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
A historic five-star hotel on the golden sands of the Venice Lido, with breakfast and lovely extras
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.