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Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels (2020)

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Hotel Santa Chiara

ABOVE: Are you cruising to or from the Marittima ship basin? The Hotel Santa Chiara may be your best choice, especially if you're traveling with bulky luggage. It's on the edge of the Piazzale Roma, with bridge- and step-free access to airport buses, taxis, and the inexpensive People Mover automated tram to Marittima.

BELOW: The yellow captions indicate hotel areas discussed in this article.

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If you're a cruise passenger and you're arriving or departing at the Venice Cruise Terminals (Terminal Venezia Passeggeri), staying at a hotel near the ship will save you money, huge amounts of hassle, or both.

Read our "No. 1 Warning!" article before making the mistake of booking a room in the wrong part of town. In a city with narrow, crowded pedestrian streets and more than 400 footbridges, you do not want to wrestle heavy luggage any farther than you absolutely must.

In looking for a hotel, you need to know which terminal your cruise ship will be using:

If you aren't sure where your ship will be moored, see the Ship Schedule at the Terminal Venezia Passeggeri Web site.

Where to stay in Venice's historic center

On the following pages, you'll find hotel suggestions for several areas of town:

Saving money on the mainland

Another possibility is to spend a night or two in Mestre, on the Venetian mainland. This is especially convenient if you're traveling with heavy luggage, since you won't need to walk far or cross bridges.

Hotels tend to be much cheaper in Mestre than in Venice, and if you stay directly across from the Mestre Railroad Station (which is served by Mestre airport buses and has a baggage room), you can reach the city center by train in less than 15 minutes. From the Venice train station, you can walk across the Calatrava Bridge to the Piazzale Roma. (See our Getting to Your Ship article for advice on what to do after you've reached the Piazzale Roma.)

If your luggage is bulky or heavy, consider taking a land taxi to your ship. The fare between downtown Mestre and either the Marittima or San Basilio cruise terminal shouldn't be more than €30-40. For more information, see:

Another possibility: the Hilton Molino Stucky

Well-heeled cruise passengers often stay at the Hilton Molino Stucky, which is located on the island of Giudecca. The hotel occupies part of a restored flour mill from the late 19th Century.

The Hilton Molino Stucky's location isn't especially convenient to Venice's main sights (you'll need to take the free shuttle boat from the hotel to the Piazza San Marco, for example), but an Alilaguna airport boat does offer service between the hotel and the main Marittima cruise terminal, and you can take a vaporetto to the San Basilio pier.

Please note:

Next page: Hotels near Piazzale Roma (for Marittima piers)

In this article:
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
Piazzale Roma (Marittima)
Piazza San Marco (Marittima)
St. Mark's Basin (Marittima)
San Basilio (San Basilio, Santa Marta)
Zattere (all piers)

Also see:
Venice Hotel Guide
Venice for Cruisers Index

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