If you're looking for a place to stay in Venice, you'll have noticed how ridiculously expensive everything is there. We paid €4.50 for a bottle of water! Accommodation is no exception.
After a LOT of searching, we found San Samuele - probably the best value place to stay in Venice. It's not just the prices either; the hotel was incredibly functional - very clean, soaps and mosquito tablets provided etc.
Moreover, there was free wifi throughout. And I really mean throughout - they had loads of routers so there'd be fast wireless internet everywhere. I'd not seen this done before and it was really appreciated, helping us check emails and decide what to do.
The location was also excellent. It's very central and easy walking distance to the main attractions. The area also seems quite up-market and local too, with several galleries. Venice is a maze and a lot of streets are dead ends that take you a canal and nothing else. Here, it's as simple as taking a water bus/ vaporetto straight from the train station/bus station to San Samuele (number 2 line) and walking for three minutes in a straight line. This is such a pleasure when you've been exploring all day and don't want to spend hours looking for your hotel!
But I think best of all for us was the warm and welcoming attitude of the staff. They were all just so incredibly friendly and helpful. The hotel has a very positive 'vibe' because of that. It's a lovely base to explore Venice from, and fully recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Albergo San Samuele is located in the heart of Venice, near the Rialto bridge and the Accademia and very close to the Palazzo Grassi. It is just five minutes walking from St. Mark's Square, in a quiet central position. Hotel San Samuele provides a friendly atmosphere with pleasant simple clean budget rooms many of which are sunny, with fans in summer. The rooms are quiet and overlook a typical street or an inside small court. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo San Samuele Hotel Venice
- San Samuele Venice
- San Samuele Hotel Venice