Hotel Danieli ★★★

The lobby at the Hotel Danieli in Venice, Italy
The lobby at the Hotel Danieli in Venice.

The posh Hotel Danieli on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

In the 14th century, just a few doors down from the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) , Doge Dandolo built one of the prettiest palazzi overlooking the bacino San Marco.

It has been serving elite visitors to Venice since 1822 in posh, Oriental-tinged splendor.

The Danieli's best attribute—other than its prime location and those killer water views from rooms along the front—is its centerpiece: a four-story central atrium of Gothic arches and elegant balustrades, sky-lit and dripping with greenery and palm fronds.

When it comes to choosing a room—all of them tastefully fitted with a restrained decor of antiques, Oriental rugs, and oil paintings—those in the original wing have more atmosphere and old fashioned style, but are smaller than accommodations in the 19th century wing next-door.

Whatever you do, avoid getting stuck in the bland 1940s addition—you didn't come all this way to pay this much and not stay in historic opulence.

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A room at the Hotel Danieli in Venice, Italy
A room at the Hotel Danieli in Venice.

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Hotel Danieli ★★★
Castello 4196 - On Riva degli Schiavoni; just walk from San Marco toward the water, turn left to walk along the bacino San Marco, go over one footbridge, and you're there.
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria, San Marco-Giardinetti, or San Marco-Vallaresso
tel. +39-041-522-6480
www.danielihotelvenice.com
€€€€
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Nearby sights, dining, hotels

Sights nearby
★★★ Piazza San Marco (square)
★★★ St. Marks' Basilica (church)
★★★ Grand Canal (canal)
★★★ Palazzo Ducale (palace)
Campanile di San Marco (bell tower)
Museo Civico Correr (museum)
Bacino Orseolo (gondola parking lot)

Where to eat nearby
★★★ Bistrot de Venise (meal)
Da Aciugheta (meal/pizza)
★★ Osteria a la Campana (light meal)
★★ Vino Vino (light meal)
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni (light meal/snack)

Hotels nearby
RR Hotel Metropole [premier]
RR Hotel La Residenza [cheap]
RR Foresteria Valdese [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Gritti Palace [splurge]

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  • The Venice hotel tax: As of 2011, Venice began charging a Visitor Tax. This is the city's doing, and it is not a scam (just annoying). All charges are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10, and the tax is charged for stays of up to 10 days. (There are discounts: Dec-Jan, 30%; Kids aged 10-16, 50%; Stays on the Lido or other outer islands, 20%; Stays in Mestre or elsewhere on the mainland, 20%.)

    The cost breakdown is insanely complicated (varies with official clasification and rating cateogry), but general as of 2014:

    • Hotels: €1 pppn (per person per night) per star rating. (So a couple [2 people] staying three nights [2 x 3 = 6] in a four-star hotel [6 x €4 = €24] would pay an extra €24.
    • B&Bs: €3 pppn flat
    • Apartments, residences, rental rooms: €1.50–€2.50 pppn
    • Hostels/religious housing and agriturismi: €2 pppn
    • Camping: €0.10–€0.40 pppn

    Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; most properties tack it on as an extra when you check out. Just be prepared.

  • Book ahead in summer and during Carnevale: Venice is way more popular than the number of beds it has, so while in the dead of winter you can often show up and find a good place to crash easily, the best rooms (and the best-value hotels) are booked well in advance for the summer months and the two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday (when Venice breaks out the fancy dress and masks for its famed Carnevale celebrations).

    Same goes (though less so, and more at the chic and high end hotels) during the Venice Biennale art festival and the Venice Film Festival.
  • Pay extra for A/C in summer: No matter what kind of lodging you pick, if it's summer (a) try to get a room with air-conditioning and (b) even if you can't (or you can but have a hankering for some fresh air) resist the urge to open the windows to your room.

    Venice is, I believe, the primary breeding ground for the mosquito population of Southern Europe, and precious few Italian hoteliers have discovered that newfangled invention called window screens. Keep the windows shut, or prepare to be bitten.

    (Also, carry some bug spray for those romantic canalside dinners outside. Trust me.)
  • Avoid Mestre: Any hotels with an address in "Venezia-Mestre" is actually in the dull, modern, industrial suburb at the mainland end of the bridge over to the real, ancient Venice you came all this way to see. Do not stay in Mestre! You'll spend more time and money commuting each day in an out of Venice proper than you will save.
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Hotel Danieli ★★★
Castello 4196 - On Riva degli Schiavoni; just walk from San Marco toward the water, turn left to walk along the bacino San Marco, go over one footbridge, and you're there.
Vaporetto: San Zaccaria, San Marco-Giardinetti, or San Marco-Vallaresso
tel. +39-041-522-6480
www.danielihotelvenice.com
€€€€
» book
Nearby
Sights nearby
★★★ Piazza San Marco (square)
★★★ St. Marks' Basilica (church)
★★★ Grand Canal (canal)
★★★ Palazzo Ducale (palace)
Campanile di San Marco (bell tower)
Museo Civico Correr (museum)
Bacino Orseolo (gondola parking lot)

Where to eat nearby
★★★ Bistrot de Venise (meal)
Da Aciugheta (meal/pizza)
★★ Osteria a la Campana (light meal)
★★ Vino Vino (light meal)
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni (light meal/snack)

Hotels nearby
RR Hotel Metropole [premier]
RR Hotel La Residenza [cheap]
RR Foresteria Valdese [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Hotel Gritti Palace [splurge]

» More hotels in Castello from Booking.com


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