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
Breakfast outstanding plenty of choice see pictures, huge bed and great location near San Marco and Accademia to keep the walking down to the minimum. Staff very attentive. Nice rooftop terrace where we enjoyed an aperitif before dinner
Thought this hotel was absolutely smashing. Very near all the sights but away from the main hustle and bustle. Really nice, comfy room; fantastic breakfast with a huge selection; really friendly and helpful staff, and we were even offered a bottle of champagne when we left. Highly recommended.
Located in a quiet area of San Marco near the Giglio vaporetto stop. Although a peaceful area only a few minutes walk from St. Marks square and the Rialto. Small, boutique hotel. Stayed in a 'superior' room with a four poster bed overlooking a canal. Room was clean, good size, clean and well appointed bathroom. The staff were very friendly and helpful - even returning my wallet which I had dropped in the hotel. Breakfast is simple but good choice of cold dishes. Tea and coffee available all day. The bar is very cheap - 4 euro for a glass of wine or prosecco; much cheaper than local bars. The only drawback is the stairs; quite steep up to the second floor and no lift. Overall a lovely, charming and friendly hotel Can recommend
I identified a great deal via TripAdvisor and booked this spectacular Venetian hotel knowing the value of the location. I was kindly, warmly greeted by a wonderful staff ensuring my journey did not dehydrate me more than needed by offering tasty natural mint water. The lobby is impressive and a real time piece worthy of a stand-alone visit.
The room was ornate, but not too large. I really wouldn't want to stay in the room surrounded by incredible Venice, a view from the hotel terrace and more. In the end, it was the location- proximity to the Real and Academie Bridges, San Marcos Piazza and the Gran Canal that did the trick for me. They even offered umbrellas which came in handyblater during a torrent of a rain storm.
I will be back!
I was due to stay at this hotel although my flight was sadly cancelled. Given I had already paid and would be unable to attend the trip (The cost was £610 for 3 nights) I would have expected some compassion from the management team at the hotel. Instead I was bluntly told there would be no refund. When I explained the circumstances I asked whether I could move the booking to another date in the future, which they once again bluntly declined. It's left a very sour taste. I will definitely be visiting Venice in the near future, although I definitely won't be staying at the Ad Place.