Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
ABOVE: An uncharacteristically quiet day in
the Bacino Orseolo. INSET BELOW: Lean out of a ground-floor window, and
you may find yourself rubbing noses with a gondolier.
Location: Overlooking a gondola
basin just behind the Piazza San Marco. Closest
Alilaguna Airport Boat
stop: San Marco.
You want a comfortable, well-equipped four-star hotel within a minute's
walk of the Piazza San Marco.
Best Western Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo faces the Bacino Orseolo,
immediately behind the piazza. The basin is one of Venice's
busiest staging areas for gondola rides: It's filled with boat traffic
during the day, and at night, the rows of moored and covered gondolas
add to the basin's atmosphere.
The hotel itself is said to be one of Venice's oldest, and it has
welcomed many famous guests over the centuries. Today, you're more
likely to meet fellow tourists than latter-day versions of Winston
Churchill or Richard Strauss, but if you do see a celebrity, you can use
the hotel's free Wi-Fi to alert your friends on Facebook.
The upper photo shows the bacino and the
hotel near the left, next to the label "Fondamenta Orseolo." The
hotel is the dark yellow building facing the water; just to the
south, through a passage, is the
Piazza San Marco.
The second photo is a close-up of the Hotel
Cavalletto d Doge Orseolo (the building with the window awnings) and
the boat basin. The Hard Rock Café Venice (yes,
there is one) is across the bacino from the hotel.