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Hotel in Venice

I am looking for recommendations for hotels in Venice. Need a place which accepts 3 Adults and has parking for your car and easy access to buses to go to St Marks etc.
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

Perla

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"I am looking for recommendations for hotels in Venice. Need a place which...has parking for your car and easy access to buses to go to St Marks."I know of no hotels in Venice proper that provide parking on premises, and there are no buses in Venice.

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Debra - where did you stay in Venice? Thank you.

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Perla: I'm guessing you do not know much about Venice so I suggest you find a guide book and have a good read or do some on-line research. All transportation in Venice is on the canals. There are vaporetti, sort of like water buses, which the residents and tourists use, otherwise you walk. Some of the wealthier residents have their own boats to get them around, with docking outside their beautiful houses. So park your car outside of Venice, or get rid of it if you will be in Venice for more than a day or two.

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There are no cars in Venice itself. You have three basic options I guess: 1) get rid of your car in Piazzale Roma upon your arrival into the city, 2) park your car at a car park outside the city for the duration of your stay and stay in the city, or 3) stay outside the city like in Mestre or something where you could have parking. The only buses within Venice itself are the vaporetti - water buses (boats), which are very convenient. I stayed right near Piazza San Marco and loved being that close to all the sights. I would strongly recommend staying within the city if you can, the city is compact enough so that as long as you are near a vaporetto stop you will have no problem getting to San Marco. It depends on how long you're staying in Venice I guess, but it seems silly to pay to rent a car that you won't be touching while you're there if you're staying more than a couple days and need the car afterwards. But I did not have a car when I went to Venice so I can't comment on that aspect. Good luck!

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I am aware there are no cars in "Venice" that is why it reads with easy access to buses... perhaps I could have worded differently but I am looking for hotels that would allow you to have easy access to buses / waterferry to go to St. Marks etc. on main land.

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Perla: The whole of Venice is made up of islands, there is no "main land', as you will see if you look at a map of the place. If you want to be on the mainland, then you can stay in Mestre, an industrial suburb, which by all accounts is dull and boring. Forget about buses and think watercraft, think of the canals as streets & laneways.

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As others have stated, there is no car parking in Venice itself. There are car parks in Mestre...a sort of suburb of Venice. If you want to actually stay in Venice, you can leave your car at one of these car parks and take the train to the Santa Lucia train station or (I believe)a bus to Piazzale Roma. From there your choices for getting about in Venice are on foot or by vaporetto. There are no other options.

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Hi Perla,

For an introduction on getting to Venice by Car, take a look at this article.

In short, hotels do not offer parking because they are nowhere near roads. There are public and private parking garages located once you cross the causeway from the mainland, but that is as far as the roads go. In Venice itself, the only two ways of getting around are walking and taking the Vaporetto (water buses)... or other forms of watercraft. So to get to St Marks, you will need to walk or take a boat... but Venice is not all that large so you can walk from pretty well anywhere in 30 minutes max, but more likely 15 minutes as most hotels are within that proximity of San Marco.

I have never heard of a place in Venice that offers parking on the mainland or in one of the parking garages in a package along with their accommodation. You will need to treat accommodation and parking as two entirely separate things.

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If you park at the Roma Plaza, and then walk a few blocks East, you'll come to the Abergo Guerrini. Its a thrifty "two star" Hotel that answers your needs. There is a Water Bus stop practically at the front door.

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Thanks I have e-mailed them to see if there is any avaiablility.

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We liked Allogia Alla Scala. They have a 3 bed room for 110 euros a night. Here is their web site:

http://alloggiallascala.com/eng/home.htm

They have a great location close to Rialto, San Marco and the Academia Bridge. My advice: Park in Mestre in the big multi story garage across the street from the train staion. (It is about 1/2 the cost of the garages in Venice) Take the train (1 euros each way per person) and catch the vaperetto to Rialto Bridge, It is an easy walk from there. (they can give you exact directions, but if you have a RS Venice book, it is right next to the Cantarini Del Bovolo stairway that is on his walking tour.) The vaperetto has gottan really pricey. We bought a ticket to get to our hotel, and then bought a 24 hour ticket for our last 24 hours there. We timed it so that we could use it all day (went to Murano, Burano, rode up and down the grand canal, etc) and it was still good the next morning to get us back to the train station. The rest of the time, we walked everywhere.

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In 2002 stayed at Hotel Rialto at the foot of the Rialto Bridge with Grand Canal views but not really worth the extra $, 2005 stayed at Albergo Guerrato which is close to the Rialto Bridge and very nice. In 2007 stayed at one of Hotel Campiello's apartments which was very nice and located a few minutes from St. Mark's off the Riva. Good Luck!

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Forgot to mention that we had a car on one of our visits to Venice and we just parked in the tronchetto park and got on a vaporetti to our hotel. We parked here for 3 nights and had no problems. Our vehicle had a trunk (not a hatchback) and we left nothing visible in the car.

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Why do you have a car going to Venice? Where are you coming from and where are you going afterward that you would need a car? Ditch the car and take the train. From the train station, you can take a vaporetto (water bus) to St. Mark's. I stay at the Locanda Orseolo off of St. Marks' Square. It's pricey but very nice.

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We are traveling from Germany to Venice to Croatia then taking the ferry to Italy.. That is why we have a car. We realize that we have to stay on main land and travel via watertaxi. but was looking for hotel recommendations. most recommendations have no rooms left.

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Just got back this morning. Stayed two nights at Ca' Angeli, www.caangeli.net
It is located on the Grand Canal near a taxi stop. 5-10 minute walk from the Rialto Bridge. Very quiet, great breakfast included. Common room with great views of the canal.

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We are going next month and a friend of mine suggested we stay in Lido, which is about a 5 min ferry ride from S. Marco square in Venice (the main square). Lido was cheaper and it seems nicer/less crowded. There is also a beach and a casino on Lido! We are staying at the Hotel Atlanta Augustus, but the Villa Casanova looked nice (was booked) too. Make sure that if you book in Lido that you make sure that the hotel is near the main vaperetto stop. Both of the hotels that I named are within 5 min walking once you get to Lido. I looked at some that were cheaper, but they required additional transportation once you got to Lido.