"Can I change my Venice hotel reservation?"
When you've booked a hotel that's hard to reach,
here's what do do.
ABOVE: In a city with 400+ bridges, the wrong
hotel location can be inconvenient and expensive. Fortunately, you can often
rebook at a hotel that's closer to your arrival or departure point without
paying a penalty.
In our No. 1
hotel warning article, we explain why choosing the wrong hotel or apartment
location in Venice can be a costly, frustrating mistake. Disadvantages include:
The need to pay for expensive local transportation such as a
water bus), or...
The need to struggle over footbridges with luggage or--even
worse--to hire a porter.
If you haven't yet booked a hotel room or apartment, the solution is easy:
But what can you do if you've already booked
accommodation that's hard to reach and are having second thoughts?
You have two options:
Often, you can reserve a different place to stay, then
cancel your original reservation without penalty. (But check the fine print
in your existing reservation before rebooking!)
If your original reservation is prepaid or otherwise
non-cancellable, then you're stuck with it. Your best bet in such cases (if
you're traveling with heavy luggage) is to store your larger bags at a
left-luggage service or a
locker shop so you can easily walk to your
hotel or take a crowded vaporetto.
Assuming that you're able to change your reservation, here are our
suggestions on where to stay:
If you're arriving or departing by air:
Look for a hotel near Piazzale Roma (where
airport buses and
land taxis arrive in central Venice). See
10 hotels near airport buses or
the Piazzale Roma listings
from our Venice Hotel Directions.
This advice works for both Venice Marco Polo
International Airport and the smaller
Treviso Airport (which is used
by many Ryanair and Wizzair flights).
Another option, if your flights are at Marco Polo Airport, is to travel to and
from the city center on an Alilaguna airport
boat. Alilaguna has boat stops at many points in central Venice, so you can
avoid long walks over multiple bridges by using the
Alilaguna airport boat listings
from our Venice Hotel Directions.
Also see our hotel listings for
Early-Morning Flights from Venice Marco Polo Airport if you're leaving town
at the crack of dawn.
ABOVE: AC Venezia Hotel by Marriott is next to the
Piazzale Roma's airport buses, People Mover, and parking garages.
If you're arriving or departing by train:
Browse the illustrated listings in our
Venice Railroad Station Hotels
article. (These listings are for Venezia Santa Lucia, the main railroad station
in central Venice.)
Hotel Principe is a short walk from the
railroad station, with no bridges to cross.
If you're arriving or departing by car:
Read our articles on Parking in Venice and
Venice hotels with parking.
ABOVE: Ca' Doge has parking for cars, motorcycles, and
bicycles on the premises.
If you're arriving or departing by cruise ship:
See our illustrated listings of 17
hotels near cruise ships.
Note: Our hotel partner is Booking.com, Europe's
leading secure reservations platform.
If you'd rather skip our suggestions and just go to Booking.com's
interactive maps (which show locations and rates for both hotels and
About the author:
Durant Imboden has
written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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