Just spent a couple of nights here during the mini heatwave mid June. Thank god for the free aircon which ran constantly for both nights, otherwise sleep would've been unlikely. Although a good stroll to the main railway station the Aurora is well located at the North end of Piazza Ferretto only 100 metres from the Old Clock / Bell Tower. There are plenty of shops, bars, restaraunts, gelataria, and bus stops. etc.
The breakfast was typical continental fayre with fruit, yoghurt, cereals, juice and real coffee. (No decaff). The young Chinese couple who appear to run the place, are friendly and always on hand to help out.
There's wi-fi, although we didn't try it. The TV shows 2 channels, one Spanish, one French. There's a mini fridge and free safe in the room. (Big enough for a notebook but NOT a laptop - ALSO read the PIN setting instructions carefully as I locked myself out of it twice - Doh !) There are no tea or coffee making facilities in the room and my request for an iron and board got a shrug.
Feel free to contact me for directions as some of the hotel sites (Minotel etc) show an incorrect location on their site map. There is also another Hotel in Mestre called Nuova Aurora which is confusing. (We had a street map of Mestre.)
Transport. - Well worth buying the imob card which gives you hop on / hop off travel on all the buses (to and from Venice) and the vaparetto water buses. Can also include to and from Marco Polo airport - see Venice Connected website for the various options.
My free travel info -
#1 - We were there for 3 days but bought a 48 hour pass and started using it around midday day 1. When we tried to use it during the 47th hour on day 3 however, it came up invalid on the validation machine. I guess this means the 48 hours runs from the purchase time not the initial validation time, so buy your ticket immediately before travel. There seems to be little or no saving buying online, and we saw huge queues in Venice particularly in front of the collection machines at the main station.
#2 - We got less value for money on day 2 as there was a one day public transport strike. This virtually stopped all buses and the vaporettos ran a minimum service which meant long queues, packed boats and frayed tempers. Strikes are probably rare but check the news sites before you buy your ticket.
#3 - There is a left luggage office at both Mestre and Venice rail stations. (5 Euros for 5 hours then 70 cents per hour for the 6th to 12th hours etc). It's a LONG deposit queue in Venice at the weekends and when the cruise ships are disembarking, so go early or use Mestre. (Collection is much faster in both.)
#4 - There is no fast ticket machine at Mestre for the short train hop to Venice. (Absolute genious planning !) - Again, this is a long queue so buy your undated single journey tickets all at once. #5 - If flying to / from Treviso, the ATVO coach from Roma bus station will be busy so don't wait for the last one ! - Why not leave early and do a day trip in Treviso itself. There's no left luggage IN the airport but there is a place over the road by Bar Aeroporto.
#6 - While chatting to fellow departing tourists in the Airport bus queues, I was amazed how many of them still had days worth of wasted credit on their travel cards. I always pass my London travel cards onto fellow travellers, (as I did with my spare Mestre Rail tickets). It'll give you a warm glow inside. (Anyone travelling on a tight budget might consider making a direct appeal to the folks in the airport bus queues themselves !)
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- Also Known As:
- Aurora Hotel Venice
- Aurora Hotel Province Of Venice/Mestre, Italy