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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.)

Venice - Grand Canal

ABOVE: Cheryl Imboden waves from a balcony at the Hotel Gardena, which is a few minutes on foot from airport buses and Venice's Santa Lucia railroad station.

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.

Please note:

  • Many of the links on our accommodations pages point to hotel Web pages at our affiliate partner,, which is Europe's leading secure reservations service. Rates from tend to be lower than official hotel "rack rates," and if you're lucky, the hotelier will upgrade you when a better room is available (since hoteliers know that booking sites invite their customers to rate hotels or submit reviews). represents nearly all Venice hotels, and it even has a local office in Venice.

  • The city of Venice charges a tourist tax that averages several euros per night, per person, for the first five days at a hotel, B&B, hostel, or vacation apartment. The exact amount depends on location, the class and type of accommodation, and other factors. Unlike VAT, the tax is added to your bill instead of being included in the rate. At many hotels, you'll need to pay it separately in cash, so it's a good idea to have some euros on hand when you arrive at the hotel.

  • In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many hotels will be slow to reopen, and some may remain closed permanently. To check the status of an individual hotel, click its link in our Venice Hotel Directions pages.

Next page: The best hotel and apartment locations

In this article:
Where to stay in Venice and Mestre - Introduction
The best hotel and apartment locations
Alternatives to Hotels

Quick hotel tools:
200+ Venice Hotels (Directions & Maps)
17 Hotels Closest to Cruise Ships
10 Hotels Closest to Airport Buses
43 Hotels on the Grand Canal
'How Many Bridges to Cross?' Hotel Listings
Hotels and Ground Transportation for Early-Morning Flights
More Venice hotel recommendations by area:
Piazza San Marco Hotels
Venice Marco Polo Airport Hotels
Venice Railroad Station Hotels
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
Mestre (Mainland) Hotels
Lido di Venezia Hotels

Other places to stay:
Vacation Apartments
Hostels, Camping
Treviso Hotels

Also see:
Accessible hotels in Venice

In-depth hotel reviews:
Hotel Ai Due Fanali
Hotel Alloggi Marinella
Hotel San Moisè
Luna Hotel Baglioni
Hotel Cipriani

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden has written about Venice, Italy since 1996. He covered Venice and European travel at for 4-1/2 years before launching Europe for Visitors (including Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl Imboden in 2001.

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