Best Western Hotel Bologna
Our review describes a comfortable three-star hotel across from the Venezia Mestre railroad station, where frequent commuter trains run directly to Venice's historic center.
From: Mestre, Italy
For independent travelers, the primary reason to stay in Mestre, on the Venetian mainland, is to do one or both of the following:
Given the fact that most tourists are visiting Mestre to cut their travel expenses, you might expect Mestre's hotels to be dull and ordinary. Happily, that isn't always the case, as I discovered when I stayed at the Best Western Hotel Bologna, which has catered to leisure and business travelers since 1911.
The Hotel Bologna is a four-star property with style and panache. Its rooms are decorated in two contemporary themes--"Avant" and "Look"--and all are spacious, measuring 24 to 40 m² or 258 to 431 square feet. The larger rooms are configured as suites with separate living areas. Beds are mostly king-size or twins. (In my "Look" room, the bed was a king with a firm mattress on a wooden Scandinavian-style slatted platform.)
All rooms have central air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities. Bathrooms are well-equipped, with either tubs or walk-in showers.
Downstairs, you'll find an attractive lobby with a lounge, travelers' book exchange, half a dozen or so Internet terminals (available to guests at no charge), a bar that serves snacks, a gourmet restaurant that serves Venetian dishes, and an informal "quick lunch" restaurant.
A buffet breakfast is included in the rate, and parking is available at extra cost (about 10 euros a day during my visit, or a third to a half of what you'd pay to park at the edge of Venice's city center).
Best of all, the Best Western Hotel Bologna is directly across the street from the Mestre Railroad Station, where trains from Mestre to Venice run almost constantly from morning through late evening, taking only 10 to 12 minutes to reach the centro storico for a little over one euro. The Mestre Airport Bus from Venice Marco Polo Airport also stops just 50 meters down the street from hotel.
Rates depend on the room and season: For a stay in July, 2011 that I booked through our hotel partner, the discounted rate with breakfast was a reasonable €95 per day. (I'd reserved a single but was placed in a "Look" room with king-size bed at no extra charge.)
To check the lowest available prices for the dates of your visit to Venice or Mestre, see Booking.com's Best Western Hotel Bologna pages.
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