With the accent
heavily on tourism where Venice is concerned, in fact almost
totally, it is logical that there are simply hundreds if not
thousands of accommodations of all shapes, sizes, qualities
and descriptions, what with three million visitors per year
All Venice’ six sestieri (neighbourhoods) have hotels,
B&B’s and lodgings of all kinds of course, and there
is no guarantee that a pricey flash hotel in one of the tourist
hot-spots will prove to be money well spent any more than
a cheaper alternative in one of the other districts of the
city. There are undoubtedly some luxurious abodes which cater
for the well-heeled and rich and famous, set in prime locations,
but there are also many gems to be found in the city which
prove good value for many and are sound bases from which to
explore the city.
The grandest establishments are centred around the San
Marco area unsurprisingly but areas on the other side
of the Grand Canal such as San Polo, Santa Croce and Dorsoduro
have many places full of charm and comfort. It’s a more
residential side to the city but slightly further away from
the crowds and a good bet during high season.
Remember, Venice is relatively easy to get around so anywhere
in Venice is unlikely to be too much trouble to get around
and it’s a pleasure to make your way to where you want
to go by taking in the sights and sounds on foot or by boat
in any event.
Venetian accommodation has a reputation for being more expensive
generally than its counterparts elsewhere in Italy and to
class anything as a bargain is perhaps slightly ironic. This
may be due in part to the city selling itself on its name
and reputation alone but also probably due to high costs with
all deliveries and goods requiring to arrive by boat thanks
to Venice’ uniqueness.
If you are looking for a comparative ‘bargain’
still, Lido island or even Mestre on the mainland are close
enough to enjoy a decent standard of hotel for something less
than a lodging in the city, with easy access nonetheless.
Did you Know?!?
Hotel Cipriani in Venice is easily one of the world’s
most exclusive and expensive hotels. Situated on Guidecca
Island, just a short boat ride from St Mark’s, it didn’t
quite make it into Forbes magazine’s most expensive
hotel list in 2005, but would have done had meals and other
costs been factored in.
Hotel Pesaro Palace – brand new 4 star hotel in Venice
Just outside Venice we have the 5 star Hotel Villa Franceschi Mira
Foscari Palace Venice – grand canal lovely hotel in a quiet courtyard with amazing rooftop solarium!
Hotel Basilea Venice – is a cheap hotel in Venice near santa Lucia train station
Antica Casa Carettoni – cute little property again located in the budget back packer area of Venice near the station and only 10 metres from the Grand Canal!
Hotel Alcyone – boutique hotel located midway between the Rialto bridge and the square of Saint Marks.
Hotel Belle Arti – 3 star hotel with 60 plus rooms by the Accademia art gallery and Peggy Guggenheim museum