Hotel Antico Doge
ABOVE: A view of the Hotel Antico Doge from
the Campo SS. Apostoli. INSET BELOW: The hotel faces a canal that's used
by gondolas and other boat traffic.
Location: In Cannaregio, on the
Campo Santi Apostoli. Nearest
Alilaguna Airport Boat
You want a hotel with history on a square that's approximately midway
between the Santa Lucia Railroad Station and the Piazza San Marco.
former Palazzo del Doge Falier is old, even by Venice standards: It was
built in the 13th Century, when Venetian Gothic was the style and
McMansions were built with brick and marble. Inside the palazzo,
the Hotel Antico Doge pays homage to its heritage with silk wall
coverings and other traditional decor.
The hotel's location is at the junction of Strada Nova (a wide, busy
middle-class shopping street) and the Rialto district. It offers easy
access on foot to attractions on both sides of the Grand Canal, with one
caveat: The Campo SS. Apostoli is on the main pedestrian route between
the train station and San Marco, so the narrow streets between the hotel
and the Piazza San Marco can be crowded at times. (This shouldn't be a
problem for most visitors, but it's worth keeping in mind if you're
traveling with a child's stroller or bulky luggage.)
In the first image, you can see the tower of the
Chiesa di SS. Apostoli near the top of the frame. The Hotel Antico
Doge faces the square below the church. Farther down, near the
bottom of the picture, are the
Rialto Bridge and
Rialto Food Markets.
In the close-up image beneath, the Hotel Antico Doge
is the palazzo right behind the church tower. (Look for the
arcaded passage on the ground floor.)