April 23, 2015: No, that’s not an oxymoron- Anyone who’s traveled to Venice knows how expensive rooms are- and the Travel Curmudgeon doesn’t stay in hostels anymore. If you only have a few days and want to save hundreds of dollars on lodging than stay in one of numerous hotels by Marco Polo International Aeroporto- numerous choices and less than $5.00 US for a short public bus ride (round trip) to Plaza Roma, the transportation hub for getting into Venice. And the ride affords the opportunity to see some of the picturesque surrounding countryside and mingle with locals.
The Curmudgeon’s recommendation is the Courtyard by Marriott Hotels– huge rooms that include a real shower large enough to accommodate all your in-laws at one time, plenty of desk space, lights, power outlets, and windows that open. Add in free internet that actually works throughout the property, a fitness room, good restaurant and lounge and friendly helpful staff — and they speak English which is hard to find in Venice!