The four-star, 18-room Excess Venice Boutique Hotel & Private Spa (formerly the ) has an excellent reputation, and its location is perfect if you're arriving or departing on a cruise ship at the San Basilio cruise terminal or its neighboring Santa Marta pier.
From the terminal (inset photo), the hotel is just one small bridge and a couple of minutes away on foot.
Leave the San Basilio cruise terminal by the main doors and walk straight ahead to the wooden bridge.
Cross the bridge and walk a short distance to the San Basilio vaporetto (water bus) stop.
Just across from the vaporetto stop, you'll see a narrow pedestrian street with a restaurant to the left of the Billa supermarket. Go down the street, which is named the Calle del Vento.
In about half a minute, you'll reach a small square with a bridge (the Campo San Basegio). Do not cross the bridge--instead, continue inland along the canal on the Fondamenta San Sebastiano.
The hotel (shown on the map as the Hotel San Sebastiano Garden) is just beyond the next bridge, facing the canal.
Leave the secure port area through the gate at the west end of the pier.
Turn right and follow the road behind the pier until you reach the San Basilio Cruise Terminal. (The walk is over level ground but takes at least 10 minutes.)
On your left behind the cruise terminal, you'll see park benches, flowering bushes, and steps. Look for a ramp that leads down from the pier area.
Walk down the ramp and follow the directions above.
Take the No. 2 vaporetto to San Basilio (indicated by the blue boat icon below the supermarket shopping cart on the map). Be sure to board a boat that's headed toward Zattere and San Giorgio Maggiore.
Follow directions 3, 4, and 5 above.
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