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The Hotel Ala has long been a favorite of Venetophiles, so book early if you want a room.
The three-star, 82-room hotel is less than 10 minutes on foot from the Piazza San Marco. It's on the same small square as the Gritti Palace, one of Venice's most celebrated luxury hotels.
The Ala has a bar, a tea room, a roof terrace, and free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Leave the Alilaguna boat and walk straight ahead, down the Calle Gritti, until the street widens into a small square.
The Hotel Ala will be directly ahead of you, on the left.
For a video preview of your walk, click below:
As you leave the boat station, turn left and cross a small stone bridge.
Continue a few meters to the Calle Vallaresso and turn right.
Walk straight ahead down the Calle Vallaresso, past Harry's Bar and a row of designer shops.
At the first corner, turn left into the Salizzada San Moisè.
Walk to the narrow canal alongside the Hotel Bauer, where you'll see gondolas on your left and a small bridge just ahead.
Cross the bridge and walk straight ahead into the Calle Larga XXII Marzo.
Walk to the end of the street and bear left at the corner.
After the street jogs, walk straight ahead on the Calle Ostreghe.
Cross the next bridge, continue a few meters to the Campo Santa Maria Giglio.
Turn left. The Hotel Ala will be on your right as you enter the square.
Take the Alilaguna Blue Line airport boat from the cruise basin to the San Marco Giardinetti boat stop.
Follow the directions above.
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