Lodging is abundant in Venice, but tends to be expensive and frequently booked up, especially during high season – April to August. So plan ahead and book rooms well in advance especially between May and October.
Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Il Lato Azzurro
Situated on the garden island of Sant’ Erasmo (northeast of Venice), Il Lato Azzurro is a cultural center with lodging, and for those interested, themed retreats. Meals served, including vegetarian dishes, are made with local and fair-trade ingredients. Twenty bikes are available for guest use and kayaks can be rented. Breakfast is included. Packed lunches are available for 8 to 10 Euros and dinner is a 25 Euro prix fixe.
Sant’ Erasmo is known as the green, garden island—producing fruits and vegetables for its inhabitants and Venice. You can buy fresh honey from the beekeepers. The sandy beach is far less crowded than those on Lido.
You can reach the island by vaporetto from Venice—take Vaporetto Number 13 from the Fondamente Nove stop on the north side of Venice—almost due north of the Rialto Bridge. #13 stops in Murano, Vignole and then makes 3 stops on Sant’ Erasmo— Capannone, Chiesa and P. Ta Vela. For Il Lato Azzurro get off at Capannone.
Il Lato Azzurro's address is Via Forti 13—about a 15-minute walk from the Vaporetto stop, or call ahead and they will pick you up in a minivan.
Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: La Locanda di Orsaria
La Locanda is in a 16th century home formerly owned by a Venetian Republic Captain, but now a family-run hotel. The hotel rooms are all non-smoking and each has a private bathroom.
Located near the train station, the small hotel is very convenient, but on a quiet side street. La Locanda offers free WiFi and breakfast, with two types of rooms—standard and superior.
Best Places to Stay in Venice, Italy: Maison de Charme Balbi
Maison de Charme Balbi is housed in a 15th century marble palace with a private courtyard garden.
At the Maison de Charme Balbi there are four rooms reasonably priced with private bathrooms.
Around the corner from St. Mark's Plaza, Charme Balbi is conveniently located and perfect if you like to be in the center of activity.