We found the location to be perfect. It is on Dorsoduro on a quiet side canal within sight of the Grand Canal. The Accademia is just a block away so you not only have the vaporetto stop there, you also have easy access to San Marco via the Accademia Bridge and all sorts of directional signs leading you "home" as you wander through the city.
The staff was wonderful, handling our luggage, offering recommendations, making dining reservations, and greeting us each time we came and went. Breakfast buffet was lovely with a different, delicious pastry as the highlight each morning.
Each room was somewhat different; I saw a few of the other rooms and found some of them to have the windows in unusual arrangements. The hotel consists of two buildings joined by a short walkway so some of the rooms will look across the narrow open space to the other building. Although each room seemed fine, I definitely recommend a balcony room. Our room had three French balconies--two overlooking the small canal and one facing the Grand Canal. There was a street light attached to the wall just outside one of the balconies but the light went off at a reasonable hour. You will hear the garbage and the mail boats going about their work in the morning, but none of this seems to start before a decent time.
The bathroom seemed newly redone and had all the amenities, but because Italian bathrooms are often small to start with, it was cramped.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superior three star Hotel in Dorsoduro, the "Art District" of Venice. The hotel is located between the Acadamy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti) and the "Peggy Guggenhiem Collection".The House lies in front of San Vio Canal, with his private dock for taxi and gondolas. Highly requested are the superior canal view rooms with balcony, where customers can enjoy a nice view of San Vio Canal and (some of them)a partial view of the Grand Canal. Free wifi internet access in the room and also public areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- American Dinesen Hotel
- American Dinesen Venice
- American Hotel Venice Italy