As promised, here is the first installment from my Venice trip that I took just after New Year with my friend. I have three other posts ready to go for this series, so keep an eye out for them in the near future…
First in the series: the hotel. My friend and I stayed in the Ai Mori d’Oriente Hotel, a hotel not too far from the main street but closed off enough for some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a four-star hotel, and quite frankly I can see why: I’ve never been in a nicer hotel. The hotel’s website describes it as perfect for “special occasions such as anniversaries, honeymoons or romantic weekends” but, in all honesty, if you’re not opposed to sharing a bed with one of your best friends, it works pretty well for a girls weekend away.
Overlooking a canal (although our room overlooked somebody’s back garden. Not that I can moan, our room was insane), the hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente Hotel offers a number of amenities to its guests: 24-hour reception cover so any needs or queries can be attended to, the option of room service, a hotel bar (where they make a mean hot chocolate), and a wide variety of breakfast foods (even as someone who is allergic to gluten, I had plenty of options). Their staff were attentive & kind, taking the time to show me and my friend key sights on the map, drawing routes for us too.
Now for the room. Goodness me, I’ve never been somewhere so lavish. The hotel offers 8 room types from a double-single stay, to an open-air suite canal-view. We were in the third room up: a double superior. It was large, boasted a king(?)-sized bed, a satellite tv, a minibar (not that we could afford to use it..!), and a huge, luxurious bathroom complete with a the poshest bath/shower contraption I have ever laid eyes on. I mean, it was a bath, with a removable shower head and a huge shower head from the ceiling.
Admittedly, the hotel is not cheap day-to-day, but my friend managed to find an insane deal of flights & hotel stay for 4 nights for just £178 per person. However, if you do find yourself in Venice and are willing to splash a bit of cash on a hotel, I would recommend this one whole-heartedly. Oh, and if it makes any difference/sways you at all, the hotel is absolutely stunning from the outside in the evening – it’s draped in fairy-lights.
Next in the Venice series will be exploring Murano & Burano.