Hotel Dona Palace
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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 82%Family Travelers
- 67%Art & Design Lovers
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- Hotel Dona PalaceMember ofStudentsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 4First to ReviewSep 20, 2013
My wife and I stayed in Venice over Christmas in 2008. For a young couple, winter in Venice is a page straight out of Hemingway. Some days you can climb the Campanile and see all the way to the Alps while on other days the sea closes in and fog descends, wrapping the city in silence. Our time in Venice ranks easily among the top vacations that we ever enjoyed.
I consider our accomodation on that trip to have been the best value for our money that I have found in 15 years of international travel.
Hotel Dona Palace is the perfect base from which to immerse yourself in Venice. This four-star hotel is set in the warren of narrow streets near St. Mark's Basilica. While you can hear the bells from the Campanile in the morning, this small Renaissance Palace still manages to feel secluded. Indeed the streets behind Dona Palace lead right into the heart of Castello, where the locals work and play.
Our room was spacious, with a high ceiling, extensive wooden paneling and silky red trim. The bed was a king with crisp sheets and cushy pillows. The room had a flatscreen TV and two bottles of cabernet waiting for us.
Staying at Dona Palace made us feel rich. Waiters in white tie brought us fresh coffee as we started each day with a canal-side breakfast of eggs, sausage, pastries and fruit. We did a great deal of walking during our stay and explored many nooks of Venice but our hotel room was so sumptuous that on more than one night we dined in on room service, pigging out on pizza, gnocchi or carpaccio. After going out to eat on Christmas Eve, we spent the evening in bathrobes on our bed, listening to Christmas carols on our laptop and watching TV.
In other words, it was heaven.
- Hotel Dona PalaceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellnessOct 18, 2013
This boutique hotel is a really special spot. It’s got a great location, nestled smack in the middle of a bustling little neighborhood with lots of shops and bars and restaurants, and an even better feel inside: a kind of warmth, coziness, and charm that’s hard to achieve with this much luxury (and this much gem-toned velvet). Some of the rooms here have red carpet, open floor plans, and a modern design, but I prefer the more classic, opulent rooms with marble floors and ornate furniture. My favorite is the jaw-dropping Royal Suite, with its dramatic gold drapes over Moorish-style windows, gorgeous detailed ceiling, and luxurious Jacuzzi tub. But if I could, I would just live in the breakfast room: a large, airy space with high ceilings and equally high windows opening onto an outdoor terrace, all decorated with gold and red leather and dark wood shelving. It’s so light and handsome and soothing, I might try to come here for breakfast the next time I’m in Venice, even if I don’t stay here.
- Hotel Dona PalaceJul 05, 2012
First of all, the staff here is really organized, professional, and friendly. Beyond that, this beautiful little hotel truly feels like a miniature palace. From the expansive spaces with high ceilings and the balconies to the giant bed and canal-side breakfast patio, everything here is luxurious and special. They have one of the most inviting breakfast areas I’ve seen and, in fact, guests from several other hotels often eat here. Actually, I think I might’ve liked the public spaces even more than the (admittedly regal) room – and most of all, the canal-side patio, where I could hop right onto a passing gondola at the slightest fancy. It’s also noteworthy that when you stay at Dona, you get a free aperitivo buffet at the stylish wine bar next door (that also has wi-fi!).Recommended for:Luxury Travelers
Very Good!460 reviews across the web.
- Guests recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway.
- Location100% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
- Service95% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Food83% found the breakfast to be wonderful.
- Hotel81% thought it was clean.
- Room75% thought rooms were spacious.
- Hotel BuildingAcceptable building. Only 69% of guests had positive things to say about it.
A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Room service is available during limited hours. Hotel Dona Palace features a bar/lounge, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. The front desk is open 24 hours a day.
There are 27 guestrooms at Hotel Dona Palace. Bathrooms feature phones, bidets, makeup/shaving mirrors, and complimentary toiletries. Guestrooms offer direct dial phones and in room safes. LCD televisions are available in guestrooms. Air conditioned rooms also include desks, minibars, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic/magnetic keys. A turndown service is available nightly, housekeeping is offered, and guests may request wake up calls. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request.
Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.