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Hotel Danieli is a truly iconic hotel. Built at the end of the 14th century by a noble Venetian family, it is a palatial five-star hotel that, while beautifully modernised, remains true to its roots and still harkens back to the days of the Dandolo family within its ancient walls.
Walking into the Hotel Danieli is like stepping back in time – you can’t help being mesmerised by the pink marble, stained glass, gold leaf ceilings, Murano glass chandeliers and antique furnishings that contribute to the opulent décor. Many notable artists, writers, musicians and other luminaries have stayed here over the years; among them are Goethe, Wagner, Charles Dickens, Byron, Peggy Guggenheim, Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg.
Today, the hotel’s rooms and suites are located over three wings all with their own distinctive style, but the Palazzo Dandolo boasts true veritable Venetian style. The accommodation is extremely varied from a lead-in Superior Single room to a Junior Suite and right up to the lavish Doge Dandolo Royal Suite. Most categories are done up in Venetian, Empire or Gothic style. Although different, they are all consistently elegant and reflect the rich cultural heritage of Venice. Hence, it does just come down to personal preference for decor. The majority also have views over the lagoon.
The hotel doesn’t have a physical spa, but in-room massages can be arranged; choose from aromatherapy, relaxing deep tissue or traditional Swedish. There is also a fitness centre available 24/7 that has the latest Technogym equipment.
The hotel’s location is superb, just a few steps away from notable sites such as St Mark’s Square (or Piazza San Marco, if you want to impress the locals with your Italian), the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs.
And while there are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity, dining at Hotel Danieli is an experience not to be missed. The rooftop Restaurant Terrazza Danieli offers a menu inspired by Marco Polo’s voyages to the Orient with Mediterranean flavours and eastern influences. From May through October, dining takes place on the outdoor patio overlooking the water – a spectacular setting. You will need to book in advance, so request a table on the front row for one of the best seats in the house, and make sure you leave room for the ‘Danieli style’ tiramisu.
Why we like it
Location, location, location. You can feel the buzz constantly pumping, but walk into the Danieli and leave all that behind. Bar Dandolo has a lovely social atmosphere in the evening. It’s a popular place for locals and guests to sip signature cocktails (try the Doge Cocktail or the special Vesper Martini, created to commemorate the bar as it featured in the 1979 James Bond film, Moonraker), accompanied by live piano music.
The staff throughout are utterly charming and welcoming. They clearly are proud to work here, and who could blame them? Everyone wants to recommend an activity, a place to visit or a “must try” cocktail or dish.
Just so you know
A visit to Venice wouldn’t be complete without sampling the Venetian tradition of cicchetti – local bite-size appetisers unique to Venice and, more often than not, enjoyed with a glass of wine or prosecco. So, when you’re out and about, make a stop at a biccari (wine bar) to enjoy the fun, or stay in the hotel and indulge.
Explore the small back streets of the Rialto Market to sample a morning coffee with the locals who stop here for a rest and a banter after their morning shopping ritual. Then return to the Danieli Bistro, a great place to enjoy an aperitivo, and you may even decide to skip dinner that evening and completely indulge in the mixed sharing platters whilst enjoying the stunning views of the stars and lights reflected in the Venetian waters.
Best suited for
I would recommend Hotel Danieli to most people. Guests are a melting pot of well-heeled Italians and international visitors: couples, groups of friends and families. There are bedding options for children under 12 in the rooms, and interconnecting rooms are also available. Younger children, however, may miss the freedom of space to run around. Babysitting can be arranged through the concierge, but plan in advance.
Those visitors with mobility issues should be aware that there are stairs here and there, and whilst there are lifts, the hotel is not specifically equipped to handle guests with disabilities.
How to get here
55 minutes by water taxi from Venice Marco Polo Airport
204 rooms & suites