ABOVE: Breakfast at the Hotel Orion. INSET
BELOW: A booth with windows and a view.
Location: Midway between the Piazza
San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. Closest
Alilaguna Airport Boat
stop: San Marco or San Zaccaria.
want a comfortable hotel in a central (and busy) location, but you don't
want to spend too much money.
For value, the Hotel Orion is hard to beat--at least in the pricey San
Marco district. It's a minute or two from the Piazza, the understated
Venetian decor runs to beamed ceilings and Murano glass fixtures, the
nightly rates are reasonable, and--if you're lucky--you might get a room
with a view. (There's even a two-person apartment with a kitchenette,
which is worth considering if you want to save money on meals.)
On the downside, there's no elevator, so the Orion shouldn't be your
first choice if you're a candidate for knee replacement.
In the top photo, you can see the
Marco and the Doge's Palace along the waterfront
with the Zaccaria vaporetto and airport-boat piers in
the lower right corner. At upper left is the Rialto
Bridge. The Hotel Orion is a couple of blocks above the
di San Marco in the street called "Spadaria."
The second picture shows the walking
route from the Zaccaria boat stop to the hotel: Cross
the Ponte della Paglia (the bridge near the bottom of
the frame), turn right into the square, and walk past
St. Mark's Basilica to Calle Spadaria, which faces the
north side of the church near the lion statue. The hotel
is just down the street.