Venice offers hundreds of hotels and private accommodation opportunities ranging from inexpensive hostels (locande), private room and apartment rentals, monasteries and dormitories, to the most luxurious hotels of all categories.
We are aware that those of our colleges who have relatively generous travel budgets and grants through their universities or research institutions will have no problem to find their way around Venice and can rely on major internet websites like Expedia, Tripadvisor, or Venere.com.
Yet the reality is that most of us are under budgetary constraints and would prefer less costly, yet still a pleasant way of passing the time in this romantic city. We would like to point your attention to the website AirBnB.com that offers an entire range of private accommodations – from single rooms to entire apartments – starting at a very reasonable price of 30-40 euros ($40-50) per person/per night.
If you would like to save while not compromising a higher standard, please consider hotels and hostels in Mestre – the dry-land ‘twin city’ of Venice – conveniently connected with very cheap trains that come and go every 10 minutes. The trip from Mestre to Venice takes another 10 minutes and all conference venues are withing a 10-minute walking distance from the train station.
In order to find a conveniently located accommodation within a short walking distance from our conference venue, please take into consideration that our opening reception (Hotel Papadopoli) is in the Santa Croce district – close to the main railway station Santa Lucia, and the main conference venue (Palazzo Pesaro Papafava – the University of Warwick’s seat in Venice) is at the heart of the Cannaregio district.
So if you prefer to walk, focus mainly on the districts (sestieri) of Cannaregio, San Marco, and the western side of the Castello district (Ss. Giovanni e Paolo Square + Santa Maria Formosa neighborhood). Part of the Santa Croce (close to the main bus terminal/Piazzale Roma and to the train station/Santa Lucia) and of the San Polo (the area close to the Rialto bridge) districts may be convenient as well.
If you would like to rely on water transportation – the famous Venetian vaporetti – any place close to the Grand Canal or to the waterfront circumference of the city will work for you quite well. The conference venue is only a 3-minute walk from the Ca’ D’Oro water bus stop or a 4-minute walk from the Santa Sophia traghetto stop on Strada Nuova – both are on the Grand Canal.
SOME TIPS FOR PLACES TO STAY:
Many monastery room short-term rental options in Italy are posted on an aggregate website MonasterStays.com. This is a very convenient, even fashionable form of accommodation that will give you an opportunity to experience the city’s long history of religious convents and their not so strict morals and discipline that made Venice famous. The prices for the period of our conference start at 65 euros/per person and per night.
For a relatively inexpensive upscale hotel in the vicinity of our conference site, try the 4-star Hotel Giorgione. It was recommended to us by the staff of The University of Warwick in Venice. The early bird prices for September 2015 are about 180 euros per night for a room that can accommodate 2 persons (ca. $230).
To give you a better idea about the possibilities that the website AirBnB.com offers, here are several options:
Venice Little Canal
an apartment – sleeps 4 persons – €100 / $130 per night
3 min. by foot from Palazzo Pesaro Papafava
free wi-fi, kitchen access, air conditioning
New Luxury Location B&B
bed and breakfast – €60 / $78 per person/night
SS. Giovanni e Paolo – about 10 min. by foot from Palazzo Pesaro Papafava
free wi-fi & breakfast, TV, kitchen access, air conditioning
Venice-BB-Venezia (Deluxe room)
bed and breafast – €60 / $90 per person/night
for two people sharing a room – €95 / $123 /night
free wi-fi & breakfast, washer & dryer, air conditioning
Strada Nuova – about 10 min. by foot from Palazzo Pesaro Papafava
private room – €35 / $45 per night per person
near Ghetto Nuovo – about 10 min. by foot from Palazzo Pesaro Papafava
free wi-fi, washer, kitchen access
Masterpieces of the Renaissance Urban Landscape Painting in Venice: