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.
Where do I start !!
The hotel is a excellent location just a 5 min walk from St Marks Square and the seafront drop off from the Water Taxi from Marco Polo Airport ( well worth getting the Water Taxi ) .
Once inside the hotel it is very noticeable that although stated as a 4 * it is someway off that . Our room was clean and tidy --however once in there we noticed that the bathroom had a vanity unit that was damaged and the front falling off , The shower leaked around the edge making the floor slippery and wet . The sink had no plug so water was wasted.
The bedroom had 2 bedside lights ,one which didn't work and the other did . The light on the table when turned on ,flickered whenever the lead was touched . The Tv although stated that it was a satellite one and would have English channels actually had NONE .
The tea making facilities had no coffee sachets and also no milk . Once asked at reception we were given 2 sachets of coffee and one very small jug of milk enough for 1 1/2 cups Once used up we again had to ask for more
Breakfast was very nice although a bit repetitive, the lady that cooked the breakfast ,laid the tables , cleaned up, made the coffee basically everything was a delight ,always happy smiling and very pleasant . Even though the coffee and food was slightly colder than expected
We had a meal outside at the hotel ,and I asked for Prawns in spaghetti at 18 euros , i had 3 King prawns cooked in their shells under the pasta, and once peeled I had roughly a teaspoon of meat .
Rather an expensive pasta meal
We asked if the air-con could be switched on as the room was very hot but was told that the system couldn't cope with only one room having the air con switched on , as the other guests would come on as well , and they would complain that it was TOO COLD
The staff on a whole were very nice but this is definitely NOT to a 4* standard .
The prices are on par with the rest of Venice although at 8 euros for a small bottle of beer seems a bit strong . The litre glass of beer at 18 euros is expensive .
Very nice hotel! Excellent location, near to everything! Very kind, helpful and friendly staff! Special thanks to Jarwin in the reception, Carlos and Filippo! I appreciate everything you’ve done for us!