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Venice Hotel Directions (expanded for 2017)

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ABOVE: A sample walking map from our Venice Hotel Directions at Veniceforvisitors.com.

For some time now, we've been offering step-by-step walking directions to hotels in Venice's historic center at our main Web site, Venice for Visitors.

We've just finished improving and expanding our collection, which now totals more than 170 hand-edited walking maps.

Each hotel has its own page with directions from the most convenient arrival point.

We also provide hotel photos, brief hotel descriptions, and links to the hotels' pages at Booking.com.

For even more convenience, our index pages now show you:

  • Alphabetical hotel listings
  • Hotels near Alilaguna airport-boat piers (organized by boat lines and stops)
  • Hotels near taxis and airport buses
  • Hotels near Venice's Santa Lucia railroad station
  • Hotels near the Marittima and San Basilio cruise piers

Whether you're looking for a hotel or wondering how to reach a hotel that you've already booked, head over to Venice for Visitors and see:

 


MAP CREDIT: Walking map by Anders Imboden, using basemap data from the Comune di Venezia and Regione Veneto under license IODL-2.0.


Venice Luggage Deposit: Leave your bags in the center of town

Venice Luggage Deposit

ABOVE: Look for the tiny yellow Venice Luggage Deposit logo at the entrance on Calle Larga Malvasia, which is only a few minutes on foot from the Piazza San Marco or the Rialto Bridge. (The building number is Castello 5496.)

Venice has a good supply of left-luggage offices, with locations at Marco Polo airport, at the Santa Lucia and Mestre train stations, in the Piazzale Roma (the city's bus and taxi gateway), and the cruise port. Until recently, however, finding a place to dump your bags in the heart of the historic center wasn't easy, unless you were checking in or out of a hotel.

Now there's a new, independently-managed Venice Luggage Deposit office in Castello, roughly midway between the Rialto Bridge, the Piazza San Marco, and the Campo Santa Maria Formosa. It's open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the price per calendar day is  €6 for the first bag and  €5 for each additional piece.

Storage rules are fairly simple: You can't check flammable objects, jewelry or other precious objects, money, business documents, or bags with smelly contents. You can check suitcases, backpacks, baskets, and other luggage up to a maximum weight of 25 Kg or 55 lb. per item.

For more information, including maps that show how to reach Venice Luggage Deposit from the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco, see:

Veniceluggagedeposit.com

(The site is in Italian, but you can convert it to your favorite language with Google Translate.)

BELOW: The office's interior before the crowds arrived on opening day.

Venice Luggage Deposit office


Ostello Venezia is now the Generator Hostel Venice

Generator Hostel Venice

ABOVE: An ACTV motoscafo water bus passes the Generator Hostel Venice, a.k.a. the Ostello Venezia, as it cruises down the Giudecca Canal. (The hostel is the light-brown brick building in the center of the photo.)

The Ostello Venezia, or Venice Youth Hostel, has a new name and a new interior. It's now the Generator Hostel Venice, joining the Generator group's roster of stylish design-themed hostels in Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, and London.

In preparation for the rebranding and relaunch, Generator hired Anwar Mekhayech of The Design Agency to overhaul the building. The company's PR agency writes:

"Under the supervision from the Fine Arts Committee, the handsome original timber beams, grand twin staircases, roof truss, and original stone columns have been restored, adding to the magical feeling of the space."

The renovated hostel, which opened in September, 2013, has 240 beds in mixed-gender dorms, female-only dorms, and private 2- to 4-bed rooms. Rates include bedding and Wi-Fi, a laundry room is available, and a bar and restaurant are on the premises.

For more information, visit the Generator Hostel Venice pages at Generatorhostels.com.

We also suggest reading our illustrated article about the hostel at Veniceforvisitors.com, which includes a custom satellite map of the Generator Hostel's location on the Giudecca waterfront and directions on how to reach the hostel by public transportation.

BELOW: Another view of the hostel, taken from the Fondamenta Croce on Giudecca.

Ostello Venezia on Fondamenta Croce