venice - choosing an area to stay

Jun 14th, 2005, 08:22 AM
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WillTravel-I was looking for your trip report and couldn't find it or gave up. Can you direct me? It was mentioned somewhere as a budget reference.
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Jun 14th, 2005, 08:34 AM
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pdx, just a suggestion, but you can very often find apartments for less than $200 per night. We stayed in San Polo with venicerentals.com and paid 120 euro per night for a one bedroom apartment with 360 degree view terrace.
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Jun 14th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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We stayed at Ca Rezzonica (www.veniceby.com/casarezzonica/) early in May. It was very nice, friendy and helpful staff and I think is in your price range. It is in Dorsodura about a block from the vaporetto stop. Very clean, breakfast included, new bathroom (shower). It is on a tiny canal with a large garden in the back. We were on the garden side. Another poster who stayed there said the bells woke them up at 7:00AM. The garden side is very quiet.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 05:31 AM
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gto pdx - - didn't realize you had these more recent posts - - see http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34589266

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Jun 16th, 2005, 05:51 AM
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Just stayed at the Agli Aborghetti near the Academia and was not as happy as when I stayed nearer to San Marco. There is a hotel in between the Savoia and Jolanda hotel down the street from the Danelli that was a former convent and run by three sisters. I believe it is called Hotel Campiello. I stayed at the Villa Igea which I found on Veniceby and was so very happy. Stay away from the Rialto bridge area as I found people there much too aggressive in trying to get tourists to come to their restaurants,etc.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 06:33 AM
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We stayed in the Santa Croce area, which was nice, but spent a lot of time in Cannaregio. We loved all of the shops and restaurants along the main "street". We saw a good mix of locals and tourists in the area, and it seems far enough away from the St. marks area to be peaceful.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 09:03 AM
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pdx, I can't find my trip report on this forum, so I'm posting the SlowTrav.com link. This one had some URLs and photos stripped from it unfortunately.

http://www.slowtrav.com/tr/tripreport.asp?tripid=587
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Jun 16th, 2005, 07:33 PM
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Thanks, everyone. I have been rejected by too many hotels and apartment booking services. They're booked up! I'm giving up and going through a service and hoping they will hook me up with a decent option. I'm bound and determined to stay in Venice this time, that is, until the finances scream surrender. Still, wish me luck trying to keep it to $200USD and within the Venice time zone.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 07:37 PM
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WillTravel: Wow! Nice trip report. Your prices are not to be had during October. I'm jealous. I'm looking at them thinking "is that per night or 4 days?" My heart melts when I read about Florence, I loved that place.
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Jun 17th, 2005, 12:10 AM
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We just returned from 16 days in Italy and spent 4 nights at Ca' angeli in San Polo. It only has 6 rooms and was absolutely perfect.

It is on the Grand Canal, but very quite and comfortable. The owners went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and great with suggestions on walks, restaurants, and reservations.

I just checked for early Oct and they do have availability within your price range. Check out their website at www.caangeli.it

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Jun 17th, 2005, 01:54 AM
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pdx, what dates are you planning on being in Venice? I got my excellent rate for La Forcola through Ryanairhotels.com . Another site to look at: http://www.bookings.org
You might like to look into convents also.
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Jun 17th, 2005, 05:51 AM
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pdx, have you tried an apartment with venicerentals.com? Just a suggestion if other agencies are booked up.
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Jun 17th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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You may want to try octopustravel.com. It's a British site with lots of deals. They will give you the price of rooms in us dollars. Also try tripadvisor.com who will throw you to other sites for reservations.
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Jun 17th, 2005, 08:51 AM
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Ryanairhotels.com is actually a portal to OctopusTravel. But sometimes I get cheaper rates from Ryanairhotels than I do from going directly through the OctopusTravel site. I've also noticed that if I follow the TripAdvisor link to OctopusTravel for a particular hotel, sometimes it's cheaper than either site. If you use any of those sites, make sure to read the terms. I think you have to prepay and there are cancellation penalties.
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Jun 17th, 2005, 09:06 AM
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Definitely consider the Pensione Accademia - which is just off the Grand Canal near the Accademia museum (which is a very easy point of reference). Some great restaurants nearby (where you will see locals, not tourists). My wife and I got a wonderful room for under $160/night - on a side canal 25 yards from the Grand Canal. All rooms are ordained in Murano crystal chandeliers - a truly authentic place to stay...salud!
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Jul 1st, 2005, 04:50 PM
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Today I received confirmation of my reservation at Locanda Brocchi. Cute, small and in Dorsoduro. Perseverance, maybe not my strongest point, paid off. 129E/night. Not bad! Thanks to all with the suggestions and advice. www.cadelbrocchi.com
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Jul 1st, 2005, 05:12 PM
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Looks nice pdx. Hope you'll report back here how it was. If you are coming from the airport, you should take the alilaguna (airport water shuttle) to Zattere. Tell them you want to go to Zattere as not all the boats stop there. There's a map on the hotel's website how to walk there.
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Jul 2nd, 2005, 11:22 AM
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Thank you for the information about the Zattere stop, mclaurie. That's the kind of thing that makes this forum so great. I was looking at the directions thinking the english version isn't all that clear. I'm going to translate the italian version as I think it's more detailed. Coming from a long plane ride with my muddled little brain and getting lost doesn't add up to a good start.
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