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For my two days in Venice, my only goal was to explore the Basilica of San Marco properly, and I spent the rest of the time wandering around. The gondola building yard near the Accademia bridge rewarded me with four gondole curing outside, plus I was able to get a fairly good photo of a boat builder working inside the shop. That was after I had …
Our second day in Venice we got up pretty early because we wanted to experience the whole day of carnivale. Breakfast was included at our hotel, consisting of rock hard biscuits, cereal and salami. Walking out into the streets it was like Disney World on crack. Walking almost anywhere we were right up to the person next to us, like sardines walking …
VENICE!!!!!!! What more can I say? A LOT. We woke up at 5 am for our flight from Fiumicino-Rome Airport and security was a joke. I got up there and started taking off my jackets and shoes off and taking my liquids out and then noticed that no one else was! We made it to our gate and the plane started to board. I handed the woman my ticket and she …
A feature of Paris seems to be the buskers who perform, well, anywhere, and the sellers of pressed metal Eiffel Tower replicas who hang around touristy attractions until the police move them on. One French accordion player in the Odeon railway station is particularly impressive. He is playing what we imagine are traditional French dance tunes, …
We arrived in Venice by train which was mostly wonderful. The German, Austrian, and Italian countryside is quite beautiful. Venice was great. We walked everywhere and saw the typical sites at Piazza San Marco. Marney fell in love with the Peggy Gugenheim collection and as a result is now reading her biography. We didn't go on a gondola ride, but we …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albergo Doni Venice
The Doni was the perfect fit for our family. We had a Triple with a Bath, Room 22, for 3 nights over Easter holiday this year and we greatly enjoyed our stay there. The location is exceptional and the staff were always welcoming and helpful despite our limited ability to speak Italian. We loved hearing the singing gondoliers as they passed by and the church bells pealing out our windows. Our room had 2 large windows that let the light, fresh air and sounds of Venice into our room. The showers always had plenty of hot water and the room was clean and spacious. If you are expecting a generic large American hotel, do not stay here. But if you would like a lovely, family-run slice of Venice, book your room at the Doni.
September 2004, 3 Nites
You can't beat the price, the location, or the friendliness and homey atmosphere. I enjoyed every minute of our 3 nite stay and would do it again without pause. We were moments from St. Marcs, the vaporetto dock(water buses), and a multitude of cafes and shops. Tucked away on a tiny, safe street (?there are no cars!) along a canal complete with gondolas! If you need the classy amenities of a Hilton, then you are looking at the wrong website. We shared a bath and everything was extremely clean and readily availble. Continental breakfast simple but good. How I wish I was there!
Hell in Venice
This hotel needs to be shut down it ruined my stay in Venice. It is too old and out of date. It needs lots of money spent on it new sheets, new beds, new towels, and new decor. Don't go there!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We stayed here June 19 -21. We were on the third floor, canal side, and loved it. One of the many highlights, that we looked forward to every day, was hearing gondoliers go by, singing. The bell's in St. Mark's Square rang at midnight, and at 7 am. What a great alarm clock! We had a bathroom on our floor, the shower was located on the ground floor and second floor. Lots of hot water. We hate the heat, so were glad to have a ceiling fan. There is no elevator, and it's quite a hike to the top floor. We had 4 suitcases, so we stopped on every landing to take a break on the way to our room. Room was clean, we had a sink and a bidet. Mom was thrilled that her dual voltage hair curler worked in the outlet near the sink. Staff was very friendly, spoke some English. Breakfast was simple, but good. Mom loved their coffee with milk. No need for a TV, the entertainment is on the canal. Public phone, water taxi, restaurants, ice cream stand, mailbox, and stores are near by. The restaurants close at about 11 pm. Not all take credit cards. We paid 80 euros a night for the two of us. We would definitely stay there again. We were looking for a safe hotel, in a central location,at a good price, and we found it at the Albergo Doni.
Excellent base for a short city break
We had not been to Venice before, and wanted inexpensive yet central accommodation for a few days to allow us to get the feel of the area; this budget hotel was the ideal answer. Not easy to find, but once there we thought it hard to beat, position-wise, so close to much of what we wanted to see! Old building, hallways a bit musty (we hear many of the older hotels are like this) -worn furniture, old-fashioned bathrooms, exposed floorboards...but clean, quiet and friendly, ample breakfast, very cheap stay, lots of advice about where to go and what to do. We certainly recommend it, and found some of the comments posted surprising (was this the same hotel?!)
Check the attitude at the door!
This was by far the worst experience of my life at a hotel. The right attitude is definatley required at the Doni.... the owners' should take note!! Even for frugal travelers, the hotel does not fulfill the requirements of clean, comfortable and quiet room. They failed miserably at all in my book. If you are considering this place, I would strongly adivse against it. Take it from someone who wasted 500 euros on this joint!!
I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews of the Doni. Then I realized you have to have the right attitude. If you are used to nice Hiltons, Sheratons, Crown Plaza's, etc. DO NOT STAY HERE!!. But if you want to get closer to the Italian way of life its a good deal. Its one of the cheapest deals in Venice. We stayed there on the canal side during summer. They have no airconditioning but that just added to the adventure. We bought fans and had water fun keeping ourselves cool. We had to have the windows open so we heard Italians have emotional discussions until 2 AM and then the gondola drivers argueing over canal space at 8 AM. The rooms are as basic as you can get. The owners speak limited english. But loved the place and will go back...... Maybe not in the middle of summer next time.
Avoid the Doni Hotel
No matter how thrifty you are, do not stay at the Doni Hotel. It is not clean and the staff is rather hostile. It would be better to stay in the Lido or outside Venice and come in daily.Have not had such a negative experience in a hotel in 25 tears.
Avoid it like the plague... because if you don't, you will probably catch it or some other kind of disease. My wife and I both had multiple bug bites from the bed (I hope they were only fleas). This place just did not do it for us. Although it is cheap, at Albergo Doni, you will get less than what you paid for. The beds were old (springs popping out), towels were small and paper thin (like sandpaper), and rooms were noisy. When we politely asked to change our room due to noise, the reply was an abrupt NO! So we knew then that good service went out the window and into the canal. We ended up changing our room anyway, but still, my suggestion is to stay away from this place.Accept that Venice is expensive and enjoy it at a hotel that suits your needs even if the cost is higher. Pay a bit more and you dont have to worry all day about the substandard hotel you will call home for the night. While it is true that much shouldnt be expected from a one star hotel, but in my opinion, even given its location, it isnt even worth 10 euros a night! Dont waste your money!
Albergo Doni situated just down from San Marco on Riva del Vin, a small canal, offers basic but friendly accomodations in an ideal location at an extremely affordable price. A short, pleasant walk from San Zaccaria Waterbus Stop, rooms start at 50 Euros per night for a single without bath and 80 Euros per night for a double without bath.