Hey, travellers: don’t let expensive hotels put you off a stay in the stunning city of canals, where you’ll find romance, culture and a lot of water around every corner. Thankfully, the lagoon city has an abundance of Airbnb properties to suit all tastes and price ranges. Whether you’re looking for a stylish pad close to the city's top attractions, or a canalside apartment away from the crowds and walking distance from local bars and restaurants, take your pick from our guide to the best Airbnbs in Venice. This is your passport to one seriously impressive stay in an even more impressive city.
Best Airbnbs in Venice
This beautifully renovated ground floor flat is perfectly located for exploring Venice. St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge are just a short stroll away, but you’ll have to tear yourself away from the tremendous views through those large arched windows, where you can sit and watch the gondolas glide by with your morning coffee. There are two double bedrooms, but this former Venetian palace can easily accommodate five guests.
The recently done up double room comfortably sleeps two. It’s well-located – just an eight-minute stroll from Santa Lucia Train station and the tourist tax is included in the price. So fear not: you won’t have to fish around for spare euros upon arrival. Save them for gelato and prosecco!
A large double room in a wonderfully old building awaits guests. You won’t have the place to yourself, but you’ll have access to all the amenities and your own private bathroom. One major perk of sharing with the host is you can opt for breakfast in bed, if you fancy it. Which you surely will, no?
If you’ve got cash to splash and you’re looking for something bright, spacious and airy, this modern two-bed could be the choice for you. It sleeps up five but there two balconies so you won’t need to argue over who gets to enjoy those gorgeous canal views.
Located on a buzzy bar and restaurant-lined street near the church of Madonna dell’orto, this small but perfectly formed apartment would suit both couples by themselves or a small family. You’ll have full run of the place, plus access to a private courtyard – the perfect spot for canal-side lounging.
This stunner of an apartment offers ravishing views over the Lagoon, plus a private garden for al-fresco dining, should you wish to forego those none-too-cheap Venetian restaurants. There are two good-sized bedrooms, with space for six. You’ll love the low key Cannaregio District for its local feel and lively nightlife.
This cosy double room in a modern loft apartment is well set up for lone travellers, friends or couples. It has a dinky little terrace overlooking Venice’s terracotta rooftops, a large living space and all the amenities for self-catering. It also gets bonus points for including the city tax in the price.
With its high ceilings, stone terrazzo floors and gorgeous terrace overlooking a Campo piazza, this two-bedroom flat would suit a group of pals or a family with young nippers. The kitchen is small but there are plenty of quality restaurants nearby for eating out.
This lavishly decorated rooftop apartment sleeps four (across two lovely king-sized beds) and comes with a gorgeous balcony, which is just screaming out for sunset selfies. (Oh come on, nobody’s above ’em!) Located in the the Sestiere Di Santa Croce, San Stae area, you can be at the Rialton bridge within five minutes and the train station within seven.
The decor won’t blow you away with this property, but in terms of pure location, space and price, this apartment most certainly hits the spot. It’s easy to reach – just a ten-minute walk from the boat you catch to the airport and easily sleeps four (though you might end up squabbling over who gets the double bed).
Located away from the crowds in the peaceful area of Cannaregio, this two-bed ground floor apartment is stylish and spacious. A quiet garden provides ample opportunity for al fresco dining and drinking.
If you’re after original features, opt for this lavishly decorated Venetian apartment nestled between Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marca. The building dates back to the seventeenth century but has been sensitively kitted out with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
The canals of Venice are awe-inspiring – so why not stay right next to one? This comfortable room on Rialto Bridge (the epicentre of touristy footfall) gives you superb views of the water as well as the city. The spot sleeps two, is warmly decorated and also has a kitchenette (not that you’ll want to eat indoors if you’re staying in Venice, but anyway). To enjoy the very best of the Old Town, wake up, open the windows and enjoy a coffee in surroundings like nowhere else in the world.
For price alone, this place is unbeatable – plus your host keeps the kitchen well-stocked, so it’s extra good value. In terms of location, this cute little pad is far enough away from the crowds while still being close enough to the main attractions. Wi-fi, a washing machine and hairdryer are welcome additions to keep you clean, preened and connected during your stay in Venice.
Wake up to the sound of Venetian bells ringing from the nearby clock tower, enjoy breakfast on the pretty terracotta terrace of this arty apartment before setting off into the city to see the sights – all of which are on your doorstep. You can be wandering through Piazza San Marco within two minutes. Bellissimo!