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If you're traveling light, the sestiere or district of Santa Croce is worth considering. The neighborhood attracts fewer tourists than the area around the station, and it's especially convenient to major art museums and other attractions in Santa Croce, San Polo, and Dorsoduro.
Below are listings for hotels that are within a reasonable walk of the Ponte dei Scalzi (the bridge that crosses the Grand Canal near the railroad station). We've divided them into two groups, with the second being convenient to the Piazzale Roma. (Note: The new Calatrava Bridge is another way to reach the Piazzale Roma from the railroad station.)
The following hotels are in the neighborhood to your left as you leave the bridge. Warning: Streets can be confusing in this area, so buy a good map before setting out. We recommend the shirtpocket-size Touring Club Italiano 1:5500 map, which costs only a few euros.
on the Grand Canal (4 stars)
This upmarket hotel has 150 air-conditioned rooms with a faux 18th Century Venetian decor. The deluxe doubles with canal views are worth the extra cost if you don't mind noise from vaporetti and other passing boats.
Hotel Ai Due Fanali (3 stars)
This air-conditioned hotel is on the Campo San Simeone Profeta, a lovely little square with benches that face the Grand Canal. Breakfast is served on a roof terrace in warm weather. Two excellent four-star hotels, the the Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort and the Hotel Canal Grande, are also located on this delightful square within a five-minute walk of the railroad station.
The Falier is on the Salizzada San Pantalon, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the railroad station. The street is pleasant, the hotel has a good reputation, and the location is handy to the Frari Church and the Campo Santa Margherita (a large, lively square with outdoor restaurants and cafés that are popular with tourists, local families, and students from the nearby university).
The hotels below are on or near the fondamenta that runs along the Grand Canal to your right as you leave the Ponte dei Scalzi bridge. They're especially handy if you're connecting to or from the airport, because Venice airport buses depart from the Piazzale Roma nearby. Taxis and shuttle buses to the Venice Cruise Terminal also leave from the Piazzale Roma.
Papadopoli Venezia (ex-Sofitel) (4 stars)
This upmarket hotel is near the Tolentini church and behind the public gardens by the Piazzale Roma. (Cross one small bridge from the square, walk about 30 seconds, and you're there.) It has a bar and restaurant on the premises.
Arlecchino (3 stars)
Singles, doubles, triples, and quads are available here, and we can personally recommend the rooms with canal views. The hotel is across one very small bridge from the Piazzale Roma, with places to eat (including a bakery with take-out sandwiches and pastries) close to the hotel.
The Arlecchino's sister property with a private garden, the Best Western Hotel OIimpia, is next door.
Canal & Walter (3 stars)
The Canal & Walter has single to quad rooms, some of which face the Grand Canal. It also has a private courtyard and garden (a rarity among Venice hotels) where breakfast is served in warm weather.
Hotel Gardena (3 stars)
A delightful location on the Tolentini Canal is just one reason to like this hotel: It's close to IUAV, Venice's architectural university, so the patrons of the nearby cafés are as likely to be students or professors as tourists. In summer, it lives up to its name by offering breakfast in the hotel garden.
Some of the Airone's single and double rooms overlook the Grand Canal. The Airone doesn't serve breakfast, so when comparing its rates to those of other hotels, figure in the expense of breakfasting at a coffee bar or bakery.
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