Best Western Hotel Olimpia

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Santa Croce 395, Venice, Veneto, 30135, Italy

7 Reviews

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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 55% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Solo100
  • Business77
  • jopetsy's Profile Photo

    Quiet Hotel Near the Train Station


    We arrived Venice just before sunset. Since it was raining, it was really hard to cross the bridges while bringing the luggages but since this hotel is near the bus terminal and the train station, we only have to do 2 major crossings and you would find this hotel sitting silently in one of the corners of Venice.
    After a 10 minute walk, we arrived at the hotel and checked in smoothly. We were assigned in a room at the back wherein you have the courtyard. At first, we thought it was a bit scary since we were the only ones there but we found the hotel was really full.
    Entering the room has a different feel as most of its walls were hand painted. Room was ample in size and the toilet was spacious too. Free wifi and breakfast are standard on all BW hotel chains too.
    The breakfast was a great option too. They served several kinds of cheese and hams including the prosciutto parma which would cost you around 10 euros in restaurants. We filled up our tummy before heading to the town. St Mark's square could be reached in a 15 minute walk if you'ld walk fast but while checking all the stores, you would get there in an hour or so.
    This is a recommended hotel as it's my 2nd time to have stayed here. Great hotel!

    Unique Quality: Free breakfast and Wifi

  • domenicococozza's Profile Photo

    Just off the Grand Canal


    Hotel Olimpia is near Piazzale Roma and very easy to walk to from the bus terminal. It is one of the nicest hotels we have stayed at in Venice. Right on a canal, drinks or snacks can be taken outside on the path while you watch the canal traffic gliding by. Although a 3 star hotel,
    the service is unquestionably 4 star. Friendly and helpful staff with lots of tips on where to go and what to see. Rooms are beautifully decorated in Venetian style and are spotlessly clean.
    Thoroughly recomended

    Directions: 5 minutes walk from bus terminal at Piazzale Roma or 10 minutes from St.Lucia train station
    (opp.side of Grand Canal)

  • christine.j's Profile Photo

    A good choice


    As the last time I had booked the Hotel Olimpia and this time they had not overbooked, so we were able to stay there. We had a nice room, even our own balcony. However, it was too cold to sit outside.Breakfast was very good, buffet style with lots of various food to choose from. I really liked some small pastries, filled with vanilla cream. Delicious!

    We had got a good deal through DER Tours , so the room was a bargain for Venice, about 90 Euro for a double, ensuite bath and breakfast.

    Unique Quality: It's no more than 5 to ten minutes walk from the train station to the hotel, even less from Piazzale Roma.

  • Most assuredly a winner.


    Olimpia definitely exceeded my expectations. The room was spacious, had a lovely view overlooking a garden, was exquistely appointed, immaculately clean, and very comfortable. A decent breakfast was also provided. Olimpia provides a terrific location. It is next to the Piazzale Roma (where the buses come & go to the airport) as well as very close to the Stazione Ferrovie (which is the arrival and departure point of trains servicing Venice). Another asset is that when you inevitably become lost in Venice, signs are always present to direct you to the Piazzale Roma which is next to your hotel. The hotel staff are helpful, friendly, and multi-lingual. While Venice is correctly described as an expensive city, this hotels rates were half the "less expensive city" of Florence's.

    Unique Quality: The Olimpia is also close to a Vaporetta station. Also, there is a supermarket (COOP) directly in back of the Vaporetta station. Venice restaurants are not really all that great and are highly predatory and inventively predatory (for example, the tourist menu may be reasonable, but they charge a cover, or absolutely roast you with the wine prices, including the alleged 'house wine'). To avoid an expensive and mediocre meal, go to the supermarket ( Billa is also located throughout Venice) and buy your goodies there. The wine is cheap, the food terrific and cheap. For example, a Bellini cocktail at Harry's (rip-off) Bar is $16. You can get a bottle of Bellini which will provide five or six Harry-sized cocktails for 4.47.

    Directions: OLIMPIA is directly below the Piazzal Roma sitting on a small canal.

  • chittlins's Profile Photo

    A very nice little hotel


    This little hotel was a pleasant surprise. The rooms were newly refurbished and the bathroom was large with a huge new tub. The rooms were quiet and comfortable, and the staff was friendly and helpful. They did have an interest in pushing the free murano trip though, which we declined. I would recommend this 3 star hotel to anyone. I don't know the value of the room as it was included in the price of the tour we took.

    Unique Quality: The hotel sat on a small canal with a restaurant right next door. Our room overlooked a tropical courtyard to the back. The breakfast was one of the better we had while in Italy. Nothing fancy but at least some choices.

    Directions: The hotel is located directly across from the bus station, but far enough away that noise and people are not an issue. It's also a 3 minute boat ride to the train station or you can walk to the bridge to get there, about 10 minutes.

  • Brehone's Profile Photo

    Venetian Hotel


    This hotel was decent. My in laws had a very large room over looking the garden which was very charming. My husband and I had a small room overlooking the bus station, not so charming! Request a garden room! The breakfasts were wonderful. Very good coffee and pastries.

    Unique Quality: It's very conveniently located near the train station, bus station and rental cars. We came in by train and left by car so it was very easy to get in and out of the city. Other hotels may require that you take a taxi or bus (which are both really boats) to get to your hotel. We only had to get off the train and walk a few blocks and we were there, which was very nice.

    Wonderful Gelato shop right around the corner!

    Directions: near Train station, right across from the bus station

  • danmcf's Profile Photo

    Enjoyed our stay here


    Booked our trip through and the Olimpia was the bargain selection. We thought it was very nice with friendly staff. We arrived around 12:30 and they were nice enough to give us a room even though 2pm was the official check-in time.
    Our room had a view of a small courtyard. As most rooms we've had while visiting Europe, this one was small - but had a good size bathroom and also a mini-bar/refrigerator.

    Unique Quality: Although not in the heavy tourist area surrounding Piazza San Marco, we felt the location was great, especially if you're traveling on a budget. Just a short walk from the Piazzale Roma where you have the only connections to vehicular traffic in all of Venice. The train station is only a 15minute walk away also.
    Therefore you can save lots of money in not having to pay to get your luggage to a more distant hotel (or hauling it yourself). It's also close to Campo Santa Margherita a very active 'square' with a street market, shops, restaurants and bars - popular with college students.

    Directions: Just across from the Piazalle Roma

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Great Hotel, Great Location

by TripAdvisor Member nreid

Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Best Western Olimpia. Loved the hotel. Very clean, staff friendly and helpful. Location couldn't be better - next to Bus terminal and vaporetto stop at Piazzale Roma. It was very easy to find. Room was spacious - We were overlooking a small canal at the front of the hotel. Continental Breakfast was good. Couldn't fault the Hotel - excellent value for money.


by TripAdvisor Member CHARM2017

What a WONDERFUL Hotel. It was the BEST Best Western we have ever stayed at. We just got back from spending Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights at Hotel Olympia (21/9-24/9 as Italian hotel reservations go). This hotel is so easy to get to once you know how. I am over 60 years young and I had no trouble with two wheeled suitcases (21 & 24 inch Rick Steves bags) walking from the train station. Plus it is the closest hotel to take the ATVO bus out to Marco Polo or Treviso Airport in Venice and especially great for those early morning flights before the vaparetto runs so you don’t need a water taxi.
I agree with the prior posters about how nice this hotel is and you can read all the nice details but what you really need are step-by-step directions. From the Venice Santa Lucia Train station – walk out the front door, turn Right Pull your rolling suitcases up the ramp or up 5 steps. Walk a block to the brand new Calavatra bridge which just opened mid September – you can see it spanning the canal on your left. One-third is steps up, then a curved smooth top and one-third steps down. The steps are low and wide and most people just bumped their suitcases up and down. You are now in Piazza Roma – the bus station and vaparetto stop. Turn left and go past the little food and postcard booths that line the sidewalk until you cannot go any farther because there is a canal in front of you. Directly opposite you is the Hotel Olympia. Swim across. Just kidding. Actually stop about 100 feet before you hit the very end of the bus parking lot and before the canal and take the Left hand side path where the public toilet sign is (WC). Go about 12 feet and turn Right onto the sidewalk and cross the one small bridge a few feet away and at its end, turn Right along the canal to the Olympia.
If you are coming from the P Roma vaparetto stop, then you just walk up the few steps to the new bridge and follow the directions above.

Without luggage it is less than a 3-minute walk to the vaparetto stop which is right under the new bridge. Just reverse directions: Right out the hotel door, Left onto and over the small bridge, left past the WC to the bus parking lot sidewalk, right to the Calavatra bridge and down the steps. It was so convenient that we often took the vaparetto to our Venice destination and them back to the hotel for a nap, then out again. All the vap lines tourist use (1, 2, 42, 82, DM etc) stop at P. Roma

The TA forum warns about the difficulty of getting out to the airport for those early flights but the ATVO bus for Marco Polo starts at 5am. We took the next one, the 5.50am bus and were at the airport within 15 minutes. The forum says it can take 25 minutes with traffic. If you are coming in from the airport on the ATVO express bus, then it is even easier to find the hotel. You just walk straight off the bus to the booths and the sidepath with WC is directly ahead. Right and over the little bridge and right.

When we got tired of taking the vaparetto, we walked back from Ca’Residencia stop past the Rialto . From there to the hotel is the only relatively straight and impossible to get lost route we found in Venice with large orange/yellow signs for P Roma or Ferrovia (train station)

The Breakfast was the Best we had in Italy. The rolls & croissants,, were all fresh , plus there was a plentiful spread of sliced ham, chunks of swiss cheese, hardboiled brown shelled eggs, healthy cereals, fruit bowl of whole apples and oranges, yoghurt, plua fruit cakes , prunes and fruit cocktails. Coffee was served in individual pots on a nicely set table in an ornate breakfast room .

Our room (303 ) overlooked the delightful courtyard pictured on their web site and it was so quiet at night. The room smelled great and the furnishings were elegantly done. Now, I never trust reviews that find nothing wrong at all. Life is just usually not that and no place is perfect. Minor issues: The shower stall is small and while fine for us, we wondered how some guests we saw did not get stuck in it. ;) The lift is very small, and the porter brings your luggage up separately as passengers and luggage and him would be too tight. Checking out, only I could fit in the lift with the luggage. But all this is consistent with the Olympia being a tiny jewel.

Whew long review with tedious directions but I know how nervous I was about booking this hotel after reading about people getting lost that I wanted to spell it all out here. Plus both hotels we stayed at in Italy, this one in Venice and the Residenza Domizia had at least one negative review about being switched to a different hotel but that did not happen to us. We booked Directly with both Resideza Domizia and Hotel Olympia on their own web sites and not through any travel service or discount hotel on line service like Orbiz, expedia, or Venere We found the front desk at Olympia very friendly and nice with pleasant smiles. Our only regret was that we had to leave that last morning before breakfast started at 7 am in order to get to the airport.

A Wonderful Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member LindaCanberra

What a lovely hotel to stay at while in Venice (4 nights)! Arrived late at night having caught a shuttle bus from the airport and we were easily able to find the hotel which was very close to the bus park. We were allocated a lovely room overlooking the canal. We had paid for a standard room but I asked that if possible I'd love a room with a view. I was certainly not disappointed! The room was really lovely with a very clean and modern bathroom, of a good size. The breakfast room was gorgeous and the buffet breakfast was more than adequate. The service was excellent as well. At the back of the hotel is a lovely little garden which was really pleasant to relax in after a solid day of walking and sight seeing. Plenty of good eateries in close vicinity as well as a handy laundromat, post boxes etc. Would recommend highly as great value and would definitely stay again.

Good choice.

by TripAdvisor Member Brehme

If you are looking for an hotel in Venice no too expensive and in good position, this is your hotel. Just 5 minutes walking from train station. San Marco square is about 20/30 minutes away but it will be a great walking. Hotel is nice, quite and our room was very pretty. Breakfast was better than our expectation. We will back next time.

Forum Posts

Olimpia Hotel

by Standbymed

Hello! We are staying at the Olimpia Hotel in November. I was planning to take a bus from Marco Polo to the Piazzale Roma. Can anyone tell me if it would be necessary to take a Vaporetto to the hotel, or is it in walking (with luggage) distance? It looks very close on the map but I just need to be sure.
Thank you in advance!

Re: Olimpia Hotel

by effeti

Hi Lisa...

If the Hotel if this one (sorry for the long link),+395&url1=%2Fpb%2Fpercorso.26062717&url2=%2Fpb%2Fmappa.26062717&urlbv=%23&url3=%2Fpb%2Fmappa.26062717&url4=%2Fpb%2Fmappa.26062717&url5=%2Fpb%2Fpercorso.26062717&cxn=12.32174&cyn=45.43678&lxn=12.32174&lyn=45.43678&lvn=1&z=0.3

no way you can find a vaporetto till there! Too narrow channels!
But it is not far indeed.
About your luggages... well, it could be a quarter of mile, or little more. I'd say no problem, but i'm thinking...
1) My wife and my sister tend to make HUGE luggages. Is this your case, too? Ok, joking... :-)
2) You have to cross at least one bridge: it means a few steps.

you can probably hire someone to bring your luggage there (there are special carts used to cross the bridges.. hand-operated, of course!) but beware of the price... Ask first, and take in mind for him it could be at worst 20 minutes for the round trip.. And they are used to tourist that have no idea of where they are!
I'm not sure yuo can find them in Piazale Roma, when they will be available at the train station.
My overall advice is: Go and walk!
Have a good map with you... it's easy to get lost in venice even for short paths... Not so amusing with baggage!
best on-line maps here:

Re: Olimpia Hotel

by effeti

P.S. according with the last site, your hotel shoul be where the red dot is...

You just have to exit the "Piazzale Roma and find your way from the east side ..



Re: Re: Olimpia Hotel

by Standbymed

Thank you so much Francesco! I will keep this in mind while packing!



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Address: Santa Croce 395, Venice, Veneto, 30135, Italy