Affordable, convenient to trains, larger rooms........
As long as you don't have dreams of seeing Venice from your room window, this is a very adequate and affordable alternative (or if you are doing business in the region but would like to be near Venice on the evenings). The hotel was very affordable (I think around $125) and right across the street from the train station (save yourself a 10 minute wait in line by buying your tickets at the desk). The trains run about every 10 minutes and only take about 15 minutes to get to Venice. The hotel rooms are large for European standards and fairly modern with nice TV selection and a nice bathroom. The breakfast was good with plenty of selections of fruits/cereals/yogurts/pastries. Staff were all adequate (spoke decent English) and helpful when needed.
Only negative was figuring out how to get my electronic key to work in my room (this controls lights and more importantly, air-conditioning). I probably spent 15 minutes before accidentally getting it to work - have them explain it to you before you head to your room.
A nice place
We stayed 4 nights during Carnevale 2006, we had a triple. Everyone we talked to on the staff spoke English, French, German, Spanish. Super friendly people. The hotel is comfortable (not noisy), our room was quite new, bathroom was nicely renovated in contemporary style. The bed wasn't as good as mine at home, but for a hotel it wasn't bad. The breakfast was the best I ever saw anywhere for a freebie. Fruit, cheese, meats, breads, pastries, cereal, yogourt, a wide selection of juices, and you can ask for fresh pressed blood oranges for an extra treat! We ate at the restaurant once for dinner and had some wonderful risotto. The 4 course dinner is 35 euros without drinks. It's expensive, but food is horribly expensive in Venice. There are other food options right outside the hotel including a McDonald's. There is also a pharmacy and various stores.
The hotel is located right by the Mestre train station. It's cheap to get to from the airport (city bus #15) and the train to Venice is only 1 euro. BUT it takes time, probably 1 hour between the hotel and San Marco if you take the train then the vaporetto. This is why I think this hotel is not for people who are only going to be in Venice a short time. But if you have several days it's a good place.
It wasn't always clear what train stopped in Mestre and which didn't so we always asked. I think regional trains all stop at Mestre, it says REG on the announcement board. If you're not comfortable spending a little time figuring out the trains, don't stay there.
Overall I liked this hotel very much. The restaurant was nice, the staff very friendly, good location. I would gladly stay there again. Not super luxurious (it's a BEST WESTERN, but a good one!) but really comfortable.
One warning for people going there with children. I have no idea if this problem exists at other hotels in Italy or not. But in this hotel when you flip through the chanels on the TV, on chanel 25 you get 2 seconds of hard core porno, then a screen that invites you to enter your room number to pay for the porn. 2 seconds isn't long but it's too long when you have a kid with you. There may be ways to block that, we didn't try, we just didn't ever let our kid touch the remote. Good to know, eh?
International chain hotel in Venice
Is there a big chain hotel with more than 50 rooms hotel in Venice? Thanks
RE: International chain hotel in Venice
We are staying at the Best Western Bologna in Mestre. Mestre is just outside the island of Venice. I believe this hotel has more than 50 rooms.
RE: International chain hotel in Venice
I would not stay in maestre it is too far out of town why spend all that time back and forth.there are plenty of hotels in Venice,is there some reason you need a chain hotel. try searching under www.venere.com I have used them on many of my 6 trips to Italy. RR