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... by 4. Sigh. Nate kept looking at the bright side for me - it was an overcast day so it wasn't blazing hot, we're basically spending all day on the water with a nice breeze, we're resting our legs...but it still felt wasted to me. At 4 we finally arrived in Lido to go to the beach. We went to the free public beach rather than a hotel's private one. They still had umbrella chairs you could rent (2 for 25 euro) and we noticed the sand and sea were the only free ...
... away from the train station. It's in a central location which meant, it's busy and noisy. Later that day, we took the bus to the Piazza di Michelangelo which was on top of the hill with an impressive view of the city. From there we could see the river, the Duomo and the medieval structures that Florence is famous for. At night, walking around and exploring the historic center, we finally saw the magnificent Duomo up ...
Yesterday we left Istanbul behind and made our way to the beautiful city of Venice. For those who have never ventured here it is truly a destination for your bucket list. The sights and the sounds are unique. The walk ability along with the simple awe of being here is unexplainable
We arrived and caught a water taxi to our hotel just off St Marks square the taxi takes you to the dock and you step off info the lobby, priceless. ...
... you 6 Euros per person just to sit before any food or beverage. What the heck...how often will you get here...just do it! And speaking of just doing it...you have to take a gondola ride, even though it is a very touristic thing to do...we did and it was a blast floating through the canals and seeing Casanova's home up close and personal. Arrivederchi Venice...next we take the train to Verona! Diane and ...
... and then took a
ferry up the Grand Canal (the main street) to San Marco where we started
a tour of Venice that Mum downloaded onto her iPad. To start our tour,
we had a quick look in the cathedral. On the tour it says we should
count the number of winged lions which is Venice's emblem. There was six
just in San Marco square. We then walked up some of the streets and
looked at all the the shops which were mostly tourist shops. We then ...
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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.