ABOVE: The LaGare Hotel Venezia (right) is directly across from the Murano Museo boat platform, which offers direct waterbus connections to Marco Polo Airport, Venice's historic center, and the Marittima cruise terminals.
Murano is famous for its glass factories and shops, but the car-free island (which lies just off Venice in the Venetian Lagoon) has other attractions, too--including historic churches, a superb Glass Museum, and plenty of restaurants with canalside tables. Until recently, Murano had only a handful of tiny hotels, but now there's a brand-new hostelry in town: the four-star LaGare Hotel Venezia, which belongs to the Accor hotel group's design-oriented M Gallery collection.
The LaGare Hotel Venezia isn't just convenient as a hotel for Murano enthusiasts: It may also be the perfect hotel for cruisers who want to spend a day or two in Venice before departing from the Marritima cruise basin. The118-room boutique hotel is directly adjacent to the Murano Museo waterbus stop, which is served by Alilaguna Blue Line and Red Line boats from Venice Marco Polo Aiport. Blue Line boats also serve the Marittima cruise terminal, which means that you can:
1) Go directly from the airport to the hotel by Alilaguna boat. (The hotel is literally only a few steps from the Alilaguna stop, with no stairs to climb or bridges to cross.)
2) Use the Museo waterbus stop for day trips into Venice's histroric center (about a 20-minute ride on public vaporetti or motoscafi).
3) Catch another Alilaguna Blue Line boat to Marittima on the day of your cruise ship's departure.
Alternatively, you could stay at the LaGare Hotel Venezia after your cruise, taking the Alilaguna boat to Venice Marco Polo Airport when you're ready to fly home.
We definitely recommend considering theLaGare Hotel Venezia if you're cruising with heavy luggage, because you'll eliminate the need for hauling your bulky bags over bridges or hiring an expensive (and sometimes difficult to board) water taxi.
For more information about the hotel, see Booking.com's LaGare Hotel Venezia pages, Venere's LaGare Hotel listing, or the hotel's own site. (You'll probably get the best rate from our discount hotel partners, Booking.com and Venere, but--as always--we recommend comparing rates to be on the safe side.)
To learn more about the island of Murano, read our illustrated 11-page Murano travel guide.