Hotel Dona Palace
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Not cheap, but worth every penny...
Hotel Dona Palace promised us a great room and view and they delivered. This hotel is in a great location and offers a view of the Bridge of Sighs from certain rooms. The amenities are top of the line and the staff was super friendly. The hotel also offers a 20% discount at 4 different resturaunts, which saved us 20 or more euros at meal time. I would only reccommend one of the resturaunts, however : Grotta Pizza (outside take a right and it's in front of you on the left). The have more than just pizza and was the only resturaunt that had locals eating inside, which is a good sign. The food was good at Grotta - the other three were, in my opinion, terrible and tourist traps.
You won't be disappointed if you stay at Hotel Dona. We stayed in the jr suite and felt we got what we paid for (FOR VENICE).
Wonderful hotel- friendly people, perfect location, great breakfast. The room was beautiful, spacious, and very clean with modern ammenities (flast screen TV, etc). I would highly recomend this hotel.
Three stars but large rooms
A bit difficult to find through the madness of the piazza San Marco. If you have to stay in the area and are lookiong for 3 star accommodations, this is a great place.
the concierge was very helpful with everything. If you are taking a private water taxi from the train station, please try to arrange with the hotel. The guys on the waterfront will rip you off and not drop you off at the hotel's private landing and instead take you to the Piazza San Marco where you will encounter hordes of people that you cannot get by with your luggage.
Do not eat at the restaurants near the hotel or those recommended by the hotel we paid $70 for 3 plates of mediocre spaghetti with very poor service. I highly recommend La casina for dinner at the Westin Hotel. Wonderful service, spectacular food and great views...magical.
Perfect for a couple nights
We wouldn't have found this hotel very easily if we hadn't spotted the sign sticking out perpendicular to the building. It's down a little street just off St Marks Square, so it is as central as you can be in Venice. Our room was spacious, with marvellous air-con and we had a balcony over looking the gondolas. The main showerhead in the bathroom didn't have any water pressure so we used the the shower attached to the bath taps. Breakfast is served in a Beautiful Room - but I must say I was really put off when I saw flies crawling all over the fruit (why wasn't it covered?) Also another thing that put me off was we had paid for Room incl Breakfast and on the tables there were cards showing the charge for the juices and cooked breakfasts. €4 for an orange juice! To end on a positive note, they were friendly and the place was convenient, clean and a bit of a treat for our one night in Venice.
This hotel is a real gem. The room and the bathroom was spacious and very stylish. Breakfast was excellent (worth 20 euro ea.) and the location was as good as it gets. Staff were friendly and helpful. I will stay here for sure next time around.
Great place, great value
Beautiful large quiet room with high-speed Internet access. Great breakfast included in the reasonable rate. VERY close to everything. Wonderful staff. We'd go back again anytime.
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... sky light up with pyrotechnics and waves of rain blown across the piazza. The storm came and went quickly, but it was a good thing because Venice has been unseasonably warm and humid since we arrived. By five AM the Big Dipper was perfectly framed in my bedroom window, promising clear skies for tomorrow.
"Down came the rain and washed the rodents out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain..."
... yah, and everyone is looking up and taking pictures every 3 meters (my nod to the metric system). And another oh yah, a third have a lit cig that you have to dodge. You spend half the day walking sideways - which does work a whole other muscle group. Glass always half full here. It seems to be rare when you hear someone speaking English. Folks from those other countries should try it - ...
... and the thunder I didn't even get to one! The thunder was so loud! We attempted to go for a walk but we came back absolutely drenched from head to toe and that was with a raincoat and umbrella!
Lucky the rain can't ruin one thing we both love about Italy and that is the food! Nick has been in food heaven and we have been having pizza and pasta everyday. The wine and desserts have been amazing too. We have had gnocchi, ...
... as naughty children and, even worse for the actual children on our tour (who were pretty well-behaved), she seemed to really have it in for them. She actually scolded them when they made a move to follow her (I guess they were following too close for her liking?). She also seemed to enjoy making us all stand in a tiny crowded corner when there should have been plenty of space for us to fan our a bit - couldn't quite figure that ...
... far fewer stops. That crowd didn't start to thin out until we were past the Rialto Bridge.
I decided to catch the No. 2 (I've been riding the No. 1 most days, and the No. 12 out to Burano) because it goes over to Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore, the islands that you can see from St. Mark’s Square. For the No. 1 waterbus, it doesn't matter which direction you start out because it’s a circular route and you ...