any suggestions on where to stay in venice? where not to stay? any good websites? thanks!
Venice is always more expensive than other cities but it deserves the price. You'll never find another city like Venice.
Try to the Hotel Acca: http://www.accahotel.com/. Don't let the 1-star rating steer you away. It's great!
We stayed at the Fondazione Levi as well, just last month. Good location, reasonable price.
See Rick's book. I've found the Fondazione Levi to be reasonable, convenient (right near the Accademia Bridge), and comfortable (although institutional).
My sister and I stayed at Domus Orsoni in March. We really liked it. It is in the Canareggio and is very convenient to a couple of vaporetto stops.
She saw it on the Samantha Brown shoe on the Travel Channel. They only have 5 rooms, and they are very nicely done. It was 60 euro per person per night and included breakfast.
try the website cross-pollinate they run a booking service for B&B's and apartments in rome, venice and florence. They are very reasonable. It is also run by an american couple living in Rome. They have offices there and are great to deal with. give them a try..........cross-pollinate
We stayed at the Hotel Arcadia. It is located in the Canneregio section of Venice. Very clean, quiet, and nice staff. HotelArcadia.com
Don Orione Artigianelli Religious Guest House. 75 euros for single; 130 for double. Next door to Hotel Belle Arti, an RS tour hotel. This guest house is spartan, but immaculately clean and quiet I stayed here in May before starting the VFR tour at the Belle Arti the next night.
P.S. It's in the Rick book.
Try www.venere.com. I stayed at Hotel Tivoli last fall at a very reasonable rate and enjoyed it very much.
if suggestions already listed are too expensive consider Mestre a city adjacent to Venice and many lodgingsare accessible by bus to Venice train station
then walk thru the streets of Venice. However I suggest at least one night in magical Venice it is unsurpassed.
If you are really on a budget, consider staying in Padua, 20 to 30 minutes by train, and lots to see there as well.
Try Hotel Mercurio. http://www.hotelmercurio.com/en/
We stayed there two years ago and it was great. It was the least expensive hotel we stayed in during a 2 week road trip. Off the main streets yet close to Piazza St. Maroco.
I would second Hotel Tivoli as a nice place at a
reasonable rate.(for Venice)
We just stayed at the Hotel Orion - It is in Rick's book. Very clean and an ideal, perfect location near St. Mark's square. Great air conditioning, no elevators.
Try www.cross-pollinate.com This is a bed and breakfast booking site run by an american couple living in Rome. I have stayed with them every time I have been in Italy (which has been 5 times). Very reasonable prices