Picking the right hotel location
In our Number 1 Hotel Warning article, we make a statement that's worth repeating here:
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 a 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 luggage.
Because your travel agent knows a lot about cruising but very little about Venice, she didn't realize that:
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.
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