Travel Blogs from Venice
My Trip Overall
Venice had lots of crazy streets. They were winding and felt like they were going around and around in circles.
But there are no cars--everyone rides boats in canals or walks in the old alleys. Even taxis are boats.
One day for lunch we went to a place were all the gondoliers go and I got macaroni, my dad got …
We took the morning train from Milan to Venice, on Italy's new Eurostar Italia train's, a high speed line that link the cities in a little more than three hours. Stepping out of the train station you instantly know you aren't in Kansas anymore. The picture perfect view, accompined by the smell and you instantly know you are in Venice. Venice a c...
So off we go to Venice in anticipation of picking up the package. Our first night at the Fusina campsite turned into a night of singing and dancing (yes and on the tables too). It was great to be around other kiwis and ozzies especially as the rugby was to be shown the next morning. There were ozzies working at the campsite and 3 bus loads of co...
We left for Venice yesterday.... via Verona...the home of Romeo and Juliet- A very beautiful place.... a cute feel but once again not enought time to really appreciate the place. Only enough time to appreciate the gelato and touch Juliets boob- the statue of her that is!!! So then back on the bus again and onto Venice where we stayed outta town ...
We headed to Venice from Nice as we were trying to meet up with a friend of my sisters who was also traveling Europe. After arriving late we had trouble finding a hostel and had to stay in a hotel so we decided to spend the day and if we couldn't meet up with her friend to leave that evening. We didn't get in touch with her and headed off to Flo...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Danieli Venice
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the place is so beautiful and so clean.. if you go there just make sure to bring your girlfriend..
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Danieli Venice
Scusarme- did you say 5 star hotel? No way!
We just got back from 2 nights at the Danieli. We hade made reservations for 3 nights for 2 connecting rooms as we were traveling with children. After a warm welcome from the lovely doormen in the gorgeous and atmospheric lobby, we were shown our rooms in the new charm-less part of the hotel called the annex. We might as well have been at a Best Western with better furniture. It was dark and stale and there were various work trolleys in the hall outside our room, which made it feel very depressing- almost like a hall in a nursing home. For $500.00 plus per night/ per room with no breakfast it was very disappointing. We had asked about rooms in the old beautiful and character-filled main hotel and were told by the woman at the front desk that there were no rooms available in the old part and furthermore that the rooms we had were beautiful and perfect for us. She made us feel like troublemakers for refusing to stay in the room instead of trying to accommodate us. We didn't choose the supposed "best and most historic hotel in Venice" for this kind room or this kind of treatment.
But, since we were a bit stranded with the kids in the late afternoon in a city that we didn't know, we decided to stay for one night and would then find something more acceptable for the remaining 2 nights.
We relayed this to the woman at the front desk and luckily a very professional and nice man behind the same desk saw what was happening and jumped in and offered to help us find a room that would make us happier with the hotel. We were then put into the old part of the hotel in charming rooms, which we had expected in the first place. Bliss! Our vacation was on! But...then we went to sleep that night. Unfortunately one room had beds with the old-fashioned metal springs and was like a hammock. The kids liked it for jumping but I didn't sleep at all the first night and woke up with a wrenched back. Unbelievable for a 5 star hotel! A good bed is a bottom line amenity. We mentioned the mattress to the front desk and the manager came upstairs with the head of housekeeping and examined the bed. The head of housekeeping was sympathetic but the manager came in with the attitude that we were again being difficult guests. He refused to get us different box springs and said that there weren't any extra beds anywhere in the hotel. The best he could do was to place boards under the mattresses.
It was still terrible and so we decided that we'd had enough and checked out the next morning. If you book, make sure you get a room in the old part of the hotel and let them know you prefer a firm mattress with new bedsprings! What should have been a wonderful experience really missed the mark.
I took a short trip to Venice with a friend off season for 1 night. My agent put us in a hotel outside the city so we had to find something central. We walked past the Danieli and decided to inquire. They gave us a room for the night for just over £200 which seemed fair for one of the best hotels in such a location. We were grateful to check in early.
Fortunately we got the old part of the building. It was the Italian equivalent of staying in Claridges in London. It was warm, clean and the staff were helpful. We reduced our bill by not eating at the hotel.
Food and drink prices were the same as in London. The location is perfect. The interior is stunning. We even had fresh towels half way through our stay of less than 24 hours. I'd definitely go again if I could get a good deal but I would not want to be in the 'new' part of the hotel. I suspect it would be dificult to beat this hotel overall.
Nice, but not the best
We stayed there during April this year. As New Yorkers, the weather was kind of warm for us. We requested to have the air conditioning on but we were told that the heating system was still on so the A/C would not work. We had to open the windows but ended up staying up all night trying to kill the mosquitos, after being bitten for couple times. The concierge service was somewhat helpful, but not too friendly though.
Maybe it's because we don't look rich enough and we used the Starwood points for the free stay (but excuse me, we need to have 12,000-16,000 points for a free night stay and we stayed there for 3 nights). My other friends stayed at a category 2 hotel there and they had better personal attention and service than us.
Not Cheap, But Who Wants Cheap in Venice?
I've stayed at the Danieli on each of my three trips to Venice. I obviously loved it the first time. I took some very good advice and each time asked for a room in the old building, not the annex, and I have never been disappointed. I did not have the money for a room facing the lagoon, but I was always rewarded with a pleasant room facing a small canal on the side. However, what won me over the first time was taking the hotel's private boat from the airport to the lagoon, then down that same small side canal to a little landing that led to the hotel's side entrance. That was it for me. Walking into the main lobby and looking up at the amazing internal architecture sealed my loyalty. This was everything I had expected from the world's most delightfully decadent city.
Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the lagoon is certainly not cheap, and I only do it once per visit. But how could one not take advantage of the most spectacular view of the lagoon you could imagine? The Danieli's position off St Mark's Square puts it close to everything you want to be in Venice. Cheaper accommodation can be found in many corners of the city, but in Venice, it pays to be dead center. If nothing else, you can offload your shopping regularly, and even sneak in a nap on those sultry summer afternoons.
Wondering what to do when the shops close at midday for a few hours?
Make it over by boat to the beautiful pool at the Hotel des Bains on the Lido beach. Just in front of the hotel is a private launch, where the hotel's boat will take you over to the Lido, and it won't cost you a penny. It is part of the amenities that Danieli provides you, that the newer "hip" hotels cannot possibly give you. That and those wonderful boat rides across the lagoon to and from the Lido make what the Danieli offers special. Never have I felt so wealthy without spending a cent.
Is the Danieli expensive? Yes, compared to other hotels it is, but Venice invites one to luxuriate in its magical beauty. I am more than happy to do Paris, Rome and Prague on the cheap, but Venice deserves better. There is no city like it in the world, and the Danieli should not be judged on the basis of cost vs service, but be seen as a one of the very elements that makes the city great.
A stunningly beautiful hotel of incomparable magnitude - a veritable cornucopia of antiques and art, Murano crystal and a myriad of fine and sumptuous décor and furniture statements.This is more a revelation of miraculous palatial splendour, rather than just a luxury hotel. But hey they have everything you need here too. Good service, cleanliness, and efficient and friendly staff. And the most sensational and mind-blowing views that would move even the most miserable guest. Even the food is sky-high quality-wise.If you want a life changing experience and a memory to savour forever, then the Danieli comes up trumps. More than that, it transcends the ordinary and reaches the realms of the stratospheric extraordinary.A national monument, the trick of the 14th century Danieli, is that it is every inch a luxury hotel and more.One of the top most beautiful hotels, the Danieli vies with equally luminous works of hotel art, such as the superb Dorchester in London and the magnificent Crillon in Paris.I cannot imagine anyone not being totally smitten by this incredible hotel.
The Suites are Super!
Surely one of the best rooms in the hotel room 37 is a suite with two balconies overlooking St Marks Canal and the Entrance to the hotel. My stay was unforgettable and the hotel staff were super considering the reputation Venetians have As an employee of a travel company I have since recommended the Hotel Danieli to many people all of whom have been equally impressed. It is the ideal once in a lifetime hotel so if you have a few quid go for it! Just insist that you stay in the old building!
Nice but not 5 star
Great location to tour Venice. Lobby is beautiful and the staff good.
Clean and average size room with good AC. The hotel is not on a par with other 5 star hotels but still a good choice--maybe not worth the premium price you pay, but still a nice place to stay when in Venice.
Probably the world's most over-rated hotel
If you are thinking of staying at the Danieli, you have probably seen the photos of the beautiful "Venetian palazzo" style building facing the Lagoon. Yes, it is a great location. Yes, the old building is wonderfully atmospheric, but only a tiny handful of the 200+ rooms (all astronomically expensive) are located here. The rest are in two drab, institutional "annexes" on either side that look and feel like the worst of 1950s and 1970s architecture. The common parts have the feel of a hospital with carpets. This atmosphere carries over to the rooms, which are basically boxes furnished with Venetian-looking chests and tables. Bathrooms are lined in marble, but the bath-tubs are so narrow that they are all but useless, even when taking a shower. Sound is transmitted between rooms, so that one can hear conversations in the room next door (and vice versa!). Despite the 5-star luxury rating, there is no fruit in the rooms. Once installed in your very expensive, ordinary room, you will find that you are expected to pay $50+ for the privilege of breakfast! Worst of all, if you have to interact with the hotel staff, you will find them (as is so often the case in major Italian hotels) abrasive and unhelpful: they are inclined to treat guests as something of a nuisance to be dealt with as quickly and curtly as possible. The lobby swarms with tourists who come in to gape at the Venetian Gothic interior. At the prices charged by the Danieli, all this is unacceptable. The Danieli lives on a reputation that may have been justified 50 years ago, but no longer.
Incredible service, opulant, immaculate, beautiful, and on the canal. I was smitten!
Best place in Venice - but not cheap!
I am an extraordinarily picky traveller, and travel first class around the world all the time, and I must say, the Danieli is worth every penny. But better than that, it is a member of the Starwood group, so I stayed there free, with my points. From the moment we checked in (and we were horribly early, at 9 am), the front desk was personable and friendly, even though I was a lowly "freebie" guest. I let the nice man know that I had never been to Venice before, but that I was excited about it and wanted the best possible room. Here's the key: stay in the old wing. The new wing is nasty and post-communist-y looking. So the nice man let us checkin a few hours later, much earlier than the 4 pm normal checkin, and our room was a junior suite on the side canal, but with a view out the window that allowed one to see Lido Island. The marble floors throughout the room were gorgeous reddish hued, the furnishing were elegant and sumptious mahogany. The linens were changed daily on the fab king sized bed and in the bath. The slippers and robes were nice, fluffy and white. I really cannot say enough about this gorgeous hotel. I recommmend that you skip the pricey bar except for special occassions, but even though the drinks are $11 a pop, they come with tasty nuts and olives. I would go back again in a second.