Where to stay (with a warning)

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First, our warning:

  • In Venice, hotel location is critically important!

Here's why:

  • Water taxis are expensive, and not all hotels are convenient to water taxis.
  • Public transportation isn't cheap, and you may need to cross bridges after arriving at the nearest waterbus stop.
  • You'll save money and hassle by staying near your point of arrival or departure in the city center.

In this guide, we recommend hotels that are especially convenient for 1- to 3-day stays, when you won't want to waste time getting to and from your hotel.

How to use this hotel guide:

  1. First, choose an area of the city, using the descriptions below as a guide.
  2. Next, pick a hotel within that area based on price, reviews, and other criteria.
  3. Book promptly to secure a room. (You can always cancel if you change your mind.)

Here are Venice's most popular hotel areas:

San Marco and waterfront

First-time visitors often like to be near the Piazza San Marco or the waterfront promenade along St. Mark's Basin.

The area is served by Alilaguna airport water buses (including the Blue Line, which continues on to the Marittima cruise terminal).

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Rialto Bridge

Venice's lively Rialto district has a central location, with easy access to sights and shopping on both sides of the Grand Canal.

Rialto is best reached via Alilaguna's Orange Line.

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From Alilaguna's Blue Line airport-boat stop at Zattere, on the Giudecca Canal, it's an easy walk to the Accademia Bridge and San Marco.

This area is also fairly convenient to the San Basilio cruise pier.

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Piazzale Roma

Venice's bus and taxi gateway is at the edge of the historic center, near the Marittima cruise piers.

Many hotels are within walking distance of express buses to Venice Marco Polo and Treviso Airports.

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Santa Lucia Railroad Station

Venice's station area is clean and safe, with a good selection of two- to four-star hotels.

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Venice's mainland district of Mestre is convenient if you're traveling with a car, or if you want to save money on a hotel.

By train, Mestre is only 10-12 minutes from Venice.

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Lido di Venezia

In summer, the Lido is a popular beach resort, but it's also a dormitory suburb with good hotel values year-round.

From the Lido, it's an easy waterbus ride to the San Marco waterfront.

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Venice Marco Polo Airport

If you're returning a rental car or just want to be near the airport, you'll find several hotels near VCE.

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Marittima cruise port

Stay at a hotel near the Piazzale Roma and take the People Mover to the cruise basin, or take an Alilaguna Blue Line airport boat to the port.

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San Basilio cruise pier

Stay at a hotel near Alilaguna's Zattere Blue Line stop at Zattere, then walk along the waterfront to the pier.

Better yet, reserve a hotel in the immediate neighborhood.

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About our hotel listings:

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  • We emphasize hotels that are easy to reach on foot, by public transportation, or by airport boat.