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San Marco is the most popular tourist area of Venice, and it's also a convenient place to arrive or depart via the Alilaguna airport boats, since Alilaguna's Blue and Orange lines stop at the San Marco Giardinetti vaporetto station.
(Caveat: The boat ride to San Marco takes a lot longer than the airport-bus ride to the Piazzale Roma.)
The best-known hotels in this area are among Venice's most expensive hostelries:
Luna Baglioni (5 stars) is Venice's oldest hotel; an inn has stood on its plot of ground since the 12th Century. Every room is different, and all are supremely comfortable.
Don't let this hotel's 5-star rating intimidate you: There's nothing snooty or stuffy about the Luna, where an intimate atmosphere and friendly service attract a loyal European and American clientele.
Europa & Regina (5 stars), a member of the Westin group, has a prime location along the Grand Canal.
Il Palazzo (5 stars) is a boutique hotel in an historic palazzo on the Grand
Canal. Just behind is a slightly less expensive sister property, the
Hotel Bauer (also 5 stars), which has a stark modern façade but a sumptuous
interior. (See directions
to both hotels.)
Monaco & Grand Canal (4 stars) is just a short walk from the Alilaguna airport boat's pier. The hotel, which was renovated in 2005, occupies a magnificent site where the Grand Canal feeds into St. Mark's Basin. (Note: The location on the linked page's map is incorrect; the hotel is on the waterfront west of the former Royal Gardens.)
Looking for something cheaper? The
Anastasia (3 stars) has single and double rooms at rates that are
surprisingly reasonable for this area of San Marco.
The Torino and the Firenze (both 3-star hotels) are also convenient to the Alilaguna boat pier.
The very reasonably priced Mercurio (3 stars) is just west of the Piazza San Marco.
Two personal favorites are slightly inland and within easy walking distance of the San Marco Giardinetti boat stop:
San Moisè (3 stars, photo at right) is
about five minutes from the boat platform, on a quiet street near the
(4 stars). We've stayed in both hotels and can happily
recommend either one, although the San Moisè might be a better choice during the
warm months because it has a courtyard with tables for guests.
Other popular three-star hotels close by include the Violino d'Oro, the Lisbona, the Bel Sito & Berlino, Do Pozzi (which has tables in the tiny street outside), the Flora with its pretty garden, and--especially if you're a visiting opera singer--La Fenice et de Artistes.
The Saturnia & International (4 stars, photo at left), the Ala (3 stars) on the delightful Campo de Santa Maria del Giglio, and the Locanda Fiorita (1 star) are also easy to reach on foot from the San Marco Giardinetti boat stop.
If you're willing to roll your bags a slightly longer distance, you might consider staying just north of the Piazza San Marco (see listings).
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