Venice Hotel Rates Rise Up to 223% for Carnival, Survey Reveals

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Hotel rates in Venice have increased strongly in anticipation of the Carnival season, according to a new survey from CheapHotels.org.

Hotel rooms in Venice are already among the most expensive in the world, but they’re about to get even more costly. With the famous Venice Carnival just around the corner, staying overnight in the Italian city known for its gondolas will set visitors back even more than usual.

How much more? According to a new survey conducted by CheapHotels.org, Venice hotels have jacked up their rates by as much as 223% more than their regular prices. In compiling the results, the website looked at prices during the main Carnival weekend of February 17 to 19, leading up to Mardi Gras.

Case in point is the Hotel Moderno. This 2-star accommodation in the Canareggio neighborhood of Venice normally posts rates of 69 Euros. For the third weekend in February, however, it is listing the same rooms at 215 Euros. That figure represents a 211% rate hike. Percentage-wise, it’s not the biggest price gouger, though.

That distinction goes to the Hotel Citta di Milano. Another 2-star accommodation, this one close to Saint Mark’s Square, Citta di Milano is charging 259 Euros per night over the main Carnival weekend. That’s a 223% jump over its typical price of 80 Euros.

Budget travelers who can’t afford those exorbitant rates but still want to enjoy the Venetian Carnival have a few alternatives, but they’ll have to be prepared to spend at least 150 Euros per night. Currently, the cheapest available double room going for that rate is at a 2-star hotel in Canareggio, Venice’s northernmost district.

The sought-after San Marco district, right in the heart of the city and the Carnival action, however, is much less budget-friendly. There, even the cheapest available rooms have posted rates of close to 250 Euros.

The following table shows the 10 Venice hotels with the biggest rate increases for the main Carnival weekend. The percentages indicated are based on a comparison with regular rates.

For more information about this survey, visit: http://www.cheaphotels.org/press/carnival-venice-2012.html

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