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
Awesome though Italians are the most rude persons I have met.If you want to ask your way better you understand the first time or else you will be shocked by their response. We lost our way in Venice and when we asked someone to help us it was better that we had asked a beggar.
Every second year I go to Venice to visit Biennale. This time I have chosen this extremely lovely, stylish, comfortable hotel ideally situated in the old city of Venice. The staff was absolutely professional, kind and helpful from the very first minute of my arrival. You feel welcome at once. I also enjoyed drinks (served by Kamal) on the roof top overlooking the city and la Scalia by night. The rooms are comfortable, clean, tasteful and handy. For breakfast you can choose the top healthy food with any possible fruit a.o. or the “brunch-like” version. I’ll always come back to this hotel as it fulfils my needs.
I stayed at this hotel with my family and we had a difficult time finding it. It’s a little out of the way but the hotel is beautiful! At the train station we were told to take the #2 to St. Marks Square but we found out that the #1 will get you closer. I forgot the name of the stop but contact the hotel for better instructions on how to get there as Venice in general can be challenging. We had the suite on the first floor and we were blown away at how nice our room was decorated with modern amenities but still keeping the old world charm- impressive! There are a lot of stairs in this hotel so be prepared. It does have a stair lift machine but most just walk up and down the stairs. As much as I enjoyed this hotel I’m not sure I would stay here again due to the location but it’s a very nice hotel. Thanks to all the hotel staff for a wonderful stay.