Oh Hotel Danieli. You were so good to us. I’ve been to Venice five times since 2004. I stayed on the mainland (when I was a poor college student). I’ve stayed at the Hilton twice (with my mom and later with my husband). I stayed at the JW Marriott on Isole della Rose (on my honeymoon). Nothing even came close to our stay at the Hotel Danieli.
I wish we had stayed at the Hotel Danieli on our honeymoon.
But then the theme of Italy 2017 wouldn’t have been The Rooms with All the views, so maybe there’s a reason we didn’t?
Hotel Danieli – Arrival
We arrived in Venice via train around 2:00 in the afternoon. Typically, we’ve grab a water taxi to our hotels, so my husband wanted to try the vaperetto. We grabbed the 2 and settled in for the 40 minute ride to San Zaccaria. From there, it was a short walk to the Hotel Danieli. I headed to reception and my husband handled the bags with the porters, who were so welcoming.
Once I finished check in, we were escorted upstairs and over to the newer building, where we grabbed an elevator up to our floor. We had been upgraded to a lagoon view room (Room 376). You couldn’t tell a difference between the buildings – both are decorated in similar dramatic styles.
Our luggage was delivered efficiently and promptly.
Hotel Danieli – The Room
The first thing I noticed was the plush red curtains. It was romantic, luxurious, and it almost felt like we were stepping back in time. The wood floors, the mirrors, and the deep hues of the room had a certain mystery about them. I could imagine getting ready for Carnivale in this room – mask and all.
Then, I stepped out on to our terrace.
And I never wanted to leave.
It had a table and chairs, a privacy wall, a retractable shade, and it overlooked the lagoon. (We actually ended up picking up stuff from the grocery store and having dinner outside on our first night. We also enjoyed wine out here on subsequent nights.)
The marble bathroom had a deep tub, a rain head shower, and the European standard half wall to keep water in. It looked a lot like the bathroom at the St. Regis Florence. Water pressure was fantastic. We had no issue with hot water.
The bed is the most comfortable one I can remember in Venice. We were able to cool our room down with the thermostat in the room, which was nice. (The Hilton hadn’t turned on the AC when were visiting in April last year.)
Hotel Danieli – Service
I sent laundry out when we arrived. The prices weren’t as high as you would have expected. It was close to what I pay a quality dry cleaner in the United States. My husband wanted to make sure we got it back quickly, so I dropped the bag off downstairs. They were less than impressed and said that the room would have been fine. Whoops.
I never went upstairs for breakfast, but my husband did. He was disappointed that I wouldn’t go with him. He said the views were amazing and the food was incredible. I will rectify this next time.
Housekeeping and turndown service were unobtrusive. We did have them service the room while we enjoyed the terrace one evening. The truffles they leave in the evening are delicious.
Hotel Danieli – The Location
We chose the Hotel Danieli because we wanted to be able to stay out late and enjoy the cafe culture of San Marco. We also wanted to be able to get up early and experience San Marco without all the tourists. The Hotel Danieli certainly delivered in that aspect. This is as close to the Doges Palace as you can stay without being IN the Doges Palace. It’s quite remarkable.
On our previous trips to Venice, we booked evening tours of Venice, but we never quite made it because the tour didn’t start until 9:45pm and we were always concerned about being able to make it back to our hotel. Staying at the Hotel Danieli made this so much easier. We were able to go to dinner, head back to the hotel to relax, and then walk down to San Marco a mere minutes before our tour.
One evening, we were able to take a late night gondola ride through the canals (magical!). And still, another evening, we were able to stay in San Marco and listen to the dueling orchestras until our hearts were content (or until I had taken enough pictures).
Staying on the island and in Venice proper afforded us a lot of magical moments that we had not been able to take advantage of by staying further out. The Hotel Danieli was everything I hoped it would be and more.
Now, the question is – do we go back for our anniversary in September?!
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