Places to Stay

Mestre hotels for cruise passengers

T1 tram in Piazzale Roma

ABOVE: From the T1 tram's terminus in Venice's Piazzale Roma, it's only a short walk over level ground to the Venice People Mover (an automated tram that runs to the Marittima cruise basin).

Mestre, on the Venetian mainland, is popular with cruise passengers for two reasons:

  • Hotels in Mestre are usually cheaper (or offer better value) than hotels in Venice's historic center; and...

  • From a hotel in Mestre, you can take a land taxi directly to the Venice cruise terminals at Marittima (used by large ships), San Basilio, and Santa Marta.

If you're considering a hotel in Mestre and are willing to pay 30 euros or more for a taxi to the port, any of the hotels in the article below should meet your needs:

Mestre & Marghera Hotels Guide

However, if you'd rather take public transportation, you need to consider your options:

1.  You can stay near the Mestre railroad station and take a train to Venice's Santa Lucia station, then cross the Calatrava Bridge to the Piazzale Roma and take the People Mover to the Marittima cruise port.

2.  You can stay in a hotel on a public bus line in Mestre that runs to Venice's Piazzale Roma. This may sound like a practical choice, but city buses can be crowded, and you may regret trying to board a bus filled with daytrippers or commuters when you're hauling bulky luggage.

3.  Your best bet (if you're departing from the Marittima cruise port) is to stay in a hotel on the new tram line that runs between central Mestre and Venice's Piazzale Roma:

Mestre Hotels on the T1 Tram Line

The tram is roomier and easier to board than buses are, and from the tram stop in Venice, you can walk a short distance to the People Mover. (The People Mover station has escalators and an elevator, so it's easy to manage even with a large, heavy suitcase.) See:

People Mover to the Venice Marittima Cruise Terminals

  • Note: If you've already booked a hotel in an inconvenient location (or if you've let a travel agent make that mistake for you), we suggest that you cancel the reservation unless you're willing to splurge on a taxi.

For more information about cruising from (or to) Venice, see the Venice for Cruisers section of our travel-planning site, Veniceforvisitors.com:

Venice for Cruisers

 


New and improved: Venice Hotel Directions

We've just finished a major overhaul of our Venice Hotel Directions at Venice for Visitors, which provide step-by-step walking directions and location maps for more than 130 hotels, inns, and B&Bs in Venice's historic center.

The biggest change is in maps on individual hotel pages:

In the past, our custom mapping service limited us to 100 maps, which meant that (1) we couldn't use dedicated hotel markers, and (2) we couldn't tweak the neighborhood maps for each hotel.

We recently upgraded to a more expensive map plan, which has allowed us to create 130+ new maps, with each being optimized for a specific hotel. We're now able to identify the featured hotel on each map with a dedicated green marker: Map-marker-green

 

In the reduced-size screen shots below, you can see the differences between an old map and a new map, featuring the three-star Hotel Paganelli on Venice's waterfront east of the Doge's Palace and the Piazza San Marco:

Old map:

Old map

New map:

New map

We think this is a big improvement, and we hope you'll agree. If you're looking for a hotel near major arrival and departure points in Venice, or if you've already picked a hotel and you need better directions than you'd find on the hotel's own Web site, see our 130+ pages of walking directions with maps at:

Venice for Visitors: Venice Hotel Directions


Campo San Simeon Grande (or 'Profeta,' if you prefer)

Campo San Simeon Grande, Venice

ABOVE: This view of the Campo San Simeon Grande was taken from room 303 of the Hotel Ai Due Fanali (see below). The wooden structure at upper right is an altana, or roof terrace, where hotel guests can have breakfast on warm and sunny days.

One of our favorite squares in Venice is the pretty and peaceful Campo San Simeon Grande--or the Campo San Simeon Profeta, depending on which map you're using.

The Campo San Simeon Grande is tucked away in the sestiere or district of Santa Croce, less than 10 minutes on foot from the Santa Lucia Railroad Station and the Piazzale Roma. It's one of the few squares in Venice that face the Grand Canal.

As a bonus, the small campo has several park benches next to the canal, making it the perfect spot to take a break from sightseeing or to enjoy a picnic with views of passing water buses and other boat traffic.

The square also has three excellent hotels--two directly on the Grand Canal, and the third with views of the canal from most rooms:

  • Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort (four stars), where you can have breakfast or drinks in a large walled garden next to the water.
  • Canal Grande (four stars), where many rooms overlook the Grand Canal, the campo, or both.
  • Ai Due Fanali (three stars), with most rooms facing the square. (See our illustrated review with step-by-step walking directions to the Campo San Simeon Grande).

We think the Campo San Simeon Grande is a wonderful place to stay if you want to be near the railroad station or the Piazzale Roma, don't mind crossing a couple of bridges, and prefer to avoid the tourist crowds. But even if you don't stay in the campo, be sure to pay it a visit when you're out and about in Venice. 

More photos and a video:

BELOW: Another view of the campo, showing the Hotel Ai Due Fanali (back of square) and the adjoining Church of San Simeon Profeta.

Church of San Simeon Grande and Hotel Ai Due Fanali

BELOW: The square has not just two, but three different names. This one (shown on a faded wall sign) is in Venetian dialect.

Campo S. Simon Grando sign, Venice

BELOW: This video shows what you might see while sitting on a park bench in the Campo San Simeon Grande: