Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
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Hotels near Piazzale Roma (for Marittima piers)
Several hotels are in the immediate vicinity of the
Piazzale Roma, central Venice's closest
point to the main cruise basin,
Marittima. From Piazzale Roma, you can reach
Marittima on the inexpensive People Mover, by land taxi, or--quite often--by
free shuttle buses that go directly to your ship.
Important: Rooms at hotels on or near the Piazzale Roma can be hard
to get during the cruise season, so it's best to reserve early if you can.
(As long as you aren't making a non-refundable prepaid booking, you can
always cancel later on if you change your mind.)
four hotels lie
directly on the Piazzale Roma, which means you won't have to cross any
bridges with heavy luggage.
Hotel Santa Chiara
(4 stars) is an ISO 9001-certified hotel on the edge of the Piazzale Roma, next to the Grand Canal and the
Calatrava Bridge to the railroad station. Superior rooms have canal views, while some of the cheaper rooms are at the
Residenza Parisi (near the Piazzale Roma vaporetto stop). Wi-Fi is
free throughout the hotel. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and
AC Hotel Venezia by Marriott opened in February, 2018 with 79
well-equipped rooms, many offering queen-sized beds.
illustrated review, which
is packed with photos.)
It's a modern,
stylish "design hotel" built within the brick walls of an historic building,
and it's extremely close to both ATVO airport buses and the
Mover. As you can see from the photo, one
side of the hotel overlooks a quiet canal. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Doge is a "town house suites, 1st category" property, which
corresponds to a 3-star hotel. The Ca' Doge is next to the
elevated People Mover, which will take you
to the Marittima cruise port in less than two minutes. It offers free Internet
access and has parking on the premises. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and
Casanova FourRooms is a tiny B&B between Ca' Doge and the AC Hotel
Venezia. Parking is available at the lot next
door, albeit for a steep daily fee.(You'll check in at Ca' Doge, which is
operated by the same management.) Check guaranteed lowest rates,
reviews, and availability:
This property is just behind the Piazzale Roma,
where it faces a quiet canal:
Sant'Andrea occupies a former convent. It offers one- to
four-person guestrooms (some with private facilities). Unlike most
accommodations in its price range, it has an elevator. Check guaranteed
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The following hotels are
beyond the Piazzale Roma over small footbridges:
Arlecchino (3 stars) is on the Fondamenta delle Burchielle, a 2½-minute
walk from airport buses and taxis in the Piazzale Roma. Singles, doubles,
triples, and quads are available, and guests have access to the garden of the
Best Bestern Olimpia next door. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
(3 stars) is an excellent hotel just beyond the Arlecchino, alongside a canal
next to the Piazzale Roma. (Allow 3 minutes for the easy walk.) The Olimpia 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. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability
Marinella (3-star equivalent), a personal favorite, has unusually high guest
ratings from Booking.com users. The inn's location is just about perfect: It's just a
block from the Piazzale Roma, away from the parking garages and boat platforms
but close enough for early airport-bus departures or catching a taxi to the
The walk takes only about 4½ minutes.
The Alloggi Marinella also has a garden where you can sit and
relax in warm weather. If your budget allows, spend a little extra for a
superior room with a walled private patio. (We stayed in a room with patio
for a couple of days before an
MSC Eastern Mediterranean cruise. See our illustrated
Alloggi Marinella review.) Check
rates, reviews, and availability:
Canal & Walter (3 stars) has 33 rooms, some
overlooking the Grand Canal. One- to four-person rooms are available, and
breakfast is served in the hotel's garden courtyard during summer.
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(3 stars) is close to the Piazzale Roma, with
two tiny bridges to cross, but you might think it's in a different world: The
hotel is on a delightful neighborhood canal, and the cafés
along the water are often filled with students and professors from the
university nearby. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Papadopoli Venezia (Sofitel) (4 stars) is about 4½
minutes from the Piazzale Roma, just beyond a low footbridge and a
curving path. The
Papadopoli 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. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Other hotels within walking distance of the Piazzale Roma:
If you prefer to be a little more distant from the buses, boats, and bustle of
the Piazzale Roma, you could try
Al Sole (3 stars), the
Carlton on the Grand Canal (4 stars), or a Venetian mansion that doubles as
a boutique hotel, the
Palazzo Odoni (3 stars,
photo at right). Please note that the term "distant" is relative:
All of these hotels are within a five- to 10-minute walk of the Piazzale Roma,
depending on your speed.
you could book a room at the
Falier (2 stars), which is handy to one of the liveliest squares in Venice, the Campo
Santa Margherita. It's an appealing choice if you're traveling with nothing
larger than a midsized wheeled suitcase.
Note: These four hotels are about a 5-minute walk from the Piazzale Roma if
you don't stop to look at your map.
For a charming and delightful location:
willing to walk 7 to 10 minutes and cross two small footbridges, you won't go wrong with the
Ai Due Fanali
illustrated review), the
Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort
with its huge garden, or the
Canal Grande. All three hotels are on the
Campo San Simeon Grande, a lovely and
peaceful little square where you can sit on a park bench and watch boat traffic
on the Grand Canal.
Apartments near Marittima:
If you'd like to settle in for a few days before or after a cruise, or if
you prefer self-catering flats to hotels and restaurants, a vacation
apartment is worth considering. Several are extremely close to the Piazzale
Roma and the People Mover to the Marittima cruise terminals:
Venicedire is located right next to the Piazzale Roma. It's a very
modern one-bedroom flat on the ground floor (three steps up from the
sidewalk), making it convenient if you have heavy luggage. The living room has a sofa bed. As a bonus, you can park on site
(albeit for a steep daily fee).
Sofia is a nicely renovated apartment on the Fondamenta Santa Chiara, by the vaporetto platforms and
not far from the Santa Chiara Hotel.
It's very atmospheric, thanks to its exposed roof beams and joists, and it
has plenty of space for families, with a bedroom plus three sofa beds in the
Le Burchielle is close to Piazzale Roma on the Fondamenta Burchielle,
down the street from the Hotel Olimpia. It has two bedrooms (one with a queen bed,
the other with two twins) and has a light, modern, airy decor.
Garden Houses are a few short streets
and two small bridges away from Piazzale Roma, a block
bey0nd the Alloggi Marinella.
Three apartments are available: A two-bedroom split-level with terrace, a
one-bedroom with terrace, and an upstairs one-bedroom without terrace.
near Piazza San Marco (for Marittima piers)
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