Hotels are everywhere in Venice, although many are not clearly marked. Luxury hotels are clustered along the Grand Canal and around Piazza San Marco. But there are also several low-budget options not far from the Piazza. Some visitors end up staying on the mainland when the city fills up or simply to save money, but before doing so, be sure to factor in the cost of daily transport.
Venice is such a popular and expensive place to visit, we recommend booking a hotel as far in advance of your trip as possible. This becomes an absolute necessity during the peak weeks of Carnival (usually around the end of February), the Venice Film Festival (late August-early September), Easter and Christmas. Keep in mind that prices vary markedly from high season to low.
A host of bed-and-breakfasts have opened up, and these serve as good alternatives to hotels.
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