Hotel Al Sole
ABOVE: A view from the Hotel Al Sole. INSET
BELOW: The hotel's 15th Century façade.
the Fondamenta Minotto, not far from the Piazzale Roma and the railroad
You have an early flight, you're arriving or departing on a cruise ship,
or you simply want an authentic Venetian hotel experience within walking
distance of airport buses, taxis, and trains.
Hotel Al Sole looks more expensive than it is: It's a Venetian Gothic
palazzo from the early 1400s (owned by the same family for half a
millennium) complete with a private courtyard and garden where breakfast
is served in good weather. Its 51 guest rooms and junior suites are
decorated in subdued Venetian style, with some facing the canal and
others overlooking the garden. Triples and quads are available.
The top photo shows
Railroad Station at the top and--at left--the
Piazzale Roma, which has
land taxis, and the
People Mover to
Marittima cruise-ship basin and the
parking island. The Hotel Al Sole is about 1500 feet or 450 meters
east of the Piazzale Roma, on the Fondamenta Minotto (midway across
the lower part of the frame).
In the close-up image, the Hotel Al Sole is the
large tan Venetian Gothic palazzo on the Fondamenta Minotto
just above the bridge over the canal.