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
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
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Canalside 16th-century palazzo with lavishly-designed rooms and an intimate rooftop bar
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.