July 9, 2005
It is very difficult to find a hotel in Venice and almost impossible to find a budget hotel. Most hotels are pre-booked, and budget hotels are virtually nonexistent. Hotel Giovannina in Mestre was exactly what we were looking for. The town of Mestre, on the mainland, is only 10 minutes (by bus, no. 2, or train) away from Venice and an excellent alternative.
HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station):
Cross the street in front of the railway station. You are now in Via Piave. Continue until you get to a very small park (just grass, some trees, and a few benches) on your right. Turn right and walk through the park. It is easy to find, as there is a sign to the hotel. Continue straight on. You are now in Via Monello. The hotel is straight ahead at the end of this road.
WHAT THE ROOM IS LIKE:
Our room was at the back and simply furnished, with a double bed, bedside tables with reading lamps, a table and a chair, and no air-conditioning, but a fan and large wall mirror. The bathroom is tiny, no more than 1.5x1.5, but complete with a toilet, shower, and bidet.
Breakfast is not included in the room price of 65€ (55€ without a bathroom). This is no problem, as there are enough bars in Via Piave for a cappuccino and croissants.
One of the receptionists speaks excellent German. He was very helpful and advised us to buy a day card for the bus (10,50€). It is valid 24 hours. This means that when you validate it at 10am, you can use it until 10am the next day. You can use this ticket on the bus to and from Venice, and on the vaporetto and canal bus boats, which pass through Canal Grande and go to Murano, Burano, and Lido.
A one-way ticket, either bus or train, to Venice costs 1€.
INTERNET: There are many Internet and telephone shops in Via Vialle, usually for 3€. (In Venice, it is 7€ per hour.)
From journal Northern Italy by Train