Doubles from: $54 to $146
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Albergo Doni is classic Cheapo pick—a modest, but sweet, family-run pension in a 16th-century canal-side building very close to St. Mark’s Square.
Pros: Sweet and homey. Primo location. Friendly owners. Low rates.
Cons: Shared bathrooms are scarce. No air conditioning. No elevator. Too basic for some.
First, there are things that we love dearly about the one-star Doni that might be deal breakers for more demanding travelers. From the 13 unpretentious rooms to the family momentos lining the reception, hallways and rooms, to the creaky wooden floors, staying at the Doni is like staying in an old, slightly ramshackled Venetian home.
And notable for Cheapos: With doubles starting at €50, the Doni is often one of the best deals around. Given this location, their rates often surprise us.
Rooms here are small, yet functional, with a mix of Oriental carpets, grab-bag furnishings and old Venetian prints and posters. Some rooms are prettier than others, offering original woodwork, antiques and even one example of a 16th-century fresco (a room with private bath that sleeps two or three and overlooks the garden). Rooms are also simply equipped: No TV or telephone, but there is free Wi-Fi in common areas.
Four rooms have a canal view (ask ahead), and the rest look onto a garden. We were charmed by the cozy top-floor single that looks out to the canal (€40-70, depending on the season). Note that rooms with shared bath are not air conditioned (fans are available), although rooms with private bath do have air conditioning in summer months.
Private or shared baths are spacious and clean, if a touch shabby. Shared bathrooms are located on the first and third floors.
The Doni has been run by the same family, now in its third generation, since 1946. Hit up friendly brother-and-sister team Nikos and Tessa for city tips and directions.
A continental breakfast is included in the room rate and served in the charming, art-filled breakfast room.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
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About the Albergo Doni neighborhood
The largest of the six "sestieri", Castello is divided into Castello and Castello Alto. Castello Alto borders San Marco and is home to innumerable cheap sleeps, as well as the Arsenale Naval Museum. The largely residential area doesn't boast much in the way of dining or nightlife, but its vicinity to San Marco and its overall convenient location makes Castello Alto a savvy alternative for budget-minded Cheapos.