Venice Railroad Station Hotels
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ABOVE: The Ponte dei Scalzi (the bridge in the
background) crosses the Grand Canal from just beyond the square in front of the
Hotels across the Grand Canal or Calatrava Bridge
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.)
Santa Croce East
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 Carlton Capri (3 stars)
A 10-minute walk will get you to the Carlton Capri, assuming that you pay
attention to your map. The hotel has single, double, and triple rooms, and rates
include an American buffet breakfast.
This recently renovated hotel isn't too hard to find, and the location is quiet.
(The Doge is near the Riva di Biasio vaporetto stop, but it's easy to reach on
foot from the station.) Breakfast is served in the rooms.
Hotel Ai Due Fanali (3 stars)
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
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).
Santa Croce West (Piazzale Roma)
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.
Note: 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.
Railroad Station Hotels