Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
Hotels near Piazza San Marco (for Marittima piers)
If your cruise ship is mooring at the Marittima basin, a hotel near the Piazza San Marco is worth considering. Rates tend to be considerably higher in San Marco than in other districts of Venice, but the major sights and shops are close by, and the Alilaguna airport boat's Blue Line offers service from Arsenale, San Zaccaria, and San Marco to the Terminal Crociere (cruise terminal) at Marittima. Along the way, it stops at Zattere, which is handy if you prefer a hotel in Eastern Dorsoduro.
Several upmarket hotels are quite close to the San Marco Giardinetti vaporetto and airport-boat station, although anyone staying at these four- and five-star hotels can easily afford a private water taxi:
Compare rates, reviews, and availability for the Bauer Hotel:
...and for the Bauer Il Palazzo:
More good hotels in the neighborhood:
Moving down in price, we come to the Anastasia (3 stars), which has single and double rooms for prices that are quite reasonable for this part of town. The and the Torino (both 3 stars) are also convenient to the airport boat and the Piazza San Marco. The very reasonably priced Mercurio (2 stars) is just west of the square.
One of our personal favorites is slightly inland and within easy walking distance:
The (3 stars, photo at right) is about five minutes from the boat platform, on a quiet street near the Kette (4 stars). We're fond of both hotels, but the San Moisè might be a better choice during the warmer months because it has a courtyard with tables. It's also less expensive than the Kette. (See our Hotel San Moisè review.)
Other three-star hotels close by include the Violino d'Oro, the Lisbona, the Bel Sito & Berlino, the highly-regarded with its pretty garden, the on a tiny semi-private square, and--for opera lovers--La Fenice et des Artistes. The (4 stars, photo at right), the very popular Ala (3 stars), and the inexpensive but highly-rated Locanda Fiorita (1 star, and one of the best values in town) are also in good locations. Check Venice Hotel Maps: Piazza San Marco for an aerial overview.