Where to stay in Venice during Carnival?

Heading to Venice for carnival? We help you find the best places in the city to stay during this crowded period.
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    Venice Carnival Accommodation

    Beautiful Venice, jam-packed with sights is a treasure trove of delights. Head down any alleyway or canal and you are bound to pass endless architectural wonders. With so much to see and do it’s hard to know what’s the best place to stay, especially during carnival.

    Carnivale Venice attracts three million visitors, so it is very important that you book at least six months in advance to get better choices, prices and availability. There are definitely a few things to consider when booking accommodation because there are many differences between neighbourhoods. Do you want to be near the action, or maybe you will need to take a water taxi back to your hotel? 


    San Marco District

    If you stay in the San Marco district, then you cannot be more central to the carnival action. This district stretches from St. Mark’s Square to the Accademia Bridge. It features numerous five-star hotels, and many smaller boutique hotels. There are lots of art attractions, art galleries and is home to Venice’s most iconic attractions and monuments. But of course, this means that this is one of the more expensive places to stay and you need to book well in advance.

    ***** HotelsBaglioni Hotel LunaGritti Palace |Bauer Il Palazzo | St Regis Venice | PalazzinaG. 

    **** HotelsA La CommediaConcordia | Dei Dragomanni |Palace Bonvecchiati Al Theatro Palace

    *** HotelsSan Moise | Panada Hotel Flora | Rosa Salva Hotel | Hotel Firenze | Hotel Bel Sito & Berlino

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    ** HotelsAlcyone | Hotel Bartolomeo | Hotel San Salvador | Hotel Serenissima | Hotel Orion | Hotel Mezzo Pozzo

    * HotelsSan Samuele Locanda Fiorita | Hotel Casa Petrarca | Hotel ai do Mori

    The Cannaregio District

    The Cannaregio district is located very close to St. Mark’s SquareCannaregio is filled with quiet canals and has a bustling nightlife with cosy restaurants and trendy bars. It has plenty of accommodation options from five-star hotels to smaller hotels. The prices here will be a bit more expensive than the other neighbourhoods but you can get some great deals if you book in advance.

    ***** HotelsDei Dogi A Boscolo Luxury Ca’ Bonfadini Historic Experience

    **** Hotels: Hotel Principe | Hotel Amadeus | Foscari Palace | Pesaro Palace Eurostars Residenza | Venice Times Hotel Carnival Palace Hotel | Maison Venezia

    *** Hotels: include: Hotel Continental VeniceHotel Antico Doge | Arcadia Boutique Hotel | Hotel Filu

    ** Hotels: Hotel Mezzo Pozzo | Hotel Adriatico | Hotel Caprera Hotel Guerrini | Venice Maggior Consiglio

    * HotelsAriel Silva Al Vagon | Caprera |Hotel Santa Lucia | Hotel Marte


    Castello is about 15 minutes’ walk from San Marco, the area is home to great restaurants, beautiful churches and is a great option to save on your accommodation budget. Also, if you like to be away from the crowds then this is a great option. Prices here are also much cheaper than San Marco and Cannaregio.

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    ***** HotelsDanieliHotel Londra Palace Hotel Metropole

    **** HotelsPalazzo San Lorenzo | Hotel Gabrielli | Hotel Indigo Venice Ruzzini Palace Hotel

    *** HotelsHotel Nuovo Teson Hotel Lux Hotel Bridge | Albergo al Tiepolo.

     ** HotelsHotel Canada | Hotel La Residenza | Hotel Alla Fava

    * HotelsHotel Caneva Locanda Silva | Hotel Casa Linger

    Santa Croce

    Santa Croce is quite an industrial area in the western part of Venice. It will take you a while to reach St Mark’s Square, but accommodation will be much cheaper, and it is more modern than most neighbouring districts. San Polo is a quieter residential area of Santa Croce and is a great place for those who wish to experience the ‘real Venice’. Again, it is a long walk to reach St. Mark’s square but a great option for those on a budget. 

    ***** Hotels: Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel. 

    **** HotelsHotel Papadopoli Venezia – MGallery by Sofitel | Residenza d’Epoca San CassianoSanta Croce Boutique Hotel 

    *** HotelsHotel Antiche Figure | Hotel Al Sole Hotel Olimpia Venice, BW Signature Collection | AC Hotel Venezia by Marriott. 

    ** HotelsHotel Falier |  Hotel Mezzo Pozzo. 

    * HotelsHotel dalla Mora | Hotel ai do Mori


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    Dorsoduro sits in eastern Venice and doesn’t have that artistic sophistication that many art lovers seek. There are certainly good bars, great restaurants and beautiful churches. It is also home to one of the last Venetian construction workshops. It is a long walk to St. Marks Square but is a fraction of the costs and crowds.

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    ***** HotelsSina Centurion Palace. 

    **** Hotels: Il Palazzo Experimental |Ca’ Pisani Hotel Hotel Palazzo Stern |Palazzo Veneziano Axel Hotel Venezia – Adults Only. 

    *** Hotels: Hotel Agli Alboretti |Hotel La Calcina Hotel Belle Arti. 

    ** HotelsHotel Tivoli | Pensione Seguso | Hotel Bartolomeo

    * HotelsHotel dalla Mora | Residenza Favaro Acca Hotel


    Giudecca is located opposite the Dorsoduro district, separated by a canal. This part of the island has been taken over by local hipsters and is home to many youth hostels. It still retains its original charm and authenticity and is another great option for cheaper accommodation.

    ***** HotelsBelmond Hotel Cipriani

    *** HotelsHotel Giudecca Venezia


    Mestre is part of Venice mainland and is more like a modern Italian city. We don’t recommend staying here because if you travel all the way to Venice, then why not stay in Venice! However, it is probably where you will find the cheapest accommodation but be aware you will have to take a bus to connect with Venice. 

    **** Hotels: Best Western Plus Quid Hotel Venice Mestre Hotel Alexander |Hotel Apogia Sirio Mestre |Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana. 

    *** Hotels7 Days Premium Hotel Venice – Mestre Hotel Regit |Hotel Ca’ dei Barcaroli. 

    ** Hotels: Hotel Delle Rose |Hotel Guidi Hotel Primavera |Hotel Montepiana

    * HotelsHotel Giovannina | Hotel Vidale

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    Lido is an island that is essentially a long strip of land which separates Venice from the Adriatic Sea. It is a popular summer seaside destination. The atmosphere on Lido is different from Venice as you have roads, cars and sidewalks. There are regular boat trips across the lagoon between Venice and Lido, and the trip will take you about twenty minutes.

    Again, if you are on a budget consider this.

    **** HotelsHotel Biasutti | Hotel Villa Mabapa | Viktoria Palace Hotel. 

    *** HotelsHotel & Residence Venezia 2000 | Villa Parco Hotel Rige. 

    ** HotelsHotel Cristallo | Hotel La Pergola di Venezia | Hotel Sorriso

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