The view from the balcony of a Venice rental apartment. It can be cheaper than a hotel room - and a nice escape from the tourist crowds.
Hotels in Venice can be extremely expensive - especially those promising canal views and location near top attractions. An alternative which can be much more budget-friendly, especially for family groups or those staying for extended periods of time, is to rent a vacation apartment. There are many such apartments available either independently rented or managed through a local company. These apartments offer many potential benefits such as:
* Roomier accommodations - however many bedrooms you might need can often be searched for and reserved
* Quiet locations in residential areas still close to major attractions and destinations
* Amenities you won't find in small hotel rooms such as a full kitchen (save money cooking your own food), washer/dryer for your clothes, free internet, satellite tv, sometimes even computer terminals and stereo systems which you are welcome to use!
These apartment rentals can be perfect for independent travelers who like to immerse themselves in true Venetian life. Of course, one downside is often that full payment for the apartment is typically due upfront and in advance - so if your travel plans change or have to cancel your trip at the last minute, you will likely lose most if not all of your rental payment.
Some vacation apartment rental sites you might want to visit for more information include Views on Venice, Sleep in Italy, Venice Vacation Rentals by Owner, and The Key to Italy.