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“Grand house, great hosts” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Donati
377 Church Street, Richmond, Yarra, Victoria, Australia   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 2 Richmond B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Grand house, great hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

The perfect place to spend a long weekend. It is a grand house and Gayle is a perfect hostess. I would definitely recommend this B&B over and over and over again.

The room was airy, well decorated and very comfortable. The bed was firm.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Because Villa Donati is our first choice to stay when in Melbourne, we always recommend it to work colleagues and friends for its aesthetically pleasing surroundings; superb bedrooms, beautiful furnishings, and living and breakfast rooms all reminiscent of an elegant home. It’s handy to Richmond shopping (Bridge Rd and Swan St), the Tennis Centre and the MCG, with trams and trains nearby to the CBD, Chapel St. - South Yarra, Prahran and St Kilda. Gracious and helpful hosts, Gayle and Trevor have provided this very comfortable and elegant, boutique accommodation for over a decade. On repeat visits in that time, we have consistently enjoyed their uncompromising standards of excellence.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

We stay every time we come to Melbourne, and we feel like it is our home. A very warm and inviting boutique hotel with all your needs catered for.
Lots of attention to detail and a seemless blend of styles goes into making this a winning combination of elegence and luxury.
Breakfast is just icing on the cake to this wonderful boutique hotel
Great resturants in walking distance to explore

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
110 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Villa Donati is a stylish Bed and Breakfast close to, but not too close to, the buzz of Richmond and Chapel Street.

The decor is appealing - think dark wooden floorboards, high ceilings and an eclectic collection of cushions rugs and artwork. We picked the downstairs room - a former doctor's surgery - and enjoyed the private outdoor courtyard, complete with table and chair, perfect for a snack or evening drink or just chilling out and having some quiet reading time.
The highlight of our room though was the gorgeous original fireplace, now purely decorative, but a real beauty.

Taking our beers upstairs to the shared lounge room we spent the rest of a very pleasant Sunday afternoon drinking our beers, checking out the CD collection and flicking through the collection of coffee-table and hotel guide books. Is there any better way of spending a Sunday afternoon!?

Villa Donati scores a light pink on the neilsonparc lust list.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

The building is a renovated doctor's office with very high ceilings and plenty of space. We stayed for three nights - a stop in Melbourne on our honeymoon. Trevor's helpful local tips and delicious breakfasts enhanced our experience. Conveniently located, although many tour groups/transfer services don't seem familiar with the area (it's like once out of the CBD, they dont have a clue... even though we figured it out within a day). Only sad to have missed breakfast on our last day, as we had an early pick up for our flight out...

Room Tip: If you have a lot of luggage (like we did), the first floor room we had works well (we didn't ne...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

Villa Donati ticks all the boxes - great location, impeccable decor, fantiastic breakfast and wonderful, friendly hosts. We're repeat guests and for us it's a ten out of ten !

Room Tip: Our favourite is the downstairs room
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gladstone, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Booked all rooms(4) august 2011.
Cancelled smallest room 1 month prior to visit, a 2nd person in party confirmed a 2nd time one week later that it was small room cancelled..
Arrived at VD in Nov 2011 to be told that one of our booked rooms had been given to a longer staying guest..leaving only smaller room..asked that trevor make it right,he wouldn't..we ALL left and stayed at the marriot..
A very upsetting way to start a romantic/fun getaway that had been planned for months.
We did finally receive our deposit back but this does not excuse ruining a groups planned getaway!!
shame on you Villa Donati!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 377 Church Street, Richmond, Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Yarra > Richmond
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Richmond
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Donati, with its cool, classic, exterior and chic, contemporary interior offers luxury accommodation just 2.5 kms from the CBD and close to great shopping and trendy cafes. Described by "Getaway" national TV program as very boutique and very private, Villa Donati offers everything you would expect in a boutique hotel plus the personalized touches made possible in a small establishment. Guests will find superbly-styled rooms with a mix of European and Asian furnishings which combine for a chic, stylish look. ... more   less 
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