Looking for the perfect place to stay in Venice? Discover the Hotel Nani Mochenigo, a beautifully restored boutique hotel in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood.
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 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 is now a beautiful hotel that has been restored to its former glory.
It stands proudly alongside a quiet canal opposite Venice’s famous gondola workshop.
The Giudecca Canal and Zattere Vaporetto stop are a 5 minutes walk away, and there are several Cecchetti cafes near the hotel.
The Reception area
Walking in and feeling the “wow” factor was my reaction when I first entered the hotel reception.
Traditional styling using dark wood and sumptuous fabrics makes the bedroom inviting 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, exquisite porcelain and art and frescoes on the walls remind you of this hotel’s former importance as a Doge’s palace. Indeed the hotel’s contents wouldn’t look out of place in a museum, being as beautiful and historic as they are.
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, 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 variety which was disappointing.