As you might well imagine, Venice is no ideal city for cheap accommodation. If you want to enjoy the privilege of being awaken by the typical Venetian morning noises (made up of gondolieri’s voices, boats’ and ferries’ motors, people’s shouts, and so on) and with a nice view on the Canal Grande from your bedroom’s window you must be ready to pay for it.
Venice actually offers very high-level accommodation in ancient palaces which combine architectural beauty with comfortable rooms, luxurious fittings and reliable services. One of the most famous top-class hotels is the Hotel Danieli, located on Riva degli Schiavoni, very close to San Marco Square. The hotel, which boasts famous guests such as Goethe, Wagner and Dickens, encloses three buildings dating back to the 14th, 19th and 20th centuries and a gorgeous terrace where you can enjoy an unforgettable dinner with gorgeous view.
Most of the couples that hire me as engagement, wedding, or honeymoon photo services choose to treat themselves with a comfortable stay in a high-level hotel in order to make their short stay in Venice in such special occasion really unforgettable. This also gives me the chance to shoot them in luxurious interiors: for instance when they get ready for the couple photo service in their rooms or simply enjoy some rest in the lobby or other common rooms fitted with elegant pieces of furniture and decorations.
In case you are looking for cheaper accommodations I would suggest you look for smaller hotels which are located a bit far from San Marco Square, such as the Alloggi Barbaria hotel, located near Fondamenta Nuove.
If you are going to stay longer than a few days, you might also consider to rent an apartment in Venice.
Sleeping in Mestre, Marghera or Lido and taking the first morning train or bus to Venice is one more option for cheap accommodation..but I would definitely recommend to experience at least one night and one morning awakening in Venice!