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For those looking to travel to Venice, Italy, on a budget, one of the largest expenses you’ll have to tackle will be your accommodation. While it’s not always easy to find cheap sleeps in Venice, the city does offer some inexpensive accommodation options that are generally well located, and some even have a canal view!
Below are five recommendations for very affordable sleeps in Venice. For dozens more options, be sure to stop by our guide to cheap hotels in Venice.
Doubles from $80
One of the cheapest accommodations you’ll find in the city, the Hostel Domus Civica is a women’s college residence during the school year and becomes a hostel from June 1 to September 30. Located close to the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia train station as well as the restaurant and wine bar-littered square of Campo Santo Margherita, this hostel is popular with un-fussy backpackers.
Rooms vary in size and guests can choose between private quarters or dorm-style. Although simple, rooms are extremely clean with warm wood furnishings. For safety reasons, nobody is allowed to enter the building between 12:30 am and 7 am, although if you have a special request they will work to accommodate it. When you’re feeling social, head to the TV lounge to meet other travelers.
Doubles from $53
Located near the Campo San Steafano, Albergo San Samuele is a 1-star boutique hotel showcasing a variety of rooms to fit every budget, from single rooms with private bathrooms to doubles with shared facilities. (And yes, you read the “Doubles from $53″ correctly. That’s for a double with shared bath.) The vibe of the hotel is eclectic, with a mix of period furnishings, stone courtyard entry, modern art and rooms with marble floors and bright pink walls.
Budget-travelers will love the property’s free Wi-Fi as well as its central location, near St. Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge, the Accademia and the Palazzo Grassi. For something unique to do in the city, the hotel offers rides with Venice’s first female gondolier, Alexandra Hai. For a Cheapo breakfast, head over to their sister property Hotel Salieri, which offers a continental buffet for €5.
Double rooms starting at $135
For something a bit more upscale but still affordable, the Hotel Al Gazzettino is a three-star hotel centrally located in Venice’s San Marco area between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Rated as “Excellent” by our staff hotel reviewers, the property features 10 rooms all with satellite TV, telephone, air conditioning, spacious modern bathrooms and either a street- or canal-view. Moreover, decor is in a romantic Venetian style with baroque prints, antique mirrors and period furniture.
Those on a budget will love the complimentary Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast spread of fruits, meats, cheeses, fresh croissants and Italian coffee.
Doubles from $90
Located in Venice’s historic center near St. Mark’s Square and the Great La Fenice Theatre, Hotel Centauro is a 16-century Venetian palace transformed into a three-star accommodation. Although budget-friendly, the hotel doesn’t skimp on comfort. All guest rooms feature satellite TV, telephone, air conditioning and Venetian-style furnishings.
Moreover, budget-travelers will enjoy free perks like one hour of Wi-Fi, a complimentary pass for the Venice Casino and a guided tour to the island of Murano to visit glass factories and view ancient art. They also offer reduced parking around the city. And for those who don’t want to leave their furry friends at home, the hotel allows guests to bring pets for no extra change.
In their sunny breakfast room, a buffet of warm croissants, cereals, yogurts, meats, cheeses, eggs, tea and coffee can be enjoyed. We recommend asking for a room with a canal view to enhance your stay even further.
Double rooms starting at $139 per night
For travelers looking for an inexpensive accommodation in a central location, San Lio Tourist House is an excellent choice. As it’s located just a short walk from St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, as well as restaurants and nightlife, you’ll save money on transportation. Rooms are clean and simple, with baroque print linens, television, air conditioning and private bathroom.
Additionally, the building itself gives guests a look into Venice’s history, as it dates back to the beginning of the 14th century.
To read many (many!) more reviews of budget hotels in Venice, check out EuroCheapo’s Venice Guide. All of our editor’s picks have been inspected, photographed and reviewed by our editors.