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Fodor's Expert Review Hotel American–Dinesen

San Vio, Dorsoduro 628, Venice, Veneto, 30123, Italy See on Map

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.

room

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.

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Hotel American Dinesen
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Hotel American Dinesen
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bathroom

Most bathrooms, while modern, are on the small side, with either separate shower or tub/shower combo.

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lobby

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.

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dining

The Hotel American-Dinesen doesn’t have an in-house restaurant, but there’s an extensive breakfast buffet each morning.

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LOCATION

Getting Around

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.

Restaurants

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.

Bars

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.

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 041-5204733

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