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When you’re planning to visit Venice, it’s so important to know about the best times of year to go, because not only will you save money on your hotel, but you’ll also experience better weather and fewer crowds. Most people know that Venice is a huge attraction for tourists in Italy, and it’s a far better experience if you’re not trying to get your once-in-a-lifetime photos with hordes of people in the way. If you’re coming all the way to Venice for this experience, pick a time that will be quieter and more peaceful, and you’ll get great deals on hotels as a bonus.
There are a few things you’ll want to consider when thinking about when to come. First of all, what’s most important to you? Weather, crowds, or good deals? If you don’t mind the cold, winter is a great time to visit Venice and get excellent deals on hotels along with far less tourists crowding the city. If you come in late winter, you can stick around for Carnivale in late February. It’s a great time, but be warned: the tourists will descend and hotel prices will go up for these 2 weeks.
Late spring and early summer are the best times for weather in Venice, but are also the highest tourist seasons. Overall, for the best of weather and prices, come to Venice during the fall. The weather is warm during the days with just a nip of chill, and the tourist season is descending, which means prices will fall. But be prepared for the high water season during the fall when some flooding may occur. Don’t worry, it’s a normal occurrence in Venice and is even exciting to experience as a visitor.
While you might spend a good deal of your time in the touristy areas of Venice, these are areas to avoid if you’re looking for budget accommodation. Piazza San Marco and the nearby surrounding area is a tourist hotspot, so avoid looking at hotels in that area. Cannaregio is convenient as it’s located near the railway station and cheaper to stay in than the tourist center. It’s quieter and more residential than the busy center, so you’ll find hotels here to be quite restful, not to mention cheaper.
Another great area is the artsy area of Dorsoduro, in the southwest part of town. The hotels here have picturesque views of the canals and because it’s in a very student-centered part of town, near the university, accommodations here are cheaper. You’ll find plenty of markets, cafes, bars, and shops in this area, and it’s close enough to walk anywhere in town.
Try Hotel Tivoli, just near Campo Santa Margherita for a good quality budget choice. You might not think that discount hotels in Venice exist, since it’s known as an expensive city in Italy, but it’s totally possible to find one with the right resources.
When you’re looking for a great hotel that fits your budget, it takes just a bit of time and research. If you want to find a luxury hotel for a budget price, it’s definitely best to book out in advance. Also, if you come in one of the low seasons such as fall or winter, you’ll be able to book a luxury hotel for far less than you would in the high season. One great option for upscale accommodations at a price you can afford is the San Cassiano Hotel, in a great spot right on the canal. The Hotel alla Salute is another great budget option, and it's in walking distance to everything you want to see but away from the main, crowded tourist area. Use a website that shows you your hotel options by location and by price, so you can check out many different options before making your decision.
Venice is a very walk-able city, so you won’t have to worry about paying for taxis or buses while you’re here. You can do the majority of your explorations by foot. But if you’re coming from one of the islands or want to take a shortcut from one part of the city to another, you’ll be taking a water taxi. This is a fun experience, but it can add up in price if you’re doing it all the time. So stay in the main part of the city and not on the island if you want to avoid a 7 Euro boat ticket for each ride.
So when you’re in Venice, what’s the best type of place to stay in: a hotel or hostel? Well, it really just depends on your budget and what you’re looking for in your accommodations. Hostels in Venice typically cater to backpackers and offer dorm rooms or singles for anywhere from 20 to 40 Euros per night. It’s an affordable way to stay in Venice without spending too much, though you won’t enjoy luxury accommodations.
Cheap hostels in Venice are popular with many backpackers because they’re a great way to meet other travelers. Check out the Generator Hostel, which provides surprisingly slick accommodations and a super cool vibe for far less than you might imagine. It’s a great choice if you’re looking to meet other travelers and save money on your trip.
Budget hotels are a step up from hostels, as you’ll have more privacy and typically a larger and higher quality room, for a higher price than a hostel. Both the hotels and hostels in Venice are often located right on the canal, with fantastic views of the water and the doors open right to the sidewalk where you can explore local cafes and shops. Pensione al Guerrato is a 14-room pensione with a friendly family vibe near the Rialto Bridge. You won’t believe the small price you’ll pay for this gorgeous location and homey accommodation.
Hotels and hostels aren’t the only option for accommodation in Venice. If you give yourself a bit of time to research, you can arrange a room share or Airbnb for your stay. With Airbnb, you rent a room or entire home from someone who lives in Venice, for typically around the same price as a hotel room. Prices vary and often you’ll stay a bit farther out of the city, but you will have all the accommodations of a home.
Another option if you’re really on a budget is to use Couchsurfing. With this resource, you’ll contact locals who are offering a spot on their couches or spare rooms for travelers to stay during their trip. It’s free, and it’s a great way to meet locals who can show you around and make a new connection.
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