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How to pick the right hotel location

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 heed just one piece of advice from us, make it this:

  • Don't pick a hotel in a location that's inconvenient or expensive to reach.


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:

  • We recommend staying at a hotel near the Piazzale Roma (airport buses and land taxis), Santa Lucia railroad station, or an Alilaguna airport boat stop. Venice's narrow streets can be crowded during the tourist season or on weekends, and hauling large bags up and down the steps on bridges is a nuisance--even when you're young and fit. You may also want to consider leaving large or heavy bags at a luggage storage office.

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

  • Stay at a hotel near the Piazzale Roma (Marittima terminals), the San Basilio pier, or--less conveniently--the Piazza San Marco, where you can catch an Alilaguna Blue Line boat to the Marittima basin. (Murano, the glassmaking island, is another possibility for Marittima passengers.) We discuss these and other options in Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels.

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

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

Reserve early.

  • Hotels in Venice tend to be small (many have fewer than 20 rooms), so it's best to book ahead while rooms are still available. You can always cancel your reservation if your travel plans change.

Use a secure booking system.

  • If you book through a major reservations service like Booking.com (our hotel partner), you should be safe. When booking directly with a hotel, make sure that your credit-card details are protected before you enter any data.

For more detailed tips on where to stay, see the menu below.


Venice hotel tools:
Directions  & maps to 170+ Venice hotels
'How Many Bridges to Cross?' Hotel Listings

Articles with specific hotel recommendations:
Piazza San Marco Hotels
Venice Marco Polo Airport Hotels
Railroad Station Hotels
Cruise Terminal Hotels
Mestre (Mainland) Hotels
Lido di Venezia Hotels
Accessible Hotels in Venice