Venice Railroad Station Hotels
These hotels are within walking distance of the Venezia Santa
Lucia train station.
Hotel Ai Due Fanali (see our
illustrated review) is about five minutes from Venice's Santa Lucia Railroad
Station, on the only campo in Venice that faces the Grand Canal. In
nice weather, you can have breakfast on a rooftop terrace. BELOW: This aerial
photo shows the railroad station's location at the edge of Venice's historic
In many cities, hotel
districts near railroad stations can be depressing, and sometimes they're even
dangerous. Not so in Venice: The streets near
Santa Lucia Railway Station may be
busy and geared to tourists, but the atmosphere is pleasant enough, and the
convenience is hard to beat if you're spending only two or three days in Venice.
Many of the hotels in this article are on or near
the Rio Terà Lista di Spagna (usually shortened to "Lista di Spagna"), the first
segment of the main pedestrian thoroughfare between the station and the Piazza
The Lista di Spagna is a lively place of hotels, restaurants,
and souvenir shops, but you'll also find plenty of businesses that serve local
residents. And when you get tired of looking at souvenir t-shirts or carnival
masks, you can cross the Cannaregio Canal to explore the Venetian Ghetto and the
many local shops, restaurants, and cafés along the connecting streets that feed
into the Strada Nova.
Best of all, you can reach the hotels in the first section of
these listings area without
crossing bridges--a great convenience if you're using a rolling suitcase.
We've also included listings of hotels across the Grand Canal.
These hotels require crossing a bridge (or, in some cases, several bridges).
Choose them if you're looking for a less "touristy" neighborhood or if you want
to be close to the
Piazzale Roma for an early airport or cruise
Most hotel-name links in this article will take you to our
Venice Hotel Directions pages and our partner, Booking.com
(which offers "guaranteed lowest available rates" at nearly all hotels and
guest houses in Venice).
The area near the railroad station is about a half-hour walk from the
Piazza San Marco. To reach the piazza, head away from the station along the
Lista di Spagna, cross the Cannaregio Canal, and follow the yellow "San
Marco" signs or the daytrippers who'll be headed in the same direction. Or
use the expensive vaporetto public water buses. (See our
Transportation Index for more information.)
Through express trains from other Italian cities typically use the
Venezia Mestre railroad station in
Mestre, a suburb on the Venetian
mainland. Our Mestre
Hotels page describes good, moderately-priced hotels that face
the station or are within walking distance.
11 hotels close to Santa Lucia Station
Hotel Amadeus is just a short walk from Santa Lucia Station.
All of the hotels in this
section are within very easy reach of the station, usually without crossing any
bridges. (In some cases, the walk is only a minute or two.) We suggest leaving
the station via the convenient
side exit near Platform 1,
which will lead you down to the water via a gently-sloping sidewalk.
Amadeus (4 stars)
The Amadeus is directly on the Lista di Spagna, about five minutes from the
railroad station. The building is fully air-conditioned and
wheelchair-accessible, with an elevator for guests in its single, double, and
triple rooms. Rates include an American buffet breakfast. Check lowest rates,
reviews, and availability:
Venezia Santa Lucia
This hotel (formerly the Hotel Bellini) occupies an 18th Century building
on the Lista di Spagna, just beyond the station and the Scalzi Bridge. During summer, the complimentary buffet breakfast is
served in the hotel garden. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Venice Times Hotel (4 stars)
The neighborhood's newest design hotel is extremely
close to the station. The decor is stylish, and the 30 soundproofed rooms
have amenities such as large-screen TVs, free use of Samsung smartphones (convenient
for finding your way around Venice), and a kettle for making coffee, tea, or herbal
tea. The hotel has a courtyard and is family-friendly, with junior suites that sleep up to
four guests. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
The Principe is one of the more upscale hotels near the station. It's in a 15th
Century palace, with the entrance on the Lista di Spagna and the back of the
hotel facing the Grand Canal. If you're feeling flush, splurge on a
room overlooking the water. Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Some rooms in this converted monastery overlook the garden
where breakfast is served in the summer. The hotel is in a side street, very
close to the railway station. Rooms include doubles, triples, and quads. (Don't
be startled by the pulpit on a wall of the lobby: In centuries past, when the
lobby was the cloister's refectory, monks read scripture from the pulpit during
meals .) Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Hotel Il Mercante di Venezia (3 stars)
The "Merchant of Venice" is just off the Lista di Spagna in the Calle della
Misericordia. Singles, doubles, and triples are available, and rates are a
bargain during low season. Compare rates, reviews, and availability:
A La Locanda di Orsaria (3 stars)
Singles, doubles, triples and quads are on tap at this locanda, or inn, which is
in a 16th Century building in a side street near the Lista di Spagna. Check
rates, reviews, and availability:
Hotel Hesperia (3 stars)
The highly-rated Hesperia is at the end of the Lista di Spagna and around the corner, on a
fondamenta overlooking the Cannaregio Canal. Check lowest rates, reviews,
Hotel Adriatico (2 stars)
The Adriatico is on the Lista di Spagna and offers singles, doubles, and
triples. Check rates, reviews, and availability:
There are only 13 single and double rooms (without elevator) at this simple but
well-maintained hotel in a 17th Century building on the main thoroughfare from
the railroad station. Check rates, reviews, and availability:
The Florida is one of the closest hotels to Venezia Santa Lucia; it's about a
length of a football field from the station steps. Rooms includes doubles,
triples, and quads, with all but one room having private baths. Wi-Fi and
breakfast are included in the reasonable rates. Check rates, reviews, and
Hotels across the Grand Canal
If you're traveling light, the sestiere or district of
Santa Croce is worth considering. The neighborhood attracts fewer tourists than
the area around the station, and it's especially convenient to major art museums
and other attractions in Santa Croce, San Polo, and Dorsoduro.
Below are listings for hotels that are within a reasonable walk
of the Ponte dei Scalzi (the bridge that crosses the Grand Canal near the
railroad station). We've divided them into two groups, with the second being
especially handy to the Piazzale Roma.
Santa Croce East
on the Grand Canal (4 stars)
This upmarket hotel has 150 air-conditioned rooms with a faux 18th Century
Venetian decor. The deluxe doubles with canal views are worth the extra cost if
you don't mind noise from vaporetti and other passing boats.
Check lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Hotel Ai Due Fanali
air-conditioned hotel is on the Campo San Simeone Profeta, a lovely little
square that facesthe Grand Canal. Breakfast is served on a roof
terrace in warm weather. Read our
illustrated review, which includes step-by-step directions to the hotel. Two
excellent four-star hotels, the the
Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort
Canal Grande, are also located on this delightful square within a
five-minute walk of the railroad station. Check lowest rates, reviews,
The Falier is on the Salizzada San Pantalon, a 10- to 15-minute walk from the
railroad station. The street is pleasant, the hotel has a good reputation, and
the location is handy to the Frari Church and the Campo Santa Margherita (a
large, lively square with outdoor restaurants and cafés that are popular with
tourists, local families, and students from the nearby university). Check
rates, reviews, and availability:
Santa Croce West
The hotels below are on or near the fondamenta that runs along
the Grand Canal to your right as you leave the Ponte dei Scalzi bridge. (You can
also reach them via the Piazzale Roma, which is to your right and over the
modern Calatrava Bridge as you leave the railroad station. Click the hotel
names, and you'll be taken to directions pages with maps that show how to reach
The hotels listed below are
especially handy if you're connecting to or from the airport, because
Venice airport buses depart from the Piazzale Roma nearby. Taxis, shuttle
buses, and the People Mover to the
Marittima Cruise Terminals
also leave from the Piazzale Roma.
Papadopoli Venezia (4 stars)
This boutique hotel, which belongs to
Sofitel's McGallery Collection, is near the Tolentini church and behind the public gardens
by the Piazzale Roma. (Cross one small bridge from the square, walk about 30
seconds, and you're there.) It has a bar and restaurant on the premises.
Check rates, reviews, and availability:
Hotel Antiche Figure
This highly-regarded hotel overlooks the Grand Canal from the edge of a little square next to a church. It's also directly across the Grand Canal from the railroad station. The hotel's location is surprisingly quiet, given its convenience, and you can sit at a café table next to the water when you're recovering from a day of sightseeing.
Canal & Walter (3 stars)
The Canal & Walter has single to quad rooms, some of which face the Grand Canal.
It also has a private courtyard and garden (a prized amenity among Venice hotels) where
breakfast is served in warm weather. Check rates, reviews, and availability:
Hotel Gardena (3 stars)
A delightful location on the Tolentini Canal is
just one reason to like this hotel: It's close to an architectural
university, so the patrons of the nearby cafés are as
likely to be students or professors as tourists. In summer, it lives up to its
name by offering breakfast in the hotel garden. Check rates, reviews,
Some of the Airone's single and double rooms overlook the Grand Canal.
Note: The Airone doesn't serve breakfast, so
when comparing its rates to those of other hotels, figure in the expense of
breakfasting at a coffee bar or bakery. Also, the hotel doesn't offer Internet
access--free or otherwise. Check rates, reviews, and availability:
Tip: If you're looking
for a hotel near the Piazzale Roma that's extremely convenient to the airport or
the Marittima cruise terminals, see
hotels closest to airport buses and
17 hotels closest to cruise ships.
About the author:
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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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