Where to stay in Venice

Venice hotels, B&Bs, apartment rentals, and other places to spend the night

Venice is a monstrously expensive city—captive audience, see—and you pay a premium just to spend the night in town, listening to the canal water slap against the marble facades of Gothic palazzi outside your hotel room.

Keep in mind one thing: Prices for lodgings in Venice are high to begin with, can double in summer, and triple during Carnevale.

Annoying? Yes. Frustrating? Yes. Worth it to sleep in La Serenissima? Boy, howdy, yes.

Don't worry. It's just a matter of knowing where to look to find wonderful hotels and other places to stay in every price range.

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A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Ai Do Mori
Venice: San Marco

Reasonable rates, friendly owner, and tiny rooms just a few yards off St. Mark's Square

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Locanda Fiorita
Venice: San Marco

A Venetian palazzo getaway

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€
Casa Marco Polo Apartment
Venice: San Marco

Watch gondolas float by your private canal dock from this long, low, beamed flat sleeping 4 near the Rialto Bridge

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the residence)
€€
Residence La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

Serviced flats and suites in a 19C townhouse near La Fenice opera house

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€

Serviced apartments just a few blocks W of Piazza San Marco

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€

Modern one–, two–, and three-bedroom flats under wood beams near the Rialto Bridge in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bernardi-Semenzato
Venice: Cannaregio

The family-run Hotel Bernardi-Semenzato has made its reputation offering fine rooms packed with amenities at laughably low prices (oh: and canal views in the annex)

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€
Casa Marco Polo Apartment
Venice: San Marco

Watch gondolas float by your private canal dock from this long, low, beamed flat sleeping 4 near the Rialto Bridge

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ariel Silva
Venice: Cannaregio

A hidden and wonderfully homey hotel in Cannaregio—with great apartments, too

 
☆☆☆
A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ostello Santa Fosca
Venice: Cannaregio

A basic but comfy hostel in an historic building with a garden in the quiet Cannaregio district, but near plenty of bars and restaurants

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )

A wonderfully inexpensive apartment sleeping four in quiet Cannaregio

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€
Casa Marco Polo Apartment
Venice: San Marco

Watch gondolas float by your private canal dock from this long, low, beamed flat sleeping 4 near the Rialto Bridge

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
La Residenza
Venice: Castello

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
☆☆☆
A room with a canal view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Caneva
Venice: Castello

A cheap, one-star hotel with canal views near St. Mark's

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Pensione Guerrato
Venice: San Polo

The friendliest hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Corte Molin
Venice: San Polo

Canal views and elegant rooms at this San Polo bed and breakfast

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)

Modern one– and two-bedroom flats starting as low as €33 (not a typo) just off the Rialto market in San Polo

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Galleria
Venice: Dorsoduro

A moderately-priced room right on Venice's Grand Canal

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€

An elegantly homey 3-bedroom apartment with a proper kitchen and a garden terrace right next to the Accademia; 3N min.

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Cassiano Ca' Favretto
Venice: Santa Croce

Best views of any hotel in Venice

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&B Ca' Bonvicini
Venice: Santa Croce

A baroque-styled bed and breakfast on a canal in a quiet corner of Santa Croce

 
★☆☆
A €21 view of the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
L'Imbarcadero Hostel
Venice: Santa Croce

A cheap hostel with a Grand Canal view—no joke—near the train station

 
☆☆☆
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Ai Do Mori
Venice: San Marco

Reasonable rates, friendly owner, and tiny rooms just a few yards off St. Mark's Square

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Pensione Guerrato
Venice: San Polo

The friendliest hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Galleria
Venice: Dorsoduro

A moderately-priced room right on Venice's Grand Canal

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Locanda Fiorita
Venice: San Marco

A Venetian palazzo getaway

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Cassiano Ca' Favretto
Venice: Santa Croce

Best views of any hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Corte Molin
Venice: San Polo

Canal views and elegant rooms at this San Polo bed and breakfast

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
La Residenza
Venice: Castello

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&B Ca' Bonvicini
Venice: Santa Croce

A baroque-styled bed and breakfast on a canal in a quiet corner of Santa Croce

 
★☆☆
A €21 view of the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
L'Imbarcadero Hostel
Venice: Santa Croce

A cheap hostel with a Grand Canal view—no joke—near the train station

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)

Modern one– and two-bedroom flats starting as low as €33 (not a typo) just off the Rialto market in San Polo

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ariel Silva
Venice: Cannaregio

A hidden and wonderfully homey hotel in Cannaregio—with great apartments, too

 
☆☆☆
A room with a canal view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Caneva
Venice: Castello

A cheap, one-star hotel with canal views near St. Mark's

 
☆☆☆
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice

 
☆☆☆
A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ostello Santa Fosca
Venice: Cannaregio

A basic but comfy hostel in an historic building with a garden in the quiet Cannaregio district, but near plenty of bars and restaurants

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )

A wonderfully inexpensive apartment sleeping four in quiet Cannaregio

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the residence)
€€
Residence La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

Serviced flats and suites in a 19C townhouse near La Fenice opera house

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€

Serviced apartments just a few blocks W of Piazza San Marco

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€

Modern one–, two–, and three-bedroom flats under wood beams near the Rialto Bridge in San Marco

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€

An elegantly homey 3-bedroom apartment with a proper kitchen and a garden terrace right next to the Accademia; 3N min.

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€
Casa Marco Polo Apartment
Venice: San Marco

Watch gondolas float by your private canal dock from this long, low, beamed flat sleeping 4 near the Rialto Bridge

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bernardi-Semenzato
Venice: Cannaregio

The family-run Hotel Bernardi-Semenzato has made its reputation offering fine rooms packed with amenities at laughably low prices (oh: and canal views in the annex)

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€
Casa Marco Polo Apartment
Venice: San Marco

Watch gondolas float by your private canal dock from this long, low, beamed flat sleeping 4 near the Rialto Bridge

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bernardi-Semenzato
Venice: Cannaregio

The family-run Hotel Bernardi-Semenzato has made its reputation offering fine rooms packed with amenities at laughably low prices (oh: and canal views in the annex)

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Ai Do Mori
Venice: San Marco

Reasonable rates, friendly owner, and tiny rooms just a few yards off St. Mark's Square

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Pensione Guerrato
Venice: San Polo

The friendliest hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Galleria
Venice: Dorsoduro

A moderately-priced room right on Venice's Grand Canal

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Locanda Fiorita
Venice: San Marco

A Venetian palazzo getaway

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Cassiano Ca' Favretto
Venice: Santa Croce

Best views of any hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Corte Molin
Venice: San Polo

Canal views and elegant rooms at this San Polo bed and breakfast

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€

An elegantly homey 3-bedroom apartment with a proper kitchen and a garden terrace right next to the Accademia; 3N min.

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
La Residenza
Venice: Castello

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&B Ca' Bonvicini
Venice: Santa Croce

A baroque-styled bed and breakfast on a canal in a quiet corner of Santa Croce

 
★☆☆
A €21 view of the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
L'Imbarcadero Hostel
Venice: Santa Croce

A cheap hostel with a Grand Canal view—no joke—near the train station

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)

Modern one– and two-bedroom flats starting as low as €33 (not a typo) just off the Rialto market in San Polo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the residence)
€€
Residence La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

Serviced flats and suites in a 19C townhouse near La Fenice opera house

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€

Serviced apartments just a few blocks W of Piazza San Marco

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€

Modern one–, two–, and three-bedroom flats under wood beams near the Rialto Bridge in San Marco

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ariel Silva
Venice: Cannaregio

A hidden and wonderfully homey hotel in Cannaregio—with great apartments, too

 
☆☆☆
A room with a canal view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Caneva
Venice: Castello

A cheap, one-star hotel with canal views near St. Mark's

 
☆☆☆
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice

 
☆☆☆
A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ostello Santa Fosca
Venice: Cannaregio

A basic but comfy hostel in an historic building with a garden in the quiet Cannaregio district, but near plenty of bars and restaurants

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )

A wonderfully inexpensive apartment sleeping four in quiet Cannaregio

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bernardi-Semenzato
Venice: Cannaregio

The family-run Hotel Bernardi-Semenzato has made its reputation offering fine rooms packed with amenities at laughably low prices (oh: and canal views in the annex)

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Ai Do Mori
Venice: San Marco

Reasonable rates, friendly owner, and tiny rooms just a few yards off St. Mark's Square

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Pensione Guerrato
Venice: San Polo

The friendliest hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Galleria
Venice: Dorsoduro

A moderately-priced room right on Venice's Grand Canal

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Locanda Fiorita
Venice: San Marco

A Venetian palazzo getaway

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Cassiano Ca' Favretto
Venice: Santa Croce

Best views of any hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
La Residenza
Venice: Castello

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ariel Silva
Venice: Cannaregio

A hidden and wonderfully homey hotel in Cannaregio—with great apartments, too

 
☆☆☆
A room with a canal view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Caneva
Venice: Castello

A cheap, one-star hotel with canal views near St. Mark's

 
☆☆☆
A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Pensione Guerrato
Venice: San Polo

The friendliest hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€

An elegantly homey 3-bedroom apartment with a proper kitchen and a garden terrace right next to the Accademia; 3N min.

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€
Casa Marco Polo Apartment
Venice: San Marco

Watch gondolas float by your private canal dock from this long, low, beamed flat sleeping 4 near the Rialto Bridge

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)

Modern one– and two-bedroom flats starting as low as €33 (not a typo) just off the Rialto market in San Polo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€

Modern one–, two–, and three-bedroom flats under wood beams near the Rialto Bridge in San Marco

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ariel Silva
Venice: Cannaregio

A hidden and wonderfully homey hotel in Cannaregio—with great apartments, too

 
☆☆☆
A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )

A wonderfully inexpensive apartment sleeping four in quiet Cannaregio

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
A €21 view of the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
L'Imbarcadero Hostel
Venice: Santa Croce

A cheap hostel with a Grand Canal view—no joke—near the train station

 
☆☆☆
A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ostello Santa Fosca
Venice: Cannaregio

A basic but comfy hostel in an historic building with a garden in the quiet Cannaregio district, but near plenty of bars and restaurants

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Corte Molin
Venice: San Polo

Canal views and elegant rooms at this San Polo bed and breakfast

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&B Ca' Bonvicini
Venice: Santa Croce

A baroque-styled bed and breakfast on a canal in a quiet corner of Santa Croce

 
☆☆☆
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the residence)
€€
Residence La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

Serviced flats and suites in a 19C townhouse near La Fenice opera house

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€

Serviced apartments just a few blocks W of Piazza San Marco

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Galleria
Venice: Dorsoduro

A moderately-priced room right on Venice's Grand Canal

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Cassiano Ca' Favretto
Venice: Santa Croce

Best views of any hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Corte Molin
Venice: San Polo

Canal views and elegant rooms at this San Polo bed and breakfast

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&B Ca' Bonvicini
Venice: Santa Croce

A baroque-styled bed and breakfast on a canal in a quiet corner of Santa Croce

 
★☆☆
A €21 view of the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
L'Imbarcadero Hostel
Venice: Santa Croce

A cheap hostel with a Grand Canal view—no joke—near the train station

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
☆☆☆
A room with a canal view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Caneva
Venice: Castello

A cheap, one-star hotel with canal views near St. Mark's

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Locanda Fiorita
Venice: San Marco

A Venetian palazzo getaway

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
La Residenza
Venice: Castello

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
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€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★☆☆
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€€

Modern one–, two–, and three-bedroom flats under wood beams near the Rialto Bridge in San Marco

 
☆☆☆
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 

Lodging options in Venice

★★★
A room
Hotels
Venice

The classic Venice lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel

Go beyond Venice hotels to B&Bs, rental apartments, farm stays—even ways to sleep for free

 
★★★
B&Bs
Venice

Venice B&Bs range from knockabout pensions to classy modern mini-hotels to homey family inns

 

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Venice can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
★★☆

A residence or residenza (serviced flat) combines the space and freedom (and kitchenette) of an apartment with some hotel-like serviced (front desk, housekeeping, etc.)

 
☆☆☆
A frescoed room

You don't have to take vows of chastity and poverty or wear those itchy woolen robes to shack up in an Italian convent for as little as $30. You don't even have to be particularly religious.

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Venice

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Venice from €19 per person

 
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground)
Camping
Venice

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night in Venice

 
The Lista di Spagna, the main street leading from the train station towards the heart of Venice, is lined with cheap hotels (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to find inexpensive hotels in Venice

 

General Italy Lodgings tips

From hotel savings to better booking engines, alternative accommodations to lodging rip-offs, here is the best lodging advice around

 
There are loads of lodging options and alternative accommodations in Italy (Photo courtesy of the properties)

There are dozens of hotel alternatives, from Roman apartments to country villas, farmhouse B&Bs to residences, and campgrounds to castles. Here's how to find the lot of them.

 
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All about how I select hotels and other lodgings for this site

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel

Go beyond Venice hotels to B&Bs, rental apartments, farm stays—even ways to sleep for free

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bernardi-Semenzato
Venice: Cannaregio

The family-run Hotel Bernardi-Semenzato has made its reputation offering fine rooms packed with amenities at laughably low prices (oh: and canal views in the annex)

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Ai Do Mori
Venice: San Marco

Reasonable rates, friendly owner, and tiny rooms just a few yards off St. Mark's Square

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Pensione Guerrato
Venice: San Polo

The friendliest hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Galleria
Venice: Dorsoduro

A moderately-priced room right on Venice's Grand Canal

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Locanda Fiorita
Venice: San Marco

A Venetian palazzo getaway

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Cassiano Ca' Favretto
Venice: Santa Croce

Best views of any hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Corte Molin
Venice: San Polo

Canal views and elegant rooms at this San Polo bed and breakfast

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€

An elegantly homey 3-bedroom apartment with a proper kitchen and a garden terrace right next to the Accademia; 3N min.

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
★★★
Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★★★
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)
€€€
Casa Marco Polo Apartment
Venice: San Marco

Watch gondolas float by your private canal dock from this long, low, beamed flat sleeping 4 near the Rialto Bridge

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
La Residenza
Venice: Castello

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&B Ca' Bonvicini
Venice: Santa Croce

A baroque-styled bed and breakfast on a canal in a quiet corner of Santa Croce

 
★☆☆
A €21 view of the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
L'Imbarcadero Hostel
Venice: Santa Croce

A cheap hostel with a Grand Canal view—no joke—near the train station

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the apartment)

Modern one– and two-bedroom flats starting as low as €33 (not a typo) just off the Rialto market in San Polo

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the residence)
€€
Residence La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

Serviced flats and suites in a 19C townhouse near La Fenice opera house

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€

Serviced apartments just a few blocks W of Piazza San Marco

 
★☆☆
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€€

Modern one–, two–, and three-bedroom flats under wood beams near the Rialto Bridge in San Marco

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ariel Silva
Venice: Cannaregio

A hidden and wonderfully homey hotel in Cannaregio—with great apartments, too

 
☆☆☆
A room with a canal view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Caneva
Venice: Castello

A cheap, one-star hotel with canal views near St. Mark's

 
☆☆☆
The pools (this doesn't even show the entire campground) (Photo )
Camping Marina di Venezia
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

Venice actually does have campgrounds—and would you believe this one is right on the beach?

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Camping Miramare
Venice: Cavallino-Treporti

A quiet, cozy little campground across from the beach and a vaporetto ride away from downtown Venice

 
☆☆☆
A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )
Ostello Santa Fosca
Venice: Cannaregio

A basic but comfy hostel in an historic building with a garden in the quiet Cannaregio district, but near plenty of bars and restaurants

 
☆☆☆
 (Photo )

A wonderfully inexpensive apartment sleeping four in quiet Cannaregio

 
The Lista di Spagna, the main street leading from the train station towards the heart of Venice, is lined with cheap hotels (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to find inexpensive hotels in Venice

 
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Tips

Where to look for a cheap room in Venice

There are loads of inexpensive hotels near the train station, especially along broad Lista di Spagna, and its narrow tributary streets, which heads toward the heart of town (take a left at the bottom of the train station steps).

Hotels on the Lista itself can be noisy, but those on the side alleys stretching north (left as you head towards San Marco) are amazingly quiet, and many—especially toward the ends of these streets—overlook tree-filled gardens.

The drawback to this neighborhood: Piazza San Marco and the central sights are a hearty 30-minute hike (or vaporetto ride) away. » more

Money-saving hotel tips

There is an entire page devoted to money-saving hotel tips, but in brief they are:

  • Know where the cheap hotels are
  • Know your travel seasons
  • Shop around
  • Look into lodging alternatives
  • Learn to share the bathroom
  • Avoid paying for breakfast
  • Get a quad rather than two doubles
  • Double beds sometimescost less than two singles
  • Be sure you get price quotes with taxes included
  • Ask for the least expensive room
  • Bargain
  • Offer to pay cash

» more

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.

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.)

The Venice hotel tax

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.

The breakdown is insanely complicated, but general you pay €1 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.

Non-hotels cost a bit less: €3 flat for B&Bs; €1.50–€2.50 for most apartments and residences, etc.

Dec-Jan, you get a 30% discount across the board.

Kids aged 10-16 pay half.

Stays at hotels on the outer islands or mainland are a bit cheaper.

Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; others tack it on 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.

About the lodging star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

You will notice that all hotels, B&Bs, and other lodgingds (as well as sights and restaurants) on this site have a ReidsItaly.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

This merely indicates that I feel these accommodations offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with the official Italian hotel ratings—which have more to do with quantifiable amenities such as minibars, and not the intangibles that make a hotel truly stand out, like a combination of great location, friendly owners, nice style, and low prices.

In general, a pricier place to stay has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

This is why I give ★★★ to some (official) "two-star" hotels or B&Bs that happen to provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few (official) "four-star" properties just (★★☆).

About the lodging price brackets (€–€€€)

Accommodations rates vary wildly—even at the same hotel or B&B—depending on type of room, number of people in it, and the season.

That's why here at ReidsItaly.com we simply provde a general price range indicating the rough rate you should expect to pay for a standard double room in mid-season.

There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which lodgings are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

under €100
€€ €100–€200
€€€ over €200
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for lodging

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra
...an apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
     
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah


 

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).