The Duodo palace is in the heart of the San Marco district of Venice, and therein lies its real appeal. You are no more than a few minutes walk from San Marco Piazza, in the opposite direction only a few minutes from Rialto bridge and, lastly to the west a few minutes to accademia bridge. This is great and makes exploring Venice on foot very easy. You can get anywhere from here!
The hotel staff are very friendly and the atmosphere very pleasant. We splashed out on the water taxi transfer which I would highly recommend. We arrived in horrible weather and it was great to not have to worry about getting lost in the the rain. We saw many people in Venice during our stay lugging suitcases, looking stressed and starting their holiday in the worst way. Arrive in style; it's well worth it. If its nice weather (which it was for our departure) the water taxi feels like a wonderful luxurious experience, again taking away any stress. Our taxi, after a few little twists and turns in the little canals, took us out onto the south lagoon and round to the Grande canale, with the most beautiful pink skied sunset before us. Whatever the weather, this is definitely the way to arrive and leave this hotel.
If you are at all worried about the language barrier, the Duodo is for you. All the staff spoke English to a very good standard and we also heard French to a good standard too. I have a little Italian and the wonderful concierge spoke to me in Italian on occasion, but spoke perfect English for more complicated conversations.
We booked through BA and I think this made things a bit cheaper. We decided to upgrade and had a canal view. Most reviews refer to going for higher floors to get a view of the rooftops of Venice. I agree, it's magical and well worth it.
Our room was very clean and pleasant, as was the bathroom.
I am somewhat perplexed by some other reviewers being less than impressed with the breakfasts. We thought the breakfasts were great, the usual buffet of breads, including delicious fresh croissants, fresh fruit salad, cereals, fruit juices, cheese, meat, cakes. It was wonderful. There was even a bottle of prosecco in an ice bucket, for anyone wanting to kick start their day with an Italian bucks fizz! Coffee and tea was also included. It is true that cooked eggs and bacon are extra, but this is made very clear by the menu on each table, and is not meant to be a "catch" at all. We had absolutely no hidden extras on our bill at all.
On our first night, ,the weather was horrible and we retreated to the Hotel bar for champagne cocktails, which were delicious. It's a cosy little bar and whilst we went much further afield in the evening for the rest of our stay, it was wonderful to come "home" to a little bar for a night cap.
We really enjoyed our stay at Duodo palace, the staff were especially excellent, providing a slick and friendly service.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Duodo Palace
- Duodo Palace Venice
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the heart of Venice, Duodo Palace Hotel is set within a historical building, and has been beautifully renovated and restored to create a new four-star hotel in Venice. Saving some of the most important architectural elements from this 600 year-old palazzo, including the frescoed ceilings in each bedroom, the hotel has a truly Venetian feel. Literally located a stone’s throw from La Fenice, the hotel could not be more centrally located. You can stroll to San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, or the Accademia, in 10 minutes or less. The top floor accommodations offer sweeping views of the city’s rooftops and major monuments. Glance below and you can watch a gondola slowly glide by your window. Offering direct access to the hotel from the canal, your water taxi can drop you at the door of the Duodo Palace Hotel where you will be warmly greeted by the staff. The hotel’s 38 bedrooms, adorned with beautiful Venetian fabrics, offer the modern amenities required by today’s traveler, including fully marble baths and plush towels. Relax in the cozy bar, or enjoy a book in the study that has the remains of a piscine - an ancient well - where you can almost hear the voices from the past as they share the day’s gossip Welcome to Venice ... more less
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