Abano Ritz Thermae & Wellness Hotel
What We Love
- A five-star stay in a relaxing wine region, with breakfast, a tasting, discounts and moreTaking the stress out of arrivals with transfers from Venice Airport
- Experiencing one of the hotel’s signature mud bath treatments
- Enjoying creative cuisine in a vintage setting at Il Brutto Anatroccolo
What To Know
- Located just 30 minutes from Venice (by train)
- The onsite restaurant has a great wine list
- Free WiFi and parking
Follow the wine road of Italy’s Euganean Hills to Abano Terme, Europe’s oldest spa town, and you’ll find an excellent base to detox before you retox. Sample the wine of the region’s many vineyards and retrace the steps of the likes of Byron, Shelley and Goethe. For a gourmet break you’ll want to write home about, look no further than the Abano Ritz Hotel.
Headed up by the Poletto family, this is a five-star hotel that combines the elegance of the past with the luxury of the present. When you’re not enjoying a classical music concert under the chandelier of the Hall of Mirrors, you can find ways to relax and unwind with a mud therapy in the spa or a round of golf at the splendid courses nearby. You’ll also find homemade pasta and lunchtime barbecues at White Gloves and Ill Brutto Anatroccolo restaurants.
Good to know
For access to all inclusions as part of this offer, a Luxury card must be purchased for €6 per person, per stay, directly at the hotel.
Please note that a city tax of €2 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel.
How to Get There
This was our first visit to a thermal spa. We went on the recommendation of a friend. It was just brilliant! The hotel is family run, very comfortable, a little old fashioned which just adds to its charm - it just oozes character missing in those big chain hotels run by impersonal managers. The breakfast was good and if you have half-board you can choose to eat either at lunchtime or in the evening as you feel like it. The food was very good indeed. The service was attentive and professional. Every evening the hotel laid on something different: classical music, a singer, a piano recital etc. Very enjoyable.
There are two thermal swimming pools, one external, one inside. The inside one was perfect for some serious swimming.
As for the thermal treatments, there was a wide range on offer from mudbaths to thermal massages, ayurvedic massages, inhalations for respiratory problems, etc. The staff were friendly and highly professional. I have to say we came back feeling years younger!
Room was all decked out in Brown furnishings and was very dreary and needed a good clean. Bed was unmade and sheets all creased. They stated that this material was designed to look like that. Fridge contained one coke, one small water and a peach juice. You need to be a rocket scientist to work the air conditioning and it was pot luck if it worked. Shower in room leaked and made it very slippery. They advertised a seventies night on the Saturday. We got there at eleven and it was closing up. The pool area needs renovating as it is not very clean in places. There are lots of hotels in this area that are far superior and less expensive.
The hotel is nothing special from the outside, but when I entered the lobby, I found myself in another world! It was like a step in to more romantical times and La dolce vita! Big hall is full of rustic furniture, there is an impressive wooden ceiling, and some really old paintings. Imagine, I also found a stained glass from 16th century! And the same decoration folowed me all around up to the rooms. Mine was spacious, with comfortable double bed, separate reading part and bathroom with all facilities I needed.
Family run hotel is more than 50 years old so they surely know how to please guests. Personnel was kind and atentive, I could even have breakfast in my room for no extra charge. I also had dinner and that was a good decision- lots of choice from the menu, even for vegetarians.
The town center is a few houndred meters away, but it is nice to take a bicycle – free for guests. And there is an inviting thermal pool (outside and inside) surrounded by spacious park. Not to mention lots of different treatments, from mud baths, massages to medical checks...
I have to say that there is nothing as soothing as the thermal waters of Abano Terme. The premises of this hotel are actually very nice and somewhat romantic . The pools are well maintained and the pool boy is actually good looking and tries to be professional. The issue is the training of the staff in general and the amenities offered to day spa guests .
I wish they could teach the employees from the reception to the rest of the hotel areas to be more welcoming and at least speak some English. The reception girl was totally clueless about communications even in Italian and could not care less about explaining which amenities were available when we paid as we started our experience . The pool boy was good looking but seemed to lack experience in dealing with guests. We were not offered towels, drinks or anything else actually. I was really surprised because I have stayed in other Ritz hotels and spas and I was expecting more .
We paid almost 20 euros each just to access the pool area and the sauna. They could at least give the option to charge more and offer towels ecc....
I hope the management reads this and takes it into consideration .
First of all I would like to say that I work in a 5 Stars Hotel and since I was a child I have always been a passionate of hospitality. I had the chance to stay in some of the most glorious properties of the word like Claridge’s, Le Meurice, Pierre etc. When you write a review you have to try to be fair and tell the truth with the most possible objective view. The Abano Ritz cannot compete with these big names (and the rates are more than correct, at 1/5 of the others). That said, it offers a classy ambience, modern comforts and, overall a general sense of well being. Even in winter, the pools and the thermal centre are fully operating and a real plus. Abano is not very lively in January but that doesn’t matter: once you are inside, you will never want to go out. Nevertheless, Venice will be at only 1h train, Padova at 20 minutes, Vicenza at 30’. The last two towns are wonderful jewels that the common tourists do not know. Once you will be back from an excursion, you will be happy to meet Michele, the friendly Concierge, the charm of the old fashioned lobby, the comfort of your classy vintage room (in the good way). Abano has definitely seen better days but here you can feel that they do their best to keep the property at the levels of the past. Plenty of details will show you their passion. The owner is always present and she tries to say hello to all the guests at dinner (the half of full board are the best way to enjoy these old style hotels). Some points could be improved.I would have wanted to share these with the owner but did not want to be pretentious. If we came back to area we would go the AbanoRitz again!