We arrived at Venice Marco Polo airport at about 11am. To get from the airport to the hotel you have three options - get the land bus to Piazzale Roma and then the water bus (vaporetto) to San Marco stop (about 12 eiros per person). Or get the water bus all of the way - walk out of the airport down to the docks (about 10 minute walk down a signposted walkway) and take the water bus to San Marco stop (15 euros per person). Or you can get a private water taxi from the dock which is much more expensive. We chose the second option as it was easier to just get the waterbus rather than changing. It takes about an hour on the waterbus from the airport to San Marco. When you get off the waterbus ask for La Fenice Theatre (the opera house) as the hotel is just around the corner from there).
The Duodo Palace hotel is lovely, very friendly staff, about 5 minute walk to San Marco Piazza (St Marks Square) and 10 minute walk to Rialto bridge. Even though it is centrally located it is tucked away down a back street so it's lovely and quiet at night.
Breakfast was continental buffet style, you could pay for hot extras such as scrambled egg but there was plenty if choice so we didn't feel we needed any extras.
In our room we had fantastic, quiet, air conditioning (which was needed as it was 35 degrees outside), a flat screen TV (no English channels though), and a bathroom with a shower (no bath). Our room was small but perfectly adequate for us.
I would really recommend staying at this hotel and will definitely be visiting again (when I can afford to return to Venice!)
Whilst in Venice I would recommend visiting Rialto Bridge, San Marco Piazza, St Marks Basilica, Doge's Palace and the beach at Lido (go to the free beach rather than paying to go on another part of the beach). The only thing I didn't get around to seeing was the glass blowing at Murano but I'll make sure we do that next time.
We then got the waterbus back to the airport on the Sunday morning (the public transport water buses run all through the day and night every day of the week).
There were some lovely restaurants right by the hotel to have an evening meal, and cheaper than those in St Marks Square.
- 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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