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
This hotel is in a great location close to lovely areas of venice. Our room was on the top floor and was nice however as we were in the roof basically and it was not possible to have a window fully open and we did feel a little stuffy. The shower was fantastic and we were not short of mirrors, towels etc. A nice touch is that every day they give you two free water bottles. Breakfast was good but I think it needs some background music. Overall the staff were lovely, especially Alex, and the hotel was great.
Our room was on the ground floor with the canal directly outside and we had gondolas floating past daily with the gondoliers singing and playing accordions.
The hotel staff were most excellent and even thoughtfully provided me with a bottle of Cava on my birthday on the roof terrace.
The hotel is superbly located about 5 minutes walk from the water bus in a quieter area of Venice but still within easy walk of the main attractions. If you’ve never been to Venice it can be a confusing place and we were right next to the hotel but didn’t know it, signage is very discrete. On arrival we were upgraded from a Junior Suite to a main Suite, Marzo, with no extra charge and the staff were very helpful. The first negative was the lift wasn’t working and it was up on the top floor which for older people is a problem.
The Suite was lovely, very large and comfortable and more than enough for two. The lighting is either full on or dark but that’s a minor point, I would suggest using better side lighting. The views of the canal with the gondoliers entertaining you for free as they take their guests around was brilliant, and funny when there was a thunderstorm.
Second negative is the shower, huge bathroom, well appointed but the bath/shower is a challenge and not easy to use. The floor ended up wet and it’s impossible to have a proper shower. This isn’t a major problem if you are agile, I’m not! And neither is my lady wife. Otherwise it was perfect. Final bad point and hence I can’t give it full marks was the coffee machine, which has no instructions and had to be removed as it leaked.
Breakfast buffet was superb and a good selection and unusually they have no restaurant so you can bring your own food and wine back in, no cooking facilities, and use the roof terrace or breakfast room as a dining room if you want, we ate in our room one night. Overall, thanks for a great stay and 4.5/5.0
We give our highest recommendation to Ad Place. It is a charming hotel with wonderful staff, comfortable rooms, a terrific location, a delicious breakfast -- everything you could want, including a tiny roof terrace.
We had a wonderful honeymoon stay at this hotel. The location is perfect! The maggio room was beautiful with views of the canal. Our stay was made special by Kamal. Kamal greeted us and remembered us from emails exchanged prior. He was beyond attentive and made our last night very special as he set up the terrace with cocktails and snacks. We will definitely be back!