On the Gulf Coast of southwest Florida, Venice offers visitors a winning combination of mild winter weather and uncrowded white sand beaches that are justly famous for the large number of shark’s teeth that collectors find there. The city has six hotels and motels -- most of them in the mid-price range -- that make an excellent base for exploring all that Venice and its neighboring communities have to offer.
Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites Venice
A short drive from historic downtown Venice and the city’s beaches, this three-story, 83-unit hotel boasts oversize guest rooms and suites featuring a microwave oven, refrigerator and high-speed Internet. The Best Western also provides an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, business center, guest laundry, meeting rooms and complimentary hot breakfast. Restaurants close to the hotel are Blimpies Subs and Salads, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s, Subway and Waffle House.
Fairfield Inn and Suites Venice
Within five minutes of several area beaches, this four-story, 103-unit hotel lies roughly midway between the larger cities of Fort Myers to the south and Tampa to the north, each of which makes an excellent day trip from Venice. All guest rooms and studio suites feature microwave ovens and refrigerators, as well as spacious desk/work areas and high-speed Internet. Other hotel facilities and services include business and fitness centers, heated outdoor swimming pool and complimentary breakfast buffet. Nearby restaurants are Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s and Ping’s.
Hampton Inn and Suites Venice
This three-story, 109-unit hotel sits along the business bypass route of U.S. Highway 41, known locally as the Tamiami Trail, and only a short drive from Interstate 75, the main north-south artery through the area. Close to beaches and less than 20 miles from Sarasota to the north, the hotel provides large desk/work areas with ergonomic chairs in all guest rooms and suites. High-speed Internet is available throughout the hotel, including the business center. Work out in the hotel’s exercise room or swim some laps in the outdoor swimming pool. The hotel serves a complimentary hot breakfast. Guests also can enjoy meals at nearby eateries, such as Applebee’s, Bogey’s Sports Pub, Capt. Eddie’s Seafood and Sharky’s on the Pier.
Holiday Inn Express Venice
Close to area attractions such as Warm Mineral Springs, Myakka River State Park and Port Charlotte Sports Park, this four-story, 73-unit hotel accepts well-behaved pets up to 25 lbs. for a nonrefundable fee of $30 per pet per stay. Each guest room and suite features a microwave, refrigerator and in-room safe, as well as high-speed Internet. Other facilities and services include an outdoor swimming pool, business and fitness centers and complimentary hot breakfast buffet.
Inn at the Beach
As its name implies, this 49-unit, motel-style inn lies directly on the beach but within easy walking distance of downtown Venice. Accommodations include standard-size hotel rooms, beach-view studio suites and one- and two-bedroom suites for larger groups. Nestled among the inn’s lushly landscaped gardens are an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. The motel serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning in the lobby.
Veranda Inn of Venice
Located on the Tamiami Trail business bypass close to the Venice Regional Medical Center and just south of the downtown business district, this single-story, 37-unit motel offers comfortable accommodations at reasonable rates, including significant discounts for extended stays. All guest rooms feature microwaves and refrigerators, as well as high-speed Internet. Other facilities and services include a heated outdoor swimming pool, business center and complimentary coffee service.