I specifically chose this hotel as it is literally 5 minutes walk from the bus station, 'People Mover' and train station. We were staying here after a cruise and all we had to do was get the 'People Mover' from the cruise terminal (cost just 1 Euro each and just a 5 minute ride) to Piazzale Roma, where we were able to walk to the Hotel Gardena. Admittedly you do have to carry suitcases over 2 bridges but I'd rather have the money for a meal.
The hotel is on a small canal and in a quiet location despite being minutes from the many attractions in Venice. Our room had a view of a quaint courtyard and was adequate for our needs. Comfortable bed, tv, fridge (which was stocked with bottled water) and a somewhat outdated but clean bathroom. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Continental breakfast was offered in a pleasant dining room.
The hotel was very accommodating in looking after our luggage so that we could spend our final day seeing as much of Venice before catching our late night flight home.
This is a budget hotel and yet its proximity to vital transport links was a godsend to us. We were originally booked into an area known as Mestre, which is a very long way from Venice island; a cab/bus journey in fact. A lot of advertisements for cheap weekends to Venice don't explain clearly that you will be staying in Mestre and had we not changed our booking we would not have seen as much of Venice as we eventually did.
I would stay at this hotel again so that we can spend money on lovely, romantic dinners by the Grand Canal and have a leisurely walk home.
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