This simple place has a superb location very close to one of the main vaporetto (water bus) docks on the Grand Canal, which is important since that is the only way to reach any place in Venice. It is also on a small side canal, complete with gondoliers serenading their passengers.
For the location the price is excellent, which in pricy Venice is no small achievement. As others have noted though you do have to deal with no elevator, no a/c, a very basic breakfast, and many of the rooms have no shower or toilet (although they do have a sink and bidet). The place really hits the 'faded elegance' vibe that is very much part of Venice; like much of the city it looks like the owners have deferred maintenance for a bit too long.
The staff is very engaging and helpful, and they've been there a long time -- they have a series of fascinating newspaper articles posted in the breakfast room documenting the Flood of 1966, for example.
If you can handle this simple pensione's shortcomings, it is a wonderful place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The DONI family has managed the hotel since 1946 and has been recognized for its professional activities. Nikos,Tessa,Gina and Annabella will let you breathe a family air, making you feel at home in the most beautiful city of the world. This building is an ancient palace of 1700 in Venetian Gothic style that overlooks the canal of Vin where you can hear the serenades from the gondolas and is located at only two minutes walking from the most beautiful square of the town: St Mark's Square. The hotel is also in front of the main boat station of Venice "San Zaccaria" where you can take the public transport to the airport or to the train station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Doni Venice
- Albergo Doni Hotel Venice