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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... to see my passport and then pay an entrance fee of 10 euro. No way am I paying them to have the privilege to taking my money, just seems wrong.
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... by the Venetian gentry between the 12th and 13tzh century. We were taken to a restaurant for dinner and it was delicious food. Four courses plus wine, it was an interesting and entertaining trip back on the water taxi.
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Tomorrow we are off to Rome.
We arrived at Venice via a First Class Train which provided even free coffee & snacks! As we arrived at Venice Train station, we had to drag our luggages to the port as it was too close for any taxi who wants to fetch us there. L Thank God for Legal Porters who can carrier 4 to 5 luggages at one time & helped us bring across the bridge to the People Movers, a monorail to bring us to the port. We ...
... also just kinda chilling. We watched in anxious wait (while also wanting to poke them all with a stick to make something happen, and wishing we spoke Italian so we knew what they were occasionally yelling) until finally, one of the guys went up and said something to the police, 2 minutes later a bus rocked up, and the rioters were all calmly directed to the bus. Apparently, in Venice, if you burn the city down in a rage of anarchy and fascism, the police simply ...
... the walls of the Duomo.
After wandering around for an hour or so, we picked a small coffee shop for a break and had a snack. The coffee and chocolate croissants were great, but then it's Italy and we haven't had a bad meal yet! Some of our group also showed up and we hung out until it was time to meet back at the bus.
We climbed back on ...