Post # 1
My Fiance and I are looking to book our honeymoon to Venice and Paris. It will be a 10 or 12 day trip split between the two cities. My question is – Can anyone reccommend a hotel in Vence and/or Paris that has a good location in the city and won’t completely break the bank? I’m seeing a lot of gorgeous hotels that are very pricey or really dated looking hotels that are dirt cheap, but not much inbetween. Looking to spend no more than 250/night..under $200 would be magical! We want to book for this coming October (as we’re getting married September 14th). Any suggestions welcome!
Post # 3
@kgrnbrg299: I can’t say I would recommend Venice (kind of dirty…), but you can stay at a religious house for relatively cheap. Some of them do segregate by sex, but for some of them if you’re married, it’s fine.
In Paris (and Europe, for that matter), there is a hotel chain called Hotel Ibis that’s simple, clean, and not very imaginative in decor, but has several locations in the Arrondissements of Paris.
Post # 4
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I’ve been to Venice a couple times and I’m pretty sure I found the hotels through a Fodor’s guide or something similar. If you’ve never been before a travel guide might be helpful with finding affordable hotels that are located near the things you’d like to see.
You mentioned splitting your days between Paris and Venice. I’m not sure if you meant split evenly, but just as a suggestion from someone who has been before, I’m not sure you’ll want to commmit to staying in Venice a whole 5-6 days. Compared to a lot of other popular, touristy Italian cities (Rome, Florence…) Venice is quite small. I’ve never stayed for more than two days, but still found that I did/saw everything I wanted to. Just a thought! Happy honeymoon planning!
Post # 5
We are headed to Paris, Lake Como, then Venice in late Aug/early Sept.
Check out http://www.vrbo.com. Renting someones apartment/home can give you more amenities (kitchen/laundry) and cost far, far less than a hotel. Timing is tight for a Sept wedding, but check it out.
We have an apartment a couple blocks from the park with the tower (in Paris) and one a couple blocks from St Marks square (in Venice). Lake Como we just held a hotel as we’re just there 2-3 days.
Also check out http://www.skyscanner.com for flights if you don’t have them held already.
Post # 6
I agree on Venice. I think four days would be good, no more than five. I would weight a stay more towards Paris. More than a week in one spot often starts to get old. If you have not travelled LONG distance before also assume two days are wasted travelling (flight in and flight out).
So, Paris for 7-8 days, Venice for 4-5 days is my recommendation.
We are doing a stop over in Lake Como for three days to do absolutely nothing but sit around and be bums. Fly Paris to Milan, bus/rail to Lake Como, then back to Milan and rail to Venice.
Post # 7
Thanks for the great suggestions! To be honest, I wasn’t totally sure about venice but we’ve been to Rome and Florence twice so we wanted something different and we hear that Venice is a “must see”. I definitely want to plan more days in Paris because It’s my favorite city and my fiance’s never been. We would still be open to suggestions on a different city other than Venice as well.
Thanks for all your help!
Post # 8
@kgrnbrg299: If you’ve been to Rome and Florence then go to Venice. Be sure to bring pants that go below your knees otherwise a lot of the religious places will not let you in (or wear shorts, but have a light skirt-like garment you can put on to cover your legs). Remember Venice will be LOTS of walking. There’s a “bus” boat that goes up and down the main canal that is reasonable, but “water taxi’s” are expensive. Do a gondola ride right at the end of their night ($70 I think???) for some cool atmosphere.
Post # 9
If you are spending so long in Venice and Paris, you must make some day trips!! Both cities are easily accessible by train. I would really really recommend going to Verona while you’re in Venice – it’s super romantic! While you’re in Paris, you should take a train to the Loire Valley to see some of the chateaux (castles), or you could rent a car if you want more flexibility. The towns in the Loire Valley are really cute.
Post # 10
I’ve gone to both cities. I didn’t stay anywhere particularly nice in Paris (we were trying to save money), but in Venice we stayed in a pretty nice hotel that wasn’t too expensive. The location was good, too. It wasn’t too far from the Piazza San Marco, which is probably where you want to be. I don’t have the information on me right now, but when I go home today I’ll see if I can find the name for you 🙂
Definitely see Versailles when you go to Paris 🙂
It’s also worth a trip to the island of Murano in Venice, where they have a lot of glass-making shops.
Post # 11
don’t know when you’re planning to go but we stayed at the eiffel seine hotel when we were there for a weekend earlier this year. it was right across the street from a metro station and close to the eiffel tower. not super luxurious but it was nice and clean and had a comfy bed.
Post # 12
A very romantic day trip from Paris would be Mont Saint Michel. During the day it is a little touristy, but if you stay overnight on the “island”, it is magical.
Post # 14
We stayed at the Quarto D’Altino outside of Venice in late August last year and it was beautiful. We had a HUGE room. There was a sitting room, a beautiful bedroom, a closet room with giant wardrobes all along the wall, and two giant bathrooms (one with a shower with jets everywhere, ceiling, walls, middle, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen). The price was phenomenal for the room, we thought they had made an error in giving us a very pricy room.
The staff were really pleasant, the hotel is very clean, and it’s very easy to get to Venice, the train stops right behind the hotel. The only downside was that the wireless internet wasn’t working but it was not a significant issue.
Hope this helps!!
Post # 15
Check out https://www.airbnb.com/. We’re going to Paris for our honeymoon and have found that apartment rental is so much cheaper than hotels.