Venice Railroad Station Hotels
Hotel Ai Due Fanali (see our
illustrated review) is about five minutes from Venice's Santa Lucia Railroad
Station, on the only campo in Venice that faces the Grand Canal. In
nice weather, you can have breakfast on a rooftop terrace.
In many cities, hotel
districts near railroad stations can be depressing, and sometimes they're even
dangerous. Not so in Venice: The streets near
Santa Lucia Railway Station may be
busy and geared to tourists, but the atmosphere is pleasant enough, and the
convenience is hard to beat if you're spending only two or three days in Venice.
Most of the several dozen hotels in this article are on or near
the Rio Terà Lista di Spagna (usually shortened to "Lista di Spagna"), the first
segment of the main pedestrian thoroughfare between the station and the Piazza
The Lista di Spagna is a lively place of hotels, restaurants,
and souvenir shops, but you'll also find plenty of businesses that serve local
residents. And when you get tired of looking at souvenir t-shirts or carnival
masks, you can cross the Cannaregio Canal to explore the Venetian Ghetto and the
many local shops, restaurants, and cafés along the connecting streets that feed
into the Strada Nova.
Best of all, you can reach the hotels in this area without
crossing bridges--a great convenience if you're using a rolling suitcase.
We've also included a page of hotels across the Grand Canal.
These hotels require crossing a bridge (or, in some cases, several bridges).
Choose them if you're looking for a less "touristy" neighborhood or if you want
to be close to the
Piazzale Roma for an early airport or cruise
Links in this article will take you to our
Venice Hotel Directions pages and two secure
reservations networks, Venere and Booking.com. We recommend that you compare
rates, reviews, and availability before booking.
You can also book a room at the hotel counter in the railroad station,
but you'll probably have to wait in a long line, and hotels with
may be hard to find or difficult to reach with heavy luggage.
The area near the railroad station is about a half-hour walk from the
Piazza San Marco. To reach the piazza, head away from the station along the
Lista di Spagna, cross the Cannaregio Canal, and follow the yellow "San
Marco" signs or the daytrippers who'll be headed in the same direction. Or
use the expensive vaporetto public water buses. (See our
Transportation Index for more information.)
Through express trains from other Italian cities typically use the
Venezia Mestre railroad station in
Mestre, a suburb on the Venetian
mainland. Our Mestre
Hotels page describes good, moderately-priced hotels that face
the station or are within walking distance.
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