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Hotel Antico Doge was wonderful!
Stayed 3 nights at this hotel, and was not disappointed at all. It's a wonderful small hotel in a great location. It's about 5 minutes from the Rialto Bridge, and about 10 minutes from San Marco Square. The hotel is across from the Campo Dei Santi Apostoli square (beautiful), and within easy walking distance to the Ca' d'Oro vaporetto stop. We took a water taxi (expensive, but worth it, if you don't know where you are going) from the airport, because we didn't get to the hotel until 10:00 at night (about $85 Euros).
The rooms were exquisitely decorated in silk fabrics, the beds were comfortable, and the bathrooms were nice (small overall, but great shower pressure).
The service was outstanding and very friendly. We had some trouble with a lost bag, and Talia (an American working at the front desk) was extremely helpful with the language barrier.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again!
Extras: hotel is near the Strada Nova street (great shopping and wonderful gelato at Gelateria Ca' D'Oro); great restaurant we found by accident was Osteria a la Campania (don't remember the address, but ask the front desk staff if they can help you find it - excellent food, and not touristy at all); if you want to go to Harry's Bar, just go for drinks, because it is very expensive; restaurants close in Venice at 10:00pm, so remember that if you arrive late; and last but not least, sign up for the Secret Doges' Tour at the Palazzo Ducale (Doges' Palace) - get tickets in advance at SelectItaly.com - great tour and definitely worth it.
Antico Doge - Superb hotel !!!
My wife and I stayed at the Antico Doge for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We paid 130 euros a night and were given the option of paying in cash for a 10 % discount.
We were in room 107 which does not have a view of the square and the canal but this was more than made up for in that the room was quiet and the rate was much lower then the ones fronting the hotel. As observed elsewhere in this forum some (two or three) of the higher priced rooms adjoin the breakfast lounge and this could be not to everyone’s liking.
The room was absolutely superb. Large by Venetian standards, impeccably clean and beautifully decorated (including five Murano glass light fixtures!) The bathroom had a large shower stall and everything was well lit.
As mentioned in other posting the Antico Doge is very well situated just a five minute walk from Rialto and ten from St. Marks Square. Heading the other way there is a large grocery store five minutes away (walk toward the Ca d’Oro vaporetto stop, keep going past it over a couple of canals and you’ll see it on the right. Open on Sunday’s as well.
Antico Doge Loved it
Very happy with our Stay. It was clean, great breakfast room. A very pleasant and inviting room. I would recommend to anyone. Great central location.
Campo di Santi Apostoli
This bustling campo was a place I passed through many times, as it was near my hotel - Locanda Nova.
I was quite pleased to recognise it from my previous vist, when I had been amused by 3 shops located together - A funeral parlour, Dog Shop and Pizzeria/ Kebab cafe - Was there a connection?
This campo was one of the first of the Rialtos islets to be colonized. Venice originated from this area, and expanded outwards, as inhabitants from Torcello escaped the malaria infested island. The Church of Santi Apostoli began construction around this time. (1000 AD), and its commercial centre began.
Cannaregios' name may have derived from the Italian word canne meaning canes or reeds, as these grew on the marshy mud flats. Although there is also thought that it originated from the Canal Regio or Royal Canal, the main gateway to the city from the mainland prior to the railway being constructed.
During the daytime, there were a few market stalls, (some selling Christmas goods) and souvenir stands. This is a busy thoroughfare from the Rialto Bridge to San Lucia Station.
Opposite the church, above the bridge crossing the canal - (Rio dei San Apostoli) is a popular hotel - The Hotel Antico Doge. This was originally the Pallazo Falier- home to the 55th Doge of Venice - Marin Falier, who at the age of 76, unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the senate. He was beheaded, and declared 'Damnatic Menoriae'
An interesting article about the Doge, his life and death can be viewed on the hotels website Click
To be continued...
Fantastic hotel in great location
My husband and I spent 2 nights at the Hotel Antico Doge. We loved it. The hotel was in a great location. It was close to a main waterboat stop. It was a 5-min walk to the Rialto bridge and 10-min walk to St. Mark's square. The room was a decent size. The bathroom was great. The shower was the best we used in Italy. Breakfast was very good. The staff was excellent. They were all very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay at the hotel again.
Heart of Venice
We just returned from 2 night stay at Hotel Antico Doge. Lovely hotel in excellent location. I had reserved Junior Suite with Canal view and was not disappointed. The room was nice size, king bed, with antique furniture. Beautiful silk and brocade walls with two windows overlooking the canal and SS. Apostoli square. We were on the first floor and enjoyed waking each morning and opening the exterior shutters on the windows. As I did so, the locals crossing the small bridge outside our window would look up and greet me with a smile. We could hear the bell tower quietly ringing in the square which added to the charm of the hotel. We enjoyed the quiet central location as we spent most of our time walking around Venice and found the hotel only a 10 minute walk to Piazza San Marco, 5 min. from Rialto Bridge, with many shops, cafe's and bars near by. I was also pleased to discover that smoking is not allowed in any of the rooms as the use of silk walk coverings is extensive throughout the hotel. I highly recommend the hotel. We arrived in Venice by cruise ship and were please to find that we could store most of our luggage at a storage place at Piazzale Roma (3 euro per bag per day). Celebrity Cruise lines offers a free shuttle bus from the cruise terminal directly to Piazzale Roma. From there we caught the ACTV public boat ($5 euro) to Ca d'Oro stop and walked to hotel. This saved us the $70 euro we would have paid for private water taxi to haul all our luggage to the hotel. Getting back to Piazzale Roma was easy enough to pick up luggage and found car taxi's waiting to take us to airport ($35 euro).
We stayed at the Antico Doge for three nights and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This hotel is small and charming. Our room was on a quiet corner overlooking a small canal and side street. Lovely! The room and bathroom were spotless and well-appointed. The room was exquisitely decorated in traditional Venitian fashion. The location of the hotel was outstanding because it was near the Rialto Bridge (very centrally located), yet off the beaten path, so it was not noisy. The staff was friendly and knowledgable, and arranged dinner reservations and tickets to see a concert near Piazza San Marco. Breakfast was simple (cereal, pastries, juice and coffee) but good, and was served in a lovely, gilted dining room with high ceilings. We would definitely go back to the Antico Doge.
a bit disappointed...
My husband and I stayed three nights at the Antico Doge in a superior double room. The location is great, in a quiet and, I would say, more "real" district of Venice, only 5 min walking from the Rialto and 20 min from San Marco. The rooms are lovely decorated and very clean. The staff is helpful : they reserved for us a table in a typical restaurant nearby. But for a hotel rather pricey (350 € BB per night) we were disappointed by a few little things.
1) we made a firm reservation through a travel agency for a room with a view on San Apostoli, and everything was OK. But we were told 3 weeks later that only a superior room (on a very, very dark street) was available. And it was too late to find an other hotel.
2) there is no room for your luggages when you check in/out : everything is left in the corridor in front of the desk, which is not so safe in my opinion.
3) no bath but only a shower ... in a superior room !
4) the double glazing was not well-done and the room was noisy until late in the evening.
5) Our room was near the breakfast lobby. And surprisingly the breakfast tables were set at midnight, which was also rather noisy.
Venice has a lot of choice, so it was difficult choosing a hotel. The Antico Doge was pleasant hotel in a great location.
The description on the hotels email was very useful in finding the hotel (get off at the vaparetto Ca'dor and head towards the square. You should be able to recognise the hotel from the pictures and the little bridge in front of it).
Receptionist was American (so no problems communicating), who helpfully gave us a map and a guide to area (though I suggest purchasing one before you arrive in Venice!- you can easily get lost), and Alex was on hand to carry your luggage (I think that's in response to the lack of lifts).
We stayed in a room overlooking the square and canal, which was very nice (though could be noisy from the boat traffic on the canal - this is Venice after all).
The room was an OK size, though they usually are on the small side in Venice. The building was sympathetically restored, with beautiful furnishings in a Venitian style. Beware the rug in the room if you have polished floors (- lethal- if amusing!)
The breakfast was served in a beautiful room with painted ceilings. Fairly ordinary offering, though enough (pity they had to use those jam filled croissants you find in Italy!!?). The staff are obviously multi-skilled - the waitress is also your housekeeper. She was lovely and spoke English if you don't feel like practicing your Italian.
Location is the bonus, as you are well placed for Rialto (visit the market across the bridge), the boat stop for the Islands, and St Marco's square.
Overall, there is an intimate feel (only 18 rooms I think), and a nice pleasant friendly air about the place.
Hotel Antico Doge Campo dei Santi Apostoli
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Will be in Venice for two -three days May 2005 and looking into the Hotel Antico Doge. The location looks good on a map. Anyone have any comments??
Any other suggestions for a good three-four star hotel??
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It seems people who stayed there really liked it! See this website:
Venere.com is a great place to check out hotels and prices. Plus all the comments are written only by people who have made a reservation and paid through their system. It's not a guarantee of honesty, but better than nothing.
Have a great trip!
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You will love Venice!
I definetely suggest the Antico Doge!..but there are also other hotels as nice such as the Al Sole Palace - www.albergoalsolevenice.com or the Ai Due Fanali San Simon www.aiduefanali.com
I work for an Incoming Tour Operator www.aidenclub.com
If you send me a request be sure you will have a lower price than booking the hotel directly! We book excursions too at very competitive rates!
I hope I hear from you soon
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Beautiful hotel,minutes from San Marco but set in a very quiet location with a small canal running past....
Walk in the other direction,away from San marco and u will discover some nice,cheap restaurants...in one we had a litre of wine for 7 Euros!!!
Payed 120 a night,but this was in August.....Fantastic place to stay!!!