Best Western Hotel Villa Mabapa
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... shoved anymore, and we got a delightful waitress, Angela, who recommended several places to go to beat the crowds.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Hotel Villa Mabapa Lido di Venezia
Location, location, location - Most four-star hotels may presume their customers have their own transport - but not in Venice. The Villa Mabapa is a perceptable distance from most Lido facilities, and should therefore offer a shuttle - it doesn't, unlike other local 4-stars.
You can do better than here.
First off, this hotel is on Lido island which is apart from Venice. You have to take a vaporetto to get to and from most sights that you want to see. The staff were hot and cold. Sometimes they came across very friendly, othertimes it seemed we were inconveniencing them. The rooms were pretty simple. It was a 4 star, but compared to the 4 star we stayed in Rome, it would appear to be a 2 star. There are private bathrooms, but they are very small and very european. The breakfast wasn't bad. I suggest this hotel only if you want to get away from everyone, otherwise get something in Venice.
Venice is beautiful and it is good staying on the Lido. The trip on the Vaporetto was fun and it is nice to get away somewhere quieter each day. The Villa Mabapa is a good 25minute walk from the Water Bus stop which can seem a long way after a hard day's sightseeing. Sometimes we got the bus back to the hotel and the fare is included in the water bus ticket.The hotel is also a long way from the beach, about 20 minutes which is too far to pop down for a quick swim. Anyway it cost 8 euros per person to hire a sun bed, unbrella and towel, even if you only wanted to sunbath for a short time. If you wanted a quick swim you had to use the public beach as it seems you cannot go on the beach without buying a voucher at the hotel. Some days the hotel's spaces were sold out, so no access to the beach if you wanted it.QWe had booked in January and paid what seemed the going rate for a 4* hotel in the Lido.
Lido Great, rooms stuck in the 70's!
I agree with one of the previous reviewers, the Lido is the perfect location to enjoy Venice from, away from the hustle and bustle but just a short ferry ride away. We had a wonderful holiday here but were not sorry to leave our room in the Villa Mabapa which was stuck in a horrible 70's time warp. The room was small, had no view and desparately needed updating. The rest of the hotel was lovely. Nice staff, lovely breakfast room with a great 4 star breakfast. If they updated the rooms I would come back to this hotel for its location on Lido (even though its a 15 min walk to the ferry terminal) and the breakfast. However without the room being updated I wouldnt make this hotel my first choice on Lido.
My husband and I stayed at Villa Mabapa in August 2002. Lido is the best of both worlds when in Venice. It is only a 10 minute boat ride to St. Mark's square and has room to breathe and walk, a nice contrast to the crush of the crowds in Venice. Restaurants and everything else, are more reasonably priced here. A huge plus is the beach. We did our sightseeing in Venice in the mornings and then returned to Lido @ 2:00 pm for some beach time in the afternoons. There is wonderful people watching on the beach, Italian Style, multi generational families of European beach goers and their elaborate set ups. You have to pay to rent a chaise and umbrella, but not to put your towel on the sand in the area outside the beach clubs. Villa Mabapa was quite a walk from the vaparetto stop. A good 15 minutes--plus. It was a nice walk along the waterfront but we had already covered miles each day by the time we returned to Lido. Our room was a small double, dark and dingy with no view. The hotel advertised beach club privileges which did not exist. They had bikes to loan but didn't seem to be able to find the keys to unlock them until we asked for the third time. The breakfast was nice but meals in the restaurant were quite expensive. One handy feature is that the hotel has its own dock, which we needed for our early morning water taxi to the airport at 5:00am. It was the only way to get to the airport for our flight, which was the first outbound flight of the day--don't make this mistake if you can avoid it. The water taxi cost $100 for the 30 minute trip to the Venice airport! I would recommend staying on Lido somewhere closer to the vaparetto stop. There are lots of hotels on the Main Street near the plaza S.M.Elisabetta.You'll be closer to gelato there!
Lido but Great
Good hotel and service expected of 4* hotel. On Lido (beach resort). Not on beach side but only 1km away. Lagoon view. Only 5 minute bus trip (every 20 mins) from waterbus terminal with boats every 10 mins to Centre. A great way to travel to Centre. High season prices are high but great off-season rates. Search for them !