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
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
It's like another world, tucked away in Venice. The rooms have high ceilings, comfortable beds and great showers. Open the window and listen to the sounds of Venice as you drift off to sleep. Highly recommend this place!
Can I start by saying that the hotel is in a nice location and our room (which was a junior suite costing £225 per night) was spacious and clean. We had what appeared to be the only walk-on balcony in the hotel but nothing to sit on out there.
We have been to Venice three times and this is my least favourite hotel so far.
The main issues are with the attitudes of some of the staff. I have read a couple of recent reviews about 'friendly staff'. We certainly experienced two members of staff who were warm, friendly and helpful. One was Gonzalez and I did not get the name of the other but they both worked the evening and night shift and did all they could to help.
I asked (very apologetically) for some coffee sachets for the room and was told 'No!' But if I wanted coffee I could get it from the bar!
I then asked (very politely) if we could have some heat in our room as that evening I returned feeling really cold and could not get warmed up. I was told 'No!' and then told that all the other guests had asked to have the air conditioning on! I had to go in the bath to get warmed through.
There was no feeling of warmth or welcome after this. The attitudes of the day staff almost spoiled our holiday. We are not usually complainers. Read any of my reviews to see that they are fair and honest. I would not go back to this hotel!
Convenient location close to port. Small, loud rooms but served their purpose. The door locks weren’t working though and came home one day to an unlocked room. Breakfast was small but tasty. Staff were friendly.
I would highly recommend this hotel. Our room was very spacious and had a canal view that was amazing. It was very clean and decorated beautifully. The bed was very comfortable and I slept great. They have a nice courtyard in the back that is nice to sit, mingle with other guests and have a drink. The location of the hotel is convenient for restaurants, shopping and the water buses. The restaurant right next door was the best that we experienced. The food and drinks were amazing and a wonderful staff. The hotel staff is absolutely amazing. The front desk person that works nights is a gem. He is so pleasant and professional. By the time we left, I felt like he was an old friend. When I return to Venice, I will definitely be staying here
Hotel conveniently located easy walking distance to the square and Rialto bridge.
Hotel staff extremely helpful and accommodating.
Beautiful room, comfortable bed.
Absolutely wonderful 2 nights.