Where to Stay in Venice: Best Areas & Hotels

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Venice top neighborhoods

Venice has many interesting neighborhoods to explore. Below are the top 4, all within walking distance of the Piazza San Marco.

Santa Croce and Santa Croce Vecchia

These two are close on either side of the Piazza San Marco, parts of the Strada Nova. Santa Croce Vecchia was the original name of this neighborhood, which was the original name for the city of Venice.

With nearby restaurants and nice shops and cafes.

San Polo

This one is the most popular area for Venice’s tourists. It has many luxury hotels as well as nice places to eat and shop. Based at the end of the main shopping street, this area is also one of the most lively in Venice.

Don’t get too close to the water as this is a very well known red light district.

Santa Croce

This is the smallest neighborhood of Venice, located between the San Polo neighborhood and the Castello area. It’s dominated by the church of Santa Croce. There are many beautiful churches here, and you can wander around.

This area is a bit quieter so is a good choice if you want to get away from the tourist crowds.

San Marco

The Venice city center is fairly crowded, and you will find it difficult to find a hotel outside of San Marco within the city walls. Many of the area hotels outside of San Marco are akin to a youth hostel feel. In this case, you are better off staying with your family, as they can help look after you.

However if you are not taking a family vacation, there are a few hotels outside of San Marco that are a bit nicer and are suited to solo travelers. This is especially so if you are looking for a place to stay that does not have too many amenities.

The Palazzo Hotel is located in the center of the city. The rooms are luxurious, and there is a fun rooftop swimming pool. Although this hotel does not have your standard coffee maker and television, it is one of my top recommended hotels for solo travelers who want to stay in Venice.

$$ St. Mark’s Apartment

Why Stay in the San Marco area?

Venice is well known for its amazing architecture and history. The best place to see this history is the area just north of St. Mark’s square. The area north of the canal is called San Marco, and this is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of hotels and other lodging.

This will be the most convenient location for you if you are looking to see the incredible architecture. The area to the south of St. Mark’s is known as Cannaregio, and contains the best restaurants close to St. Mark’s square. However, the boutique hotels in that area tend to be quieter and a bit more private.

Get to know San Marco a little before you arrive, and this way you will know exactly which hotels and areas to seek out.

Things to See and Do in the San Marco area

The neighborhood of San Marco is where most of Venice’s major events are concentrated. This part of Venice is the center of tourism, history, and local life.

San Marco itself has many attractions, including the Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica) and the Doge’s Palace (Ducal Palace or Palazzo Ducale), both of which are included in many of the self-guided tour programs.

A few of the other must-see sights in this area are the so-called Bridge of Sighs (also known as “L’Acquedotto di S.S.Giorgio”), where you can take a gondola ride across the canal at twilight to experience Venice’s famous “fog”. In the streets behind St. Mark’s Basilica, you’ll see many craftsmen working on their crafts that day, including elaborate goldsmithing or glasswork.

Another popular place for visitors in San Marco is the Campo San Polo, where they host free performances of the La Fenice arts festival each summer.

From San Marco, you can walk to:

Where to Stay in the San Marco area

San Marco is the best area to stay in Venice. Many hotels are located there and it’s only a short walk to the Rialto bridge.

It’s also where you’ll find Venice’s most famous attractions. The Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, and the Accademia are all within walking distance of your hotel. Some of the best hotel choices here include the Accademia Bed and Breakfast, Hotel Glorietta, and Belle Epoque.

For a bit more luxury, consider the Hilton Vienna, the Sheraton Treviso, and the Waldorf Astoria.

If you want to splurge and get a hotel that’s a little more luxurious, you can also stay in the Palazzo Cavalli. If you’re willing to pay a few extra Euro, you can enjoy the service and get great service and a luxurious stay.

The area is also great with restaurants like Sale, a seafood restaurant, and Osteria Dove, a traditional Venetian restaurant.

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.

Cannaregio

The canaregion of Venice, which is also known as Cannaregio, is the old, historic district of Venice. While it is historic itself, it is still filled with old, upscale boutiques. With breathtaking views of the city, this is perhaps the most famous area in Venice.

The trendy shops and bars are also perfect for a nice walk, but it is not for everybody. The people that live in the area are perceived to be stuck up because most of the businesses and shops are stuck in their little, narrow canals. The people that live there also don’t mind being stuck there.

In terms of accommodation, however, this is an area of Venice that you don’t want to stay in. Even though it is a popular tourist destination, prices are well beyond what they can charge for a bed in a hostel or a cheap hotel.

Why Stay in Cannaregio?

Venice …the artistic, romantic and breathtaking city of water, architecture and canals.

The breakwater along the Riva degli Schiavoni accentuates the Venetian character of this part of the city. The area is traditionally drawn to the east for the mud of the Grand Canal, or the west for the elegant waters of the Lido bordered by the same, but adding also the landmark, the big lighthouse.

This area is the perfect scenario for those who prefer to enjoy the city in a natural way: friends sitting on the outdoor terraces enjoying the breezes, while others take the boats to the Lured and the islands.

Many aspects make the area of Cannaregio a destination of great interest. First of all, the prime location on the mainland, the most central place in the city far from the constant traffic and other commotion of the sea or the city center. Second, the very environment and the proximity of Venice’s most crowded shopping streets, in fact, the commercial heart.

These factors have made the area of Cannaregio a very convenient starting point to move around the city, living in good conditions and enjoying the shopping and social side of the area. It is the heart of the commercial and entertainment zone.

Getting There

The Venice Island is located off the Adriatic Sea in Northern Italy. Its strategic position has made it a major feature on the Italian Peninsula, attracting artists, writers and a wonderful mix of people.

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but only for the few lucky people who can afford it.

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, just strolling through the grand streets, the grand palaces, and then watching the reflection of the sunset in the Lagoon is a must.

If you are not a Venice citizen, you can easily see this beautiful city by staying in a hotel in Venice Island. Hotel Venice is made for people who have the passion to see the most beautiful places in the world, hence making people like you, travel throughout the world and visit Venice.

Hotel Venice Island is one of the most selected and the most sought-after hotels in Venice, Italy. Hotel Venice Island is located on the Island of Venice, Italy. Therefore, Hotel Venice Island offers the best view of Venice, the most amazing experience.

Things to See and Do in Cannaregio

Cannaregio is one of the six districts of Venice that lie between the Grand Canal and the lagoon. It is the area of the city where Venice’s primary commercial hub is located.

This district is home to a variety of specialty shops and restaurants. The area is filled with old architecture, many small squares, and is dotted with the city’s most beautiful fountains.

A canalside park called Campo Santa Margherita is a great place to stop and take in the beautiful architecture of the city.

The area is also home to the famous Basilica di San Marco, also known as Saint Mark’s Basilica, which is the main church in Venice. If gold is your thing, be sure to visit the pro-cathedral and treasury, where you can touch and admire the intricate gold carvings in Venetian style.

One of the things you should do in Venice without a doubt is to visit the Rialto Bridge. This bridge is the longest bridge in Venice and has a variety of merchants, including some of the best gelato in the world.

This means that it’s a great place to stop after a long day of sightseeing and enjoy a little treat.

Where to Stay in Cannaregio

Cannaregio is the most typical of Venice where the average housing is old, charming, and built mainly from stone. The area has beautiful squares like San Polo with its charming palaces. Its proximity to the famous water pumps makes it very popular with water sports enthusiasts.

It’s not very touristy compared to the rest of this beautiful old town. It’s a quiet area, but it’s filled with personality and life in its own little way. The area is also great for shopping owing to the beautiful and peaceful squares and its proximity to the shopping areas of the upper-class shopping district of Campo San Stefano. Many small stores are there.

Disappointingly, there are not many hotels in the area. On the whole, the area is not very tourist friendly.

Some of the best lodging options in the area are:

  • The Hotel Paola, Cannaregio 1/4/04
  • L’Albergho de Le Volte, Cannaregio, 1/2/07
  • Hotel Alla Crocetta, Cannaregio 2/1/15
  • Hotel Calle del Traghetto, Cannaregio, 1/1/98
  • Wolf at the Piazza, Cannaregio, 1/4/05

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.

Castello

The densely packed Castello District is known for its narrow canals and tiny bridges. The area is filled with hostel type hotels, as well as some slightly upscale guest houses.

The streets are second-floor walk up, so be prepared whenever you go out for a meal. But, that said, this is one of the most popular areas and is where most of the nightlife is located. The prices for these hotels are pretty high, but the location and the atmosphere are both worth it.

The area is right along the canal and it’s easy to walk or bike around. Grab some food and enjoy the local atmosphere in this area.

You can also stay nearby in the more tourist-friendly zone (Piazza San Marco) so you don’t have to venture into the back streets unnecessarily.

Why Stay in Castello?

A stone’s throw away from the historical center of Venice, Castello has a pro-Venetian feel. From the canals to the furniture in the hotels there is no doubt that this is the place to stay in Venice for those looking for the authentic Venetian experience.

The hotels of Castello are also spacious, discretely located and very elegant, offering characteristic Venetian style in a rich setting of art and architecture.

The Casa Rossa Hotel stands out in the variety of services on offer for a family vacation. As well as welcoming guests into its welcoming rooms, the Hotel interprets the wonders of the Venice lagoon with its very own salt-works, beaches, underwater videoscope, turtle conservation project and many others.

The hotel is entirely immersed in the natural environment of the lagoon: the rooms open out onto the lagoon’s pebbly beach where tots can cool off on the water’s edge or take a plunge into the water.

A complex comprising pool, gym, sauna and a solarium, the hotel’s wellness centre is a fantastic alternative for a moment’s respite; kids will enjoy the games, and adults will return refreshed.

Things to See and Do in Castello

The Venetian hotel is considered to be one of the most historical and romantic places to guest in but it also has excellent location. The hotel has an excellent location if you want to visit the whole Venice area.

It is also easily accessible from other popular tourist destinations from the Mestre area, and the best part is that it is a short taxi ride from the airport.

Venice nightclub parties are easily accessible at this hotel. The hotel also has an excellent location for run meets, holiday parties, and stationery drives. The hotel is also nearby a couple of excellent museums and a hotel theater. The hotel also has a lot of resources if you want to study.

Castello Church

St. Lawrence

Where to Stay in Castello

Castello is located one block from Piazza San Marco, a popular area in Venice. It is a calm area located away from the crowded tourist attractions.

The Castello area is relatively quiet and residential, but it is home to many shops and cafes that are within walking distance of nearby Castello Square.

You’ll find great gelaterias filled with italian ice cream, and plenty of places to eat bars, restaurants, and cafes with the closest spots to the piazza.

There aren’t many hotels that are located in the heart of the Castello area. Many of the hotels are a little further away from the piazza as they are in the San Marco Area.

Some hotels may be located in this area, but the majority of them are in another area. There are many that will be a short walk to the San Marco area as well as the closest trains and vaporettoes which makes your stay very convenient.

Keep in mind that the Castello area is less crowded than Canal Grande and Dorsoduro, but it’s a great place to stay.

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.

San Polo & Santa Croce

Why Stay in the San Polo & Santa Croce area?

Though there are plenty of good areas to stay from the Rialto in the east to the San Polo area in the west, there are some people that consider them to be better than other areas because of the location and how quiet the streets are, making it easier to relax.

Another good reason to stay in this area is because it’s in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city! The stunning architecture of the palaces and churches in this area attract tourists from all over the world.

There are a number of hotels that are within 10 minutes’ walk from the train station. There are no major highways in the San Polo & Santa Croce area, so traffic does not disturb the peaceful surroundings. Additionally, it makes it easy for residents to get to any other part of the city.

The trams run along the main thoroughfares, stopping every couple of minutes during the day and providing connections to the rest of the city.

Things to See and Do in the San Polo & Santa Croce area

You are probably coming to Venice to see the most famous residents of the city, the resident lagoon fish. This is where you can see the biggest of the fish in their natural habitats and watch them swim. The fish market right next to the Fondaco dei Tondi is a place to go and buy fresh fish every morning. There are three old world churches in this area.

You can visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa or the Church of Santa Maria Formosa. If you are interested in Art history, you might enjoy what is known as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a building that is converted into a Museum in Venice, which is dedicated to the iconic New York art collector.

You can also consider going for a boat ride with Paolo in Venice. You can take a tour with him that will allow you to really see the city from a different perspective and you can visit places that other tour buses may not include on their tours. Paolo can customize your tour as well. He is an expert on Venice and knows a lot of fun facts about the city.

One of the most popular places to visit is the Venice Lido. You can actually stay in the Lido to eat the fresh fish or view the sunset over the ocean. If you are looking to really enjoy your meal, you might suggest that you sit out on the pier.

Where to Stay in the San Polo & Santa Croce area

The San Polo and Santa Croce area lies on the canal side of Venice and is a great place to stay in Venice. If you are looking for places to stay in Venice then this is where you will want to be. There are a few main squares that make up the San Polo area. One of the biggest and best known is the Campo Santa Maria Formosa. It is where the famous basilica San Marco is.

San Polo is also home to the Castello, a very scenic and ancient Parisian-style palace that was built in the 13th century. Its impressive castle-style drawbridges and arches that were added in 1473 have been preserved and now allows people to cross the canals of Venice to reach the Piazzetta San Marco and many other destinations.

Not far from San Polo is Rialto, the main boat station. This is where the gondolas used in Venice’s Carnival parades depart from.

Even farther north lies Castello Calletano. It houses the famous Accademia Gallery and a well-kept ruin that has been excavated. This is an amazing place to visit and to learn more about the history of Venice.

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.

Dorsoduro

District The Dorsoduro District is an area that’s local to Venice proper. The people that live here are mostly Venetians and other Italian citizens. It’s a quiet, yet developing area, and is one of the quieter areas of Venice. The area is known for being a bit pricey, but there are plenty of great places to stay right in the center. This area’s main street is a shopping haven with many stores specializing not only in Venetian goods (clothing, etc), but in other Italian goods as well. In the summer, the neighborhood hosts many events and festivals in the Piazza San Marco or the Piazza della Regina. There are many good restaurants and bars within walking distance of this area. The district also houses the Bucintoro Art Museum, which is an outdoor museum that’s free to access.

Why Stay in Dorsoduro?

Dorsoduro is often referred to as the “Venetian Biarritz” because of its high concentration of outdoor cafes and beach clubs.

Dorsoduro has a strong personality, and is proud of itself. It has a very active nightlife that is fueled by the relaxed attitude of the local community. It’s a buzzy area with a Latin vibe that makes it great for couples and a great choice for seeing the city in also on a quiet night out.

Dorsoduro lays on the east side of the canal. In the neighborhood known as “The Campiello di San Polo” (the area between San Polo and San Polo Ripa), you’ll find the best places to stay in Venice. In this section, you’ll find a great family inspired bed and breakfast, and a few restaurants that serve traditional Venetian food.

The Campiello is rich in artisanal shops and artisans. It’s the ideal neighborhood for a B&B close to the city center, yet quiet enough to enjoy the environment.

Things to See and Do in Dorsoduro

Dorsoduro is the northern most district of Venice. In the past it was the area where the rich merchants of people from all over Europe and Muslim countries would live. Some of the most famous Venetian landmarks in this part of the city include the Palazzo Mocenigo, the Palazzo Barbaro, and the Ca’Morto.

The Palazzo Mocenigo was built sometime around the year 1180, and in its day, it was one of the largest and grandest buildings in all of Venice. At its prime, it had at least 8,000 square meters.

Turks and Persians would infiltrate this area every few years and destroy large parts of the city. They would even bring exotic foods from all over the world and would build seasonal gardens, making the area even more beautiful in its heyday.

For over 200 years the Palazzo Mocenigo was under the rule of the Mocenigo family. Today, it is a luxury hotel with no longer has as many rooms as when it first opened, making it one of the best hotels to stay during your stay in Venice.

The Palazzo Barbaro is one more of the most well-preserved buildings inside of Venice. It was built sometime in the mid-15th century by the family of Giovanni Mocenigo.

Where to Stay in Dorsoduro

Both of the areas I mentioned are within walking distance to the Rialto Bridge, the train station, and the bus station. There are also many fun things to do in these areas while you are staying there.

The area around the Rialto Bridge and near the train station has the most hotels. You’ll be able to find good and affordable hotels in these areas. There are also many restaurants and cafes where you can get affordable and delicious food.

Another popular area is the Fondamenta della Misericordia. It is a pedestrian only zone with beautiful gondolas, bridges, and views of the skyline. You can also stay at the hotel this area like the Accademia, which is considered as one of the best hotels in Venice.

Renting a Gondola

Gondola rides in Venice are a must when visiting Venice.

There are many options. Consider the size of the ships. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to get on the bigger and longer-lasting ships before the smaller and much shorter-lived ones. Most boats charge by the hour, which you can discuss with the captain when you first board.

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.

Giudecca

Giudecca is a large island on the west side of the river running through Venice. Also known as the Donkey island, because the inhabitants are reputed to be too poor to afford horses, the island was a refuge for several powerful families, including doges.

In the area of Giudecca sits two of Venice’s major hotels.

Hotel Fragola

Hotel Fragola is a gorgeous Venetian palace, once the home of a wealthy noble family that was made up of "Fragola" or strawberry. Once a home for the Doge of Venice, the Fragola Palace is now a magnificent hotel and restaurant overlooking the Giudecca canal and San Marco square.

The interior of the palace’s vast halls is adorned with richly embellished marbles, mirrors, and fountains and filled with period baroque furnishings. Afternoon tea served in the upstairs ballroom is an elegant way to end a long day of sightseeing.

Grand Hotel Europa

Grand Hotel Europa is located north of San Marco Square and is considered one of Venice’s grandest hotels.

Why Stay in Giudecca?

Why Not?

Giudecca is a Venetian neighborhood on the Western end of the island. It is a small area and it can be difficult to find space to park there. However, if you have a water taxi to the island and can park where you like, the price is not too bad.

The area that is worth visiting is actually quite small and the great thing about it being small is the atmosphere. There are no noisy parties or security guards yelling at you to keep the noise down.

Also, the area is great for romantic restaurants with a view of the Venice lagoon. The nearest lagoon side beaches are a 10 to 15 minute walk from the main square in the center of the area.

Those who prefer to live close to the awesomeness that is Venice lagoon life but within walking distance to excellent restaurants, stores and the water’s edge will love the neighborhoods of Venice Giudecca.

Cannaregio is the closest neighborhood to Venice Lagoon, and is a great place to stay in Venice. It is a beautiful, historic neighborhood surrounded by canals and accessed either directly by bridge or boat.

It is closest to the Piazza San Marco and the train station. It is also a busy area with shopping and dining many close by.

Things to See and Do in Giudecca

You’ve been to Venice now and you’re tired and possibly hungover from all the excitement. You may have a harsh hangover in the morning and because of that sickness in the first few days, you may not want to go out again tonight. For those reasons, I would never recommend staying anywhere on Giudecca (the Venice side of the Grand Canal).

The nightlife on Giudecca is not very exciting. To be honest, the whole area is a bit tacky for my taste. The last place I would stay in Venice, in fact.

I would recommend your night to be in Venice or Murano. Murano is the island where Venetian glass making was born (more on that in Chapter 10) and is still going strong. Both places have their unique romance and history and are more romantic than Giudecca.

If you want a romantic place to stay in Venice, I would not recommend staying anywhere that is near to the train station. The reason being that there are many people taking the train into Venice and they usually stay at the station`s hotels.

Venice is not safe at night and the people coming into the city will be of the drunk variety. This means crowds of people and sometimes fights or other problems. You don`t want to be close to the train station, but not too far either.

Where to Stay in Giudecca

Giudecca is one of the most popular locations in Venice. Here, you’ll find hotels on the island that range from two star hotels, to luxurious five star hotels. The best part is that they are all within walking distance of the train station. This will made it easy for you to access the city, even if you do not have a car.

When searching for hotels in Giudecca, you’ll notice that most places are set on the waterfront and have rooms facing the stunning blue waters of the lagoon. Many of the accommodations have views of La Fenice, the famous opera house that the city was named after.

Access to boats is easy in Giudecca, so you can easily spend some of your day exploring the canals of Venice while taking in the gorgeous views.

While not as exciting, you’ll also find hotels in Giudecca on the mainland side. Many of them are located right near the train station, which makes access to the city from here extremely easy.

Because of this, you can easily head to Venice and return at the end of the night without having to deal with arranging for a car and having to rent a car to drive to the city. There is even a bus system in place with stops in most of the major tourist areas in Venice.

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.

Lido di Venezia

Lido di Venezia Hotels:

San Marco Giudecca Hotel is not only the most exclusive hotel in Venice but also on the prestigious Grand Canal. It offers the finest of Balinese-inspired furnishings, boasting the signature Napoleon Suite, which occupies the entire top floor of the luxury hotel.

The Bed and Breakfast Villa Ruzini features six guest rooms on the historic Lido of Venice by private pontoon. Incredible comforts taken to the utmost expression: solid American oak, luxurious fabrics from India, soft furnishings and carpets from Kathmandu and Balenciaga, a Frette bath towel printed with the folds of a Sanbusco Mahogany bed, and art nouveau commodes of bone china earthenware.

Why Stay in Lido di Venezia?

It’s a great choice for new visitors, or those who would like to stay in the more upscale areas of Venice. Lido di Venezia is easily accessible as you could cross the Grand Canal by foot.

The beach is also great as there are even umbrellas and beach chairs for your use. You can find much more to do outside of the hotel – you can tour the street-art that adorns its historic buildings and see the unique architecture in the surrounding city through a walking tour.

Venice is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, with most hotels boasting romantic views of the lagoon.

Lido di Venezia is one of the few remaining independent hotels in Venice. It’s a great place to stay amongst the historic architecture and close to the action.

Each room is unique and you can customize them to your liking. You can choose from either a traditional single room, or a twin room, or select from other options. Each room is decorated in a minimalist, modern style.

You can find a great selection of food to suit your tastes from around the world. There are also kids’ menus, so you can take your family in on the fun.

Things to See and Do in Lido di Venezia

TJ Rossi, later to be known as a novelist, was born in Lido di Venezia in the mid 1800s. In Venice, Lido is one of the 7 islands that make up Venice.

For €3.50, you can take the Lido ferry and sail across the lagoon, where you have a choice of many different activities to do. For example, you can go for a swim in the large lagoon, take the gondola to Venice or do some walking in the winding maze of streets.

The nearby city gives you even more fun after the events of last night. With plenty of clubs, bars and restaurants, it’s easy to keep going and going.

For instance, if you jump on the X1 Venetia train to Monselice, you’re likely to be impressed with what’s around the corner. Whatever you’re looking for, Lido di Venezia is likely to have exactly that.

So what do you do in Lido di Venezia? Anything you want, really.

Explore the City

For €8, you can take the first degree or second degree Venice tour to Lido. This includes a visit to Palazzo Ducale, San Marco and Rialto Bridge and many other attractions.

Where to Stay in Lido di Venezia

Near Venice.

Although Venice is a city of legend, the people that I’ve met on our vocation there have been wonderfully kind, helpful and hospitable, not to mention that Venice is a world heritage site that has become one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world. The people are exceptionally proud of their city, and it shows by their enthusiasm in showing you the town whether it be via secret back footways, tiny side roads and covered bridges, staircase shortcuts or boutiques that specialise in handmade items. This also means that the general tourist vibe is a tiny bit different to your average city, and you will probably see as well as hear the music coming from the canal boat-like boats.

It is a very easy city to explore by foot, and if you are looking for something that is safe, quiet (i.e. without heavy traffic) and away from the tourist crowds, stay in Lido.

There are a limited number options for this area, but both the Malibu hotel and the Best Western hotel have wonderful, contemporary rooms. Alternatively, you could stay a bit further away as there are some wonderful hotels such as the Mercure Hotel in Lido with fantastic views of Venice, or the Sirmione Hotel a short train ride out of Venice for those looking for a bit more of a Spa-like experience.

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.

Mestre

Fondamenta de Pasquino Marina Grande

This area has a square with the ferry terminal and has the largest marina in Venice. It is near the train station and Mestre. Since Mestre is technically outside of Venice, you will save some money since not many people stay there, but it will also be quieter.

Hotels in this area range from cheap to expensive, along with everything in between.

Recommended places to stay: La Fenice, Hotel Ca Pesaro, Hotel Ca La Pietra & Hotel Ca Vedo Sole.

Venezia: San Marco

One of the most popular areas in Venice, San Marco has tons of hotels, ranging from luxury to cheap. It is the heart of the city, with all of the popular sites and shopping within walking distance.

Hotels in this area are a bit pricier than Mestre, but you can still get a good deal if you look for the right hotel. The ideal location for this area is between the Rialto Bridge and Piazzale Roma, across from Croce Rossa and near the Palazzo Ducale.

Recommended places to stay: Villa Balbianello, Hotel Ca Angelina, Hotel Ca Europa, Hotel Ca Duomo, Hotel Ca Ferdinando II.

Mestre: Giudecca

Why Stay in Mestre?

Venice is a city that’s hard for many people to visit on a leisurely day-trip. The city is just… so big! There’s so much to see, so much to do for the hard-core visitors and even more for the relatively lazy ones. For those who find Venice too intimidating for a half-day trip, there is a random, sleepy town just across the lagoon named Mestre. From here, you can hop the 10-minute train ride to Venice proper and explore all the city has to offer.

The town’s residents have no qualms with making this observation: If you have a sense of humor and a chip on your shoulder, you’ll love living here.

The town has a weird charm… or perhaps a lack of charm… that has made it a hub for artists and comedians. Around 10,000 people are employed by the Venetian government, so there’s always a little bit of tourism industry to do, no matter what.

Getting There

The Venice Island is located off the Adriatic Sea in Northern Italy. Its strategic position has made it a major feature on the Italian Peninsula, attracting artists, writers and a wonderful mix of people.

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but only for the few lucky people who can afford it.

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, just strolling through the grand streets, the grand palaces, and then watching the reflection of the sunset in the Lagoon is a must.

If you are not a Venice citizen, you can easily see this beautiful city by staying in a hotel in Venice Island. Hotel Venice is made for people who have the passion to see the most beautiful places in the world, hence making people like you, travel throughout the world and visit Venice.

Hotel Venice Island is one of the most selected and the most sought-after hotels in Venice, Italy. Hotel Venice Island is located on the Island of Venice, Italy. Therefore, Hotel Venice Island offers the best view of Venice, the most amazing experience.

Things to See and Do in Mestre

Venice:

If you want to take some time to explore Venice but you don’t want all the hassle of staying around the city, you might consider visiting Mestre, which is just a short number of stops from Venice on the subway.

You’ll find it easy to get here from the train station and will be able to check out some interesting places during your stay.

Where to Stay in Mestre

Mestre is a suburb located along the Lido where you can find a small collection of hotels on the water side. The hotels here are still just outside Venice proper. This is a great place to enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine or two, but be prepared to leave the next morning for Venice.

Mestre has the biggest beach in the city. A large part of the sand has been designated for the sole use of hotel guests. There are no rentals or umbrellas allowed on that part of the beach, and the area is monitored by permanent police presence.

There are also a few small islands just off the coast of the city. There is a ferry that takes guests from one hotel to the next.

The hotels on the water side in Mestre include the Aegler, the Amici, and the Grec.

Why Stay Somewhere Else?

Even though Venice may be one of the most known cities in the world for a vacation destination, there are many things that make Venice more than just a picturesque gondola ride. Venice is beyond just the canals. It offers a variety of activities and excursions which are made possible by the hundreds of different entertainment venues Venice has to offer.

For those who are seeking more adventurous, active, and unique travel experiences, there are plenty of places to stay in Venice.

Most of the activities and adventures in Venice are truly one of a kind. Even if the activity you’re seeking to do doesn’t offer any related lodging amenities, you can still find luxury accommodations in Venice such as spa hotels, cruise ship resorts, or high-rise hotels on the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

If you are after something on the more laid back side, you may want to stay in one of the more secluded areas, especially if you are looking for a hotel within easy access of the main attractions of Venice.

The main cruise ships dock on the main island of Venice within the port of the main lagoon. With 600,000 cruise visitors arriving on average each year, Venice offers ample opportunities for hotel accommodations.