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.
How to Get There
We checked in on Friday morning. The room was upgraded. It turned out that the room was at the end of a hall along with the lift to the maids. The shower did not work and the air conditioning was very loud. The bathroom looked like a bathroom in a two star hotel.
we were repeatedly by the reception and nothing was followed up. We were promised a feedback from the hotel and a refund for the problems that arose, but we have not heard any more from them once again.
the services at the pool are very bad, hard to get ordered anything and to get sun beds.
Large portions of the hotel are very worn, not very good.
Having had such a good stay at the Excelsior last year, I decided to go back again this year. When returning to a hotel, there is always the risk that the second visit doesn't live up to the expectations raised by the first. This is definitely not the case with the Excelsior and I had an even better time this year than last. The staff are exceptional. I was checked in by Sabina, whose warm and friendly personality made me feel at home from the minute I stepped up to the desk. The Concierge team of Alessandro, Simone and Lorenzo (Il Magnifico) were very kind and helpful and showed a genuine interest in ensuring that everything as good as it could be, even calling me back to lend me an umbrella when I was going out in the rain.
Breakfast was made a most enjoyable social occasion by the excellent service I received from Antonio, Michele, Mauritzio and especially Ruslana, who is an absolute delight.
Tony, Andrea, Sandra, Fabio and Eduardo looked after me very well in the Blue Room and made me feel as if I was the most important guest in the hotel. Nothing was too much trouble.
Of the boatman who man the shuttle boat across the lagoon to St. Marks, I must mention Stefano who was very friendly and kind.
My room was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The house keeping staff do a wonderful job and once the current refurbishment is complete and the bathroom updated, it will be ideal.
I've found my perfect hotel and I hope to return next year. Absolutely wonderful.
I have visited Venice six times and this was my second visit to be at the Lido - far from the madding crowds. The Grand Hotel des Bains is no more, sadly, where I stayed previously - it is being converted into condos. The Excelsior was once the sister hotel & is equally as historic. Prior to my arrival the concierge had bee extremely helpful with arranging private water taxi pickup at the airport (130 Euro but well worth it). Arriving at the Excelsior is something that is surreal, almost dreamlike coming from the lagoon into an inner canal and docking at the rear of the hotel. The facilities are simply superb - I had a classic room and it was just perfect - a courtyard view, but spacious and well outfitted, meticulously clean. True Venetian! Luxury, attention to detail, dining options galore within the resort, fabulous staff. I purchased breakfast at 25Euro per person - it was well worth it and was simply grand. Please beware that food prices at the resort are steep - a club sandwich and bottled water poolside was 37 Euro, a Peroni 11 Euro. A great feature too is that the Excelsior provides a totally free shuttle - runnning on the half hour directly from the hotel to San Marco. I used it four times & it was always punctual. It was only crowded on one trip. If you wish luxury, peace and quiet at Venice then the Excelsior is THE ONLY hotel to be in.
We stayed here for 4 days, myself husband and daughter (5 years old) From the moment we arrived we were warmly greeted by the front of house.
We arrived early around 10.30am and was checked in immediately. Our room on the 5th floor was stunningly beautiful. Cleanliness was impeccable. Roberto Cavalli toiletries adored the bathroom sides, fresh, clean towels and other amenities that made you feel very welcome.
The location is wonderful. The shuttle water taxis are very 35 minutes and are very prompt to and from the main square.
The Blue Bar - Staff excellent - couldn't have done more for you. My daughter felt very comfortable and loved the little snacks given.
A special mention to Tony who we spoke to on numerous occasions who made our stay even more wonderful. The breakfast staff outstanding and food delightful, plenty for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters would be happy. They even had a Kids Corner much to my daughters delight.
The hotel arranged for us to take a trip to Murano where we purchased some beautiful goods and had a tour around the factory and watched the masters at work.
The hotel also has a small boutique called "The Merchant of Venice" selling sweet, smelling perfumes. If I remember rightly there is only 2 or 3 boutiques that sell this. One in Dubai which i will be visiting later in the year. I purchased a couple of lovely bottles - Not over expensive but what you would expect for that level of perfumery.
Pool area - Again staff fantastic. Lifeguards on duty at all times, pool bar staff on call at all times and nothing too much trouble.
Beach - You can rent the cabanas down at the beach reception for a fee. We didn's use these but they looked beautiful. The beach has a 5 star rating.
We have stayed in many 5 star hotels around the world but this hotel exceeds it's 5*L rating. In any 5 star hotel you sometimes get the impression that only the wealthy get the best, here there is none of that. The staff treat everyone equal and nobody is any different to the next person, something you do not find in most hotels!
I can't wait to return next year. Thank you so much for making our memories even better!
We are currently staying at the Excelsior toward the end of an 18-day family vacation/European odyssey. We booked the Excelsior seeing it had a beachfront location and a pool - a respite we figured our teens might be ready for after two weeks and 4 countries. We expected an "old grand dame" might show some cracks, but we have been pleasantly surprised how luxurious the hotel is. (Our floor was recently painted and recarpeted as far as I can tell and our rooms are very comfortable.) The staff goes out of their way to make the experience feel luxurious. Even better, while there are other visitors here, it doesn't feel crowded at all so you can enjoy your own little corner of paradise - either by a huge pool or down in a cabana on the beach. The water taxi is extremely convenient and runs like a clock. If you want a break from the bustle and touristy San Marco, we highly recommend Excelsior. And if the hotel is in the middle of a 3-year update, our sense is it will only get better with time...like a fine wine.