Best Hotels: Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy


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Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy
by Sarah Bromley

Location: Hotel Danieli is an impressive  restored 14th century palace located on Veniceís Grand Canal and only moments away from the  famous St Marks Square. Regarded as a symbol of Venice itself, the historical Hotel Danieli is within walking distance of the Dogeís Palace, St Markís Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and all the nearest shops, museums and restaurants are on your doorstep. The hotel offers extraordinary views over the lagoon and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, as well as a convenient water bus (vaporetto) and gondola stop directly outside. Like most Venetian Palace's, visitors usually arrived by boat, therefore, the Danieliís original coral façade facing the canal has been given extreme lavish architectural treatment. Once inside the hotel, the main feature is the sweeping golden staircase, with marble columns and gothic arches reaching up to a glass roof. 

History: The history of hotel Danieli dates back to the 14th century when the Doge Enrico Dandalo ordered the Palazzo Dandolo to be built in Venice. The Palace soon became one of the most ostentatious and richly decorated buildings, laden with high-society social events and many famous travelers. The hotel was split up in 1536, when the widow of Mr Andrea Dandolo sold the first floor to her two brothers, where the French Ambassador stayed frequently and the remaining building was split between the Dandoloís daughters. The property changed hands many times, but fortunately itís original splendors were preserved and the Palace continued to exist in itís initial lavish style. In 1822, Guiseppe del Neil brought back the entire original Palace and turned it into a hotel. During the 20th century the final restorations were made to make the Hotel Daneili what is today.

Rooms and Suites: Fitted with 192 double rooms, 29 single rooms and 12 suites every room is decorated in either traditional Venetian or Venetian Baroque style. Guests can request a bedroom overlooking the lagoon, which offers an open balcony to one of the finest views in Venice, with a view on the prominent positioned Church tower on San Giorgio Maggiore Island. The rooms are laden with Venetian lacquered furniture, mirrors and paintings and impressive woven silk headboards.  Although the rooms may be traditionally furnished, each room comes with individually controlled air conditioning and plasma TV. The hotelís magnificent Dogeís suite is magnificently decorated with frescoes by Iacopo Guarana.

Restaurants and Bars: Restaurant Terrazza Danieli on the top floor is as famous for its cuisine, with fresh fish from the sea which comes in every morning, as it is for itís spectacular views. Whilst enjoying the Mediterranean and regional menu you can admire the view over San Giorgio Maggiore Island and also the Bridge of Sighs. In the evenings, the Bar Dandolo offers an extensive range of appetising cocktails whilst listening to live piano playing and by day, guests can enjoy proper English afternoon teas. Surrounded by the finest silks and damasks, precious antiques and decorated with elaborate chandeliers it is easy to instantly get carried away with the splendour and romance of Venice as soon as you enter this majestical building.

Sport and Spa: Guests in selected rooms can enjoy an in room spa service from an extensive menu of treatments. Housekeeping will collaborate with the room service to prepare the room set up and guests can enjoy a special room service menu. As a hotel guest you have also access to the famous Golf Course Alberoni on the Lido part of Venice once built by Rockefeller. The easiest way to enjoy the sun, not going to the nearby beach is to have a luncht at the top terrace  Restaurant Terrazza Danieli enjoying the view over the lagoon.

Address Details:
Hotel Danieli
Castello 4196
I-30122 Venezia

Tel.:  +39-041-522 6480
Fax:  +39-041-520 0208
e-mail: Filippo.Bollani@starwoodhotels.com
website: www.luxurycollection.com/danieli

Room Rates (in Euros):
Single Room
Double Room
Junior Suite 
Executive Suite 
Suite Lagoon View 
Doge's Suite Lagoon View
from €470
from €810
from €1.000
from €1.470
from €2.940
from €4.095

All the indicated rates are quoted in Euro, to be considered per room and night.  Food & Beverage rates are to be considered per person.  10% of V.A.T. is already included. Promotional rates might be available. 

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