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AD Place, San Marco, Venice

Editor's Pick
2557A Fondamenta della Fenice
San Marco
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 241 3234's insider take:

Tucked just off the main St. Mark's–Accademia drag and nestling up against La Fenice opera house, AD Place is a delightful boutique hotel that plays with bright colors and exotically ornate design details. The artsy feel is underscored by frequent painting and photography exhibitions in the reception area. The attentive staff will organize transfers, tours, and reservations, and the buffet breakfast is particularly good. There's a water entrance if you're arriving by gondola or launch, and (unusually for Venice) wheelchair-friendly ground floor accommodation; but be aware there is no elevator to the other floors). The Suite, a large and stylish boudoir done out in shades of lavender and apple green, has pretty views over the canal. And though some classic doubles can seem a bit small, all the rooms are individually and quirkily decorated, with baroque mirrors and lots of drapes. The oriental-themed roof terrace is the perfect place for an evening aperitivo.—Lee Marshall

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