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Our No. 1 Venice Hotel Warning

In Venice, choosing the wrong hotel neighborhood can be a costly, frustrating mistake.

Vaporetto line in Venice

ABOVE: On a Saturday in May, newly-arrived visitors waited patiently in line by the railroad station to take expensive vaporetto rides to their hotels. If they'd given more thought to location, they could have avoided the line and saved 15 euros each (€30 for a couple) on local transportation.


If you take just one piece of advice from us, make it this:

Hotel location may not be critical in most cities, but in Venice--a city with 400+ footbridges and outrageously expensive public transportation--the wrong location can be frustrating and costly.

To minimize pain and suffering, your hotel selection should be a two-step process:


Venice hotel directions map

ABOVE: Our Venice Hotel Directions can help you find hotels that are near major transportation points such as Alilaguna airport-boat stops, the Santa Lucia Railroad Station, and the Piazzala Roma (used by taxis and airport buses).


More suggestions for a hassle-free visit

If you're in Venice for 1 to 3 days:

If you're loaded with luggage:

If you're arriving or departing on a cruise ship:

If you have a flight before 10 a.m.:

Here are two final--and important--pieces of advice:

Reserve early.

Use a secure booking system.

For more detailed advice on where to stay, see our smartphone-friendly Venice Hotel Guide.


More information about hotels in Venice:
Venice Hotel Guide

Don't miss:

arrow Arriving in Venice

arrow Hotel Directions with Maps

arrow Venice Q&A (Travel FAQ)

arrow Top 11 Tourist Mistakes


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