I booked a suite at Villa Ducale, the best room there, for two nights in the autumn 2012 to see Veneto Villas, to drive one evening to Venezia for an opera and finally for the next morning drive to Marco Polo airport. The hotel was the last on our one-month voyage through Switzerland, France and Italy. The hotel fulfilled its purpose marvelously - it was conveniently located for seeing the Riviera di Brenta Villas, and the drive to Venice and to Marco Polo airport was easy - 30 min each way.
The hotel is itself a great historic villa, beautifully furnished and decorated, with luxurious Venetian chandeliers and mirrors. The suite was truly a splendid room with high ceilings and three balconies, very elegant. The bed was good, the sitting area nice, the minibar useful. The bathroom was well-decorated except for the shower itself which was in the process of dilapidation.
The WiFi did not work in the room, but I used the very quiet and spacious conference room on the first floor where it worked fine.
There was a very good restaurant, we had a dinner once and the food was truly tasty if not very sophisticated, with huge portions. The beef was thoroughly cooked, in a Mediterranean tradition, almost boiled. Breakfast was also very good although there was no fresh juice. The dining room, where the breakfast was also taking place, was beautifully adorned.
The hotel was surrounded by a beautiful park, and car parking was free. The personnel were helpful, the front desk ladies helped with the bags while the stone-faced frowning male managers or apparent higher-ups were lounging in chairs in the lobby, a somewhat typical scene of these sort of the clan-run hotels.
The location is extremely convenient to visit great historic villas such as Villa Malcontenta, Villa Pisani and many others on Riviera di Brenta. We also went to Venice one afternoon for an evening opera and all went well; the waiting time for the garage at Piazzale Roma was about 45 minutes but we were prepared for that. The parking cost at the time was about 30 euro, which was expected. However I personally would not stay in Villa Ducale if I wished to visit Venice as these transfers would ruin the special mood that Venice creates. The Villa is really the best for visiting Brenta and its surroundings.
The hotel is always open, and the restaurant does not need a reservation. Check-out time is generous. The place has some cozy and very distinct appeal. We were satisfied with the hotel and might return.
Our suite smelled of smoke, and there was also a highly unpleasant odor coming from the right side of the bed. The shower sliding door was in a serious need of repair, and the shower pressure was somewhat weak. There was no bathtub.
The major drawback was the intense traffic right outside the hotel during the daylight hours, and with windows open, its noise was heard in the room, although not so much in the dark, when it subsides.
Also, although the serving female personnel were nice, there were men looking like bosses, sitting and talking in the lobby, and it looked unpleasant that the women would carry customer's bags while these hotel bosses would sit right there leisurely watching them doing the heavy work. I think it would be less offensive to the clientele and more civilized if these males moved somewhere discreet away from the guests' sight or better yet renovated the shower so that the suite is up to suite's standards.
However we were quite happy and content with the hotel and I would recommend it for those who value authentic period atmosphere, great service and professional hospitality. I'd recommend only the suite, however, as other rooms are much smaller and the traffic noise can be very bothersome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1884, by a Venetian nobleman, Count Giulio Rocca, Villa Ducale is situated in a magnificent park along the shores of the Brenta River. A mere 15/20 minutes from romantic Venice and ancient Padua, Villa Ducale offers an ideal starting point for discovering the Veneto countryside. Public buses stop right in front of the Hotel's gate and provide a direct service from Dolo to these two cities of art. Villa Ducale offers 11 rooms with high ceilings, frescoed walls, and warm wooden floors all furnished in pure Venetian style. Every room offers the comfort of a mini-bar, safe deposit box, mtv, direct line telephone, bathtub or shower en suite. All rooms offer views over the ancient park. Villa Ducale offers genuine Venetian cuisine in its restaurant. Free wi-fi for the guests. ... more less
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- Villa Ducale Hotel e Restaurant Dolo, Italy - Province Of Venice