We needed somewhere to stay in Venice for one night prior to flying out of Marco Polo Airport back home.
Having spent four days hiking in Trentino with the tourism board, we didn’t want to go back to a dorm room at ANDA and instead opted for a budget private double room in A&O Mestre 2 just outside of Venice.
A&O Mestre 2 is located in the popular area of Mestre just outside of Venice. See our articles on how to get to Mestre from Marco Polo Airport, Treviso Airport and from Venice centre.
It?s around a 5-minute walk from the bus station where you can catch buses to the airports, tram to the centre of Venice or a Flixbus and around a 10-minute walk to the Mestre Train Station. In our opinion, the location isn?t as good as ANDA hostel which is just a 2-minute walk from the train station so if the location in Mestre is key then I?d look for a room here first.
We arrived at approximately 15:10, this wasn?t planned instead it was simply the time we managed to get from Trento to Venice via train. It also happened to be just 10 minutes after check-in had opened for guests of the hotel, and with a hotel with 280 rooms, boy did we know it. The queue to check-in was out the door with around 30 people in front of me and very little places to sit (despite all the ample seating).
There were three staff working on reception and they looked worked to the bone as they frantically did all they could to ensure a smooth check-in process for all guests. Despite the number of guests waiting for the queue moved relatively quickly and we managed to be in our room just 15 minutes later.
Our room was on the fifth floor, two modern lifts or stairs take you directly to this floor and clear signs direct you to the room. The room was clean and modern with an industrial feel.
We opted for a double room but in reality, it was simply two single beds pushed together with a hard and incredible firm mattress, the thinnest bottom sheet you could possibly find and a weird square pillow.
There?s no wardrobe in the room, instead this weird metal shelf is embedded into the wall – and not screwed down or attached in anyway which I find terribly strange and perhaps even a health and safety hazard for families with young children.
The side tables were designed similarly to the shelf. Again, these very cheap metal tables stood randomly at the side of the bed, unattached to anything and weighing nothing they could easily be moved around the room but provided very little purpose and had little stability due to the holes and how light they were.
Our window out onto Mestre provided a small view, honestly you could be fooled for thinking you were in the likes of Asia with the mix-match of roofs and washing hanging from buildings. Both windows opened slightly to allow some ventilation however we used the air conditioning unit instead.
The bathroom was modern, clean and spacious. I can?t fault a single thing about it. The soundproofing, on the other hand, I can. This hotel is made up partly of private rooms and partly of dorm rooms so expect a wide variety of guests. In our case, we still heard laughing, chatting etc. from what I assume was the floor below at 2 am.
The WIFI was fantastic both on the ground floor and upon floor 5 in our room. We were able to stream multiple episodes of Love Island (I know, I’m ashamed I like the show too ?)
A buffet breakfast is hosted in the large hall on the ground floor and is an additional ?6 per person, per night. As we were heading straight to the airport we decided to wait and get something there instead.
Bar & Seating Area
There is a really large bar and seating area on the ground floor with multiple plug sockets and a range of different seating styles. Ideal for eating, working, socialising or watching the large projector screens.
A&O Mestre2 is a great choice for families looking to visit Venice on a budget, nowhere is this more clear than in the small children area on the ground floor by the reception which contained a number of garden style games.
You are able to store your luggage in the large complimentary luggage storage area at the reception.
You?ll need a member of staff to access the room, so if you?re planning on coming back for your luggage around the 3pm peak check-in time then consider allowing for additional time to queue alongside those looking to check-in.?
Parking is available at the hotel without reservation for ?14 per day. Parking for each of the hotels (A&O Hotel Mestre 2 and A&O Hotel Mestre 1 are both separate)