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Hotel Al Duca di Venezia
Ranked #48 of 385 Hotels in Venice
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Manchester
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54 reviews
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“A really good quality B & B”
Reviewed 15 November 2011

Good location in the quieter, residential part of Venice. Follow the directions on the website and you can't go wrong. Very appealing reception and very helpful staff on reception. Be prepared for a detailed explanation on why you will have to pay 3 Euros per person, per night and why it has to be paid in cash only. Very interesting!
The room we had was a superior on the first floor opposite the gorgeous red rooms. It was beautifully decorated in the Venetian style. There was a safe and TV. En suite was excellent with a selection of toiletries. The bed was divine. Very comfortable. All in all, very good.
Breakfasts are very good with good coffee made to order, fresh pastries, cake, biscotti etc.
La Duca is an excellent base for exploring Venice and the hotel provides maps and will help you with directions and general help. I needed a pharmacy and the directions given to me helped me find it very quickly when otherwise it might have taken me ages.
There are some excellent places to eat nearby and if you look around, some of them are fairly reasonably priced.
If you can speak any Italian, it will go a long way with the Venetians. They appreciate you trying. They are very friendly and love a laugh and joke.
If you've never been to Venice and are thinking about going. What are you waiting for? Go!
Stay at this hotel and you can't go wrong. It's away from the crazy tourist hustle and bustle and you'll be glad of the peace and quiet after a day of sightseeing.
If there was a minus point, it was that there was no room service (and if there was, we were not made aware of it) and no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. I know that this is the norm in Italy but it makes this hotel a good Bed and Breakfast when it is just a step away from being a wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

Two of our party stayed here and the other two at the Hotel Tolentini. The rooms at Al Duca di Venezia are not large but are furnished to a very high standard. The location is good but I would recommend getting a water taxi or arrange porters if you have heavy bags. It is also possible to get lost so follow the yellow signs to the Museo Civico carefully!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

The hotel was a bit hard to find on foot after the boat from the airport dropped us off at the vaporetti stop of San Stae. However, when we finally found the hotel, it turned out to be within an easy 5 minute walk of the vaporetti stop. It has large, clean, extravagantly decorated rooms. The people at the front desk were helpful but beware of being steered by them to overpriced tourist restaurants. Breakfast is adequate but is served in stuffy rooms. The location near two vaporetti stops makes it easy to access many of the major attractions.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

We decided to book this hotel based on the reviews of Trip Advisor and there was a massive reduction on booking.com as well so although it is a little more than we usually spend on a hotel (we are students!) we thought it would be worth it. We were not disappointed! It is in a great location, close to S. Stae vaporetto stop (and about 15 mins from the Rialto bridge), but it might be a little hard to find on your first go because everything is tucked away in little corners in Venice!

We had a superior room (number 02) which was ivory and really beautiful - looking at the pictures on here I definitely preferred it to the red rooms. The room was quite small and the bathroom had just a shower and no bath but this didn't really matter. The bed was really comfortable and warm which was nice as it was cold outside. I think it had air conditioning if you find it too hot though we didn't use it. Our room was right next to reception but it didn't really get that noisy except at breakfast time - probably because the hotel is fairly small.

Breakfast was good although perhaps a little limited for some people. There were pastries, cakes, bread, spreads, cold meat, cheese, yoghurt, cereal, juice, hard boiled eggs and milk. We were also offered a hot drink (cappuccino, latte, espresso - heard one person ask for hot chocolate but I didn't think they had any) every morning for no extra charge. There was also a very small menu of hot food you could order for a charge (between €1.50 for a soft boiled egg to €5 for an omelette, also had freshly squeezed juices, toasted sandwiches and a few other items) but we didn't try any of that so can't comment on those really.

We didn't ask the hotel staff for much except a recommendation on where the best and mosts reasonably priced place to get a gondola was - they weren't really sure and pointed to a spot on the map near the hotel but when we went there was no sign of any gondolas about. We ended up getting one by the Rialto bridge for €80 for 30 minutes - they would not budge at all on the price (even tried asking for half the time for half the price but they were having none of it!). Not sure if this was the best place to get it really as although it was November there were still plenty of people about who wanted a gondola ride - it was about 6pm if that makes a difference to price. The next day we also saw a lot of gondolas by San Marco and had lots of gondoliers approach us and I think they would have been more likely to haggle seeing as they seemed a bit more desperate! But the whole gondola experience is something I would definitely recommend if you can afford it.

Some more advice I can give is TAKE THE BEST MAP YOU CAN FIND!!!!! We relied on the one the hotel gave us which missed off a lot of the smaller streets and on our first night we found ourselves very very lost and it took us 2 hours to walk what should have taken 15 minutes. Also think about how much you want to use the vaporetto (water bus) whilst you are there - we got one water bus from the airport to S. Stae (€15 each), one 12 hour pass (€16) and one 12 hour pass with airport bus (land bus) included (€19). We didn't really check this up in advance and it would have worked out a lot cheaper to get a 72 hour pass or a 7 day pass. Also the land bus is a lot cheaper than the Alilaguna water bus from the airport to central Venice and it took less time too. Definitely investigate prices beforehand and if you want to get the Alilaguna both ways then it is €25 return each so that works out cheaper too, and you can buy the tickets from the airport. For the regular vaporetto tickets you can buy them in a tabaccheria (like a corner shop) or the bigger vaporetto stops.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

I stayed at Al Duca for two nights following a week-long cruise. My experience with this hotel was wonderful from start to finish. When I booked my room, I requested one of those lovely red rooms and the staff accommodated me before I even arrived in Venice. Al Duca is a little tricky to find at first, but it's in a quiet neighborhood next to the Natural History Museum. With senses bombarded during the cruise and by Venice's crowded touristy attractions, staying at Al Duca was a peaceful reprieve. The staff was friendly and quite helpful throughout my stay and my room was clean and beautiful. I enjoyed the simple breakfast served in the lobby. I only deducted a star because I thought the bed was a tad uncomfortable and the hotel didn't have currency exchange or even an ATM. Otherwise, I would definitely stay at Al Duca again if I ever return to Venice.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Singapore
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

We spent 4 nights in this hotels. we arrived from Milan on 7Nov, a lousy day :the water bus was on strike and raining heavily, St Marco was flooded. We walk about 10 min following the instruction on the web, up and down the bridge with 3 pieces of luggages in the rain. and it was easily located and the reception was warm and friendly.
We have booked a superior room and was given a superior room just behind the reception on ground floor, what a relief. though it may look a bit different from the picture. But it is spacious and well equipped. we even do our laundry everyday and clothing were dry the next morning because of the heater in the bathroom.
Though this is a small hotel, but easily access to all places, and away from the bustle and hustle and the crowd. Staff were very friendly and helpful to show us the direction to places of interest and restaurants.
Overall, great hotel and service.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

From the moment we got there to the moment we departed, our stay was everything we expected and more. The staff were friendly and helpful and checked us in seamlessly, provided us witha handy map of the area, made recommendations and made sure we were ok. Our room was the deluxe red suite and it didn't disappoint. It was very spacious, comfortable and the bathroom was spotless and smart. The decor was lovely. Despite a few bad reviews I read about the breakfast, we found it really good, a selection of rolls, cold meats, cheese, jams, boiled eggs, pastries, croissants, cereal, biscuits, fruit, fruit juice, teas/ coffees - there was way more than enough to keep us happy. The interior of the hotel was really cosy and boutique-like which I really liked as it made it feel very 'homey'. There was also the added bonus of free internet access donwstairs which was really helpful. The location was also very good for us, it's a matter of minutes walk to two nearby vaparetto (water bus) stops and within walking distance of St Marks/ Rialto area. I much prefer this location than being bang in the middle of everything in and around the St Marks area. It also gives you a much better feel for Venice being a little bit away from it all. All in all we were very impressed and when we go back to Venice we shall be booking with this hotel again without a doubt. Thanks for making our first trip to Venice memorable for all the right reasons!

Room Tip: Spend that little bit more for the best room you can afford, its well worth it.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Al Duca di Venezia
Address: Santa Croce, 1739 | Fontego dei Turchi, 30135 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Santa Croce
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #48 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Al Duca di Venezia 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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