Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort
What We Love
- A five-star Venice hotel with breakfast, a private beach and a shuttle to St. Mark's SquareThe elegant Ottoman and Italian style architecture
- The beautiful golden-sand beach, for when the bustle of central Venice gets too much
- The overwhelming history of this utterly unique city
What To Know
- Located on the Lido, an island just a quick 10-minute water ferry ride away
- There are three restaurants and three bars on-site
- Guestrooms start at 300 square feet
- The large swimming pool is great for relaxing after a long day exploring the city
The majestic city of Venice hardly needs an introduction. If you haven’t been, you have to go, and if you have, then this is a great excuse to return. The city’s dizzying labyrinthine streets hide enough gems to justify a lifetime’s exploration, and the mild climate and rich heritage make this the perfect spot to soak up some sun and culture.
The five-star Hotel Excelsior is a beautiful base from which to explore this magnificent city, boasting both proximity to the center of town and seclusion and calm of the Venice Lido. It dates back to 1908, when it transformed the lido from a long sandbank on the fringes of the town into a grand, luxurious resort in its own right. Its architecture, however, harks back to a much more distant history, with design echoing the Iberian Moresque style of the city’s heyday.
While this resort boasts three restaurants, three bars and a large swimming pool and fitness center, its true highlight is its location on the Lido – a strip of golden sand, looking out over the Adriatic Sea. The hotel’s private beach boasts some beautiful huts and a degree of seclusion and privacy unimaginable elsewhere in Venice. Watersports are available on the Lido, too, including windsurfing and waterskiing.
Grand Deluxe Double rooms are decorated in keeping with the rest of the hotel, in the rich fusion of Moorish and Italian Renaissance styles indigenous to Venice. The rooms range from 301 to 323 square feet, and all command pretty views of the interior courtyard or the park.
Enjoy regional and international dishes for lunch and dinner on Tropicana’s stunning outdoor terrace overlooking the sea during summer, or beneath beautiful wooden beams and chandeliers during spring and autumn. Meanwhile, La Taverna serves delicious Mediterranean-style specialties on the beach at lunchtime. You can make the most of pre-dinner aperitifs and light snacks at the Pool Bar and Beach Bar, or head to the Blue Bar after dinner for a drink and live music.
Venice has been a favorite vacation spot since the grand tour of the mid-17th century, and it remains virtually unchanged since then. It is an absolute must-see destination and boasts some of the finest architecture and art in Europe. The Doge’s Palace and Basilica of San Marco on San Marco Square are among the top attractions in the city. However, with its central area alone being comprised of 118 islands and hundreds of winding alleyways, the best way to experience Venice is to set off on foot and see where you emerge. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Jewish Ghetto are definitely worth a visit, as are the Rialto Bridge and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum – perhaps the city’s sole bastion of modernity.
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A good hotel with a great location right on the seaside and easy access to Venice city. Rooms are a bit tired and need some renovation. The restaurant at the hotel is extremely expensive and definitely doesn't meet the requirements of such class of the restaurants. All in all not bad hotel but could be better.
Over priced, horrible food, incompetent staff and above all with all the other options this hotel needs to close down and allow some real hotel group renovated and reopen later
If the hotel was offering free accommodations that would still be to much
We have been visiting this hotel for over 20 years. We are always recognised and greeted by the staff as if we are family.
We have stayed at all of the 5 * hotels in Venice and for us The Excelsior cannot be beaten.
Thank you again.
Carpeted rooms with visible stains... only lord knows what your stepping in when barefoot. 5 star prices... yet you sign for every damn thing ( 6 euros for a morning espresso to your room). Half way through breakfast have to sign and pay for your food while there’s food in your mouth. Spacious rooms yet gross. Leave the water running for 5 minutes and the shower over flows. Here’s the best part... there shuttle doesn’t allow you to haul your luggage... so you will be paying 70-100 euros to take a private taxi upon arrival or departure. We only stayed here because Belmont Ciprani was sold out when we extended our stay. The prices we paid for the Belmond were equal to this place once you add in all the additional costs of being here... 10/10 would never recommend anyone I personally know to stay here. Don’t be fooled by the exterior of the building or pictures of the place. At best a 3 star resort.
Luxurious 5* hotel. Great rooms and public spaces. Lovely pool. Beach and pier. Frequent private launch to St Mark's Square. Service very good and not obtrusive. My only complaint - very expensive bar!