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
A wonderful hotel in a perfect location. Amazing breakfasts and delightful staff who looked after us so well. We particularly appreciated their efficient arranging of transport to and from the airport.. A never to be forgotten honeymoon!
For our Venice winter break and the celebration of my wife’s special birthday, we were looking for a small boutique hotel centrally located in the city and very close to the Grand Canal to minimise walking with suitcases from and to a main landing stage in the case that the Motorscafi could not reach the hotel canal steps directly due to tidal heights. Ad Place proved to be an excellent choice within walking distance of all major sights and only 3 mins from San Giglio pier. This 12 room hotel is very comfortable, spotlessly clean with extremely helpful, friendly day and night staff. Our suite ‘Marzo’ adjacent to the breakfast room/bar, was very large, with living room, bedroom and bathroom. Large comfortable fourposter bed and comfortable sofas throughout. Coffee machine and good reliable Wi-fi. There are no elevators and the room is 50 steps up from reception though there is a stair lift if needed. Breakfast was fresh and plentiful. We stayed for 4 nights and with the staff’s attentiveness we thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Great little boutique hotel right in the heart of Venice only a couple of mins walk from St Mark's Square. Spotlessley clean, staff friendly, rooms lovely and decor is so pretty. Lots of stairs to the top floor where we stayed with no lift but we didn't mind.
Just returned from 14-17 november having been blown away by this wonderful hotel with its stunning rooms, eager to please staff in a perfect location. Kamal and the other staff couldnt do a enough to make our stay one we will never forget. The breakfast was fresh, delicious, varied and generous. We really cant thank the staff enough and we are so happy we picked this hotel. If we return to Venice again which we hope to do, then we will definately stay at this hotel. We happily recommended this place to friends and family and are certain there stay will be as magical as ours.
Thank you so much
John & Zoe
Just returned from an amazing 2 night stay at Ad Place, what a beautiful location situated on one of the most picturesque parts of the canal.
The hotel was so unique, full of quirky colours and patterns which we loved. Room had everything we needed and very comfortable.
Staff were so friendly and helpful throughout our stay recommending some brilliant places to eat and visit.
Tea, coffee and snacks were available 24/7 which I thought was great. Breakfast was also very nice with a variety of food.
If you want a traditional Venetian experience then this is your place!
We will be back!