When looking for a place to stay in Venice, the choices are overwhelming, but I had certain criteria that I was searching to find. I wanted a hotel with a historical past, a luxurious Venetian interior, and to be located in a quiet area near to a Vaporetto stop so that arriving and departing from Venice would be easy.
Luckily for me, all this existed in the Hotel Nani Mochenigo Palace, located in the quiet neighbourhood of Dorsoduro and a 5-minute walk to the Vaporetto stop of Zattere. Perfect!
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The 15th century Palace was for Doge Agostino Barbarigo, the 74th Doge of Venice. A “Doge” was the chief magistrate of Venice and the most prestigious position one could hold.
The Palace became part of the dowry that Elena Barbarigo, Doge Agostino’s daughter, gave to her husband Giorgio Nani. In subsequent years it passed on to his son Bernardo and in the 18th century became home to the Museum of Antiquities, a private collection of the Nani family.
The 15th-century palace has been restored to its former glory and stands proudly alongside a quiet canal. The Venetian gondola workshop is on the opposite side, and there are several Cecchetti cafes along from the hotel. The Giudecca Canal and Zattere Vaporetto stop are a 5 minutes walk away.
The Reception area
Walking in and feeling the “wow” factor is my reaction when I first entered the hotel reception.
Traditional styling using dark wood and sumptuous fabrics makes the bedroom an inviting place after a day of walking around Venice. Window shutters and thick velvet curtains block out any sounds. There is an in-room vanity sink unit and a separate ensuite with a modern walk-in shower and wc.
The Communal Areas on Floors 2 and 3
Murano chandeliers, art and frescoes on the walls and exquisite porcelain all remind you of the former importance of this hotel.
The Bar Area Leading to the Garden
Enjoy breakfast or refreshments on the terrace in these tranquil surroundings.
My honest opinion of the Hotel Nani Mochenigo Palace
What month did I travel? July
How was the weather? Extremely hot.
Would I recommend this hotel?
The Nani Mochenigo Palace is a luxurious 5-star Venetian hotel with amenities to match, and so I would recommend a stay. It is in the quiet bohemian area of Dorsoduro with its museums, churches and restaurants. The only negative is that the buffet breakfast lacked in variety which was disappointing.