If you’re going to Italy, “where to stay in Venice” is something that you’re likely asking yourself. I’ve been a bunch of times and so have many of our clients.

We have a city guide for Venice with an exhaustive list of where to stay in Venice, written by someone who lives there and knows what’s what.

Whether you’ve explored The Floating City before or whether you’re planning your first trip, I want to let you in on some sweet digs that are definitely on my “where to stay in Venice” radar for the next time I go.

We have a complete list of hotels in our Venice City Guide.

But just for fun, here’s a list of our fave non-hotels that are a little quirky or just plain fab.

1. Get your Glamp on.

If you love quiet and peaceful, but can’t live without your creature comforts, glamping might be your new favorite way to travel.

The concept is this: glam + camping = i love it. Glamping is the vacation buzzword of the moment and translates into eco-pods, tents, yurts, tipis and airstreams but leveled up with oodles of style and comfort. This is not about sleeping on a flimsy mat on the ground. When you go glamping, you’re sleeping in a fabulous canvas tent complete with big comfy bed, modern bathroom, private deck, air conditioning, and even laundry service.

Now imagine all that just twenty minutes outside a city as spectacular as Venice. Canonici di San Marco Luxury Glamping Tents lets you experience the best of glamping and the best of one of the most interesting and gorgeous travel destinations on earth, all at the same time. You can’t drive into Venice itself, so staying at Canonici also eliminates car parking issues and costs during your stay.

You’ll pay between €190 – €220 a night here, a very decent value considering the groovy factor of the lodge, which includes a welcome aperitivo, a breakfast of homemade pastries served on your private patio, wi-fi, parking and transfers to the train station, and even access to bicycles for exploring the area.

2. Airbnb Plus hotties.

Airbnb is really upping their game (we already loved them), but with their Plus collection even the highly picky amongst us will be impressed. (Airbnb Plus means outstanding service, space or reviews.) Here are some of our fave places from the Plus collection in Venice, all with canal views.

Casa Flavia ai Morosini

Palazzo Volpi

Terrazza Patriarca Penthouse

Spezier Design Venetian Studio

3. The hostel that pretends it isn’t.

Sticking with our non-hotel theme, we love the Generator hostel in Venice. It’s not right for everyone, but if it is for you, you’ll be glad to know there are economical alternatives in one of the most expensive places to stay in Italy.

Of course, we have more intel about where to stay in Italy. Check out our archives for more:

Looking for the full scoop on Venice? We got you covered in our Venice City Guide. The city editor is a local Venetian and we lay it all out, from the best neighbourhoods to stay in, to our top picks for hotels in those neighborhoods, our fave restaurants, ways to save cash, plus recommendations for exploring the city and creating lifelong memories, which is the whole point of your trip.

Hope I’ve answered the “where to stay in Venice” question for your next trip! Let us know in the comments which one has captured your imagination.

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