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Hotel Hesperia

Hotel Hesperia LEFT: The Hotel Hesperia is an easy walk from the train station, facing the Cannaregio Canal. INSET BELOW: The view from a hotel window, and a table on the Hesperia's roof terrace.

Category:  Two-star hotel.

Location: On the Cannaregio Canal, within a few minutes of the railroad station (with no bridges to cross).

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Hotel Hesperia view from windowYou want to be near the train station, and you'd prefer an economical hotel just off the main tourist route.

The Hotel Hesperia is only about five minutes from the Santa Lucia Railroad Station, but it feels a world away: The hotel faces the Cannaregio Canal, a wide canal that runs between the Grand Canal and the Venetian Lagoon. On the hotel's side of the canal, you'll find quiet residential neighborhoods; across the canal is the Ghetto Ebraico, the oldest Jewish ghetto in Europe. The hotel is also close to the Strada Nova, a lively middle-class shopping street that runs toward the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco.

Hotel Hesperia roof terraceInside the Hotel Hesperia, you'll find 16 renovated guest rooms, some with canal views. The hotel also has a lounge, a top-floor terrace, and a patio where breakfast is served during the warmer months. (There's no elevator, however, and Wi-Fi isn't free.)

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Aerial photos:

  • In the first satellite image, you can see the walking route from the train station: Turn left as you leave the station, follow the crowd up the Rio Terà Lista di Spagna, then turn left again just before the Ponte delle Guglie. Walk a short distance along the Cannaregio Canal until you reach the hotel, which is at the foot of the Calle Riello (about a third of the way along the embankment).

  • In the second photo, which was taken from across the canal, you can see the Hotel Hesperia facing the water. (The hotel is the small tan building on the streetcorner near the right side of the frame.)

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