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Venice Places to stay

Where is a nice area in Venice to stay or a good hotel? I don't want to stay in an area that is very "touristy". Has anyone stayed recently? I was looking to stay across the canal from the train station, but Ive read that gets noisy there, and can be very touristy.

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I haven't stayed here yet, but I do have a reservation for next fall at Residenza d'Epoca San Cassiano. Location seemed good to me, reviews were good, and I have a breakfast included rate of about $100 a night for a single room.

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Doogie, you might try using the search feature at the top of the screen. There've been several threads lately that include discussions of hotels in Venice.

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hey hey doogie
when is this trip? what do you mean by "good hotel" , stars (*) mean amenities that hotel has not how good the hotel is.
how many people? we have stayed in a studio apt near san toma stop (san polo), cannareggio in a 2 bedroom apt near san marcuola casino stop and behind the grand carlton hotel on the grand canal. loved all 3 places and was quiet.
how far across the canal from train station or are you going further into the "belly"
aloha

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Jane, thanks I did search through some threads but didn't find anything I was looking for, I'll search again thanks.

Princess Pupule, the trip is over the summer pre cruise out of Ravenna. By good hotel, I meant one that isn't a one star hotel or have to worry about stuff coming up missing while I am out. What's important is the location, that it's in a nice area. Amenities wise, I would prefer a bathroom that isn't the size of a tiny closet. The last time I was in Italy I couldn't turn around without hitting something. It's just my wife and I.
I found a spot right across from the train station that's near a church.

My concern is lugging our suitcase on the vaporetto and out stuff getting wet - not sure if this happens or not, and getting lost trying to figure the vaporetto out. But the more I look at it, it may not be as hard as I think...

Thank you for the hotel recommendations, I'll look them up. 🙂

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Carol's recommendation of San Cassiano is a good one--I spent 10 nights there in October in one of their single rooms. The location is excellent--a quiet area, but quite close to the Rialto Bridge. They do have a private dock in case you want to take a water taxi to avoid hauling your luggage on the vaporetti. The one downside concerning not wanting to lug your bags around--the San Cassiano has no lift. And if, like I was, you're on the third floor, that last stair case is very steep. Maybe not Dutch-steep, but steep enough to get your attention. They do have people who can help you with your bags, however.

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Take a look at the area around Campo San Barnaba in Dorsoduro. Not very touristic, easy to get to from the Ca’ Rezzonico vaporetto stop. (No bridges to haul your stuff over.)
Getting your luggage wet on a vaporetto - no chance, it does not happen.

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Doogie, take a look at this thread:

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/postcard-from-venice

It's a great review, and Judy B loved the hotel their group stayed in. And as it happens, another poster on the Forum had recommended that same hotel to us, and we're booked in there next May! I'm not going to recommend it myself, not having seen it, but two people whose opinions I respect give it high marks indeed.

Happy hunting! Oh, and have you looked at the recommendations in RIck's Italy guidebooks? Your local public library may have some of them.

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Thank you Jane!!! I'll look forward to what you have to say in May.

I actually ordered his books on Amazon, they had a good deal yesterday. Thank you for all your help!!!

Can you tell me the name of the hotel? Edit: found it.

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I'd like to help dissipate your concerns about wet luggage on the vaporetto.

When you were having the nightmarish thoughts, what did you worry would happen? Are you worried that your luggage will go overboard or that when it rains the luggage will get wet?

I ridden on dozens of vaporettos. What is your actual concern?

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Doogie, if it's rain or spray drenching your luggage you're worried about (not that spray should be a worry at all on a vaporetto), make a cheap raincoat for your rolling case. Take a trash bag, just larger enough fit over the case, and make a hole for the handle. Slip it over the handle and suitcase if it will be out in wet weather for any length of time.

The plastic bag weighs nothing, takes up very little room, and can be used to tote dirties to the laundromat, to pack items that may not have dried before moving to the next hotel, and/or to wrap/cushion small breakables when packing to fly home.

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Doogie, we stayed here back in October 2019. Although close to the train station and the Piazzele Roma, I found it less crowded than areas closer to the Rialto Bridge or near St. Marks Square.
It has a great breakfast, good water pressure, comfy beds, quiet after dinner and close to a vapporeto stop; and happily, it was close to the car rental office, near where the buses stop at the Piazzele Roma. Just a couple of bridges away. Hotel Arlecchino.
https://www.mobile.hotelarlecchino.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=GoogleMyBusiness

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I think what you have heard about bags getting wet on a vaporetto is actually talking about the Alilaguna boats from the airport into Venice.
The luggage on those is held up top on an outside deck, and the people are stowed in a lower cabin , actually partly below water level with no view.
You can't get back out on deck en route to see if your luggage is still there, as you must stay seated in the cabin below.
A couple of years ago we took the Alilaguna into Venice from the airport, and the driver was a "cowboy" who drove and swerved very fast , causing a huge spray to come over all the luggage.
Everything in our bags got wet, and we were glad to be staying in an apartment with a washing machine.
On a regular vaporetto, which does not go to and from the airport, your bags would be inside with you, though there is not much room.
I now do the garbage bag cover for my case, it came in handy in Naples waiting outside for a cab.

Friends also stayed at Hotel Arlecchino, and liked it.

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We've stayed at the Hotel Dalla Mora, in the Santa Croce district twice and loved it. Not as touristy, close to train and cruise port, and not too far from St Marks Square. Right on a canal. Highly recommend.

https://www.hoteldallamora.it/

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Yes, please explain where you got the idea that your bags might get wet. Never has happened to us on any of our
trips to Venice.

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Just got back from Venice - we stayed at the Al Ponte Mocenigo hotel and really liked the location. It was a 10-12 min walk from the train station in a quiet and not overly touristy area. There were plenty of restaurants and cafes as well as a grocery store within a few minutes walk, but no tacky souvenir shops or street vendors. We could walk everywhere in Venice from the hotel (8-10 mins to either Rialto/Frari church/Campo S Polo, 15-20 to St Mark's or Accademia). There is also a vaporetto stop (San Stae) just 50m from the hotel with service all along the Grand Canal, though we never used it as we preferred walking.
Hotel was small and nice, with large rooms and bathrooms at very reasonable prices. They also had a good breakfast. Just check on the room locations - some of them are in an adjacent annex bldg that has a big staircase you might want to avoid if you have huge bags or problems with stairs.

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Doogie, I've ridden on the vaporetto with my luggage more times than I can count. 14? 18? Every time that I'm on a vaporetto with luggage, I stay standing in the outside (covered) area rather than going through the sliding doors into the area with seats. Often that means that I am just a few feet away from the boarding ramp and the water. Anyway, it's a slow moving boat going down a canal with minimal (or no) natural wave action. I have never once been sprayed with water and never once has my luggage gotten wet. So that's my experience. You might also want to watch some you tube videos to see what it is like.

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Hopper18, really? It's that close to the train station? We're booked into that hotel in May, and we've been told to take the vaporetto from the train station. We'd probably rather walk, unless we're too tired. Where did you cross the canal?

And thanks for the information.

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Hi Jane - I think they advise the vaporetto because it is very straightforward and requires the least explanation. It's definitely the easiest way to go for people with lots of bags/mobility issues, inexperienced travelers or anyone hesitant about navigating around Venice. We were traveling light (backpacks and 1 carry-on size rolling bag) and didn't mind a little 'adventure' so we scoped out a route ahead of time (very important!) and decided to walk. There are twists and turns and some narrow alleyways, but it didn't take long.
After going over the big bridge in front of the train station, there were 4 more small canal bridges to go up and over during the walk. If you have big suitcases or don't want to/can't carry things up and down a few bridges, definitely take the vaporetto.
You can send me a private msg if you want more details.

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I enjoy staying in the Cannaregio area of the city. It is on the train side but one bridge over (Ponte delle Guglie). Ca’Pozzo is a nice hotel, great staff and centrally located. You can visit any part of the city from here and explore the less touristy parts of the city. It’s an easy walk to and from the train station as well.

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Thanks, Hopper18. We also travel light - backpacks and shoulder bags only. I'll stare at a map and see what pops out at us. It definitely sounds like fun, and if we're too tired or befuddled we can always take the vaporetto.

I may message you closer to the date. Thanks again.

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We stay in the apartments available through Pensione Guerrato. They are located near Rialto but their apartments are scattered around the city. Always satisfied with the location.