If you plan to spend time at Venice’s great art museums—Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Punta della Dogana—the comfortable Hotel American-Dinesen, in the Dorsoduro sestiere, may just have the perfect location. Rooms are done up in an understated Venetian style, and it’s set on a side canal, so you still feel like you’re in Venice—albeit a quieter, more peaceful version.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The style here is the opposite of over-the-top Venetian, so guests seeking Murano chandeliers and ceiling frescoes should stay elsewhere.
Guest rooms at the Hotel American-Dinesen feature damask wallpaper in reds and greens, and hardwood floors.
Upgrade to a room with a balcony for views onto the San Vio canal, with partial views of the Grand Canal, by paying a bit extra—totally worth the splurge.
Most bathrooms, while modern, are on the small side, with either separate shower or tub/shower combo.
The spacious Hotel American-Dinesen lobby is a bit dark and old-fashioned, with a brown-and-green color scheme. It’s actually a comfortable place to sit if the weather’s not good—though you’d be crazy not to lounge on the cozy third-floor terrace, drink in hand, when the sun is out.
The Ponte dell’Accademia is only a 3-minute walk, making it easy to stroll over to the San Marco side. Otherwise, if you’d prefer to go by water, the Accademia vaporetto stop is only a few minutes away.
Charming La Bitta (8-minute walk) serves market-inspired cuisine including pasta and meat (no fish)—and don’t miss the panna cotta for dessert. Osteria alla Bifora (12-minute walk) serves large platters of meats, cheeses, salads, and more in an atmospheric setting in bustling Campo Santa Margherita.
Lively wine shop/bar Cantine del Vino già Schiavi (4-minute walk) has no seating, but serves up inexpensive wines with interesting small bites. Osteria al Squero (5-minute walk) is a casual bacaro (wine bar) with tasty cicchetti (bar snacks)—especially the panini and cheeses—with a fine selection of wine by the glass.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you’re an art fiend, as we are, Hotel American-Dinesen’s location can’t be beat. It’s also nice to get away from the Venice crowds by staying across from, rather than inside, the San Marco neighborhood—and it’s still super-easy to hop across the lagoon whenever you wish.