Hotel Danieli, Two Days in Venice, Italy

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Hotel Danieli, Venice

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Hotel Danieli
The mere fact that Venice exists is a wonder, and the fact that it does so with such gumption captures the hearts of most tourists that visit the spectacular city. Hotels dot the maze of streets along the waterways, from boutique properties to large-scale institutions. Hotel Danieli is arguably the most famous of them all, with its 14th century history, opulent five-star interiors, and spectacular rooftop dining. 

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Hotel Danieli

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Once an empire of its own, legendary Venetian history is distinct from that of Italy. Even with a map in hand, any visitor will find themselves lost in the labyrinth of streets that create this city on the water. Venice is a city that’s no stranger to tourists, and as a first-timer, the quintessential Venetian experience means a romantic gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs, which is practically mandatory, along with a wander around St. Mark’s Square where dueling orchestras are heard by night.
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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Hotel Danieli

Hotel Danieli sits in the heart of Venice, right on the edge of St. Mark’s Square overlooking the Doge’s Palace. Opulence is the name of the game at Hotel Danieli, and that grandeur reflects the property – and the city’s – storied past. Just walking into the lobby is enough to wow any guest with the luxe old world finishes. Rooms vary hugely, from entry-level options to plush suites, but be prepared to fork over a pretty penny for the ability to call the Danieli home during your time in Venice (standard rooms in October went from $600+ per night). While Hotel Danieli is a Luxury Collection property (arguably one of the collection’s signature properties), points only work occasionally for booking, and SPG Gold+ members shouldn’t expect to be upgraded like they may at other properties in the collection. Remember, an experience in Venice goes beyond the confines of your hotel, though, and to experience Venice you must get lost, figuratively and literally, in the city itself.

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Even if you’re not staying at Hotel Danieli, a visit to Bar Terraza Danieli on the hotel’s rooftop is a must for stunning views of the grand canal and iconic landmarks that dot the stretch. Be prepared for cocktails running €25 each and allow yourself to enjoy the experience and the views. Downstairs, Bar Dandolo shares a similar drink menu in the glitzy lobby – sans the views – for a savings of about €5 per drink. Breakfast, which is quite a masterpiece in and of itself, is served on the rooftop where you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a bubbly mimosa with city views.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Hotel Danieli

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at Hotel Danieli

Number of Rooms: 204
Cost Per Night: €325 – €10,000
Must-Try Eats & Drinks: Don’t miss a champagne cocktail on the rooftop deck!
Hotel Highlights: Scope out the art + details as you wander through a centuries-old palazzo.
Worth the Investment? Maybe. Common spaces + location wowed more than the rooms.
Points Perks: Collect SPG points here, but don’t count on using them or on upgrades.
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More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect, formerly The Traveling Scholar. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. She is a former resident of London and San Francisco and now calls the island of Anguilla home. In addition to The Wanderlust Effect, Shannon is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort and is on the Board of Directors of the Omololu International School in Anguilla.