We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. This was the final leg of our amazing but exhausting trip. We arrived at the train station from Florence and were guided to our water taxi, which was pre-arranged by our travel agent. Our taxi pulled up to the hotel dock and we were immediately greeted by our nice bellman. Now that's a stylish entrance! He wouldn't let us carry our bags and did everything for us. Check-in was a breeze and our room was ready ahead of schedule. The other staff were very professional and courteous, though not overly warm and fuzzy. They were accommodating when we wanted hot water to have tea in the room.
We stayed in room 407. The room was small but elegantly decorated. It smelled great and was clean! Many thanks to our housekeeper (I think her name was Margarita or something similar though we never actually saw her). The shower was small but typical European style. We had a view of roof tops as well as a canal. It was nice to be able to hear the gondoliers serenade their passengers. Otherwise, it was pretty quiet at night.
Breakfast was included in our package and was good. Not as much selection as the Hotel Ponte Sisto in Rome but still filling. On our last morning, we had such an early morning flight back to the States that we were going to miss the breakfast. The hotel offered us breakfast bags which definitely hit the spot as we hustled to the airport at an ungodly hour. What a sweet and classy gesture!! This hotel knows how to pay attention to small details which goes a long way.
The hotel is near Teatro la Fenice and is within a 15 minute walking distance of most of the major sites. Accademia was the only area that was about a 25 minute walk though definitely still doable. We walked past Accademia to go to the Venice Jazz Club (I highly recommend that you visit this place for great live music- the hotel can make reservations for you). The only time that we took a water taxi was from the train station and to the airport. You will need to take a water taxi if you want to visit the other islands like Lido, Murano, and Burano which we unfortunately didn't have time to visit. There is a glass making demonstration in San Marco though it's only available with a group. If you have Rick Steves Italy book, you may be able to get in without being a part of a group as long as demonstrations are going on. The hotel may also be able to arrange for a tour as well. We were crunched for time and never available at the demonstration times. There are plenty of places that sell nice Murano Glass pieces around Venice. We did take a walking tour with a water ride portion which I highly recommend as well. The meeting place was the Royal Gardens which was a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. We got the chance to see where Marco Polo lived. We also took a gondola ride which was a great experience but beware of the cost. Gondola rides start at 80 euros during the day for about 40-45 minutes and can increase to well over 100 euros in the evening. We mistakenly thought our gondolier said 8 euros which we know know would've been a steal :-) Shop around for the gondoliers to make sure that they are a good fit for you. Ours was very cute and informative, showing us a building where a Bond movie was shot. He also explained to us the requirements to become a gondolier which is very competitive. I have a new found appreciation for gondoliers.
We had to walk 5-10 minutes to get to the water dock behind the Westin Europa and Regina so that our taxi could take us to the airport. Not bad but you definitely need to pack light. Thank goodness we did. It also helped that we didn't have to push past all of the tourists to get to the dock since we left at the crack of dawn.
My only complaint was the spotty WiFi which seems to be par for the course in Europe. I guess I shouldn't be checking email on a vacation anyway, huh? They do have a computer and printer if you need to print your boarding pass.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Duodo Palace
- Duodo Palace Venice