Hotel Dona Palace4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
This hotel/bed and breakfast was so BAD we left after an hour of being in the hotel, WITHOUT A REFUND. I paid 3 nights upfront and just walked out. It is not clean, the staff was unfriendly and at one point called me a silly American. The air conditioner didn't work, No mini frig, no ice, shower was filthy with flies! The room resembled that of a freshman dorm bedroom.
ocation of the hotel was good, just a few blocks from St Marks square. The breakfast was good, good service and food. We had upgraded to a Jr Suite, it was a nice size room with hardwood floor and good furnishings. Internet service was poor.
everything is perfect
The Dona Palace is not a luxurious place, but it has probably been our best experience in a four-starred hotel in Italy. Our bedroom and bathroom were confortable, clean, and large enough. Breakfast was quite acceptable, served in a beautiful lounge. Courteous and discrete service. Splendid location.
The hotel is in a great location near St. Mark's Square. When confirming my reservation, I told the hotel staff that I'd was going to Venice to celebrate my 50th. birthday and they had a large fruit tart waiting for me in the room when I arrived along with a note wishing me a happy birthday. Although the room was small, it was very nicely decorated and had a marble bathroom with a bidet. The breakfast room was lovely and the breakfast buffet included scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage in addition to the usually cold items. The hotel staff was very helpful when I asked for directions or advice. The hotel arranged for me to take their taxi to the airport for 80 Euro which was cheaper than the usual 95 Euro rate. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
One of the best things about Venice was the fact we could start off each day just steps from St. Marco Piazza. The city was magical. We walked around 5 miles per day and enjoyed the tangle of streets, especially away from the "touristy" spots. We learned some Italian so it was easy to get around. Almost everyone spoke english until you went out of the touristy spots. We always had good communication though. We bought tickets when we first got to the train station for the Vappareto (water bus) for 4 days. That was a good find. It got us around the city and to Murano. Go to Murano on your own. The glass factories are many. We recommend #7 Schivon. The Maestro Director, [...] is a great guy and does incredible work. You will be amazed. We bought our second piece from him and named her Sophia. It is part of his Wow collection. Incredible.We also brought home 4 masks to decorate our home and our kids. We went away from the main Piazza's and found the best deals and some incredible mask makers. Mike and I recommend Venice. Have imaginatin and you will have a great time. Go past the Academie to the edge of the water at the Zarette stop. Great food and they even provided a full moon. OK it was a present for my 50th.