If you find that Venice doesn’t quite fit your budget, I would recommend staying at a hotel in Mestre, near the Mestre railway station, where prices tend to be considerably lower than those right in Venice.
There are frequent trains and buses from Mestre to Venice that take only ten minutes to get to Piazzale Roma, the gateway to Venice.
Below are four excellent, inexpensive four-star hotels in Mestre that come with a bountiful free buffet breakfast. Have a look at the reviews of people who stayed at these hotels.
The Best Western Hotel Bologna, directly in front of the Mestre railway station.
Hotel Ambasciatori: A bus stops right across the street from the Ambasciatori Hotel every eight minutes that will take you to Piazzale Roma in ten minutes.
The Hotel Tritone, near the Mestre railway station.
The Hotel Plaza is also situated in front of the Mestre railway station.
If you stay in Mestre you can do everything that tourists whose hotels are in Venice do except sleep there, and for some people who would like to cut their travel expenses by over 60%, that is reason enough to book a room in Mestre while visiting Venice. Thousands do it every year, and if the reviews are any indication, most seem genuinely pleased with their choice.
I enjoyed staying Mestre during my trip to Venice not only because it gave me an opportunity to see beautiful Venice at a huge discount, but also because I had a chance to experience daily life in a charming Italian town, where 90% of the people you meet are actually Italian. In Venice, on the other hand, 90% percent of the people you rub shoulders with are very likely tourists from other countries.
Mestre’s Piazza Ferretto, not far from the train station, has a number of moderately priced restaurants and pizzerias.
Would also like to call your attention to a well-known supermarket in Mestre: PAM, at 209 Corso del Popolo, next to the Hotel Delfino. It has a wonderful deli and a good selection of wines at bargain prices. There is another PAM near Piazza Ferretto in the Le Barche Shopping Center.
Consider buying a Tourist Travel Card ACTV+ Airport transfer bus return. This particular ACTV travel card entitles you to transport to and from Venice Marco Polo Airport, to unlimited use of the waterbuses (vaporetti) serving Venice and the islands of the lagoon, and to unlimited use of ACTV Mestre bus service to and from Venice and in Mestre itself.
The card, which can be purchased on line, is a tremendous bargain that will pay for itself many times over during your visit to Venice.