Hotel Ai Due Principi
What We Love
- It’s just a five-minute stroll to Piazza San Marco and the Doge’s Palace
- Superior Rooms face a central courtyard, while Exclusive Rooms have canal views
- Personal, knowledgable service
What To Know
- One Superior Room has a glass shower on display in the bedroom
- There’s a quiet bar and a breakfast room, but no on-site restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Originally the palazzo of a wealthy trading family in the 18th century, the hotel underwent a two-year renovation before opening in 2008, restoring the classic Venetian grandeur and adding inviting modern touches. A palette of beige and gray balances out the opulent accents, and sleek new furnishings mimic 18th-century shapes without excessive ornamentation.
Bed and Bath
The face-lift preserved the palazzo’s architectural highlights and gave each of the 15 rooms its own identity. Some have trompe-l’oeil ceiling frescoes and Murano glass chandeliers, while others show off polished mosaic floors or gilded window treatments. High ceilings and long windows make all the rooms feel spacious, although they vary in size from 190 to 430 square feet (the difference between a room for sleeping only and space for lounging). Bathrooms have sparkling Bisazza mosaic tiling.
Downstairs, next to the small lobby, dramatic curtains open onto a small bar, perfect for a quiet nightcap after a day of sightseeing. Finished in kitschy decorative mirrors and red velvet chairs, the area doubles as seating for the morning breakfast buffet, which includes made-to-order cappuccinos and espressos. The intimate feel extends to the personal service throughout the hotel. The owner, Cristina, a lifelong Venetian, happily recommends the best places to find fresh seafood or hail a cheaper gondola.
How to Get There
My husband booked this as a surprise for my 50th birthday. He booked a suite overlooking the canal with a small balcony. The room was stunning and the view everything I expected of Venice. The location is fantastic. Very close to the water bus, gondola rides and St Marks square. There were some really good restaurants around the hotel as well. The staff were very friendly and attentive. I have seen some of the reviews and I think may be it's down to the room you book, because ours was really lovely. I would certainly visit again.
This was listed as a 4 star hotel. It is nothing but a Motel 6 like place.
Extremely small bathroom and sink (as big as a salad bowl).
This is a 2 star motel. It is located in one of the nearby alleys in San Zaccaria close to the water bus.
Bedroom was stunning and clean. Staff were polite and attentive. Breakfast was plentiful.
The reviews on TripAdvisor do not do the hotel justice at all.
My only criticism is that city tax was taken from us upon departure. Booking. Com states that this is included in the price of our stay and I will be querying this in due coyrse. However, I believe this is their fault rather than the hotel's as the staff seemed puzzled by the booking confirmation presented to them. Thus despite the discrepancy over 30 euros it was a very pleasant stay.