Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
ABOVE: Compagnie du Ponant's
L'Austral at the San
Basilio cruise terminal.
If you're a cruise
passenger and you're arriving or departing at the
Venice Cruise Terminals
(Terminal Venezia Passeggeri), staying at a hotel near the ship will save you
money, huge amounts of hassle, or both.
Read our "No. 1
Warning!" article before making the mistake of booking a room in the wrong
part of town. In a city with narrow, crowded pedestrian streets and more than
400 footbridges, you do not want to wrestle heavy luggage any farther
than you absolutely must.
In looking for a hotel, you need to know which terminal your
cruise ship will be using:
Large ships (such as Princess and Costa ships) invariably use the main
basin, which has several terminals. Marittima is located just south of where
the road bridge from the mainland enters the city. It's about a 15-minute
walk, a 5-minute taxi or shuttle-bus ride, and an even quicker
People Mover ride from the
Piazzale Roma, the final
destination for buses and taxis that enter Venice. If your ship is using the
Marittima terminal, it's convenient to stay at a hotel near the Piazzale
Small to midsize ships up to about 50,000 tons (such as Silversea's
Silver Spirit or Compagnie du Ponant's
use the Marittima basin as well. However, such ships are often assigned to
the San Basilio
terminal. This is on the Giudecca Canal (right below a pedestrian promenade
called the Zattere, which extends all
the way up to a triangular point opposite St. Mark's Basin). The San Basilio
terminal is also accessible by road from the Piazzale Roma, but you can
reach it on foot from nearby hotels if you aren't burdened with heavy
luggage. The San Basilio vaporetto stop is just a few steps away, over a
River vessels and other very small ships nearly always arrive and depart
at the San Basilio terminal.
If you aren't sure where your ship will be moored, see the
Ship Schedule at the Terminal
Venezia Passeggeri Web site.
Where to stay in Venice's historic center
On the following pages, you'll find hotel suggestions for
several areas of town:
Piazzale Roma. Stay here if your ship uses the Marittima basin, or if
your ship uses the San Basilio terminal and you want to transfer by taxi.
Zattere. Consider this area if you're arriving or departing at
Marco Polo Airport, and
your ship is using the Marittima cruise basin. It's also within reasonable
walking distance or a short ride on the ACTV No. 2
to San Basilio.
San Basilio. Stay at one of these hotels if your ship uses the San
Basilio terminal and you don't mind walking a few blocks with a small bridge
or two along the way.
Piazza San Marco: Prices tend to be higher in this area of the city. The
Piazza San Marco and the adjacent Riva degli Schiavoni are served by the
Alilaguna airport boat's
Blue Line, which connects Marco Polo Airport with the city center and the
Marittima cruise basin.
Saving money on the mainland
Another possibility is to spend a night or two in
Mestre, on the Venetian mainland. This is
especially convenient if you're traveling with heavy luggage, since you won't
need to walk far or cross bridges.
Hotels tend to be much cheaper in Mestre than in Venice, and if
you stay directly across from the
Mestre Railroad Station
(which is served by Mestre
airport buses and has a baggage room), you can reach the city center by
train in less than 15 minutes. From the Venice train station, you can walk
across the Calatrava Bridge to the Piazzale Roma. (See our
Getting to Your
Ship article for advice on what to do after you've reached the Piazzale
If your luggage is bulky or heavy, consider taking a land taxi
to your ship. The fare between downtown Mestre and either the Marittima or San
Basilio cruise terminal shouldn't be more than €30-40. For more information,
Another possibility: the Hilton Molino Stucky
Well-heeled cruise passengers often stay at the
Hilton Molino Stucky, which is located on the island of Giudecca. The
hotel occupies part of a restored flour mill from the late 19th Century.
The Hilton Molino Stucky's location isn't especially convenient
to Venice's main sights (you'll need to take the free shuttle boat from the
hotel to the Piazza San Marco, for example), but an Alilaguna airport boat does
offer service between the hotel and the main Marittima cruise terminal, and you
can take a vaporetto to the San Basilio pier.
Many of the links in this article will take you to pages at
Venere and Booking.com, our two discount booking partners. (We've used both
services in our own travels with good results.)
If you've already made a hotel booking, check
the hotel's location. You may find it worthwhile to cancel
your reservation and book at a hotel that's more convenient to the cruise
port. (If you've prepaid for a hotel in a bad location, we can't do anything
to ease your pain, but our Venice
articles may help you to make the best of a bad situation.)
near Piazzale Roma (for Marittima piers)