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Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Fondamenta Della Sensa Cannaregio 3319, 30121 Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)   |  
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Ranked #33 of 383 Hotels in Venice
Redhill, Surrey, England
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31 hotel reviews
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“A Warm Welcome.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in February, having booked an amazingly good value break through British Airways. The hotel is in a comparitively quiet part of Venice, this is where you can actually get an idea of what it must be like to live in this remarkable city. But it is about 10 minutes walk to the Gran Canal and about 40 to St Mark's square. Being a residential area there are plenty of restaurants and bars which are well above the usual tourist standards. But the outstanding thing about the Ai Mori d'Oriente is the warm and efficient welcome you get from the staff. They are really friendly and helpful. The breakfast is a generous selection of the usual continental fare: fresh rolls, croissants, fruit, cold meat, the hot drinks are from a machine, but it's quite acceptable. The room was pretty good, maybe a touch dark; the only niggles we had were that the matress was exceedingly hard and the bathroom was pretty small, and access to the shower cubicle was quite tight. But these are minor issues, this was a cracking hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We visited Venice for a short holiday in Feb 2013, it is a wonderful city and the hotel provided a good location to see the sights - via vaporetti which can be accessed easily. With only wheeled hand luggage we walked from the railway station which was very easy, however there is a vaporetti at the station.

We stayed in room 501 which was in an annex, this room was at a lower level to the courtyard it faced - OK for a short break, but not for more than a few days.
The hotel was clean and comfortable but not exceptional. Breakfast was good, but prices at the Bar were steep, the local restaurants were much better value, the nearby sea food restaurant was great value with good food. Service was good with helpful staff at reception, who gave us good advice on travel and restaurants.

My advice is to request the main hotel as the rooms are better than the 500 rooms in the basement.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Daventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Stayed at the hotel from the 28th February to 3rd March 2013. Was a bit worried about staying there after reading the mixed reviews but need not have worried! The room was clean (we stayed in Room 623), which had no view and was entered via a side door, but it was big and lovely and clean. All the staff were helpful, giving directions and keeping the luggage on the day we checked out so we didn't have to take it with us whilst we went for a wander.
Getting to the hotel was easy - we caught the Aliguna bus service from the mainland (the orange line), it was the first stop, crossed over one bridge and we were there!!
Breakfast was very good, lots of choice, filled us up for the walking we had to do!
Hotel is a bit of a walk from Rialto Bridge and San Marco's but that was part of it's charm!
There were building works going on, but the room was quite high up so didn't really affect the stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I booked a city break to Venice through Travel Zoo and Blue Sea Travel and chose this hotel because of the very good recommendations. I wasn't disappointed.

This in some ways is a hotel from a previous era, with its immacuately-suited reception staff, uniformed concierge and abundant courtesy. It was a pleasure to be treated as an esteemed guest. The room was comfortable in a quiet location and the lovely bathroom spotlessly clean. You won't be cold here either!

Breakfast was a delight. It's served from 7am -10.30am so you can avoid a busy period. There is an excellent choice of croissants, rolls, ham, cheese and cheesecake. A cooked breakfast is available at a modest cost if you want it but there's so much quality food available it's doubtful that you will. If you like coffee then this is the place for you as you can work your way through the choices offered by the awesome coffee machine.

As other reviewers have said this is a great location for exploring Venice. It's in a 'real' residential area overlooking a canal but only a short walk from the tourist locations. St Mark's Square is only 20-30 minutes walk. This was my first visit to Venice so I'll share what I learnt, if you're a previous visitor you'll know this already so apologies.

If you're getting a guide before departure I can recommend the AA Venice City Pack guide. it's a very handy size and has a sturdy laminated city map in a plastic pocket. Very good value at £7.99.

Travelling from Marco Polo Airport - a water taxi will cost you around 100 euro (although they will take 4 passengers). The cheapest way is the bus from the Airport but you'll then have a 15 minute walk with your luggage to the hotel. An easy way is the Alilaguna boat which runs at 30 minute intervals. The fare is 15 Euro (return 27 Euro), you can buy your tickets in the airport. Turn left out of the airport and walk under the covered walkway to the port area...it takes 7 minutes. You can buy a ticket here too or on the boat itself at an extra cost of 1 euro. Get yourself a free Alilaguna map when you buy your ticket. For the hotel get off at Madonna Del Orto, it's the first stop. Walk away from the coast for 3 to 4 minutes until you reach a canal, turn right and cross the bridge, continue until you reach the next canal and the hotel is on your left, about 5 to 6 minutes in all.

Moving around - an ACTV pass is the cheapest way of moving around, it gives you unlimited vaporetto travel for whichever period you chose, you can go up and down the Grand Canal, around the island, over to Murano or the Lido to your hearts content. The nearest Grand Canal stop to the hotel is San Marcuola, next to the Casino. A 36 hour pass is ideal for a 2 day stay and costs only 25 euro. The larger ACTV stops sell tickets, alternatively you can buy them at the airport. The pass is valid from the time you activate it on your first journey, not from when you buy it.

I can recommend getting the Number 1 Vaporetto service from San Marcuola, travel down the Grand Canal and continue to the Lido where the service terminates (you can break the journey at any point as the boats run every 10 minutes). Then come back again. On a sunny day in the early afternoon the light is great for taking photos from the boat.

Eating - there are a number of restaurants and bars close to the hotel. I didn't find them any cheaper than those in the more touristy areas but they are convenient and quiet. Ask in reception for recommendations. Of the three I visited two were ok, one was good. A main course will cost 8-10 euro, a half litre of house wine about 5 euro. Beware tourist restaurants with apparently competitive price lists but ridiculously expensive wine lists - ask to see the wine list before you order!

The best food I had was at breakfast, during the day all I needed was a quarter of pizza eaten on the move (3 Euro).

Drinks - are not cheap, a beer/glass of Prosecco will cost around 7 euro in a bar. There is a bar in the hotel but it's not cheap. One solution is to visit the nearby little supermarket two minutes away which sells wine on tap. Buy an empty bottle for 1.70 euro and ask for your choice, there are about 10 alternatives ranging from less than 2 euro to top of the range 2.45 euro. This is per litre! It's very drinkable, I can recommend the Pinot Grigio and the 'expensive' 2.45 red. Cold beer is 99c a can. To find it turn right out of the hotel entrance, walk a few metres to the canal bridge, cross it and the supermarket is down the alley about 20 metres on your left.

We loved Venice and would certainly stay at this hotel if we returned. Enjoy your time!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

A lovely hotel out of the crowded tourist areas but near enough to walk to St Marks Square, Rialto Bridge, etc..while taking in the many attractions and shops along the route.
Room perfectly fine, small stains on carpet and walls but hardly noticeable. Bedding very white, but bed very hard!
One day we returned to our room in the afternoon, had some coffee and then went out again. That night we found our room had been tidied up again with the coffee cups cleared away and some sweeties left by the bed with a weather forecast for the following day. Nice touch!
Bathroom spotless but showering makes floor very wet, be careful not to slip. Towels very thin and rough but clean.
Mini bar great if you can afford it !
The breakfast is continental style, with cold meats, cheese, fruit, croissants.
Breakfast service window is 3hours 30 minutes which gives the opportunity of a lay in if you don't want to hit the tourist attractions too early.
Reception staff very helpful and polite, Will give you directions and recommend local restaurants. Will keep your luggage after you have checked out if you have a later flight so you are not having to carry it around all day.
View from our room (205) not very exciting but we didn't go to look out the window!
Some building work was being carried out during our stay, heard some noise but not enough to disturb, as we were leaving some internal painting work was taking place.
I would recommend a small cafe/bar very near the hotel, in Rio Terra Farsetti, Orient Experience, which serves rice and curries, kebabs. Always busy when we went past.
Many restaurants add on a service charge and eating out is not cheap...even away from the main tourist spots. We found the Friggitoria Pizzeria Trattoria Al Gazebo was very good, from the hotel head towards the Stazione Ferroviaria S.Lucia (Train). Also on this route is BREK a self service restaurant, they don't speak good english but watch what the locals do!!! Its much cheaper and good food and wine by the caraffe or glass on tap!
We would recommend a walking tour and tour of the islands was great value! Stopping at Murano, glass making, Torcello, Santa Maria Assunta, this Veneto-Byzantine-style basilica dates from as early as 639, and Burano famous for lacemaking industry.
Though we could not hear the guide on the boat, engine noise too loud!
Tours can be booked through the Tourist Information office on St Marks Square.
A visit to Venice is not complete without a trip on a Gondola.
They have set prices of €80 but do haggle, especially out of season, you may get a shorter trip but you will still have had the experience of winding along the small canals and joining the grand canal full of vessels of all sizes!
One downside is the beggers, like many big cities, these people travel in from the mainland and prostrate themselves in front of churches, in St Marks Sq., on bridges. Best ignore them also the guys giving out roses in St Marks, they just want your money.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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norwich
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My husband booked this trip part as my 50th birthday and part valentines and my goodness what a great job he did in choosing this. The hotel is fab, beautiful rooms, very spacious, lovely and warm and a lovely bathroom. Our luggage was taken to our room immediately. The breakfast they serve is delightful. The man that runs the bar is very funny and interesting. This hotel is in a nice quiet area and not to far to walk to the centre of Venice where you can find some intersting bars (a few streets off of St Marks Square is ideal and alot cheaper). Dont let the fact that some look dark and uninviting they certainly are not. We had a fab stay and will certainly return. Only one thing on the down side is they certainly cannot make a cup of tea !!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marlow
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at this hotel once before and found it perfectly OK: the neighbourhood of Cannareggio is a good place to escape the massed crowds of tourists, there a some great local restaurants (Bea Vita and Da Rioba being two of the best) and the hotel is small and friendly and serves a good breakfast. I would rate it four out of five normally. Unfortunately, at the present time they are doing some significant building work, converting another building to te rear into additional accommodation. We have been staying here for a week and the noise from the building work has persisted from about eight in the mornings to four in the afternoons. Fair enough, we have been out for many of this hours but there is no possibility of an afternoon siesta with the banging and drilling. On out second day I did asked to be moved but I was told the only room available was in an annex up two flights of stairs and with less space than the room we had booked. When I asked at the desk I was told that it wasn't really anything to do with the hotel but rather was "another building behind" but this wasn't true as I later found, when strolling around, a planning notice which clearly identified the hotel as the developers. The notice, dated 16th January 2013, included the information that works are expected to last 350 days. If you have already booked, or a planning too, my advice would be to insist that you have a room in the main part of the hotel at the front, where you would probably escape the worst of the noise. Or room, 412, is certainly one of the noisiest.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Fondamenta Della Sensa Cannaregio 3319, 30121 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Venice
#23 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#31 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#49 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charm & boutique renewed hotel in the incomparably enchanting Venice, overlooking the Rio della Sensa and della Misericordia in the Cannaregio district where picturesque hidden courtyards whisper ancient legends and where the rooms will cradle you in luxury and comfort.Quietly located in the city center near the Jewish ghetto and Campo dei Mori, the rooms at the Hotel Ai Mori d'Oriente instill a warm atmosphere of hospitality and tranquility where elegant Moorish touches evoke the trade along the Silk Road.For a romantic getaway full of elegance and comfort surrounded by astounding beauty, fall in love all over again with Venice on a vacation at the New Hotel Ai Mori d'Oriente. ... more   less 
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