Although it is a relatively small-sized city, there are limitless alternatives about where to stay in Venice, Italy, and they depend on affordability, convenience, vicinity to specific landmarks.
Most visitors arrive in Venice getting through the “backdoor” via car, bus or train, thus, it can be convenient to find accommodation near the terminals. Next to Piazzale Roma, the bus terminal and where the main car parks are is the lively sestiere of Santa Croce and, a bit further, the university area in what used to be an industrial area with many edifices renewed for habitation purposes. On the other bank of the Grand Canal, the railway station is in the sestiere of Cannaregio, the most populated of the city and so still mostly genuine.
While in Santa Croce stay at Ai Tre Ponti Venezia for a nice B&B literally five minutes away from Santa Lucia train station or if you prefer an historical residence go to Hotel Al Sole for a comfortable three star hotel stay and finally, if you would like a cozy typical venetian residence stay at Residenza Ca’ Dario and Corte Canal.
If such proximity is not important, you could decide to stay in the popular Castello, the easternmost area, which is still full of residents and local taste. The area is very close to the Piazza San Marco and comprises the Arsenale and the Giardini, where the exhibitions of La Biennale are held. Furthermore, it is also an area with public parks, at Giardini and especially on the island of Sant’Elena.
Want to stay in the middle of the excitement? A room in San Marco means you’re a stone’s throw away from the Rialto bridge or the Piazza. Be aware that this is the least inhabited of the six sestieri so if you’re planning to buy your groceries, very few shops survive but you still have supermarkets or the market over the Rialto bridge. Here it’s vital especially in the morning with the colourful stalls of fruit and vegetables and the yelling of the fishmongers under the loggia of the fish market. Decide to stay here and also at night you can find fun at the many bars and osterie that get filled with glamouring people, especially young.
If you want to lodge in San Marco area try Ca’ dell’Angelo for a lavish still cozy accommodation hidden away from the crowd.
Besides, the many islands of the lagoon are an attractive destination. The biggest is the Lido which is very pleasant especially in summer: staying there implies a 15-minute vaporetto trip to get to San Marco. If you want to stay on an island but closer to the city, Giudecca is a good alternative. The vaporetto service is frequent and it takes 3 minutes to get to the Zattere. The smaller islands are very pleasant to stay but only if you desire tranquillity. Sant’Erasmo is called Venice’s vegetable garden for its extensive fields; Burano is the coloured island famous for the lace production; Torcello has the magnificent legacy of the first settlement of the lagoon before Venice was founded and also excellent small hotels. From these islands, it takes about 40 minutes to reach Venice.