New in 2024:
Where to Stay in Venice and Mestre
Before you choose a hotel, vacation apartment, or other place to stay in Venice, read our advice--and especially our No. 1 Hotel Warning. (In a city of canals, pedestrian streets, and footbridges, location should be your top priority.)
For visitors on a tight budget, it might seem that the question of where to stay in Venice is best answered with the word "Don't."
It's true that Venice's hotels have a reputation for being more expensive than their counterparts in other Italian cities, or in the popular mainland suburb of Mestre.
There are good reasons for Venice's relatively steep hotel rates:
Every towel, bar of soap, roll of toilet paper, bag of coffee, and loaf of bread must be delivered to your Venetian hotel by handcart or boat. Sewage may be stored in an underground cesspit and removed by barge. In short, running a hotel in Venice is an expensive proposition, so it shouldn't be surprising that Venetian hotel rates aren't cheap.
Still, there is some good news: Quoted rates include VAT. Breakfast is often included, too. When it isn't, you can save on breakfast by having your coffee and croissant at the counter of a neighborhood bar or café.
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Durant Imboden has
written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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