of Venice is an endless journey, whether it is your first time in this city, or whether its magical atmosphere has called you back here once more. Nestled in the centre of Venice’s Grand Canal lies the sixteenth-century Venetian palace of Ca Maria Adele, a fifties-inspired, richly decorated home. Located in the modern art district of Venice, Dorsoduro is one of the most authentic areas in this enchanting city.

With six themed rooms, two unique suites and a luxurious penthouse apartment, the eclectic decor of this romantic canal-side boutique are all dedicated to those who celebrate love. Varying from ruby red baroque to chic Mediterranean colonial wood, feel like the “Belle of the ball” in the magical Ca Maria Adele.

Let your imagination wander like the gondolas whilst you unwind in the hotel’s Lounge Living Room, a rich relaxing space brimming with rich decor and collections of Doge’s portraits, whilst sipping the perfect cocktail or two.