Great Hotel, Great Location
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.
EASY WALK to EVERYTHING
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
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.
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.
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!
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If the Hotel if this one (sorry for the long link)
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:
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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 ..
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Thank you so much Francesco! I will keep this in mind while packing!