The initial moments of riding into Venice on a water taxi are like floating into a real-life fairytale. We've all seen the dreamy photos of elongated gondolas gliding leisurely through Venice's colorful canals, and we find ourselves questioning if this is really what the place is like. The answer is, simply, yes.
Other than living out that fairytale vacation in Venice you've been dreaming of for so long, another fact remains that will make you want to visit this captivating canal city even more: it may cease to exist in the distant future. Venice has been sinking slowly into the Adriatic Sea due to rising water levels, and it may become impossible to visit in coming decades.
Since Venice is a city that sits at the top of many travelers' bucket lists, it can consequently come at a hefty price. Though this isn't the most affordable city to visit, there are still reasonably priced hotels trickled throughout the city, ideal for those wishing to visit Venice on a budget.
So, here are the best budget hotel options Venice has on offer.
Neighborhood: San Polo
Nearby: Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge
Set in a historic building in the heart of Venice, La Villeggiatura boats six elegant rooms with classic-style furnishings, free Wi-Fi, and a continental breakfast served daily in the dining room. Airy and sophisticated, La Villeggiatura provides an informative and charming staff who make you feel right at home.
Attractions within walking distance are the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square), Santa Lucia Railway Station, and the Rialto Mercato water taxi stop. Guests staying in San Polo Sestiere can take a leisurely stroll to Venice's enormous fresh fish market and open-air vegetable market in this quaint medieval neighborhood.
Neighborhood: Santa Croce
Nearby: San Nicola da Tolentino Church, La Fenice Theater
Just a three-minute walk from the above-mentioned church, Hotel dalla Mora is one of many Venice hotels featuring those striking canal view terraces everyone dreams of when visiting this famed lagoon town. Amenities at this hotel include free Wi-Fi, a sweet Italian breakfast served each morning, desks and tiled floors, and both private and shared external bathrooms.
An ideal lodging option for travelers interested in atmosphere, photography, and sightseeing, Hotel dalla Mora allows guests to take a quick 20-minute walk to La Fenice Theater, one of the most celebrated landmarks in the history of Italian theater.
3. B&B 500
Nearby: Venice Film Festival site, Venice ferry stop
For those looking to shy away from the hustle and bustle of Venice, Venice-Lido, one of Venice's six primary neighborhoods, provides a quiet and quaint getaway alternative to other more crowded sestieres.
B&B 500 echoes architectural features of a villa you'd find tucked away in the Tuscan hills. Guests can lounge out in the spacious garden and enjoy their morning breakfast here. No need to worry about being slightly on the outskirts of Venice; a nearby ferry port will transport you to popular attractions in no time, such as Congress Theater and Basilica di San Marco. Guests can also enjoy access to the area's public beach.
4. Ca' Zose
Nearby: Palazzo Grassi, Peggy Guggenheim Collection
If you came to Venice for its renowned art collections, you'll definitely want to book a room at Ca' Zose. Located near both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the François Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi, Ca' Zose overlooks the regal Rio della Fornace and its rustic bridge, and features 17-century wood-beamed ceilings.
Rooms at Ca' Zose come fully accessorized with air-conditioning, period furniture, a hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi, along with orthopedic and hypo-allergenic mattresses. This boutique hotel prides itself on providing the tranquility and warmth of a typical Venetian home.
Nearby: Santa Lucia Railway Station, Guglie water bus stop, Gran Canal
A simple nine-room hotel, Ca' Dogaressa offers the full Venetian experience, from sipping your breakfast cappuccino on the outdoor canal-side walkway to sharing a glass of wine on the hotel's rooftop terrace overlooking the city.
Ca' Dogaressa is located in Cannaregio Sestiere, characterized by picturesque squares and canals. Many residents live in this neighborhood, giving it an undeniable local flavor. Another prevalent attraction is the neighborhood's historic Jewish ghetto. The oldest such quarter in the world, it was instituted in 1516.
The hotel's rooms are surprisingly spacious and modern for an accommodation that exemplifies a traditional 18th-century Venetian style. Rooms feature brocade and Murano glass chandeliers and terrazzo flooring.
Nearby: Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's Square
A friendly and romantic environment characterize the essence of Locanda SS. Giovanni e Paolo, set in an 18th-century building with classical Venetian furnishings, wood-beamed ceilings, and large windows.
Situated in Castello Sestiere, this charming guesthouse offers visitors the chance to explore the Arsenale, the town's old shipyard-turned-museum, stroll through Campo Santa Maria Formosa square, or hop on a boat to Murano and Burano islands from Fondamenta Nove.
Surrounded by shops, trattorias, and supermarkets, the guesthouse's staff can assist visitors with travel and tourist information and provide the best local restaurant recommendations.
Neighborhood: San Marco
Nearby: Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's Square, theaters and galleries
Wisteria-covered terraces and bright window boxes are just a few of Laconda Fiorita's main features, which also include a delightfully friendly staff, simple Venetian décor, and air-conditioning -- a rarity among one-star accommodations in Venice.
Locanda Fiorita is located in San Marco Sestiere, known as the heart and soul of Venice. Though this neighborhood will have the most tourists, it's also nearest to all major attractions in Venice.
Elegant historic buildings, tiny cafes, and various live music hot-spots characterize this neighborhood, along with the main tourist sites of Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Campanile and Correr Museum.
Nearby: Santa Lucia Railway Station, Guglie water bus stop, Gran Canal
A lodging experience like no other, We_Crociferi is situated inside an ancient convent in the Cannaregio Sestiere. Recent renovations have restored the building's original architectonic characteristics while upgrading old cells into housing units.
The accommodation attributes 225 beds divided into twin rooms, studios, apartments and beds in shared rooms. Each unit has an en suite bathroom with a shower. Communal areas include two cloisters, a communal kitchen, laundry room, library, study hall, and auditorium.
Nearby: Santa Lucia Railway Station, Guglie water bus stop, Gran Canal, Campo St. Geremia
Just a hop, skip and jump away from the above mentioned We_Crociferi lies Hotel San Geremia, a quaint and affordable lodging option with a pleasant, young, and familial atmosphere. Many rooms peer out onto the stunning St. Geremia Church and Palazzo Labia.
Amenities at Hotel San Geremia include free Wi-Fi throughout the property, towels, and free toiletries. Former guests have praised it for being comfortable, in a great location, and reasonably priced. Hotel San Geremia has a friendly and efficient staff willing to help visitors plan their trip along the way.
Neighborhood: Certosa Island
Nearby: Isola La Certosa Park, Venezia In Vela
For an anything-but-ordinary hotel experience, head to Venice Certosa Hotel, located on a lagoon island off the eastern end of Venice. Just a short 20-minute walk from the beach, Venice Certosa Hotel is in the heart of the island and part of the Polo Nautico Vento yachting center.
Minimalist rooms are spotlessly clean, and visitors at this hotel love the late-night bar featuring a relaxed outside seating space. Also with outdoor seating, the hotel's restaurant is popular for its seafood selection. Activities offered by the hotel include canoe rental and sailing courses.
We hope this list of the best budget hotels in Venice allows you to enjoy your stay to the fullest, without worrying about breaking the piggy bank. Happy trails!