This is a conveniently located hotel/guesthouse about 5 minutes walk from Piazzale Roma (buses and main vaporetti ticket office) and 10 from the train station. You can walk to Piazza San Marco in about 20 minutes, so it's a good base.
It's on a 'Rio Terra', a street which is a filled-in ex-canal: very wide, residential, quiet.
Rooms are clean and pleasant, as are bathrooms (see photo). Television, fridge, room safe included. Air con too (not used when I was there...and it was a bit chilly, to be honest). Breakfast consists of cereal and a croissant, with factory-produced packeted biscottes/pastries. Good coffee, and a choice of juices.
There are no public rooms other than the breakfast room, but (unusually) there is a table with English books to borrow: a nice touch. There is a little garden (breakfast served there in summer) which leads onto a grassed courtyard area shared with adjoining houses.
Service was courteous and helpful. There is only someone on the premises from 8 until 3, however; you get your own key to the front door (as well as the room and the safe) so bringing a keyring or suchlike is a good idea. There is a mobile number which can be called for emergencies.
For Venice, this is a good value base.
Unique Quality: I arrived in a raging thunderstorm with lashing rain, so it wasn't easy to find the hotel! Hence the need for detailed instructions here:
Get off the airport bus (from either airport) and walk straight ahead, under the bus sign and down the steps by the public toilets (see photo). Turn right, go up and over one bridge. Walk straight on, and take the next on the right (Rio Terra dei Pensieri). The hotel is about halfway down, on the lefthand side.
If you arrive by train, cross the bridge outside the station, turn right and walk down to the second canal. Turn left here (Fondamenta Papadopoli) and then cross the next bridge on your right. Turn left, walk a little bit and take the first right into Rio Terra dei Pensieri.
Directions: See above.
I am looking for a hotel that is convenient, but not to hard to get to since I have to haul my suitcase up and down the stairs. ( Or does the train station have storage lockers?)
It has to be no more than $200.00 a night.
Any suggestion, please.
First trip to Venice?
Note that even if you find a hotel where you do not have to carry your bags, if you walk from the train station to a hotel there's a possibility you will need to climb up and down some of the bridges that are over the canals.
Yes the train station has a luggage storage room with attendants. It is before you go into the main building. If you are facing the main station it is to your right.
Pretty secure, I've never heard of a problem. I've left mine there several times.
www.venere.com is by far the best site for finding accommodation. I's reliable, used by many VT-ers and has honest guest reviews. If you choose somewhere near Piazzale Roma/Santa Lucia station you should have no real problems with your suitcase. Venere has a very good mapping system. You could also look at www.booking.com
I stayed at the Locanda Marinella, which is about 5/10 minutes walk (max) from the station and Piazzale Roma. Very pleasant place. There will only be two bridges for you to cross (with steps). http://www.locandamarinella.it/
yes,there is a place to store the luggage, not a machine, but people who take it over at the station.
something else that you should know: there are lots of small hotels just around the corner of the train-station Santa Luzia (main train st.) but all streets will have quite uneven cobbled stones
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Address: Sestiere Santa Croce 345, Rio TerÃ dei Pensieri, Venice, Veneto, 30135, Italy