Venice hotels by Neghborhood

The sestieri districts and islands of Venice
The sestieri (neighborhoods) and major islands of Venice. That stem coming in from the upper left is Ponte della Libertà, the only physical link—road and rail—with the mainland. Giudecca, at the bottom, is technically part of Dorsoduro but in practice is a neighborhood unto itself. Murano (cut off near the top) is where they make the glass. At the right is a sliver of the Lido, a long barrier island of beaches and resort hotels. (Base map © OpenStreetMap contributors.)

How to find a hotel (or B&B, apartment, residence hotel, or hostel) in your favorite sestiere of Venice

Note that the pages the links above lead to include not just hotels, but also alternative accommodations: B&Bs, apartments, hostels, and residence hotels.


Tips, & links

Venice's neighborhoods are... tricky

As you consider these categories, keep in mind that most of these neighborhoods are vast, so while some Cannaregio hotels are on the edge of town near the train station, others are bang in the center near the Rialto Bridge.

Sometimes a place on the edge of a neighboring sestiere might actually be closer to what you want.

The best example: Piazza San Marco with its A-list sights (St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, etc.) is actually on the far eastern edge of the "San Marco" district. That means the grand hotels of the Riva degli Schiavoni (like the famous Hotel Danieli) and other hotels in western Castello might be practically next-door to the cathedral—whereas an inn in western San Marco might be a good 20-minute walk from the action on the piazza.

Lodging links
Lodging tips
  • If you're looking for a hotel near a particular sight, just go to that sight's page and, in the sidebar on the right, you'll see a list of all the nearby hotels (with "Reid Recommends" choices preceded by a little RR icon: Reid Recommends).
  • The Venice hotel tax: As of 2011, Venice began charging a Visitor Tax. This is the city's doing, and it is not a scam (just annoying). All charges are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10, and the tax is charged for stays of up to 10 days. (There are discounts: Dec-Jan, 30%; Kids aged 10-16, 50%; Stays on the Lido or other outer islands, 20%; Stays in Mestre or elsewhere on the mainland, 20%.)

    The cost breakdown is insanely complicated (varies with official clasification and rating cateogry), but general as of 2014:

    • Hotels: €1 pppn (per person per night) per star rating. (So a couple [2 people] staying three nights [2 x 3 = 6] in a four-star hotel [6 x €4 = €24] would pay an extra €24.
    • B&Bs: €3 pppn flat
    • Apartments, residences, rental rooms: €1.50–€2.50 pppn
    • Hostels/religious housing and agriturismi: €2 pppn
    • Camping: €0.10–€0.40 pppn

    Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; most properties tack it on as an extra when you check out. Just be prepared.

  • Book ahead in summer and during Carnevale: Venice is way more popular than the number of beds it has, so while in the dead of winter you can often show up and find a good place to crash easily, the best rooms (and the best-value hotels) are booked well in advance for the summer months and the two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday (when Venice breaks out the fancy dress and masks for its famed Carnevale celebrations).

    Same goes (though less so, and more at the chic and high end hotels) during the Venice Biennale art festival and the Venice Film Festival.
  • Pay extra for A/C in summer: No matter what kind of lodging you pick, if it's summer (a) try to get a room with air-conditioning and (b) even if you can't (or you can but have a hankering for some fresh air) resist the urge to open the windows to your room.

    Venice is, I believe, the primary breeding ground for the mosquito population of Southern Europe, and precious few Italian hoteliers have discovered that newfangled invention called window screens. Keep the windows shut, or prepare to be bitten.

    (Also, carry some bug spray for those romantic canalside dinners outside. Trust me.)
  • Avoid Mestre: Any hotels with an address in "Venezia-Mestre" is actually in the dull, modern, industrial suburb at the mainland end of the bridge over to the real, ancient Venice you came all this way to see. Do not stay in Mestre! You'll spend more time and money commuting each day in an out of Venice proper than you will save.
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