The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Venice

Affordable hotels can be found in Venice if you know where to look
Affordable hotels can be found in Venice if you know where to look | © Henrique Ferreira / Unsplash
Lucie Grace

Tourism has become the main cog of Venice’s economy – and with over 20 million visitors passing through the city each year, crowds abound at St Mark’s Square and along the Grand Canal. With hotels seemingly as numerous as gondolas in Venice, our guide can help navigate the waters – these budget hotels offer palazzo paradise at penny-pinching prices. Here are our top picks for the best cheap hotels in Venice, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel L’Orologio

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A bed, desk and chair in a modern hotel room at LOrologio Venice
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This beautifully renovated palace has a unique horological theme: beautiful clocks and clock-focused art can be found in every room. Original period features contrast with a backdrop of bold colours and modern design. In the highly sought-after Rialto area of the San Polo sestiere (district), L’Orologio is moments from the Mercato stop for the vaporetto (water bus) and a short walk to some of the best restaurants in the city. If the quirky design, luxurious breakfast and fantastic location aren’t enough to tempt you, the welcoming staff and wallet-friendly prices should be.

2. Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena

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A bed, desk and chair in a cosy hotel room at Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena
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Tucked away in the artistic sestiere of Castello, just moments from the site of the Venice Biennale for both art and architecture, this hotel will show you just why Venice is also known as La Serenissima. This spacious renovation marries classic and retro design, combined with exceptional service. Rooms here offer great value for money, and many of them circle the hotel’s walled garden, a calming sanctuary for the weary visitor after a long day of sightseeing.

3. Hotel Serenissima

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A colourful light fixture and a bed with a pale blue and gold headboard in a hotel room at Hotel Serenissima
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Hotel Serenissima is a rarity that offers an affordable stay in the heart of the city. Just minutes from St Mark’s Square and the basilica, this charmingly traditional hotel has classic Venetian design features in every room, such as gold finishes and luxurious textiles. The incredibly friendly hotel staff are available to provide any recommendations you require for smooth sailing in the city. With twin, double or single rooms available and an authentic Venetian breakfast of pastries, you can see why this is a favourite with travellers seeking good value for money in Venice.

5. Hotel dalla Mora

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A bed with blue bedspread and a window looking out to a canal in a hotel room at Hotel dalla Mora
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This cheap and cheerful Venice hotel features some delightfully retro decor in its basic but clean rooms. Despite the low prices, all rooms have a canal view, and the friendly staff provide a free Italian-style breakfast of breads, hams and cheeses every morning. But the real selling point here is the flower-laden roof terrace overlooking a canal – the perfect place to rest and watch the world go by. Hotel dalla Mora is also well located, just a short walk from the Piazzale Roma bus terminus and the Rialto Bridge.

6. Hotel Giudecca Venezia

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Tables set for dining in the spacious conservatory at Hotel Giudecca Venezia
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Staying on Venice’s island of Giudecca, just south of central Venice, is a peaceful and particularly frugal option. This fabulous hotel lovingly presents single, double and triple rooms featuring exposed beams and modern design that come at almost half the price of its historic centre counterparts. With a glass conservatory breakfast room and views across the water to St Mark’s Square (just 10 minutes away via vaporetto), it’s easy to see Hotel Giudecca Venezia’s appeal.

7. Hotel Santa Marina

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A bed with blue silk bedspread and gilded furnishings in an elegant hotel room at Hotel Santa Marina
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This traditional Venetian-style inn is equidistant from the Rialto Bridge and the St Mark’s area – making it a fantastic spot for exploring the city. There are rooms available for all budgets, many featuring a handy bathtub where you can soak your feet after walking all day, and all including windows with a lovely view of the square below. A fantastic and sprawling breakfast is included in your stay. Additionally, the Hotel Santa Marina is just a stone’s throw from architectural treasures, such as the historic Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

8. Hotel Tiziano

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A bed in an elegant hotel room at Hotel Tiziano, with a wood beam ceiling and ornate headboard
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Just a short walk from the Piazzale Roma bus terminus and conveniently located near a number of vaporetto stops, Hotel Tiziano is in a quiet part of the Dorsodoro neighbourhood. Smart interiors with bold design and pastel colours provide a modern take on traditional Venetian decor. Rooms are affordably priced and come in a range of sizes including singles, doubles, twins, triples and even a few annexed apartments for larger groups and families. A short stroll to the Zattere or Campo Santa Margherita will set you right for fantastic dinner options.

9. Hotel Antico Capon

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A bed with peach bedspread and a chair in a basic guest room at Hotel Antico Capon
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Immerse yourself in the local delights of Venice’s best kept secret, Campo Santa Margherita in Dorsodoro. Antico Capon is a small family-run hotel that has two particularly lovely little rooms above the front door overlooking the busy square that are spotlessly clean and an absolute delight to wake up in. The friendly proprietors of this homely hotel have been welcoming guests for decades with local charm – they’re happy to recommend nearby cheap eats and activities in the city, and will often arrange breakfast provisions in neighbouring cafes.

10. Al Mascaron Ridente

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An ornate bed with white wood beam ceiling and a bathroom in a hotel room at Al Mascaron Ridente
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In balmy Venetian summers, air-conditioned rooms are a godsend – this affordable boutique hotel provides a welcome respite after long days under the sun. The historic sestiere of Cannaregio, on the north side of the city, is calmer than more central locations but brimming with enough cool cocktail bars and local restaurants to keep you entertained during the evening. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, and there’s a triple room bookable for groups of friends or families travelling together – making Al Mascaron Ridente incredibly good value.

Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best hotels in Venice, or opt instead for one of the top boutique hotels or spa hotels in the city. For more budget-friendly stays, check into one of the best hostels. There are plenty of reasons why everyone should visit Venice at least once in their lifetimes; inspire your itinerary with the top things to see and do while you’re here. And don’t miss out on the best restaurants in the City of Bridges.

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