The La Gare Hotel Venice, Italy

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I’ve always heard of Murano glass and knew about Murano Island, but didn’t realize that its namesake island off of Venice is also home to a beautiful hotel build within the ancient walls of a former Murano glass kiln.

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The Venice La Gare M Gallery Hotel, or the La Gare hotel for short, is only 10-15 minutes from Venice proper via boat shuttles or veperettos that dock right outside the entrance. Not only that, but the hotel will transport you to/from the airport or the train station as well for free, at any time between 9 am and 9 pm. I felt like a rock-star, or Monica Bellucci (in my dreams ) being zipped back and forth between the two Italian isles, while enjoying the view of the Venice canals. Honestly - we first had reservations about not being on Venice but realized after the first night, that we loved the fact that after a whole day of being in bustling, cramped and hectic Venice, returning to quiet Murano every night was actually a relief.

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Let me just say, if I could make my home one of their rooms, I’d gladly take up glass-blowing. The rooms are roomy, and the suites are beyond spacious. Their architecture and decor are subtle so that the pieces of Murano glass placed about, really capture your eye.

These are some of photos I took In Venice and in and around
the hotel - what do you think?

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Furthermore in keeping with its legacy as a Murano glass kiln, the hotel uses many original Murano art pieces in both its common areas ( just look at all the lights, chandeliers and glassware) as well in its rooms and suites.

One leisurely day we toured the Murano glass artists’ showrooms and then returned to the hotel Cafe and sat on the terrace which looks out over the Grand Canal.  A wonderful way to refresh before heading back over to Venice for the afternoon.

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The hotel also has a newly renovated wonderful wellness area that includes a turkish bath, suana  and a well-equipped fitness area. Access is at a reasonable EUR10 per person for 2 hours.“La Gare” translated from Italian to English means “the races.”  And I would urge you to race to this hotel next time you find yourself in Venice.  Better yet, make it an excuse to go visit Venice.

Murano glass is famous for glass, which at it’s basic level is transparent and unassuming, and turning it into spectacular works of art.  The La Gare Hotel on Murano Island does a similar job of taking something as basic as a place to stay while traveling, and turning the experience into something just short of art.  The subtle architecture and designs throughout the interior are punctuated by the brilliance of Murano glass touches.  The service is equally unassuming yet pervasive.  Being whisked by boat to and from Venice was practically worth the price of admission alone.



  • Claire says:

    You are definitely having the time of your life in Italy. All these pictures look really astonishing!

  • Shauna says:

    Did you also ride in the gondola along the grand Venice canal? Ahh, that would be awesome!

  • Bella says:

    So many pictures!!! I think Venice is such a romantic place. I’m gonna do that selfie at the bridge too!

  • Leigh Curtis says:

    Oh wow, looks like you really enjoyed Venice! The pictures are spectacular and the food you posted are mouth-watering. I can’t wait to spend my vacation there!

  • Arianne says:

    I’ve read books about Italy and glass-blowing but I’ve yet to see either one. How I envy you 🙂 I wanna go there real soon!

  • Mikaella says:

    La gare hotel is going to be on my list of destinations. I will make sure to ride the gondola with my better half and spend our honeymoon here. This place is marvelous!

  • Georgie Yen says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience, the beautiful pictures and your fashion tips. It sure shows that you enjoyed Italy a lot!

  • Lorelei Chung says:

    All these pictures are beautiful Heidi, thank you so much for sharing them with us.

  • Naddie says:

    Oh, I was here too, just a week ago! Looks like you enjoyed your stay there, too. Lovely experience, isn’t it?

  • Aaliyah Jane Cross says:

    I really love these pictures, you look so happy and content. I love the one where you were sitting by the window, that was an awesome shot.

  • I love your collage of photos and the trip looked amazing! 🙂 I’ve never been to Murano but it looks gorgeous. I love Italy & try to make a point of going as much as possible for the incredibly food, sites and fashion. 🙂

  • Karoline says:

    Thanks for sharing your pictures in Venice. I can see that you enjoyed your trip and I can’t help but be mesmerized by your beauty and Italy’s too.

  • Naomi S. says:

    Wow, such a lovely place and country. I would love to live there with my beau someday.

  • kianna mikaela says:

    I’ve been living in Italy for the past six years and I never regret moving here. It’s the perfect place in the world to relax and indulge. I’m glad you loved your stay here in Italia.

  • Quinn says:

    I love all these pictures you shared with us Heidi. I miss Italy. I hope to be back there soon and visit this hotel too.

  • Airish Sophia says:

    Oh, I see the canals of Venice and the beautiful islands of Murano. The pictures are splendid Heidi!

  • Carmencita says:

    Can’t help but gush over this post of yours. You were able to capture the beauty and essence of Murano and Venice. I am captivated!

  • Taylor says:

    Wow, such a splendid and marvelous city! I would love to visit Italy really soon!

  • Lizette says:

    I’ve been to Italy a couple of months ago and just like you, I didn’t want to part from it. Venice is heaven! Grand Canal is relaxing, too!

  • Kyla Adams says:

    I was with my husband when we went and visited La Gare. The hotel is brilliant and the staff are efficient,friendly and stylish. The rooms and the public areas are all good. The hotel Water Taxi makes getting around easy and fun. We could stay there forever!

  • Desiree Lynch says:

    Wow, Italy looks spectacular! I wanna go there, too!

  • MJ says:

    Amazing! This place is absolutely magnificent!

  • Justin says:

    All these photos show how lovely and happy you were in Italy. I am so jealous 🙂

  • Natalia says:

    Molto Bello, Heidi!

  • Stacey says:

    I see from the pictures that you’ve been to such beautiful places, and on the Venetian Grand Canal too. That must have been romantic..

  • Elizabeth says:

    Wow, everything about Venice looks really fantastic!

  • Phoebe Gates says:

    Looks like this is going to be my next stop and place to live in when I get to Italy next month. Thanks for sharing your adventures and the beautiful things about Venice. Love all of the pics!

  • Nicollette Maine says:

    Such a beautiful and marvelous place!! I’ll be sure to check in on that hotel when I get there soon.

  • Kashiecka says:

    Wow, what a magnificent hotel. I would love to stay there too. All these photos you shared has captured the beauty of Italy and it’s all mesmerizing!

  • Nina Ricci says:

    Looks like you had a marvelous time there. Love all the photos, so beautiful!

  • Desiree says:

    Oh the beauty of Italy.. You captured them perfectly, Heidi!

  • Lizabeth says:

    I seriously want to go there! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful photos!

  • Angelique says:

    Love love love all these pictures! You’ve convinced me to come and visit Italy really soon!!

  • Elisse Goldberg says:

    Wow! Italy indeed is breathtaking!

  • Bernadette says:

    Oh Heidi, this place is marvelous!

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