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10 Venice hotels closest to cruise ships

If you're traveling with heavy or bulky luggage, these hotels are great choices for a pre- or post-cruise stay in Venice, Italy.

In our comprehensive article on Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels, we describe hotels in all price ranges that are convenient to the Marittima and San Basilio cruise terminals. We recommend that article as a starting point if you have time to compare hotels, locations, and rates.

Still, if you're in a hurry, these listings of 10 hand-picked hotels--seven for Marittima, and three for San Basilio--will make it easy to find a hotel that's extremely close to the piers. (Such proximity can be useful if you're traveling with heavy, bulky luggage.)

Hotels near the Marittima cruise terminals

Map of Piazzale Roma with hotels

ABOVE: This map's red labels show half a dozen hotels on or extremely close to the Piazzale Roma, within easy walking distance of airport buses, taxis, and the People Mover to the Marittima cruise terminals.

Marittima is Venice's main cruise basin. It's used by larger ships, such as those of MSC, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line. Some smaller vessels also use Marittima.

A People Mover elevated tramway runs between the Marittima basin and the southwestern corner of Piazzale Roma, on the edge of Venice's historic center. (The Piazzale Roma is also served by airport buses and land taxis.)

If you stay at a hotel on or near the Piazzale Roma, you can easily walk a short distance to the People Mover station, where airport-style trams take only about two minutes to reach Marittima. (Alternatively, a land taxi can take you to either Marittima or San Basilio, since both ports are accessible by car.)

Two hotels are directly on the Piazzale Roma. (The People Mover station isn't labeled, but it's right across from the Ca' Doge in that B&B's map below, right above the red arrow.)


Hotel Santa Chiara ****

Near public water buses on Piazzale Roma

Hotel Santa Chiara, Venice

Hotel Santa Chiara photoAlong with the Ca' Doge (see below), the Hotel Santa Chiara is the most convenient hotel to Marittima if you want to avoid bridges. Superior rooms have canal views, while some of the cheaper rooms are at the Residenza Parisi (near the Piazzale Roma vaporetto stop).

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Ca' Doge

Across from the People Mover station on Piazzale Roma

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Ca' Doge, a six-room B&B, is popular with cruisers because it's just across the street from the People Mover station at the western corner of the Piazzale Roma.

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Five other hotels are slightly away from the traffic of Piazzale Roma (but are still easy to reach with only one low bridge to cross in each case):


Hotel Arlecchino ***

2½-minute walk from Piazzale Roma

Hotel Arlecchino photo

The Arlecchino is on the Fondamenta delle Burchielle, one small bridge away from the Piazzale Roma. Singles, doubles, triples, and quads are available, and guests have access to the garden of the Best Bestern Olimpia next door.

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Best Western Hotel Olimpia ***

3-minute walk from Piazzale Roma

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The Olimpia is an excellent hotel just beyond the Arlecchino, alongside a canal next to the Piazzale Roma. The hotel offers a variety of room types, including junior suites, and it has a private garden with beach umbrellas and deck chairs. Free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas.

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Alloggi Marinella

4½-minute walk from Piazzale Roma

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The Alloggi Marinella, a.k.a. the Locanda Marinella, is one block beyond the Arlecchino and the Olimpia (see above), on a quiet pedestrian street lined with trees. The B&B has a courtyard where breakfast is served in good weather.

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Il Veliero Romantico

4½-minute walk from Piazzale Roma

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A tiny B&B, Il Veliero Romantico, is just beyond the Alloggi Marinella (see above) on the Rio Terà dei Pensieri. It has three twin-rooms plus a shared dormitory with another three beds.

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Hotel Papadopoli Venezia (Sofitel) ****

4½-minute walk from Piazzale Roma

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The Papadopoli Venezia is just beyond the public gardens that are reached via a low footbridge from the Piazzale Roma. It belongs to Sofitel's McGallery Collection of boutique hotels, and it's a good choice if you're looking for an upscale hotel with a bar, restaurant, concierge, and other services on the premises.

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For eight more hotels that are within a five- to 10-minute walk from Piazzale Roma, click here.

Also, hotels near Aligaguna Linea Blu airport-boat stops are handy for Marittima, because the waterbus line has its final stop in the Marittima cruise basin, right by the ships.


Hotels near the San Basilio pier

Map of San Basilio cruise terminal area with hotels

San Basilio and its neighboring quay of Santa Marta are used by small and midsize ships, from river vessels up to ships of 800 or more passengers. It's accessible by road from the Piazzale Roma, which means that any of the hotels listed above are good choices if you don't mind hiring a land taxi for the short ride to the pier.

Alternatively, if you aren't burdened with large quantities of luggage, these three hotels are worth considering. All are extremely close to the San Basilio cruise terminal:

Hotel San Sebastiano Garden ****

4-minute walk from San Basilio cruise terminal

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The San Sebastiano Garden is on the Fondamenta San Sebastiano,  only about five minutes from the pier over level ground after you've crossed one small bridge. The hotel has a private garden where you can enjoy breakfast or drinks outdoors in good weather.

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Avogaria Locanda

4-minute walk from San Basilio cruise terminal

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The Avogaria Locanda is a five-room "design B&B" just beyond the Hotel San Sebastiano and down a side street. For a touch of luxury, book a junior suite with private garden.

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Hotel Tiziano ****

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The Hotel Tiziano  is behind and to the north of the San Basilio terminal and Santa Marta quay, with one small bridge to cross. It has 14 rooms and is close to the IUAV university of architecture and design.

Caveat: Although the Tiziano is close to the piers, it's a bit out of the way for sightseeing.

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Next page: 8 more hotels nearby (and four apartments)


In this article:
10 hotels closest to cruise ships
8 more hotels (and 4 apartments)

Also see:
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
Venice for Cruisers

MAP CREDIT: Map by Anders Imboden, using base data from the Comune di Venezia and Regione Veneto under license IODL-2.0.


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