Venice is home to the most important cruise port in the eastern Mediterranean, welcoming more than one million annual travellers who set out to discover new lands from the City of Water.
Much to passengers' delight, ships dock directly in the historical city centre, making this a great opportunity for a pre-cruise stay.
These three hotels, located near the point of embarkation, will allow you to enjoy the best of Venice.
NH Collection Palazzo Barocci
It’s not every day that one can sleep in an old theatre where none other than Vivaldi began his career!
Built in 1890, the NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci is an historic building that once housed the Teatro Sant'Angelo, renowned for its performances of Vivaldi and Goldoni operas.
Ideally located at the edge of the Grand Canal in San Angelo, a 10-minute walk from St. Mark's Square, this four-star hotel overlooks the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal. The NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci has 59 rooms. Some of its premium rooms and junior suites have terraces overlooking the Grand Canal.
Hotel Olimpia Venice
Centrally located in the Piazzale Roma, the Hotel Olimpia Venice, BW Signature Collection is just a few minutes' walk from the Grand Canal. It takes just three minutes to get to the People Mover, the monorail that leads to and from the harbour.
The 35 rooms are decorated in Venetian style from the early 18th century. Some of them have views of the hotel's canal. The three-star establishment offers an intimate setting with views overlooking the canal for its visitors, who will appreciate its pleasant garden, and lunches on the outdoor terrace or in the breakfast room.
Those who love history and antiques will fall in love with the Palazzo Odoni.
Located in the Santa Croce district, right in the heart of Old Venice, this guest house is just a few steps from the Frari Church, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and a 20-minute walk from St. Mark's Square. The hotel, housed in a building which dates back to the 15th century, offers eight rooms ranging from double to family. This small hotel has kept its family spirit over the years, owned by the same family for five generations.
How to get there
These three hotels are not far from the People Mover, a monorail that connects the Piazzale Roma to the Maritime Station of Venice (Marittima) and vice versa in less than two minutes.
The service operates in a loop between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. with passage every seven minutes. It serves three stops: the Tronchetto car park, the cruise terminal and Piazzale Roma, making it very convenient for cruise travellers for whom every minute counts!
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