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“So much Mori than meets the eye…”

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Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel
Ranked #29 of 384 Hotels in Venice
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“So much Mori than meets the eye…”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

We fell in love with Venice. The hotel was how we imagined and we were very pleased. The staff were all friendly and made an effort to please. Breakfast was continental and the same everyday, but nice! The rooms were nice and spacious, with high ceilings. We really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come back.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 14 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in Oct . Friendly staff charming, elegant hotel with a feel for the old orient trading days. Romantic. A bit hard to find if coming from the airport but doable. We had a beautiful room, bathtub, free wifi free very nice breakfast. The neighborhood is Fantastic with lots to explore, 25 min walk to San Mark but we enjoyed the walk. We would definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

The thing with Venice is, it is extremely confusing. One of the contributing factors to its confusion is the fact that there are many bridges and canals eveywhere. Obviously, going into Venice you know this, however this hotel is pretty far from any and all methods of transportation around Venice. To even get to the train station you need to cross about 10 bridges, with luggage, etc. makes for kind of a trek.

However, this is not this hotels fault. The hotel itself is so chic/modern and beautiful. It has somewhat of a "moroccan" ambiance. The decor is very chic and everything is extremely clean. They have a little bar/restaurant and some tables outside that overlook the canal. Really cool! The key is this big rod attached to a tassle so make sure you carry a big enough bag or have a pocket to hold it in. Also make sure when you enter your room to put the key in the wall for electricity!

We told them it was our honeymoon and they were extremely hospitible and brought us a bottle of champagne on the house!

There was some great shopping and restaurants in the area, and even a little casino nearby as well.

Loved this hotel and would definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We stayed three nights here in October having arrived by train. We were able to walk from the station (about 15minutes) and were delighted with it`s situation away from all the crowds and hustle and yet easily within walking distance to the places of interest and canal buses.
Reception was excellent; friendly and efficient.

The room we were shown to was disappointing;small and so dark even with the light on and it had only two very small windows that were almost touching the next building. The security safe was not working but they quickly came to correct that (it needed new batteries). Meanwhile my husband had asked for a lighter room and we were taken to see the one option that they had. It was a trek through the hotel and up many stairs but was worth it. It was spacious and had two full sized windows that opened and was lighter. Room 621.
The bathroom was lovely with plenty of toiletries, space, light etc.
The air conditioner in our room was so noisy we had to turn it off but it was no problem for us.
For us the minus points were very hard pillows and no alternatives available.( This is why I have only given average for sleep quality) and no tea/coffee facilities in the room

Everything was spotlessly clean and towels were changed daily even though we had not requested them to be, and it was a very quiet hotel.

Breakfast was excellent with a wonderful assortment of bread,pastries,cereals, fruit, meats,cheeses, eggs and bacon and various hot drinks to choose.
Reception staff were always available and were friendly.
We would use this hotel again if we returned to Venice.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We have recently spent 4 nights in this lovely hotel in Cannaregio.in Venice. The location is by a a small canal in a quiet area but close to several bars, shops and restaurants. Easily reached from Marco Polo airport on the Alilaguna ferry (orange line) to Madonna Dell Orto and then a 5 minute walk through some small streets to the hotel. There ia a ten minute walk from the airport to the ferry so you need to be fairly fit.
The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, the room was spacious and everywhere had a lovely exotic fragrance which created the right atmosphere for the hotel style. Beds comfy, breakfast good (especially the coffee), and the hotel gave us some good tips on local restaurants, how to avoid the queues for the Doges Palace and arranged a water taxi to pick us up from the hotel to go to Murano and the glass blowing factory. Little mosquitos can be a problem so best to keep your curtains closed and even the windows if you can as they can be a nuisance.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

When we decided our 40th. wedding anniversary present to ourselves was a break in Venice, we decided that we did not want to be near the tourist areas around Rialto and St. Mark's Square. We chose this hotel from recommendation and were delighted with our choice.

It is in a quiet residential area, but only a few minutes walk from lovely shopping areas, bars and amazing restaurants. It is about 20 minutes walk from the main areas around the Grand Canal, so the best of both worlds. There are vaporetti stops close at hand either to access the Grand Canal and other tourist areas or for the AliLaguna service to the airport.

Our room was large and the bathroom was a wet room. The room was beautifully clean and richly decorated and furnished.

As we arrived late we had a snack in the hotel bar where they have a small menu. The breakfast offered a good range of different breads, croissants and pastries as well as cold cheese and meats. There was also cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit.

Marco, the manager, has a very smart and courteous staff who are always happy to help.

We would have given this review a 5 star rating, but for the fact there was building work going on at the hotel which we had not been told about and was close to our room. The work did not start until about 8am so did not make too much of an impact on our day.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel
Address: Fondamenta Della Sensa Cannaregio 3319, 30121 Venice, Italy
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Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Venice
#15 Family Hotel in Venice
#17 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#20 Luxury Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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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