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Hotels near the Piazza San Marco

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ABOVE: The four-star Best Western Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo is just a hop, skip, and a splash away from St. Mark's Square.

North - Hotels toward the Rialto Bridge

The streets just to the north of the Piazza San Marco are packed with shops, restaurants, and three- and four-star hotels. The area is busy even after dark, when locals and tourists go window-shopping.

Moderately expensive hotels

The beautifully situated Best Western Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo (4 stars, photo above) overlooks a fleet of gondolas on the Basino Orseolo, immediately behind the Piazza San Marco's northwestern corner and a few doors from Venice's Hard Rock Café. Accommodations range from single rooms to junior suites. (See hotel photo above.)

Donà Palace (4 stars) occupies a 16th Century Venetian Gothic building above the Piazza on the canal that leads south past the Doge's Palace. Rooms, junior suites, and suites are available, some with canal views, and rates tend to be a bit lower than at some other four-star hotels.

Click for larger photoAt the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, the Concordia (4 stars) offers single and double rooms, some overlooking St. Mark's Basilica. (Click the thumbnail at right for a larger image; the Concordia is at the top left of the photo.)

Nearby, Al Ponte dei Sospiri (4 stars), which translates as "On the Bridge of Sighs," lies between the square at the side of the Basilica and a canal that's popular with gondoliers.

Midrange hotels

Is a four-star hotel beyond your budget? Try one of these moderately-priced properties:

photoThe Best Western San Marco (3 stars, photo at left) is just off the Piazza San Marco on the Calle dei Fabbri, a lively shopping street.

San Gallo (3 stars) is on a tiny square named the Campo San Gallo, a short block north of the  archway near the Piazza San Marco's northwestern corner. Rooms range from singles to quads.

Alternatives within walking distance

If you're willing to walk a greater distance from the Piazza San Marco, the following hotels may be of interest. These hotels are roughly midway between the piazza and the Rialto vaporetto stop near the Rialto Bridge. It shouldn't take you much more than 10 minutes on foot to reach any of them, provided you don't get lost:

4 stars or equivalent: Bonvecchiati, San Marco Palace, Starhotels Splendid Suisse.

3 stars or equivalent: Alcyone, Antica Locanda al Gambero, Al Gazzettino, Alla Campana, Antico Panada, Canaletto, Palazzo la Scala, San Zulian.

2 stars: Cà delle Acque, Orion.

1 star: Caneva.

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