I was searching the web for weeks to find a decent place to stay in Venice for under EUR 100. On VT I then found comments about Hotel Bernardi, a two-star hotel just about 10 minutes away from Rialto.
Unique Quality: Location:
Just about 5-10 minutes from Fondamente Nove, Ca' d'oro and Rialto.
I paid EUR 78 for a double room with bathroom. Apparently they also have discounts if you pay cash.
Make sure to ask for it, by the time you book.
They deserve another star. Rooms are clean and cute, especially the ones under the rooftop in the main building.
Directions: Take ferry to either Ca' d'oro or Fondamente Nove. Both stops are about 5 to 10 minutes away.
I would not recommend this hotel. Not only was the staff rude, but they tried to charge us extra at the end of our stay without explanation. We were also disappointed that the rooms did not even come close to what was presented in the pictures and had a terrible odor of sewage in the bathroom. Finally, my wife and I ate breakfast with a couple who claimed someone broke into their room and stole their travel checks and airline tickets, but the hotel refused to call the police accusing them of trying to scam the hotel. These are not exaggerations. Buyer Beware...
Unique Quality: As with all of Venice, the historic quality of the Hotel was well preserved.
Be the envy of all the travellers you meet
I spent hours trailing the internet looking for an inexpensive hotel in Venice. Then someone on Virtual Tourist suggested the Hotel Bernardi. From the website it looked good. So we booked an on suite room in the annex.
The hotel is located on the main island of Venice in the Calle dell'Oca area, which is about a ten minute walk from the rialto bridge. The annex bizarrely is about 400 yards away down a small street. The other disadvantage of the hotel was its lack of bar or restaurant, however, there are so many bars and restaurants in Venice it hardly matters.
The hotel room was a good size, with a double and a single bed. (not sure why). And the bathroom had all the facilities you need. The room also had satellite TV as well as Tea and coffee. The floor was white marble with white washed walls. The only disadvantage was the view, a wall, but hey you can’t get everything. In short the room was of the standard you would expect from a 3 – 4 star hotel.
Breakfast was included in the price of the room. It was a very simple continental style buffet. If you like your bacon and eggs this breakfast is not for you.
The on suite room cost 110 euros per night (per room not per person) which I believe was a complete bargain (most of the hotels I looked at were about twice the price). If you’re staying in Venice and you don’t want to spend 200 – 300 euros a night then this is the place for you.
My one main tip is that you get an on suite room. It is worth the extra few euros.
Unique Quality: In another bizarre twist the hotel appears to be run by Basil Faulty, yeah it really does seem to be him. Just stay there and ask him for some more towels and you will see what I mean.
Directions: from train station take the water bus N° 1 to Cà d’Oro ( 5 stops)
from the airport take bus ATVO to Piazzale Roma and then water bus line N°1.
Noisy Hotel in Venice
We stayed in this busy hotel for two nights. Our room was cheap for Venice but a lot smaller than we expected from the pictures on the website. The breakfast was OK and the staff polite, however, the shared shower was small and it flooded the floor after ordinary use. The worst aspect was the noise that infiltrated our room from guests above and beside, as well as staff talking below late at night. I would look for something else next time in Venice.
Directions: The location was convenient to everything but unless you are fit, the walk from the station is a long one (25 mins). A little hard to find, but that's Venice for you.
This is a fantastic hotel! The staff are very friendly. We stayed in the annex, where the rooms were quite large and beautifully decorated. The bathroom was smallish but it had a good shower and a hair dryer. The hotel is very easy to find and close to the train station (a few stops on the vaporetto...Ca d'Oro). From the hotel, it is a 10 minute walk to Fondamenta Nuove, where you can catch the vaporetto for a 10-minute ride to the island of Murano. Strado Nuova is the main street (the hotel is one block behind it) and there are plenty of restaurants and little stores along the street. The annex has NO elevator, although the front desk receptionist gladly hauled our bags up the stairs!
Directions: From the train station, take the vaporetto to the Ca' d'Oro exit. Walk straight ahead to Strada Nova, turn right. At address 4309, there is a stationery/toy store on your left; turn left on Calle Duca, then take 1st right onto Calle de l'Oca.
fab budget hotel in venice
The guys at reception were very friendly and helpful. We had a double room in the annex - twas huge! and gorgeous, very venetian. Bathroom was nice and big too, but no bath. Fab location in Cannaregio where we spent most of our trip (away from the crowds in San Marco). Breakfast wasn't great - packaged croissants etc - but doesn't take away from the great deal that this hotel is. Totally recommended.
aside: we ate at Casa Mia down the alleyway from the hotel cuz we'd heard good things about it, but we were very dissappointed. I got pasta with scampi in cream sauce - quite bland. The bread that came with the meal wasn't great either. Got a nice bottle of chianti tho!
Excellent Stay (especially for the money)
I stayed at Hotel Bernardi Semenzato during the first few days in July 2004 and it was an excellent choice for our trip. I was traveling in Italy with 3 friends. Our quad room was very nice and quite large, with plenty of room for us all. I should note that we stayed in the Annex, so I'm not sure what the rooms are like in the main section. Our room came with a TV (that we didn't use), a hair dryer, a phone (didn't use), and there was an air conditioner available for an extra fee (didn't use). The bathroom had plenty of room to move around as well.
The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. We got into Venice early on July 1st (around 6am). Although the hotel wasn't even open yet the hotel staff allowed us to enter and store our bags there until we could check in.
Although the written directions are vague, take a look at the map they provide on their webpage and you should have no trouble finding it. We came from the train station and didn't take the water bus to the Ca' D'Oro stop, Venice is small enough that it wasn't a far walk (20 minutes), it was particularly nice as no one was up yet and the city was so quiet and peaceful. A wonderful first glance of Venice!
The breakfast was ok, a roll w/ jelly/butter, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, and toast. There seemed to be some other type of bread available but we got down there close to the end of the service so we missed that.
The hotel is in an excellent location. It was quite easy to get anywhere in the city from where we were. Yet we were not located directly in the touristy area of St. Mark's Square.
Defintely an excellent choice for the money. I would recommend this hotel to anyone!
Unique Quality: The staff was extremely friendly. They even remembered us when we saw them out walking around Venice.
First 2 nights in Venice.
Easy walking distance from the station, or take the vaporetto at the station to Rialto Bridge, then walk back 2 min. From here you can get to San Marco Square in 10 minutes... or 30 minutes depending if you take the right or the wrong route... LOL
Be amazed by the signs directing you to San Marco square..
Unique Quality: Great location, easy walking distance from the station, Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square.
Great Trattoria almost next door. Trattoria Casa Mia - excellent food!
Hotel Bernardi Semenzato
The Hotel Bernardi Semenzato surpassed my expectations. The triple room we had booked was bigger than I expected and for 85 Euros a night(breakfast included), it was a good deal indeed.
Unique Quality: The staff are friendly, although there is one particular signorina who always serves the guests breakfast in the morning with a sulk, could actually smile a little more. :) But overall, the family run hotel's staff are always willing to assist you.
Special thanks to the elderly gentleman working the night shift, who helped us boil a kettle of hot water every night. Sei molto gentile!!
For more info on rates, check out www.eurocheapo.com
Directions: Located just a block behind Strada Nuova. From Piazzale Roma, take the vaporetto No. 1 and stop at Ca D'Oro.
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Address: 4366 Cannaregio, Calle dell'Oca, Venice, Veneto, 30121, Italy
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