Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel
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I travelled throughout Italy with my boyfriend for two weeks in Summer 2004 after we graduated from college. Our second stop was Venice. Despite the endless nausea from riding the ferroviaria, I found it a charming city with a lot of tourists but also a lot of "real life" going on all around us. The highlights of our trip were the Palazzo Ducale …
... introduction to Venice that presented us with stunning views of other sestieres including Dorsoduro, Giudecca, and San Marco.
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... the point across from Piazza San Marco) and sat there for a while and watched a cruise ship be guided past. From the Rialto vaporetto stop we found a nice restaurant and Kyle had a nice pizza and I had a delicious salad that I have been craving (I know Italy is supposed to be all about pizza and pasta, but I felt a cold coming on, so vegetables were needed!). We then headed to a bakery for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel Venice
recently stayed for three nights in this newly renovated hotel in the cannaregio area of venice.we were in the annex which was down an alley but it was well lit at night,they are still working on another part of the building but we did not hear any noise at all.also the small bridge next to the hotel is closed for repairs so you will have to do a bit of a detour if you are following directions if walking to the hotel.you are within walking distance of everywhere but wear flat shoes as there are a lotof bridges to cross!!it is a three minute walk to the vaporetto stop ORTO
the hotel itself was spotless the room was beautiful although it did not have a view and was quite small,everything was brand new and excellent quality-the breakfast was a feast it really set you up for the day the staff were all very helpful polite and spoke excellent english.
the area around the hotel looked mainly residential it was very quiet at night but bustling during the day with local markets shops etc
there was a small shop on the corner of the next fondamenta which sold wine by the litre just take in an empty bottle and they fill it for 1.90 a litre and you can buy pizza for two euros a slice so you can eat cheaply if you are on a budget or just want a snack
all in all we would higly recommend this hotel as it is not too touristy but close enough to the main attractions
the bar was relaxing after along day on your feet and not too expensive
a little off the beaten track but truly charming this was the real venice and we loved it
Great hotel! Clean, quiet with character
My husband and my self has the privlege staying at this hotel, its about a 10 min walk from the train station. Upon arriving we had no idea where it was so we took a water taxi. It was a ripe off, 50 euros , but I really didnt care at the time! The hotel is off the main canal which is great! It was very quiet and very clean! It had the best breakfast we had on our trip! THe hotel was recently renovated so everything was new! It is close to St Marks square, walking distance about 15 min. Venice by far was my favorite city in Italy! And the best hotel we stayed at! I do recommend not opening your windows, Mosquitos will eat you up! Great cafes! beautiful hotel!
A charming hotel in a beautiful, quiet location only a very short walk to the central attractions. Staff were discreet, friendly and helpful. Had a 'standard' double room - but nothing standard about this. Although a little on the small side it was beautifully decorated in Oriental style, with all modern amenities and a lovely bathroom. Staff turned the bedsheets over in the evening - a nice touch. The hotel is clearly new and in impeccable condition. Also a great breakfast. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to avoid the noise and hordes of St Mark's Square, which is a mere twenty minute walk away. Very easy to get here from the train station or the airport via public transport and a very short walk. Explore some of the side streets to discover some great little restaurants which are much better value than the standard tourist fare. Don't be afraid if the menu is in Italian only - this means that the Venetians actually eat there!
Very nice stay
Stayed 3 nights in early April. Besides it is LONG walk from train station especially when we had heavy luggage (should have taken a water bus, but still a good 10 min walk) The stay was wonderful. the hotel is worthy of its 4 stars rating. Very nice decorating throughout hotel lobby, eating area and room. Breakfast has great selection and excellent fruit salad, the waiters are very helpful.
Smooth as the Silk Trade Trail
Our stay here was near the end of March 2004, following a week-long
riverboat trip on the Po, a train trip and stay in Florence and Tuscany
and back to Venice and the Ai D' Mori. After sitting on the train for
three hours and arriving on a sunny day, we decided to stretch our legs
and walk from the train station. We did not time the distance or feel
the need to do so. Wheeling our single suitcases was brief enough and
not a problem, and allowed us to get the flavor of Cannaregio sestieri
and to pass by signs of many hotels, located down very narrow alleys,
that we had considered. As soon as we saw the Ai D' Mori, we knew we
had made our reservation in the right hotel. Sparkle, cleanliness and
attention to detail greet ed us immediately and continued as we stepped
inside. The reservation desk personnel were professionally attired,
prompt and helpful.
The bellman took us via elevator to room #108. Even the key was an elegant brass one with a silk maroon tassel, and there was a special niche inside the door on which to place it. Outside this room was a sitting area decorated in tasteful antiques and reproductions. A short distance down the corridor was a light-drenched nicely decorated lounge overlooking the canal. We decided it would be the perfect place to enjoy a drink from the hotel ground-floor bar on our return in the evening.
Our room had coffered 10-foot ceilings, three windows tiered in double
drapes and was spacious. There was no view except the building next
door but we did not mind--we did not expect to use the room except for
sleeping, as we were here to explore Venice. Even the closet doors had
inlaid marquetry and the closets interiors were lighted (something we
did not find in any other accommodations in Italy--handy if you want to
retrieve glasses or something from pockets without turning on lights at
night). Just beyond the closets, an arabesque arch, in keeping with the
hotel theme, led into the room. There was also a table and chairs and a
desk. My husband tried out the bed and satellite TV while I took a
refreshing shower in the large, well-apointed blue and white tiled
bathroom, complete with bidet. The towels were also ample. Ready for
adventure, we stopped at the desk on our way out asking for the name of
a cartography(map) shop and hoping for the possibility of a live
Vivaldi concert for the evening somewhere in Venice. We were promptly
given both and directions to the locations, plus a map of Venice.
Afternoon led to evening and dinner and an amazing concert. It was near
midnight when we returned to the Ai D' Mori from the concert, held near
the Academia bridge vaporetta stop. We did not feel at all unsafe
walking from the vaporetta stop back to the hotel. There was still
quite a bit of foot traffic on the streets and especially on the
Fondamente de la Sensa, the street of the hotel, where locals seem to
linger outside and talk along the lesser canal. There is a water taxi
stop right outside the hotel. A nice touch, when we could no longer
keep our eyes open, was returning to our room to find that not only had
the bed been turned down, but fresh linen mats had been laid on the
floor on each side of the bed. Showered and slippered, one could get
into bed without trodding barefoot after others who had previously
occupied the room. The room was quiet and restful, and not at all
stuffy. Next morning, before we came to the ground floor, we could
smell the hot breakfast rolls baking. The breakfast room is streaming
with light, squeaky clean, and had lovely floor to ceiling white silk
patterned drapes and nice table linen. Cappaccino came quickly and we
moved to graze over a huge breakfast buffet of cold cereals. yogurts,
freah fruit compote of strawberries, kiwi, bananas, grapes, melon and
apples, warm boiled eggs, several cold meats and cheese, juices, single
fresh fruits, and of course, the lovely hot breads. Who wouldn't
linger? Who wouldn't give the Ai D' Mori a try? We hated to leave and
will stay there again.
Won't stay here again!!
A friend and I recently spent one night in Venice and chose this hotel based on information found on the internet. Contrary to what they advertise, the Oriente is NOT 300 meters from the train station, it's more like a 1 mile hike (especially fun when you are carrying luggage).
It is also NOT near St. Marcos Square. This hotel isn't near anything.
Worse than the location was the attitude of the hotel staff and management. When we questioned the manager about how they were supposed to be only 300 meters from the train station, he said that he made the walk everyday and it's no big deal and then insinuated that we were just lazy! They also don't tell you that half of the rooms are in a separate building, located in a very narrow, dark alleyway. When we complained about the location of our room (I wouldn't walk down an alley like that in my hometown), we found out that there was a nicer room, located in the main building that was available. The room was also very stuffy, there was no air conditioning, so we slept with the window open (being two single females, we didn't feel comfortable doing this in a ground floor room). Just a few minutes after turning the light out, the room was infested by mosquitos! We woke up covered with bug bites. Then the smell of sewage started to blow in, so we had to close the window. The manager refunded half of our money, but it didn't make up for their horrible attitude. I would not recommend this hotel!!
Brand new hotel lives up to it's name
I recently had the pleasure of staying at this hotel for just 1 night.
This hotel like many others in Venice is not hard to get to once to figure out the streets of Venice. The hotel is close to the train station and you can get to most attractions very easily from it. The staff is very welcoming, friendly, and was quick to offer their recommendation of where to eat when asked. The breakfast at this hotel was the best I had in Italy. The room had a safe for your valuables; they turn down your bed in the evening, and even give you the weather report for the next day. Very pleasant stay would recommend to anyone visiting Venice.
The Jewel of the Orient in Venice
Visted this gem of a hotel for 5 days in February - brand new and well appointed. Staff incredibly friendly and helpful with a plentiful breakfast to set you up for the day. Loved being just outside of the tourist area - only a 20-minute walk to the centre and loads of opportunity to get 'lost' down a number of side streets to see the real Venice. Only 5 minute walk from the station and loads of good restaurants, though we managed to find some real treats and ate where we were the only tourists!! Close to the waterbus stop that took you to a Murano and the airport. It was easy to get to and if we were ever lost or could walk no further again hopped on to the waterbus and within minutes were back at our hotel.
Very cosy, comfy, quiet, fantastic value!
First of all, this hotel just opened, everything is spotless, the reception/bar are very nice and kept their character. Tha staff is nice as well as very helpfull. The breakfast is the best of my italian trip.
Located close enough to the station, in a quiet area, perfect after days running through the city. The hotel seems to have been built in a old very big house, which has been split in several housing. So some rooms are accessible only through another door, from a narrow street, taht cross along the hotel from on canal to another. It is very romantic. The only thing is that because of the tide, when you go back to your room, the bathroom may stink, but it is not a problem because it does invade the room at all, you just have to let some water running for 5 second in the bath/sink/toilet/bidet to replace the U-bend water, and it's gone. I will definitly come back on my next trip.