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Lodging recommendation for Venice-taking public transportation from airport then onto cruise

Heading to Venice in March prior to a Viking Ocean cruise. We will do our own 3 day, 2 night pre-cruise extension taking public transformation from the airport and then to the cruise port. I would love to hear some hotel, B&B recommendations from those who have gone before us. We've been to Venice before and love to walk and see the sites on our own. Thanks everyone!


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We really like Pensione Guerrato and have stayed there several times. The location is very close to a vaporetto stop, but far enough away from Rialto Bridge to not be in the mob scene. If you book there let us know and we can give you directions that will eliminate a lot of walking with the luggage.

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I recommend the Hotel Olimpia near the Piazzle Roma. Great location. Short walk from where the airport bus arrives/departs and to the People Mover to the cruise dock and also the vaporetto. The hotel had a great breakfast. Other people liked the nearby Hotel Arlecchino, several buildings away from the Hotel Olimpia.

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hey hey sue
couple places to check out, not knowing what your budget is. keeping you close near the cruise port in santa croce area with vaporetto stops. has lots of info

ca' san rocco
palazzo odoni
hotel carlton capri (across train station down at end of alley). we stayed here, it was convenient to the grand canal, train, vaporettos, private water taxis, cafes, people watching (ristorante da nino on grand canal had my favorite tiramisu and prosecco)
albergo marin across carlton capri with outside tables to relax
alloggi arlecchino

i like to use and searching all about the places. read fine print and pictures, exact location and not having to retrieve key somewhere else, stairs/steps to climb, cancellation rules, size of beds, reviews. send email to ask questions and book direct with hotel. know arrival corresponds with check in, luggage storage. enjoy and have fun.

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We stayed at the Hotel Olympia prior to a cruise in 2014. We easily took the public bus from airport to the bus station & it was a short walk from the bus station to hotel. We enjoyed our rooms, the nice breakfast & beautiful garden in back. Very near a vaporetto stop & the people mover that goes to the cruise port. Its also not far from the train station. It’s not in the heart of the city but worked well for our group. We walked or took the vaporetto everywhere we wanted to go.

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We stayed at Casa Sant’Andrea at a Monestery Stays property in Santa Croce a year ago. It was a five minute walk from Piazzali Roma bus station on a quiet side canal walk. Easy access to vaporetto and probably could walk to cruise ships. Simple room and breakfast and very quiet. They had a nice garden we didn’t use as there is so much to do in Venice. Not a fancy place but a reasonable price for the area and very convenient getting in and out of the island. We ate lunch in the heart of Venice but enjoyed a drink and dinner in Campo Santa Margarita. It was more local and not expensive, a nice change from the tourist areas.

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Pensione Guerrato is a nice friendly hotel a few blocks from Rialto Bridge and right next to the Rialto Market, very convenient for the major sights. Late-night street noise can be a problem (well, it might be dance music but that's "noise" if you're trying to sleep). The very old building has no elevators, the lobby's one flight up from the street, and rooms above that. It's close to the #1 vaporetto stop "Mercato Rialto," easily reached from the bus terminal at Piazzale Roma. You may find yourself sharing a crowded breakfast with 28 Rick Steves tourers and their guide.

But since you've been to Venice before you might want to look a little further afield, like the Canareggio or Dorsoduro areas. As you know, walking anywhere is a delight and there are many less-well-traveled places to explore.

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I’ve also stayed at the Casa Sant’ Andrea, and liked it quite well, except for location - it was the only place in Venice I ever felt at all uncomfortable walking to at night (solitary female). I’ve also stayed at the Casa Caburlotto, which is only a little further from the Piazzale Roma. I liked its location better. One potential disadvantage is that they have a curfew, so if you needed to leave earlier than 6:00 a.m., you would need to check whether that’s even possible, whereas the Casa Sant’ Andrea has a 24 hr front desk. They both serve breakfast.

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We are the minority, but we didn't care for Pensione Guerrato at all. We stayed 3 nights with the RS tour and we were on the 5th floor with NO elevators - very difficult with luggage. We found the breakfast VERY average. We LOVE a B&B in Venice called Campiello Zen, very easy stop close to the Vaporetto. They were so kind and helpful to us and the breakfast was amazing.

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I highly recommend the Hotel Moresco
a 5-7 minute walk from Piazzale Roma. We stayed here for two nights in September 2019 prior to our Viking Cruise. Great location with a lovely garden for breakfast and/or evening aperitif.

Happy travels!

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We stayed at Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo It's about a 10 minute walk outside of the tourist zone but plenty of restaurants in the area. We really liked it and will stay again if we go back. If you take a bus from the airport, you'll arrive at Piazzale Roma and then its an easy vaporetto ride to the hotel. Also an easy vaporetto ride back to the Piazzale to get you back to where you need to go to get to the cruise terminal.

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We really liked the Novecento, located just a few steps from the Giglio vaporetto stop. We actually took the Alilaguna boat service from the airport, which dropped us off at Giglio. Novecento is lovely, filled with antiques and kind personnel.

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I also liked Hotel al Ponte Mocenigo. A little away from the crowds, but easy walk to everything and some nice restaurants. The vaporetto stop is really close and you can walk to the hotel without having to cross any bridges or hike up stairs - a real plus with luggage!