If you want to stay in a quiet, local neighborhood where you can still find restaurants and bars—albeit less touristy ones—and pretty streets and canals, Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente , set inside a 15th-century palazzo in Cannaregio, is a solid choice with a touch of Moorish flair. The hotel is perched on the Rio della Sensa canal not far from the Jewish Ghetto, and is very close to ferries over to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While it’s super-easy to reach the hotel from the Alilaguna airport boat when you arrive, getting back to the airport on the ferry when you’re ready to leave can be a challenge, as it’s the last stop and is often already full. You may have to wait a while, or shell out for a private boat.
Guest rooms are decorated in Moorish style, with patterned carpets, curtains, and bedspreads. Some have hardwood or terrazzo floors with brightly colored rugs.
A good number of the rooms offer canal views, which must be requested in advance.
Marble bathrooms feature touches of mosaics and either showers or combo shower/tubs. Luxe Etro bath products are a nice touch.
The pretty lobby has beamed ceilings, terrazzo floors, and a couple red-patterned chairs and a couch, but guests tend to congregate in the courtyard or bar instead.
Ai Mori d’Oriente doesn’t have its own restaurant, but does serve a complimentary continental breakfast in the courtyard or breakfast room each morning.
The cozy bar, Oasi d’Oriente, has Venetian style (with terrazzo floors and leaded glass windows), and serves cocktails along with a small snack menu.
It’s super easy to get here from the airport, as the Madonna dell’Orto stop (for the Alilaguna airport boat – Fondamenta Nuove orange line to the airport) is only a 4-minute walk away. From there you can also take ferries to the islands. Navigating the Grand Canal is also a breeze with a 7-minute walk to the San Marcuola-Casino vaporetto stop.
Osteria Anice Stellato (2-minute walk) is known for its small menu of high-quality Italian food and canal-side seating. Bentigodi de Chef Domenico (4-minute walk) serves up lots of fresh fish and pasta along with friendly service (not always a guarantee when in Venice). Cozy Osteria Ca’ d’Oro alla Vedova (10-minute walk) is known for its polpette (fried meatballs) and local vino.
Don't miss the wine and tasty cicchetti (bar snacks) at atmospheric Enoteca Do Colonne (4-minute walk) or typical Venetian bar Cantina Vecia Carbonera (6-minute walk), popular with locals.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you want to see Venice at its finest (i.e., away from the crowds) and you enjoy lovely walks, Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente has a wonderful location for truly exploring the town. Plus we dig the fun Moorish style that's a bit different from other Venetian places to stay.