Below is my review of the Hilton Garden Inn Venice. During my trip to Italy in the Spring, I stayed at American hotels because I wanted to use points for award reservations and for more modern conveniences. These hotels are not found in the city center (as most American International brands are not usually in the center of town) but they were all easily accessible, modern, clean and luxurious. I booked award reservations 4-6 months out from my arrival and found availability.
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Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giuliano
Via Orlanda, 1, Venezia Mestre, 30173, Italy
The Hilton Garden Inn Venice is very clean, modern with a very international and upscale vibe. I have no complaints about anything – the rooms, bathroom, etc were beyond my expectation. The location is outside Venice but I can’t think of a better value. It is only 10 minutes away by bus which picks you up right outside the hotel. Best hotel deal in Venice if you ask me.
There is a snack bar downstairs which is a bit pricey but if you are in need as I was, then it’s there for you. From this hotel, you can also take the bus to the airport which I did at the end of my stay. That involves going up the stairs to take the overpass on the other side of the highway. En route to airport, I noticed a McDonalds and other restaurants nearby (although not in walking distance).
Hilton’s loyalty program, Hilton Honors, will be changing in late February to include new perks. One of them is variable pricing on award reservations as well as the option to pay with points and money. That is great news for this hotel because you may be able to reserve this hotel for as low as 14,000 points (with $0 cash). When I stayed the points needed were closer to 30,000 (40K is now the high range). Not sure if May is considered a peak for this hotel but if you book in advance or in a non-peak time, you may be able to get a better deal. This hotel is a steal at 14K points. Check out how many points are needed here.
There is a city tax of $3.10 per person per night at this hotel.
This Hilton Garden Inn Venice is accessible by local bus #5 or #19 from the Piazza Roma (bus stop/parking grounds), the last transportation stop in Venice. If coming from the Venice train station (next to Piazza Roma) or Piazza Roma itself, take bus #5 or #19 north. You will see the hotel from the bus (on the left side) – just ring the bell to get off. Once you disembark, you will have to climb up stairs to take an overpass b/c the hotel is on the other side of a very busy highway.
If coming from the airport to the hotel, you can take local bus #9 or #15. Once you see the hotel on the right side, disembark. You will be on the other side of the highway so no need to cross the overpass. Just walk towards the hotel. And vice versa, if heading to the airport from the hotel, use local bus #9 or #15 but you will have to cross on the overpass (to go North).
Please note the differences in buses 5, 15, 9, 19. Double check the correct bus and direction at the bus stop which has a map of the route.
Recommend (Y/N): Yes
In short, I would stay here again. This hotel provides great value for the $ paid – and even greater value if you snag an award reservation. Hotels in Venice are very expensive and this one is conveniently accessible by bus to both Venice center and the VCE International airport.