Hotel Antico Doge
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I'll try to update with an entry, as Ive had trouble accessing the internet over past few days. Unfortunately, i won't be able to upload pictures just yet, but we've taken 2600 photos, so will have plenty of shots to show at some stage.
Well, Venice was a challenge, but the comforting thing - nearly every other person …
... other end of the square to the basilica. The basilica is a mixture of Byzantine architecture which has both Christian, Roman and Muslim influences. Huge dome and lots of frescoes inside, depicting everything from Noah's ark to the saints and the apostles watching Christ ascend into heaven. The historical museum, which we didn't visit, has lots of artefact's, including alleged relics of the cross and the bones of St ...
... in the gift shop. Murano glass, FYI, is incredibly expensive. The real stuff at least, not the stuff you can get in the little shops around the place where they tell you its Murano but was actually made in China or somewhere. But there are definitely some very beautiful things made there.
Burano island is all about hand-made lace, and cookies. We checked out a lace shop which had a display of hand-made lace things, including ...
... Venice from one end to the other. I repeatedly stopped for water at fountains as I emptied my bottle again and again - it was starting to get hot, and the city was beginning to wake up. In a style that I've learned is typical, my friend soldiered on, seemingly unaware of the fact that us mere mortals were fading as he strode forth, almost marching, whipping out his camera to take shots, balancing it on his arm like the professional he aspires to be. ...
... gelato. hmmmm the cherry one or white choc with zalmonds, to hell with it, get both. yummmmmm.
mackenzie took one look at this glorious cellulite maker, turned green and announed she needed to vomit. so here I am rubbing her back as she chucks. think she may have baileys bug from the other day. see what tomorrow brings. a gondola ride i,m hoping, how romantic with the 4 of us.
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Great little hotel - but watch out for Venetian restaurants!
I hesitate to write this review since there is not much more to add to what has already been said about this nice hotel. I thought that the staff was excellent, especially the young lady who was there in August 2004. Although one reviewer mentioned that the after 7:00 PM staff was limited in English communication, we never found this to be so.
If you are traveling as a foursome, the quad room we had here was awesome -- split level (loft) so that there are two distinct sleeping areas. It was great for our family with two college aged kids -- and the quad helped to keep out budget under control in pricey Venice.
However, be sure to get directions from the Ca Doro vaporetto stop BEFORE you get to Venice. The hotel is nicely tucked away, and nobody in Venice is a helpful "local" anymore. But it's really nice being along a small canal where there are always a couple of gondoliers (sitting right outside the front door of the hotel) ready to take you away
Definitely get advice from the staff regarding eating establishments. Venice, BY FAR, has the BIGGEST tourist rip off restaurants in all of Italy, maybe because there are no "neighborhood restaurants" where the "locals go -- because there aren't any locals!! Don't go to any restaurant that says "Tourist Menu," and watch out for the SIX EURO canned Cokes!!!
Finally, all of the money arrangements at the hotel were just as they were advertized on the Internet. There were no add-ons, no room changes; in short, no unwanted surprises whatsoever, which was exactly as we like it!
I spent 4 nights here in September. The location is perfect: close enough to the Ca D'oro vaparetto stop that you can easily tote your luggage. Our suite was tiny but on two levels with beds upstairs so it didn't feel cramped. It was beautifully decorated, clean and well-appointed. Breakfast was fine and the staff helpful. Would recommend.
Beautiful Hotel in Excellent Location!
This hotel is absolutely beautiful. Very Venetian! The location is excellent - between the Rialto Bridge and Ca'd'Oro, so you can conveniently use either vaporetto stop. It is close to Piazzo San Marco. Every time we got lost, we had only to follow signs to the Rialto Bridge and we easily found our way. The breakfast was very good and the staff very pleasant. I would definitely recommend this lovely hotel and will stay here again!
We went through so many hotels on this site, looking for a great bargain, but also something that captuted the spirit of Venice. We found it at the Antico Doge! We also stayed at the Royal Morgana Court and Royal Gambrinus in Rome. Check those reviews as well for more information regarding our stays at each.
We had room 112, and although it was overlooking a small courtyard, there wasn't any noise at all. The hotel is also so quiet even during the day, that you doubt there are other guests staying there. No elevator, so beware of bring heavy bags. There is a lift for disabled guests' use. In addition, there is airconditioning which was a huge plus in August.
The room was absolutely lovely! Believe the photos on the Hotel's site. I would say the room was much larger than portrayed in the photos. There was a beautiful chaise lounge and the beds were very comfortable. Beutiful brocaded curtains, you felt like you were in a film like "Dangerous Liaisons." The bathroom was huge by American standards (with power shower, no problems with water pressure) and the room was definitely large by American standards equal to what you would find at a Marriott or Westin Hotel in the Superior category, but not at the Superior price. Beautifully decorated and a well stocked minibar (priced reasonably) with champagnes, chocolates, sodas, etc. All in all, the room was so lovely, you'd almost swear that no one had ever used it before your arrival.
The staff during the day speaks English well, but the night staff is not fluent, which may cause problems if you have any needs after 7pm. Breakfast is typically European (a choice of two sliced meats, cold cereal, orange juice, coffee) but served on fantastic China. That together with the room, made us feel as if we were in a much more expensive hotel. Although breakfast is included (please avoid the orange juice), step right outside the door for a better meal as the hotel is literally surrounded by wonderful, reasonably priced restaurants and cafes . There is a gift shop and Internet cafe next door to the left of the hotel, and the hotel is flanked by two restaurants on either side.
Also, location can't be beat. The hotel is between the Ca d'Oro and Rialto vaporetto stops, meaning that you are never more than 3 minutes walk to the vaporetto.
This was a fantastic experience! Exactly what you are looking for on the first trip to Venice.
It's Like Staying In A Museum
Stayed in Room 102 (Falier room) in late July, and it was AMAZING. The room (a triple) was huge, luxuriously appointed and had a delightful view of the canal from the balcony. The hotel itself isn't particularly impressive, but the staff was friendly and it was a straight shot to the Piazza San Marco (well, as much of a straight shot as anything is in Venice ;-) While pricy, I would recommend the hotel...sleeping in that room was like sleeping in a museum.
Loved the Decor
We stayed at this hotel for two nights in August 2004 and it was everything we had hoped. The website for the hotel shows beautifully furnished venetian style rooms and the one we were assigned was just that. Wonderful brocades and silks, beautiful furniture, and venetian chandelier and wall scones. The room was large and had a nice marble bath. Breakfast is served in a wonderfully decorated and furnished room with venetian chandelier and painted frescos on the ceiling. Staff was very helpful and the location was excellent. We would definitely stay here again.
The only downside--no elevator (which we were aware of when booking) but no one to take luggage upstairs upon arrival or departure.
We loved this little hotel, small but perfectly formed!
We flew to Venice in June this year and loved this little hotel from the first moment we walked in the door. The hotel is in a wonderful location right in the heart of Venice about 10-15 minutes walk to main tourist attractions - Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square. We had a canal side suite with a bird's eye view of the gondolas. Away from very hectic areas but with plenty of good restaurants and cafes right on the doorstep. Highly recommended for location, cleanliness, atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. One of the highspots of our trip was the water taxi ride from the airport right to the canal side door of the hotel -expensive but it's the only way to travel! The hotel reception very kindly booked it for us in advance so the water taxi was waiting for us at the airport.
Room for 4, nice location
Great location, off the Ca Doro stop on the
#1 vaporetto, The Piazza Apostoli is not a bad
little area. Just far away from the madness around
the Rialto , close enough for an easy walk, and
a 15 minute walk to the Piazza San Marco.
We had a room for 4, which helps in costly Venice.
No lobby/internet, but nice breakfast room. As with
many hotels, no elevator, be prepared to haul
Temperature controls worked fine. Front desk very friendly and helpful.
Charming hotel, great for the price
This hotel has a great location in Venice near the Rialto Bridge. We thought it was a great deal for the money. The staff was very nice to us and gave us a great recommendation for dinner. They were very helpful. The room was beautiful and the bathroom was a nice marble bath. I would definitely stay here again.
Have just returned from this lovely small hotel after a wonderful three night stay in Venice. Our junior double suite was really only a large double ensuite room, but beautifully furnished and decorated in sumptuous brocades and velvets, giving it a very romantic feel. The bathroom had a jacuzzi and was exceptionally clean and bright. The hotel has no restaurant, but there are plenty of places nearby to choose from and the hotel is happy to make reservations for you if you wish. Breakfast is included in the price and served in a lovely room decorated with huge oil paintings of Venetian scenes. The reception staff are absolutely charming and we got the impression that nothing would be too much trouble. There is a stair lift which would be very useful for the disabled, and the only fault that we found was that the (beautiful) rugs in the public areas were pretty lethal when combined with the highly polished wooden floors! (Bedrooms are carpeted, so safer).
Hotel is in easy walking distance from the Rialto Bridge (5 mins), a vaporetti/water bus stop (3 mins), and St Mark's Square (12-15 mins). Quite expensive but it seems that all accommodation is fairly pricey in Venice and the fact that it was not just run-of-the-mill made it seem well worthwhile. Highly recommended - we would definitely stay there again.