The hotel is away from the station but right next to the city centre/square with shops, bars & restaurants just a few steps away. I took a cab from rail station to the hotel (about 11€).
It's a budget hotel with a bit of a plasticky feel so don't expect Egyptian cotton sheets Persian wool carpets or teak furnishings, but it had everything that was needed, was very clean and everything worked.
The Mainland Chinese staff were unfailingly pleasant and helpful, providing a map and local information, and generally being friendly. Breakfast is the usual buffet with OK cappuccino on request, and rooms had air conditioning and bidet etc. Despite the foam mattress I had my best sleeps for 2 weeks. There is free wifi that was a little unreliable during my stay. The TV had channels in various languages but sadly the only Englih language station I could find was the dumbed down giggling goons of the BBC. There were plenty of functioning plugs for charging up appliances.
From the street behind the hotel, the no2 bus runs to the Mestre rail station and then on into Venice. Right outside the hotel, 4 buses/ hour are scheduled to run into Venice. This bus service is adequate but a little overcrowded. The bus to the airport is an easy 10 min walk away (no.15, abt 25 mins).
On certain days there is a creditable general market in the surrounding streets.
Mestre is everything that Venice isn't. The buildings may be contemporary but it is spacious and easy to get around in, and relaxed with plenty of local life going on day and night in the square and the zippy uncrowded bars.
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- Also Known As:
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- Aurora Hotel Province Of Venice/Mestre