Venice is a well-known tourist spot and one of the best places in the world for romance, so it can be difficult (especially around wedding season!) to find a hotel that’s less than super-expensive. With a little knowledge about neighborhoods and city locales, though, you can find a place where you can enjoy a stay in Venice and still have enough in your wallet for a delicious dinners and a gondola ride or two down the Grand Canal.
A place that’s romantic enough for any honeymoon but cheap enough for a longer stay is the Hotel Ca’ Dogaressa. With its doorstep on the Canal di Cannaregio, the Dogaressa has waterway views from many of its rooms. It also has a dining terrace on the water and charmingly decorated rooms, but a room that would cost well into the triple-digits elsewhere can be obtained here for double-digit prices. It’s also smaller, making it more personal and quiet, and is just a short boatride away from the Grand Canal and plenty of sightseeing.
The Ca’ dei Doge is another smaller, family-run hotel in a great location. It’s not on the water itself, but is meters from the lagoon’s edge. It’s also mere blocks from a few of the city’s best sights, like the Bridge of Sighs and the Piazza San Marco. Make sure to climb the San Marco Campanile if you stay here for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Even on the ground floor the rooms are super quiet. The staff is very friendly and multilingual, helping international travelers find restaurants nearby to fit their tastes and budget. The rooms have a bit more of a modern spin, decor-wise, with a few Asian influences sprinkled around for good measure.
Right smack in the middle of the city is Locanda Sant’Agostin, which is a great option if you want to get off the tourist track but still want to be within short walking or boating distance from sightseeing stops. The hotel is perfect for souvenir shopping at the numerous local artisanal workshops in the area. It’s also a good spot to explore Venice’s trattorias and cafes as the locals see them. Since it’s also located near the confluence of two different canals, it’s not too hard to get out to the more famous tourist locales if you want some variety, too. And at less than $100 per night for some rooms, the price is hard to beat.
[photo courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar]