ABOVE: The Hotel Gardena is the red building
on the Tolentini Canal. (Airport and cruise-ship transportation are a
short walk away, to the left of the bridge in the photo.)
Location: On a pretty neighborhood
canal near the Piazzale Roma.
You're arriving or departing by cruise ship, airport bus, or land taxi,
and you want a three-star hotel that's close to the Piazzale Roma but
away from buses and cars.
The Hotel Gardena really does have a nice location if you're looking for
a balance between convenience and atmosphere:
In the Piazzale Roma, walk to the northwest corner (by the
Hotel Santa Chiara), cross the small bridge to the Fondamenta della
Croce, and continue over the next small bridge to the Fondamenta dei
Tolentini. Turn right again, and you'll quickly reach the hotel. Total
walking time: three to five minutes, unless you stop to enjoy the
passing boat traffic.
The Gardena has 19 single, double, and triple rooms, along with a
cheerful frescoed lobby and a bar that's open from late morning to
midnight. In good weather, you can enjoy the hotel's buffet breakfast in
Note: There are many cafés,
restaurants, and shops in the neighborhood, and the hotel is
especially convenient for parents of students at
IUAV, Venice's university of architecture and design, which is close
In the first photo, you can see the walking route
from the Piazzale Roma to
the hotel: Go to the upper right corner of the square (just to the
right of the Calatrava
Bridge to the
Railroad Station), cross the small bridge, and walk to the
Fondamenta dei Tolentini, on the right side of the frame. The hotel
is just to your right after the second bridge.
In the second photo, the Hotel Gardena is the
rose-colored building just to the right of the corner building on
the Fondamenta dei Tolentini, a sidewalk that runs along the
Tolentini Canal. From the hotel, it's only a short walk to the Frari
Church, the Campo
Santa Margherita, and other attractions.