Albergo Ai Do Mori ★★

View from the terrace of Room 11 at Hotel Ai Do Mori, Venezia
View from the terrace of Room 11 at Hotel Ai Do Mori, Venice.

Reasonable rates, friendly owner, and tiny rooms just a few yards off St. Mark's Square

A room at Hotel Ai Do Mori, Venice

A room at Hotel Ai Do Mori, Venice

Want to stay half a block off Piazza San Marco, perhaps even with a close-up view of the domes of St. Mark's?

What's more, want to do it for under $150?

The beamed-ceiling rooms tend to be a bit cramped at Antonella's little gem of a hotel—though the lower-floor rooms are slightly larger (I like corner no. 6, with lots of light and a criss-cross of wooden beams). However, those offer mostly standard rooftop views.

It's the rooms on the top floor that get the killer peek at San Marco's cupolas and the Torre dell'Orologio, whose two bronze moors ring the bells every hour.

No. 11 even has a pocket-sized terrace—though the miniscule room is a bit of an attic hideaway, up a steep flight of stairs and barely larger than the bed itself.

WiFi is free.

The two rooms without bath offer a whopping savings of up to 50%.

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Albergo Ai Do Mori ★★
San Marco 658, on Calle Larga San Marco
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria, San Marco-Giardinetti, or San Marco-Vallaresso
tel. +39-041-520-4817
www.hotelaidomori.com

Nearby sights, dining, hotels

Sights nearby
★★★ Piazza San Marco [square]
★★★ St. Mark's Basilica [church]
★★★ Palazzo Ducale [palace/museum]
★★★ Grand Canal [sight]
Campanile di San Marco [bell tower]
Museo Civico Correr [museum]
Bacino Orseolo [gondola parking lot]

Where to eat nearby
★★★ Bistrot de Venise [meal]
★★ Osteria La Campana [meal]
★★ Vino Vino [light meal]
Da Aciugheta (meal/pizza)
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni [quick]
Rosticceria San Bartolomeo [quick]

Hotels nearby
Relais Piazza San Marco [cheap]
Hotel Orion [cheap]
Best Western Montecarlo [cheap/moderate]
RR Hotel Danieli [splurge]
RR Hotel Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Violino d'Oro [moderate]
RR Gritti Palace [splurge]
RR Locanda Fiorita [moderate]


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  • If you're looking for a hotel near a particular sight, just go to that sight's page and, in the sidebar on the right, you'll see a list of all the nearby hotels (with "Reid Recommends" choices preceded by a little RR icon: Reid Recommends).
  • The Venice hotel tax: As of 2011, Venice began charging a Visitor Tax. This is the city's doing, and it is not a scam (just annoying). All charges are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10, and the tax is charged for stays of up to 10 days. (There are discounts: Dec-Jan, 30%; Kids aged 10-16, 50%; Stays on the Lido or other outer islands, 20%; Stays in Mestre or elsewhere on the mainland, 20%.)

    The cost breakdown is insanely complicated (varies with official clasification and rating cateogry), but general as of 2014:

    • Hotels: €1 pppn (per person per night) per star rating. (So a couple [2 people] staying three nights [2 x 3 = 6] in a four-star hotel [6 x €4 = €24] would pay an extra €24.
    • B&Bs: €3 pppn flat
    • Apartments, residences, rental rooms: €1.50–€2.50 pppn
    • Hostels/religious housing and agriturismi: €2 pppn
    • Camping: €0.10–€0.40 pppn

    Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; most properties tack it on as an extra when you check out. Just be prepared.

  • Book ahead in summer and during Carnevale: Venice is way more popular than the number of beds it has, so while in the dead of winter you can often show up and find a good place to crash easily, the best rooms (and the best-value hotels) are booked well in advance for the summer months and the two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday (when Venice breaks out the fancy dress and masks for its famed Carnevale celebrations).

    Same goes (though less so, and more at the chic and high end hotels) during the Venice Biennale art festival and the Venice Film Festival.
  • Pay extra for A/C in summer: No matter what kind of lodging you pick, if it's summer (a) try to get a room with air-conditioning and (b) even if you can't (or you can but have a hankering for some fresh air) resist the urge to open the windows to your room.

    Venice is, I believe, the primary breeding ground for the mosquito population of Southern Europe, and precious few Italian hoteliers have discovered that newfangled invention called window screens. Keep the windows shut, or prepare to be bitten.

    (Also, carry some bug spray for those romantic canalside dinners outside. Trust me.)
  • Avoid Mestre: Any hotels with an address in "Venezia-Mestre" is actually in the dull, modern, industrial suburb at the mainland end of the bridge over to the real, ancient Venice you came all this way to see. Do not stay in Mestre! You'll spend more time and money commuting each day in an out of Venice proper than you will save.
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Details
Albergo Ai Do Mori ★★
San Marco 658, on Calle Larga San Marco
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria, San Marco-Giardinetti, or San Marco-Vallaresso
tel. +39-041-520-4817
www.hotelaidomori.com
Nearby
Sights nearby
★★★ Piazza San Marco [square]
★★★ St. Mark's Basilica [church]
★★★ Palazzo Ducale [palace/museum]
★★★ Grand Canal [sight]
Campanile di San Marco [bell tower]
Museo Civico Correr [museum]
Bacino Orseolo [gondola parking lot]

Where to eat nearby
★★★ Bistrot de Venise [meal]
★★ Osteria La Campana [meal]
★★ Vino Vino [light meal]
Da Aciugheta (meal/pizza)
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni [quick]
Rosticceria San Bartolomeo [quick]

Hotels nearby
Relais Piazza San Marco [cheap]
Hotel Orion [cheap]
Best Western Montecarlo [cheap/moderate]
RR Hotel Danieli [splurge]
RR Hotel Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Violino d'Oro [moderate]
RR Gritti Palace [splurge]
RR Locanda Fiorita [moderate]


» More hotels in San Marco from Booking.com


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