What We Love
- Prime location far enough from the crowds but still within reach of Venice’s greatest treasures
- Friendly staff who go out of their way to help you plan your stay
- Prime location
What To Know
- It’s a historic building, but the decor is contemporary
- There’s no restaurant, but there are plenty nearby
- There are a lot of stairs and no elevator
- Free WiFi
AD Place blends the ancient architecture of a 16th-century palazzo, like original Venetian tiled floors, with more contemporary pieces. Borrowing design cues from the palaces of old — think patterned wallpaper, Murano glass chandeliers and tasseled curtains — the hotel has updated the decor using bold, contemporary colors. Quirky touches include a large silver chesterfield in the spacious lounge cum breakfast room. There’s also a nod to Moroccan style in the lanterns in the lobby and in the small roof terrace, where you can lounge on a banquette and look out over the city’s rooftops.
Bed and Bath
The 12 comfortable rooms are spread over three floors and all named after months of the year. No two are the same size or shape: Some are enormous, others are quite snug (the smallest clocks in at 150 square feet); some have the palazzo’s original wooden ceilings, and some have canopy beds. They’re all decorated in similar shades of lilac and green, with wood-shuttered windows meant for flinging open to watch the gondoliers go by. All the sparkling bathrooms have powerful rain showers, and the suite has a clawfoot bathtub.
The buffet breakfast in the lofty, light-filled lounge will set you up for a day’s sightseeing. Cereal, yogurt, freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, a selection of bread, Italian cheeses (gorgonzola, pecorino) and salami, French pastries, Italian cakes and eggs to order are all part of the spread. There’s no restaurant, but there’s a small bar and plenty of eateries nearby. Try the contemporary Caffe Centrale, with its exposed brick walls, leather sofas and ornate chandeliers. The menu comes on an iPad, divided into meat and fish, vegetables, snacks and desserts, and most dishes come in small and large sizes, so you can mix and match.
In the Area
The hotel’s just around the corner from one of world’s most famous opera houses, the beautifully restored Gran Teatro La Fenice, and a short walk from the Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and the Correr Museum, so you can arrive early to beat the lines. Stylish Italian designers Versace, Gucci and Fendi are on the doorstep. For something more traditionally Venetian, visit Antonia Sautter’s atelier for extravagant carnival masks, and don’t miss the one-off boutiques around the Campo Santo Stefano, such as Raggio Veneziano for chic leather bags.
How to Get There
I was alone on this trip to Venice and felt secure, loved my room and loved breakfast in the common area upstairs. The hotel is right on the water with a small but cozy rooftop where I enjoyed a glass of Prosecco.
We chose Ad place for our honeymoon as we were only in Venice for 3 nights and wanted to be fairly central.
It's located behind the Fenice and less than 10 minutes walk from St Mark's Square.
We upgraded to a deluxe room so that we overlooked the canal, which means that you can watch all the gondolas going past.
There's a small roof terrace where we sat and drank Prosecco one night - the hotel price for Prosecco was cheaper than the local restaurants(!)
A comfortable room with a great shower - we basically stayed out all day so made the most of breakfast and the really comfortable room.
Nice to have a room with a view over the canal, but not essential. We had air conditioning so wasn't important for us to be able to open the windows. But take your ear plugs and eye mask if you're a light sleeper - the rooms are very dark at night, but the curtains are thin and let in the morning light. Overlooking the canal means you get woken up by the canal 'traffic'.
The location of the hotel is good, it’s very near to a water taxi station and has a access for the boat to drop you off in front of the hotel(however the taxis are not allowed to come in front between 9-6 during the day)
Hotel breakfast is lovely, considering the hotel does not have a restaurant.
Bed is comfy but room is very small and our ac did not work properly. They had put a fan in front of the AC to blow the colder air to the room. So it was rather hot to sleep, and we visited after summer heat!
There is not free water left in the room, no appliances (cotton buds, sewing kit) etc on the bathroom)
There is no elevator in the hotel, so it is really uncomfortable to move around with a small baby, you cannot carry the trolley all the way up.
Staff is very friendly and helpful!