When booking a hotel in Venice you are overwhelmed by the sheer number of hotels and their steep rates. To choose a good hotel for reasonable amount of money seems almost impossible.
After reading many many reviews on various sites we decided to go for the Doge hotel. It turned out to be a very good decision.
I was a bit concerned because the official rating of this hotel is only 3stars, but its standard is way above that. We spent two nights in the room 103 with a canal view. The windows insulated the outside noise really well. The furnishing is in theatrical antique style with a lot of gold and heavy fabric, but somehow it feels perfect for Venice. The room and the bathroom were both spotless clean and the bed was really comfortable.
The breakfast was perfectly adequate.
The location is absolutely perfect - very close to the Rialto bridge.
The staff were helpful and friendly.
When we arrived to Venice, upon parking our car we were hoping to use the water "bus" to reach the hotel, however the public transportation employees were on strike, so we had to take the water taxi. They insisted on 70eur per ride, which seemed too expensive. We called the hotel to double check what are the usual rates. And yes it is 70eur. Despite forking out this amount of money, we had a really cool experience of classy arrival to the hotel. Just in case you want to know a gondola ride is 80eur per 40 min.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover in the gothic walls of Palazzo del Doge Marin Falier, the magic atmosphere of old Venice, where art and history are the expression of an incantation. Facing Campo SS.Apostoli, reflected in the waters of a romantic canal, this is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in layers of silk, brocades, damasks and gilt mirrors that echo a Serenissima of long ago, a city of travel and commerce with the entire Orient. The Palazzo del Doge Falier, situated close to Piazza S. Marco and the Rialto Bridge, has been restored with passion and attention to detail. The hotel rooms, fitted with every comfort and elegantly furnished with original antique pieces, some have jacuzzi, separate shower cubicles, hairdryers, satellite TV, a direct telephone line, Internet WI-FI, air conditioning with individual room control, a safe-deposit box, and there is a buffet breakfast. The rich treasures of Venice, together with the elegance, prestige and history of our hotel, will make your stay an unforgettable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antico Doge Venice
- Antico Doge Hotel