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“My favourite hotel in Venice!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Albergo Doni
Ranked #229 of 386 Hotels in Venice
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“My favourite hotel in Venice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

I visit Venice every year and since I discovered Albergo Doni several years ago it has always been my first choice. It has a great location close to San Marco and very easy to get to and from the airport on the Alilaguna boat from Marco Polo. The San Zaccaria boat jetties are just a few minutes walk away where there is transport all over Venice and the islands.
The hotel is in a quiet spot on a canal where singing gondolas pass by.
It is a small friendly family run hotel full of character with steep stairs, wooden floors, windows opening out onto canal views from some of the rooms and the hallways.
The family and staff are always welcoming and helpful, the breakfast is good and the rooms are comfortable. I always enjoy my stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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United States
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

The location was excellent (easy access to the vaporetto and to St Mark's) and surprisingly quiet. The hosts were friendly and helpful (the directions they gave to local sites and restaurants were clear and concise). The continental breakfast was good - plenty of variety and everything was fresh. But the highlight of my stay there was the book exchange! They had many titles to choose from in many different languages! An overall delightful experience!

Room Tip: Rooms in the back are very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kenmore, WA
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

Nikos and his sister run a great hotel within a short walk of St. Mark's Square. If you get a room facing the small canal that goes by the hotel, you can hear the gondoliers sing to you as they go by! They were very accommodating with a perfectly acceptable breakfast. Stay here to truly feel like a temporary Venetian! Albergo Doni was a high point of our trip through Italy.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the canal have gondoliers come by in the afternoon and you can hear them sing and p...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Great staff, charming Venice atmosphere, and AMAZING location. So easy to get to from the San Zaccaria boat dock and moments from St. Mark's Square (the highlight of our trip). We will definitely stay here when we return.

Room Tip: To find the location easily: from the San Zaccaria dock look straight ahead, there is a restaurant c...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at Doni and we were offered the double room on first floor facing the small canal. The room was very spacious and with a basin too. Overall we were very pleased with our stay, all of the staffs were very friendly and made us feel very welcomed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Its as centrally located as it gets. Its completely run down and overpriced for what you get. It would be a good deal if it were rated as a youth hostel at 30 euros a night. I think they haven't changed the mattresses in 20 years and furniture is from a garage sale. For those who want to stay in the center of Venice then it might be an option but you guys will see what I mean.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

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.

Room Tip: A couple of rooms open onto the canal, for a quintessential Venice experience
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Albergo Doni

Property: Albergo Doni
Address: Calle Del Vin 4656 | Castello-San Zaccaria, 30122 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Castello
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Albergo Doni 1*
Number of rooms: 13
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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