For anyone preferring a little peace and quiet out of the main tourist areas, the Hotel ai Mori d’Oriente is an absolute winner with very few drawbacks.
With its attractive ‘post-Moorish’ architectural features and own little quayside the hotel looks fairly small and unprepossessing from the outside. But inside it’s all polished wood, marble-floored elegance and deceptive space.
Being only a 20 minute stroll down to St. Mark’s Square is not what I’d call inconvenient, as long as you don’t mind walking. But that 20 minutes made all the difference. Because when you’re sitting at a little canal side table enjoying your (first) evening spritz, or standing on the Fondamenta with a delicious wake-up coffee before breakfast, you’re not fighting off swarms of tourists. You just see the occasional Venetian crossing the nearby bridge on his/her way to or from work. It was delightful to be able to return from a day seeing the sights to this haven of tranquillity.
The staff were all friendly and helpful if, perhaps, a little formal. Our bedroom was comfortable, if rather gloomily lit, and the well-appointed ensuite bathroom beautifully clean. If you want a view, though, don’t ask for one overlooking the rear courtyard. And do respect the stickers on the windows warning of mosquitos! I didn’t on the first night and was awoken in the early hours by a high pitched whine: fortunately I spotted the mozzy immediately and squashed it before any blood was spilled. Thereafter we used the aircon rather than opening windows…
The experienced bartender quietly prepared superb cocktails. Anyone familiar with ‘Fawlty Towers’ might detect more than just a hint of ‘Manuel’ in the ever-attentive hotel porter. And the reception staff were brilliant at recommending restaurants and sorting tables for us. Another big plus for this hotel is that there are 3 or 4 excellent eateries within 10 minutes’ walk – all friendly and offering superb value for fresh, high quality local dishes.
Breakfast here confused me to begin with. The coffee machine – whilst eventually delivering the goods - was not intuitive, and neither was the menu. You could help yourself to a buffet of gargantuan proportions if you wanted to. Muesli, other cereals, toast, yoghourts, fruit, cold ham, croissants, and tea and coffee by the gallon were all included in our tariff. Yet the boiled eggs nestling amongst these choices were extra, as was bacon and eggs. It would have been so much easier to include everything in the breakfast price. It surely can’t be based on cost because we could have fed a Roman legion on the cold ham available (or prepared ourselves packed lunches for the week). All I wanted was a couple of rashers of bacon and a fried egg, and paying extra for it was (like mosquitos) unnecessarily irritating.
Still, as that was our only slight niggle I can honestly say that we struck gold with the Hotel ai Mori d’Oriente, would recommend it and unhesitatingly come back here given the opportunity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charm & boutique renewed hotel in the incomparably enchanting Venice, overlooking the Rio della Sensa and della Misericordia in the Cannaregio district where picturesque hidden courtyards whisper ancient legends and where the rooms will cradle you in luxury and comfort.Quietly located in the city center near the Jewish ghetto and Campo dei Mori, the rooms at the Hotel Ai Mori d'Oriente instill a warm atmosphere of hospitality and tranquility where elegant Moorish touches evoke the trade along the Silk Road.For a romantic getaway full of elegance and comfort surrounded by astounding beauty, fall in love all over again with Venice on a vacation at the New Hotel Ai Mori d'Oriente. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ai Mori d Oriente Hotel
- Ai Mori d Oriente Venice
- Hotel Ai Mori Doriente