We were into our second week in Italy (after Rome and Florence), and we booked at this hotel much before, based on the reviews online....and we were not disappointed. The hotel is in an old palazzo (palace) of one of the Duke of Venice. Although, it is not in the Grand Canal, you can glimpse at the canal from the hotel entrance.
More on the location - if you arrive by train or at Piazzale Roma (shuttle from airport reaches here) , you can safely rely on the hotel's advice to follow the "yellow" signs to Museum of National History (which is next to the hotel). I had also got a more complex set of directions from Google maps and after 2 "Calles" (roads), I gave up and just followed the signs. If you have heavy 'holiday' luggage, avoid walking to the hotel - the bridges make it cumbersome. Take the waterbus instead.
The room was excellent (we got a superior room) with a separate bed for our 10 year old and had all the amenities expected of a 4 star, including free wi-fi and surprise-surprise English TV channels (CNN, BBC and EuroNews). Small touches like the elder-friendly bathrooms also set it apart.
Breakfast was the Continental buffet at the small, cosy dining area. There are good restaurants serving Italian food just a short walk away. Although for Venetian cuisine, you will need to go a little towards Rialto or even better near San Marco.
All the signs to Rialto bridge or St Mark's square are given and you will not get lost. Although, even if you do, its worth enjoying getting lost in the maze of houses!
Thanks to the staff of Al Duca Di Venezia who were courteous and provided service with a smile.
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