Hotel Highlights

  • A hidden gem in Dorsoduro
  • Right next to the Peggy Guggenheim museum
  • Modern decor, historical setting

Overview

When we find the hotel, hiding down a narrow alley in Dorsoduro, we know instantly we are somewhere really special. From the outside, you might expect it to be cramped - but it's a design triumph. DD724 may not be the only hotel in the world to feature clean lines and a brown-and-white colour palette, but it's a stroke of contemporary cool unique to these parts.

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Tickets for two to a local exhibition or gallery, such as the Palazzo Grassi

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Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at DD724

Super-advanced booking: 15% off Advance booking: 13% off 'The more you stay the less you pay': 10% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Six.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $287.79 (€208), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

At the hotel

LCD TVs and WiFi in all rooms.

Our favourite rooms

Room B has a view of the Giudecca Canal. Room G has its own small terrace for breakfast.

Children

Rooms E and G have room for a small bed; rooms C and D can be annexed. Babysitting can be arranged in advance, at €15–€25 an hour.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Only breakfast is served, but it’s exceptional.

Hotel Bar

Fully stocked minibars in each room; no actual hotel bar, but drinks can be provided.

Room service

Breakfast only.

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Dress code

Whatever you like.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Linea d’Ombra on Ponte de l’Umiltà (+39 (0)41 520 4720) is a great local restaurant on the canal. It is the perfect plot to head to in summer as it has a lovely terrace with views across to the Giudecca; the ambience is fantastic and the Venetian dishes also surprise. Cantinone Storico on Fondamenta Bragadin (+39 (0)41 523 9577) is good for seafood, and has an impressive wine cellar. Definitely try and get a seat by the canal in summer or by the window in winter. Ask the waiter to tell you about the specials – and then trust his recommendations.

Across the Grand Canal: For a cosy, wine-bottles-along-the-wall kind of osteria, try Ristorante Cantina Canaletto at Castello 5490 (+39 (0)41 521 2661). Trattoria alle Testiere on Calle del Mondo Novo (+39 (0)41 522 7220) specialises in fish. At Bancogiro on Campo San Giacometto (+39 (0)41 523 2061), ask for a window seat. Trattoria do Forni on Calle Specchieri (+39 (0)41 523 2148) is very classical; book dinner in the Orient Express room. Ristorante da Fiore on Calle del Scaleter (+39 (0)41 721 308) is one of the best restaurants; book a month in advance. Poste Vecie, on Rialto Pescheria (+39 (0)41 721 822), is Venice’s oldest restaurant, reached by a private bridge. Il Refolo is a great pizzeria near the Museum of Modern Art (+39 (0)41 524 0016), though not open all year round. Anice Stellato on Fondamenta della Sensa, Cannaregio (+39 (0)41 720 744) does fabulous fish with subtle spicing. Locanda Montin on Fondamenta di Borgo (+39 (0)41 522 7151) serves great antipasti on a vine-covered terrace.

Local bars

Sip a bellini on the floating pontoon of Cip’s Club, watching the sun set over the water. (Hotel Cipriani operates a free boat service to and from its private landing stage.) Try Centrale on Piazza San Marco, for good tunes and great cocktails. Taverna da Baffo in Campo Sant’Agostin stays open until 02h.

Local cafés

A coffee in Piazza San Marco won’t come cheap, but there’s a reason why the tourists flock there – it’s spectacular; and if you’re lucky you’ll have an orchestral soundtrack. Head to Campo Santa Margherita, where students, bohemian types and families gather to eat. Al Marca on San Polo is good for a pre-dinner drink if you’re north of Ponte Rialto. Peggy Guggenheim Collection Café in the 18th-century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is a sophisticated spot for a coffee in the wonderful garden of the museum of modern art. It is elegant and peaceful: no wonder the art lover chose this to be her final resting place.

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Discreet in Dorsoduro

DD724

724 Dorsoduro, Venice, Veneto, 30123

Planes

From Venice's Marco Polo airport, approach the city by crossing the lagoon on the Alilaguna (www.alilaguna.it) to Zattere, which takes roughly an hour and 20 minutes. It costs around €30 for the express and €13 for the other routes. From there, it’s a short walk – turn right, cross the first bridge, turn left and then follow the canal to Campo San Vio. Finally, turn right onto Calle della Chiesa. When you find a pub, you should see the small iron gate that’s the entrance to DD724. You can also get a water taxi all the way from the airport to Campo San Vio (around €100) or from Piazzale Roma, after taking a land bus (around €60); both can be organised by the hotel. Alternatively, Trieste, Verona and Treviso airports are all possibilities. The first two have bus links to their main train stations, and are then a one-hour or three-hour train journey respectively; Treviso has a direct bus (www.atvo.it) link to Piazzale Roma in Venice, from where a 20-minute journey on Route 2, 51 or 61 of the vaporetto will take you to Zattere.

Trains

Venice’s main station is Venezia Santa Lucia; see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.com) for information on trains in Italy. To reach the hotel, take the vaporetto down the Grand Canal from Santa Lucia to Accademia (roughly 30 minutes on Route 1).

Automobiles

Venice is not made for cars and does not allow them into the city, so if you have driven from another part of Italy or the airport, you will need to leave your vehicle either on the mainland, which is easier, cheaper and avoids the sometimes colossal traffic jams, or at the edge of the city centre. If you park on the mainland in Mestre, you can choose between the rail station (and then proceed by trainl) or the San Giuliano parking lot (and proceed by boat).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Juliet Kinsman , On-the-go editor at Mr & Mrs Smith

Arriving in Italy’s most romantic city by train, we’re a little concerned our trip is going to be more Venice Beach than La Venezia when we’re swamped by American backpackers. A foot onto the taxi boat that is going to speed us to Accademia, and it doesn’t take long for the realisation to sink in: this may be a city drowning in tourists, but it is so beautiful that you b...

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Anonymous review by Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

Arriving in Italy’s most romantic city by train, we’re a little concerned our trip is going to be more Venice Beach than La Venezia when we’re swamped by American backpackers. A foot onto the taxi boat that is going to speed us to Accademia, and it doesn’t take long for the realisation to sink in: this may be a city drowning in tourists, but it is so beautiful that you barely notice.

It’s with eager anticipation that we carry our overnight bags to our design-conscious luxury hotel for the weekend – but will somewhere contemporary really feel right in these pastel-hued, fairytale environs? When we find the hotel, hiding down a narrow alley in Dorsoduro, we know instantly we are somewhere really special. Making the most of every inch of space, it’s the hotel equivalent of the Smart Ka. From the outside, you might expect it to be cramped – but it’s a design triumph. We’re led up past the only communal area (two chairs on a landing, and a breakfast area) and into our room. DD724 may not be the only hotel in the world to feature clean lines and a brown-and-white colour palette, but it’s a stroke of contemporary cool unique to these parts.

What’s so unexpected about the Charming House, as DD724 is also known, is that there is also an incredible warmth to the rooms. Stylish yet cosy modern furnishings are softened with touches such as the loosely knitted wool blanket knotted at the end of the bed. You glance from a widescreen TV to an open window revealing a scene that EM Forster would be inspired by. Since we booked last-minute and missed out on one of the more palatial Junior Suites, we assume our bathroom will be snug, yet it still manages to impress, right down to its own range of olive-oil products. (In a reversal of roles this trip, Mr Smith is the one to squirrel away toiletries to take home, and the aftershave balm has him cooing like a 13-year-old girl at a Rimmel stand.)

Great fun as it is settling into such an abode, it’s hard to imagine anyone coming to this city to squander much of the day in their room. But early nights are de rigueur in Venice, and we know there’s plenty of exploring time awaiting us tomorrow. The wonderfully helpful young lady behind the tiny front desk recommends a canalside trattoria around the corner. In Venice, recommendation is crucial. Cantinone Storico turns out to be the perfect option. The risotto terra mare is out of this world, and the monkfish with fresh artichokes is absolutely delicious.

By midnight, much of Venice is sound asleep, so we decide on a treat while the going’s calm: a gondola trip. We head towards a waiting boat to enquire how much – 100! Eventually we barter him down to 80 for 40 minutes. Feeling as though we’ve got a bargain, we pile on board. It is uncomparably romantic, almost haunting, as we’re gently nudged along the dark, deserted canals; yet we spend the first ten minutes trying to calculate how much the gondolier must earn in a year. A friend of his calls down from a window, and they strike up voluble chat – clearly discussing whether to moor the yacht at St Barths or St Tropez this New Year’s Eve. Still, it’s the perfect starlit end to our night.

The next morning we’re out of our room by 09h30, and first to breakfast – most civilised. Everything is laid out in ordered presentation, with a grid of little jams and a neat line of croissants on offer. Even our eggs and bacon is served in a nouvelle-cuisine manner. But the biggest impression is made by the pistachio spread. Nutella’s dark-green-emulsion cousin is amazing. After such a satisfying start to the day, we leave not only contented, but, thanks again to the staff at DD724, with details of how to order crema di pistacchio.

Our first stop is next-door: the Guggenheim Museum. Formerly the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni now houses masterpieces by Brancusi, Picasso, Kandinsky, Pollock and Ernst, among others. A magnificent collection in truly charming surroundings, there’s nowhere like it. A browse of the gift shop, then it’s time to brave the more traditional sights.

En route to Piazza San Marco, it’s hard to resist a fresh slice of pizza from a kiosk next to the hotel; it hits the spot and, a rare treat in Venice, it’s a bargain. We now have the strength to face the hordes, and head to the epicentre. The Basilica San Marco is indeed breathtaking from the outside, but as we’re not feeling up to a long wait queueing, we head to the Campanile instead. A lift takes you to the top of the tower, where a spectacular view awaits. It’s a great way to get a sense of Venice’s unique layout, and how far out at sea you are.

It’s when you escape the mêlée of pigeons, children and many visitors, young and old, that you realise DD724 is in the perfect location, sufficiently off the beaten track for you to amble its neighbourhood in peace. After an afternoon of window-shopping, strolling and stopping off for cappuccini, we make our way towards Campo Santa Margherita. Sitting alfresco at one of the many cafés and bars, surrounded by students, artists and Italian families, we order the traditional aperitif: a spritz. Be warned,the bittersweet symphony of this Seventies-looking cocktail of Campari, white wine and soda is not for all palates. Still, our fizzy red drink is perfect for a toast, and we raise a glass to the most delightful 24 hours imaginable. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in DD724's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on 21 Oct 2013

We loved

Fantastic service from helpful and knowledgeable staff. Excellent location – close enough to St Mark's, etc, and yet quiet and discreet.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 6 Sep 2013

We loved

There is absolutely nothing to criticise about this lovely hotel. The rooms are smart and functional in the main house, and more bohemian in the dependency, but everything was extremely well designed and worked perfectly. The best thing about DD724 though is undoubtedly the staff, especially Fabio, who went well beyond the call of duty to make sure that all was well with our stay.

Don’t expect

Although breakfast was good, there wasn't a huge amount of choice for vegetarians in terms of cooked items: just plain scrambled or boiled eggs. A tomato or a bit of cheese might liven it up. Bacon lovers will be very happy though!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 17 Aug 2013

We loved

There are large rooms for a tiny boutique hotel with a really nice interior design.

Don’t expect

Everything was perfect. The only thing is that the stairway is tiny if you have large luggage but they are happy to help you.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 24 Jul 2013

We loved

This is a great place.The reception was brilliant and we felt very welcome.Staff were very friendly after our long journey from the Marco Polo Airport in the stifling damp, hot weather, The room was cool, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The highlight of the day was the sumptuous breakfast. We would recommend the pistachio spread, which we gather was the speciality. All in all, a great place to stay; we would highly recommend it to our friends.

Don’t expect

The bath tubs could do with grab handles; we would've also liked the use of the lift to get to the room. Furthermore, provision of a shower curtain would improve the bathroom a bit.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 18 Sep 2012

We loved

Good location, easy to walk to all places of interest.

Don’t expect

We were given a room in the annexe which was fine, although would have preferred the main hotel- it was a walk around the corner to the hotel which had it been raining, would not have been nice. It is a completely different building and not really what you might expect from the term 'annexe'.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 16 Sep 2012

We loved

Location - off the Venice beaten track but easy access to the ferries from the Academia stop. This was just a few seconds from the hotel; a very quiet area. Quality - interestingly furnished bedroom; decent bathroom; welcoming staff; good range of food at breakfast.

 

Don’t expect

The bath had a 'telephone' shower - not the easiest for a proper stand up shower. On any return visit, I would request a room with a proper shower.

 

Rating: 8/10 stars