Fondamenta della Fenice is, as the name implies, right by the opera house: pretty packed with smartly-dressed opera-goers on performance evenings but otherwise delightfully empty. But it’s just a short walk from here to St Mark’s square via the glam designer boutiques of the mercerie, and the Santa Maria del Giglio vaporetto stop is no distance away at all.
There’s a sumptuous colour palette on the walls of the 12 rooms, ranging from lavender violet and granny smith green to deep pomegranate red. Super-ornate bedheads and mirror frames are a playful nod to the excesses of the Venetian Baroque. The huge (by Venetian standards) top-floor suite is a great bargain. The ground-floor junior suite can sleep four and is good for families but noises from the breakfast room – and of course passing gondoliers belting out Neapolitan favourites – might annoy light sleepers. Classic doubles can be very small.
It’s truly pleasurable, after limping back with your purchases, to recoup with an apertivo on the rooftop terrace.
Eating and drinking
The breakfast buffet offers good pastries and plenty of fresh fruit, plus a citrus juicer. Coffee and light snacks are available all day. Tea is served from 5-6.30pm. Note that the free welcome glass of prosecco is served to guests staying in superior rooms.
Yoga lessons can be arranged.
Manager Alessandro and night porter Kamal will make sure you feel completely at home. A personal shopper can be organised to accompany you on your retail forays.
Who stays there
If you’re in Venice for the opera, this is the perfect place for you. But Alessandro tells me that the bulk of AD Place guests are under 45, with many just married or celebrating anniversaries. Honeymooners must love the top-floor suite with its canopied bed and beautiful Art-Deco bathtub.
The price for a standard (classic) double varies depending on the season. You can get a great off-peak deal on the beautiful suite.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
Pros & Cons
- The staff are welcoming and well informed
- Rooms are beautifully decorated with enormous attention to detail
- The location is central but quiet
- Some rooms are small and – as is frequently the case in Venice – there’s no lift though the accommodation is spread over several floors