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Picking the right hotel location
In our Number 1 Warning
article, we make a statement that's worth repeating here:
"Know where you want to
Many first-time visitors book hotels (or let their travel agents
book hotels) without giving any thought to location. This can lead to
frustrating and expensive mistakes.
To see why, look at the zoomed-in version of Google's Venice
satellite map below:
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Let's say that you're arriving by air and spending two days in
Venice before departing on a cruise ship from the San Basilio pier. Your travel
agent books you into a hotel in Castello, inland from the Piazza San Marco (the
grey spot below "Venice" on the map). You're traveling with large, heavy
Because your travel agent knows a lot about cruising but very
little about Venice, she didn't realize that:
You'll need to walk over a series of bridges and down
narrow, crowded streets with your bulky luggage to reach the hotel from the
San Marco airport-boat stop, and...
On the day of your cruise departure, you'll need to lug your
suitcases to a distant vaporetto pier where you can catch an
expensive water bus to San Basilio, or--alternatively--pay 60 or 70 euros
for a private water taxi.
You're going to have a frustrating experience that could have
been avoided if you'd stayed at a hotel closer to your cruise terminal.
The same principle applies if you're arriving and departing by
train: By staying within walking distance of the Santa Lucia railroad station,
you'll save time, hassle, and money.
To find suitable hotels quickly and easily, see our interactive
full-page Venice Hotel Maps or our
"How Many Bridges to Cross?" Hotel Listings.
For more detailed advice on hotels and other lodgings, read "Where
to Stay in Venice and Mestre" and "Hotels
for Air, Train, and Cruise Travelers."
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