ast1963 (131 reviews)
Having seen the hotel on The Tourist – we decided we must stay here – though actually just the main lobby and reception actually featured in the film! Regardless of this it is a beautiful hotel – we had booked a deluxe room with breakfast for 3 nights – and was upgraded to a lagoon view in the main original building above the Tourist suite – which was a nice surprise. They had booked a few restaurants for me that we had read about on trip advisor- though in the end we cancelled 2 of them having had a look whilst in the areas. Just Tratatoria Johnny (reviewed) we ate at of which we were so glad we did.
From the moment you enter the hotel you know you are going to have a wonderful stay. Breakfast on the terrace on the 4th floor has the most spectacular views of Venice and the grand canal. We ate under the huge canopy – that runs the length of the terrace and protects you from the strong sun and heat. Everything was delicious and breakfast was a wonderful start to the day.
The hotel is located a few minutes walk from St Marks Square and the river bus stops right outside.
We opted for the river bus from the airport – which in retrospect I wish we had taken a taxi. The river bus is 15 euros pp and can take about 90 mins with a number of stops before arriving outside the hotel. It is quite a slow ride.
The river taxis speed past and are about 100euros for a 40 min ride. The walk from the terminal to both the river taxis and river bus can take about 10 mins zig zagging to the lagoon from the terminal.
The hotel offers a free taxi to a Murano glass factory which is well worth it. We had a walk around the island after the glass blowing show and inevitable hard sell of the most amazing glass chandeliers, objects and glass. then walked back to the factory who then arranged for a free taxi back to the old Jewish ghetto rather than the hotel.
I found our room felt a bit on the small side due to the porthole style windows behind a stone balustrade. The bathroom is quite compact with rainfall shower in the bath, bidet, all in beautiful marble. The room is richly appointed with period furniture, drapes and lights with a large standing wardrobe, dresser and super comfortable huge bed with delightful pillows as one comes to expect from Starwood premium hotels.
One criticism was that our room was not serviced on the Sunday of our stay between leaving at 9.30am and returning at 4.30pm. They sorted it out immediately after I pointed it out.
Despite the hotel being very busy as it was the middle of the film festival – we never felt standards had been sacrificed on the other guests.
Apart from the cleaning oversight – if you can push the boat out and stay here – you should. A wonderful experience.
ExecutiveOffice72, Manager at Hotel Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review
I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and had the time to experience some of the exciting sights and places in the vicinity.
Thank you for your comments and we hope to be able to welcome you back soon.
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