Picking the right hotel location
In our Number 1 Warning article, we make a statement that's worth repeating here:
Many first-time visitors book hotels (or let their travel agents book hotels) without giving any thought to location. This can lead to frustrating and expensive mistakes.
To see why, we'll return to the aerial photo:
Let's say that you're arriving by air and spending two days in Venice before departing on a cruise ship from the San Basilio pier (see white ship near the foot of the Giudecca Canal). You're carrying large, heavy luggage.
Your travel agent has booked you into a hotel in Castello, inland from the Piazza San Marco (the grey spot to the left of the curving waterfront promenade, above the eastern end of the S-shaped Grand Canal).
Because your travel agent knows a lot about cruising but very little about Venice, she didn't realize that:
You're going to have a frustrating experience that could have been avoided if you'd stayed at a hotel closer to your cruise terminal.
The same principle applies if you're arriving and departing by train: By staying within walking distance of the Santa Lucia railroad station, you'll save time, hassle, and money.
For detailed advice on hotels and other lodgings, see the articles in our Hotel Guide.
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