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
Whilst the location of this hotel is fantastic, and the interior reasonably plush, the hospitality should be far better, considering that it is a 4 star hotel. We booked a 2 night stay as part of our honeymoon in Venice, and were entertained to be shown to room 007. The novelty soon wore off at 1.30 in the morning, when we constantly heard the bell for the elevator (which was just outside the door) and several groups of people talking loudly directly outside our door. No sooner did it feel like we’d got to sleep, than we were awoken by something that sounded like 3 bangs on the door (it was the barista banging out the left over coffee, in the breakfast area which was also directly outside our room). This happened on average every three minutes or so, accompanied by the sound of the kitchen staff chatting loudly, and the other guests chatting over breakfast. Add this to the fact that on the first day there was also no hot water to shower, then the whole experience was not exactly what we’d had in mind.
The rooms however were stylishly decorated and the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was a decent size and also nice, and on the second day when there was hot water, it was good.
We spoke to the manager about the noise and lack of hot water, and he seemed somewhat apathetic, told us the hotel was full and that he couldn’t do anything about it. However, on returning to our room that evening, we found a bottle of Prosecco and 2 flutes, awaiting us, by way of apology.
Didn't stay at the hotel however we stumbled across the lovely dining setting next to the canal. The starters were OK, however the first course of the seafood risotto was very disappointing, I have never ever had a risotto with a form of long grain rice. It didn't taste cooked /creamy and the clams were cold. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Staff were attentive and courteous.
This is the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in! The staff are so welcoming and far beyond polite and helpful! When we got to our room we were amazed, it was stunning! The location of the hotel is perfect, not too far from the main town but not too close either. We will definitely be coming back again!