Hotel Aquarius Venice is a Choice Hotels Ascend Collection property in the Santa Croce district of the city on water. San Giacomo da l’Orio is a vibrant campo/city square where locals gather and children play. We loved our stay at the hotel and found the location ideal for our needs. There are art pieces scattered around the hotel and an interior courtyard with an afternoon bar.
The hotel has three floors. Our room 201 is a second floor room a couple doors away from the breakfast room.
Here is my initial article with photos of Room 201, Hotel Aquarius Venice.
The painting of the cruise ship on the wall of Hotel Aquarius caught my eye. It wasn’t until I watched a tourism video of Venice in August after returning home to California that I truly came to appreciate this piece. The video showed how cruise ships navigate the passage through the Giudecca Canal directly in front of Piazza San Marco to reach the cruise port for old Venice.
Large cruise ships are banned from passing through the Giudecca Canal as of 2021 after a years-long campaign and must now dock at the port of Marghera. Smaller cruise ships are still allowed to dock in the Santa Croce area at the southwest end of the Metropolitan City of Venice.
There is a courtyard bar in the ground floor of the building on left in the photo above. We never made it there during our stay.
Next to our second floor room 201 there was a large lounge with chairs, tables and books that remained vacant nearly the entire time we were at the hotel. The doors were always open and I leafed through some of the large art books.
Overall, Hotel Aquarius is a hotel I would love to return to again. The staff were friendly and helpful, breakfast had long hours from 7:00-10:30, and our room 201 was large with a great view over Campo Giacomo da l’Orio. Opening the balcony doors wide and soaking in the local sounds of Venice with people gathering during the day on the campo and children playing all afternoon made us feel like we were experiencing something authentic in this city on water where tourists outside vastly outnumber local residents in many areas.
In a city filled with world famous paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Giorgioni, Titian, and Tintoretto, one of my favorite pieces of art I saw during my week in Venice were chalk animals drawn by two young girls below our room windows of Hotel Aquarius Venice.
Venice Stairways and Canals (April 2022)