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Venice: precruise arrival, where to stay for reasonable $s?

We're arriving in Venice prior to a Sept. 17, 2008 cruise and figure we'd better arrive 1-2 days prior, "just in case." We'll have several days in Venice with the cruise, so don't need to 'see the sights" so much as to rest up from the travel day(s). Any airport hotels or near the airport hotels that anyone can recommend?
Jan

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Check out hotel Rossi near train BUT on very quite side street

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The absolute cheapest place to stay is on Venice mainland in Mestre. It's not a particulary nice place...not much to do, but it is definitely the cheapest.

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Hi Jan,
My husband and I are staying on Lido in November before our cruise on "Splendor of the Seas". Our hotel is right across the street from the vap stop and is just over $100/night.

We chose to stay in the Marriott Courtyard by the airport the night after our cruise. We can roll out of bed and into the airport.

Cheers!
Suzie

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We were in Venice in March of this year and stayed at the Domus Orsoni in the Canareggio district. My sister had seen it on the Samantha Brown travel show. We really liked it. Very reasonably priced, around 60 euro per person per night and it included breakfast. The rooms were very nice with large, by European standards, bathrooms. They only have five rooms though.

It was very quiet but convenient to two vaporetto stops.

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I'm surprised that Samantha Brown (re prior post) would stay in a hotel that was less than $500 a night! I enjoy her shows but the hotels she stays at are typically way out of the price range of many of us.

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We have really cheap cable so I don't get to watch that show, but like I posted, my sister saw the B&B on the Samantha Brown show and wanted to stay there so we stayed there. It was very nice, and I think we paid around $263 for two nights for the two of us which should be ballpark 60 euro per person per night. The price included breakfast. You can google "Domus Orsoni" and see pictures of the rooms.

I went and checked the Samantha Brown website. For the episode on Venice she mentions the "House of Orsoni" and that they have a five room B&B. It doesn't say whether she stayed there or not though.

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If you watch Samantha Brown(I like her) she stays at the top of the line places.However at the end of the show they credit the place so she stays for nothing.Most of us dont have that luxery.

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Hi Jan, I think it is wise to come a few days ahead of time. Even better, you will be in Venice! I wouldn't stay near the airport, I would stay right in Venice and then you can take a vaporetto bus to get to your ship.

I stayed at Pensione La Calcina in Dorsoduro which was very nice a reasonably priced compared to many of the high end hotels. It is not on the Grande Canal but faces Guidecca. It's a quiet area and very enjoyable. It's close to the Accademia bridge/gallery.

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Thanks to all for your suggestions. We've decided it's worth a splurge to stay IN Venice at one of the places that are relatively reasonable. The Pensione la Calcina is booked for a wedding, but did look wonderful, but others have shown up on the 'net that look and sound equally lovely and 'atmospheric.' The decision now is to spend one or two nights...thinking of 2 now...
Jan

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Personally I would spend 3 or 4 days. I've never really understood how people can book cruises or tours that start at a particular destination (Venice for example) and then arrive only 1 day prior. Why not use that time as your pre-vacation vacation? Don't just get there in time to leave!

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We actually will have 4 days in Venice altogether on this particular cruise, that's why we booked it (24-day cruise). So, the day before will be adequate to help with jetlag, and experience a hotel there for this time.
Jan

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Venice is really a wonderful city (my favorite). We have been fortunate enough to have visited the city enough that we can really just enjoy the city. There is nothing better than wandernig the streets after all the day-trippers have left. We have stayed at many different hotels/apartments. If I was going to go back for a short time, the first hotel I would check is www.hotelsangallo.com The location/price couldn't be better. Rooms were decent size (real estate is at a premium in Venice), nice breakfast, just a few steps from San Marco, there was a nice terrace, staff was friendly, internet available at the hotel for a minimal charge, etc. Everything in Venice is within walking distance but if this is your first trip, I recommend staying near San Marco (although premium price). We splurged and stayed at www.casaverardo.it on 1 trip, pricey but very nice.
Be sure to do some research on getting from the airport to Venice prior to arrival. I can certainly help, if needed

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When I stayed in Venice b/4 a RS tour, I loved the Locanda Orseolo (www.locandaorseolo.com) and I can't wait to return. It is located on San Marco, but is set back away in a hidden courtyard and overlooks a canal.

The owners are so welcoming and helpful and the rate includes a full cooked-to-order breakfast. It's rated as #1 B&B on TripAdviser, if you want to check out other testamonials.

Enjoy Venice and your cruise - Italy and the Mediterranean is beautiful.

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Yes, we had heard about the Locanda Orsolo, but unfortunately they are booked with a wedding that evening. Looked great! We have tenative booking at Casa Verardo, but am still looking for a more convenient, and more reasonable (relatively speaking), hotel/inn.
Jan