Best Western Hotel Villa Mabapa
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... had been held here a few weeks previously.
After lunch we made the most of the fine weather by driving 20 km to Lake Bohinj. This is a larger lake than Bled, in wilder surroundings, and almost unspoilt as development on the lakeside is banned. There’s just one tiny village, Ribcev Laz, with a hotel, a couple of restaurants and the medieval church of St John the Baptist. This claims to be the most-photographed ...
... these islands seem dedicated solely to their individual expertise where you can watch people make intricate glass stallions with multi-colored glass in the mere minutes in which it takes the liquid glass to cool down and settle. And of course Venice isn’t just famous with tourists, it’s apparently also famous in gaming, because as I strolled into the Piazza San Marco which holds the famous St Mark’s Basilica with another stranger friend from Grandma Death’s attic, ...
... Gondola is a must of course!
Gondola Rides: fortunately there are very many companies running these rides. We took our ride with a walking tour we went on it was a lot cheaper than buying tickets directly. Most companies have a route they follow the ride itself very enjoyable. The Gondola rides range from 60 Euros to 100 Euros.
Walking Tour: ...
... is impossible except at the expense of the real purpose of my journey, to meet people ...
... on a gondola, the chaos and with that, sheer amazement that no one seems to crash on the grand canal and the dainty little masks that would have been worn by the Venetians... yup, its all here.
The amazing thing though is that for a city that apparently has more visitors at any given time than actual residents, its not really that difficult to find a quiet little spot to dangle your feet in a small canal and indulge in ...
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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.
Instead, guests are dependant either on the local bus service, which like public transport anywhere is undependable (we ended up at the wrong end of the island once, with an hour wait for a return bus, just because the bus driver forgot to change his headboard) and is circular, ie the bus back has a different number from the bus out...The only plus points are its closeness to one of the car ferries and the light aircraft field. Their restaurant is also a problem. It's not always operational, its menu is limited, and at breakfast it's heaving. You're much better off eating in the centre of Lido and then walking it off...
Our room was fine, like most Italian hotels on the conservative side, but reasonably sized and maintained. Four-star status suggests facilities marginally better than the norm, and as three-star basics start to cover what was once four-star territory, four-star hotels have to work harder in this direction. Unfortunately, Italian hotels haven't woken up to this, and the Villa Mabapa is a case in point. I therefore suggest that the restaurant in particular makes this rate three-and-a-half stars. WARNING. There appears to be a plot between the taxi-boats (which are so expensive you begin to think you're buying the bloody thing halfway to the airport, even though you've agreed the price before hand), the airlines and the normal airport shuttle boat.
Most flights home are early, before the shuttle boat is running, so the taxi-boats have a monopoly. Our taxi-boat got stopped by the police for speeding...it was only the queue for the check-in (presumably caused by other taxi-boats being late, as a good dozen fellow passengers turned up after us) which meant we didn't miss the flight. Marco Polo was Venetian - given the unjustifiable greater cost of flights to Venice by comparison with Milan, I can only conclude that his modern descendant must be called Mono Polo.
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.
Good in Parts
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.
The first room we were given was just about the worst hotel room I have seen since the days I stayed in student hostels. Called a twin room, there was one bad against the wall in a very small, narrow roon. The second bed was a convertable against the other wall with a narrow passage in between. If one person wanted to move around, the other would have to sit on the bed! Really the room would just about do for children. The wardrobe only had enough room for 3 hangars and it was totally inadequate.We paid to change the room to a double. The better room was bigger but the bathroom was so small that when one sat on the loo, one's knees touched the washbasin, and I am under 5foot tall! The room was shabby with liver coloured walls. However, the aircon was great, and much appreciated during this summer's heatwave.The hotel lounge was just about as charmless a room as you could get, but nobody used it anyway.But not everything is negative. The restaurant in the garden is lovely, well run with pleasant staff and good food. The bar in the garden is excellent too. I'm not sure why breakfast could not be taken outside considering the weather. Breakfast was just adequate and not really as good as it should be in a 4*. The coffeee was good though.Overall, the staff were friendly and helpful but the whole place need a good shake up and redecorating. Period pieces that are ugly or shabby add nothing to an hotel's character.I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
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.
Over priced for what you get
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 !