Most visitors to Venice, whether travelling by air or rail, arrive at the city at the train station. If arriving late, or if only staying for a fleeting time, it can make sense to stay in a hotel in this area. Although the train station’s immediate surroundings are not the most salubrious, a short distance away to the east, in the Cannaregio district, or across the Grand Canal in Santa Croce and San Polo districts make ideal locations. The other advantage of choosing one of the best Venice hotels near the train station is that they offer good value for money.
Walk a few streets back from the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio district and you’ll discover a surprisingly peaceful area. Here you will find several lovely churches - including Tintoretto’s local church, the Madonna dell’Orto which contains some of his works - and the poignant Jewish Ghetto with its Jewish Museum and several synagogues. Across the Grand Canal from the station, in the Santa Croce and San Polo districts, and next to the city’s second largest square, Campo San Polo, the biggest draw is the Franciscan church, the Frari with its dizzying collection of art and sculptures. Further east, is the famous Rialto Market - where you will hear more Italian than foreign voices - beside its equally famous Rialto Bridge.
For somewhere convenient for travel yet not too far from the city’s sights, choose one of the best Venice hotels near the train station. For a wider choice all over the city, check out all our Venice recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
An understated and romantic 15th Century Locanda, in the old Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Off the beaten track, quiet and good value, you get the chance to see a new side of the city away from the throngs of tourists. Simple rooms, some with terraces overlooking the square, are charming and comfortable.
Classically Venetian B&B with rooms and apartments. Softly coloured rooms, some with frescoes, private balconies, oil paintings, chandeliers and statues. Very characterful and great value for family or a group of friends.
Traditional 15th century Palazzo with views of the Grand Canal. Three elegant rooms with a charming blend of antique furniture & contemporary features and a charming outdoor courtyard, perfect for evening drinks. A great base for a city break - owners have lots of local knowledge.