Main reason to avoid Venice historic center is the price of accommodation.
High demand and configuration of the city often makes hotels in Venice very expensive.
Alternative to this is to stay on mainland. You can get much better hotel room than you
would get in Venice historic center at a lower price.
There are 3 good options to stay near Venice and save money.
When people think about staying near Venice first option is usually Mestre.
Mestre is big industrial suburb of Venice located on mainland. It is connected with Venice by a bridge. Mestre is the closest cheap option to stay near Venice. Unfortunately Mestre is not very nice area. I will try to show you several better options to stay near Venice, save money and still enjoy Venice.
If you want to save money and stay near Venice ( and also avoid Mestre ), your best options are Mira and Dolo small towns on Brenta river. Brenta river connects Venice and Padova and is home to some of the most beautiful Venetian villas.
Mira and Dolo are connected with Venice by buses and trains and you can get to Venice in roughly 30 minutes. At the same time you will be staying in a much nicer area. You can also use these towns as a base from which to explore Padova and other small towns in Veneto.
Mira and Dolo have very good transport connections with Venice. You can get to Venice by bus, train or by car. This is one of the nicest areas in Veneto. You can use these small towns as a base while you explore Veneto.
These are some of the best options where to stay near Venice.
WHERE TO STAY IN MESTRE ( BEST HOTEL OPTIONS NEAR MESTRE TRAIN STATION )
Mestre is roughly 3 km ( or 10 minutes away ) away from Venice. It is connected with Venice by a bridge. In order to get to Venice historic center you can use:
- Train – Train will get you to Santa Lucia train station
- Bus – Bus will get you to Piazzale Roma
- Car – If you are arriving by car to Venice I recommend that you park on Tronchetto
These are some of the best hotel options in Mestre. I have selected hotels close to train station.
This makes it very convenient to get to Venice.
4 star hotel very close to Mestre train station. This hotel gets very good reviews.
Best selling point is location. It is located next to Mestre train station. Very convenient location
if you want to stay in Mestre and visit Venice by train.
This hotel is located in Viale Ancona. It is a modern 4 star hotel 5 minutes away from Mestre train station.
This hotel is also close to Mestre train station. Very modern 4 star hotel. One great feature is paid parking.
WHERE TO STAY IN MIRA AND DOLO
Mira and Dolo are 2 small towns roughly 20 kilometers away from Venice. Although they are not as close to Venice as Mestre the area is much nicer. Mira is part of Riviera del Brenta. Riviera del Brenta connects Padova with Venice and is lined with some of the most famous Venetian villas. This area is quite different from Venice city center. You can get to Venice in roughly 30 minutes.
I have selected hotels with most convenient and fastest bus connections to Venice.
5 star hotel located inside Palazzo Franceschi. This hotel is located on the bank of Brenta River.
4 star hotel with 63 rooms. This hotel is a good option if you want to explore Venice and Padova. Hotel is well-connected both with Venice and Padova ( bus station is very close to hotel, these buses will take you to Piazzale Roma in Venice in about 20 minutes). Hotel also offers free parking.
Romantik Hotel Villa Margherita
Villa Margherita is a 4 star hotel with 19 rooms. Hotel is located in beautiful park overlooking Brenta river. Buses are stopping very close to Villa Margherita and will get you to Venice city center ( Piazzale Roma ) in 25 minutes.
Villa Gasparini is a 3 star hotel in Dolo. Dolo is a small city on Brenta river. It is 10 minutes away from Mira and 20-30 minutes away from Venice.