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Several hotels are in the immediate vicinity of the , central Venice's closest point to the main cruise basin, . 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.
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.)
These two hotels are , which means you won't have to cross any bridges with heavy luggage.
(Downside: The Piazzale Roma is a busy square with taxis and buses, so you might want to consider one of the other hotels on this page if you want authentic Venetian atmosphere and don't mind a low bridge or two.)
(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. Along with the Ca' Doge (see below), it's 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). Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
Ca' 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 availability:
The following hotels are over small footbridges:
½ minutes on foot from the 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. (We booked through Venere at a bargain rate and got a room with a canal view.) Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability :(3 stars) is on the Fondamenta delle Burchielle, about 2
(3 stars) is an excellent hotel just beyond the Arlecchino, alongside a canal next to the Piazzale Roma. (Allow 3 minutes for the walk from Piazzale Roma.) 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:
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 guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
(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. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
(3 stars) is about 3 minutes from 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 architectural university nearby. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
½-minute walk 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:(4 stars) is a 4
(3 stars) is in a side street near the railroad station, making it a little more distant from the Piazzale Roma than some of the other hotels described here. (On the plus side, the modern Calatrava Bridge to the railroad station is easy to cross with luggage.) The hotel occupies a former monastery, and some rooms face the large garden where breakfast is served in nice weather. Check guaranteed lowest rates, reviews, and availability:
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.
Or you could book a room at the(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 read your map.
If you're willing to walk 7 to 10 minutes and cross two small footbridges, you won't go wrong with the cozy (see our illustrated review), the with its huge garden, or the . All three hotels are on the , a lovely and peaceful little square where you can sit on a park bench and watch boat traffic on the Grand Canal.
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 living room.
Le Burchielle is close to Piazzale Roma on the Fondamenta Burchielle, down the street from the Best Western 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.
Hotels near Piazza San Marco (for Marittima piers)
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