Hotel Papadopoli Venezia
ABOVE: The Hotel Papadopoli is next to the
Giardino ex Papadopoli, a public park by the Piazzale Roma and the
railroad station. INSET BELOW: A gondola passes the hotel's canal
entrance, and a terrace view.
Location: Across a low stone bridge
from the Piazzale Roma, and a
short walk from the
Santa Lucia Railroad Station.
You're arriving or departing by cruise ship,
land taxi, or train and you
want a full-service four-star hotel that doesn't require effort to
The Hotel Papadopoli Venezia (formerly the Sofitel) is a 96-room hotel
that is named after the park and botanical gardens next door. The hotel,
which is a member of the upscale MGallery Collection, looks modern on
the outside but is furnished in 18th Century Venetian style. It offers a
full range of four-star comforts and services, including a restaurant
with a winter garden, a café-bar, 24-hour
room service, and elevators.
Papadopoli's prices are fairly reasonable for a hotel in this category (at least by
Venetian standards), with two caveats:
Breakfast isn't always included in the rate, and you'll need to pay for
Reaching the hotel is easy:
From the Piazzale Roma (the arrival point for
airport buses, land taxis, and the
People Mover from
the Marittima cruise basin and the Tronchetto parking garage),
simply follow the crowd to the low stone bridge in the middle of the
square. Cross the bridge, walk a few meters along a flagstone
sidewalk, and you'll see the hotel on your left.
From the Santa Lucia Railroad Station, turn right as
you exit the station, walk a short distance along the water, and
cross the rollerbag-friendly
Calatrava Bridge to
the Piazzale Roma. Continue along the left side of the square to the
low stone bridge and follow the directions above.
The overhead satellite image shows the railroad
station (top), the Piazzale Roma (lower left), and the historic
center of Venice (right). The Hotel Papadapoli is the building next
to the large botanic garden in the middle of the photo, just to the
left of the word "Monastero."
In the close-up photo, you can see the Calatrava
Bridge between the railroad station and the Piazzale at lower left.
On the right, a bridge leads across the Rio di Nuovo Canal to the
Hotel Papadopoli Venezia, which is the pink building with arches at
ground level next to the botanic garden.