Whether you prefer your rooms draped in damask or rigorously pared-back, each of the city boltholes in this round-up comes in at around £150 or under per night – proof that you needn’t blow a hole in your bank account to bed down in style.

We’re catching our 40 winks at these seven wallet-friendly, canalside hotels in Italy’s floating city.

Palazzo Rosa

This centuries-old palazzo feels more like a stylish home-stay than a hotel. Bedrooms are either painted with a lick of orange or with fat, forest-green stripes (an echo of those worn by the city’s gondoliers) and come with stony, flower-strewn balconies looking out over the canal. It’s a steal. 


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  • Fondamenta Trapolin


We’re totally enamoured with this romantic bolthole. It’s an old-school boutique hotel with just five rooms – each decorated with chandeliers, oddball furniture and sensual fabrics – based in Dorsoduro, an area known for pulling a young crowd and its panoply of affordable restaurants.

  • +39 041 296 0491
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  • Calle dell’Avogaria


OK, it’s not on the mainland, but hear us out. This boutique wine hotel is not only surrounded by actual vineyards and blessed with a stonkingly delicious farm-to-table restaurant, but the vaporetto stop is just 100 yards away meaning you can get to the main hustle in just over half an hour.

  • +39 041 527 2281
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  • Fondamenta di Santa Caterina

Palazzo Paruta

This hotel is a real mishmash of interior design styles. Some rooms are gilded with gold and upholstered in satin, while others (the more recently renovated) are contemporary crash pads, so make sure you specify which you’d prefer when booking. The St. Angelo vaporetto stop is conveniently located just around the corner.

B&B San Marco

A stay at this creaky little family-run B&B is like visiting grandma’s house, providing your grandma is a collector of Italian antiques, that is. B&B San Marco prides itself on its non-touristy credentials. It’s in the less-visited Castello neighbourhood just five minutes from Piazza di San Marco – not the city’s most appealing attraction but a good base for heading elsewhere.


From the outside this upscale hostel has all the hallmarks of old Venice – artfully hewed stony colonnades, columns and airy vaulted ceilings – but inside it’s like a white-washed, 21st-century Stockholm hangout. Expect to find neon light installations and Bauhaus-style sofas, as well as a balcony overlooking the canal.

Hotel Rio

It’s no frills, no fuss at Hotel Rio. The main selling point of this clean but perfunctory hotel is its central location. It sits in the shadow of the Basilica di San Marco and is easy to reach with the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop just a few minutes from the hotel on foot. 


  • +39 041 520 8222
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  • Castello 4358
    Campo SS Filippo e Giacomo 30122

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