Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Wellness & Spa on Venice Lido Hotel
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We started our day with a run around Lido. After kickstarting our metabolism we abused the awesome buffet breakfast put on by our hotel. Brendan dominated the meats, estimating that he ate up to 30 pieces of salami while Michelle filled her pockets with condiments and biscuits for later. Satisfied (and not having to eat for the rest of the day) we …
Today we left Milan for the island city of Venice. We caught a regional train where everything was going smoothly until a train guard on a rampage came and fined us for not validating our ticket even thought we had a ticket to show him and had no idea we were supposed to validate it in the first place. This man obviously got out of bed on the wrong …
... all the locals. Tickets were cheap and the bus took us all the way to the Grand Canal. Disembarking, we took a moment to take in the beauty of Venice, and look at the sun sparkling off the water. The sun would, funnily enough play a big part in our journey through Italy. There was not a single day with any clouds the whole time we were there. Daytime temperatures during that time were always 35 degrees plus.
Map in hand, we had worked out a route to take on our first day in ...
... from their cafe. Ha!
Our tour guide was a local from Venice and in 3, 2, 1 transported me back into my History Classes where my teachers would talk in monotone voices and talk in endless cycles. I needed pen and paper STAT but with the weather and the bustling of people around you and at the pace that man was talking along with my "whisper" going in and out; I chose rather to admire the scenery around me and take pictures. Let me explain what our whispers were. ...
... We finally meandered back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and took our usual route back towards the train station. It's basically the main pedestrian drag here, and teems with shops and restaurants, some decent, some expensive, and some very sketchy.(Funny note here: most of the really high end shops have no people in them save staff, at least not when we walk by. If the devil wears prada, he's the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Wellness & Spa on Venice Lido Hotel Lido di Venezia
What a disappointment
Stayed for three days as part of a group, paying for four star accommodation and meals. Room OK, but restaurant very poor. Tinned vegetables, poor quality meat, even a raw egg at breakfast. Everything appeared to be on a tight budget. Staff were doing their best, but we all wondered whether a real chef existed in the kitchen as standards were so disappointing.
Not to good
The food service for Dinner was bad. they tried to rush everything. the pasta course was tasty, but with someone waiting behind you to take the plate, made me uncomfortable. The Veal dish with veggies was awful. The room we had, had air conditioning, but we had to turn if off, as the fan needed to be oiled. We told them about it the first night and the second night, and then just gave up. The carpet was filthy, and I kept my shoes on all the time. Location was good, but with the room being poor, wouldn't go back.
We visited Venice in September 2004, and stayed at the Hungaria Palace on the Lido. The hotel met all of our expectations and exceeded them in some ways, as there was a modern art exhibition throughout the hotel and its grounds which was entertaining viewing, especially when juxtaposed with the faded grandeur of the hotel itself. It is a bit reminiscent of a beautiful and imposing Victorian public lavatory, though I mean that as a positive comparison. Our room was very big, with high ceilings and a large bathroom. Strange shower arrangement (it proved easier to sit in the bath with the shower hose turned on), but that's all part of the fun in an old hotel. The beds were really comfortable and we would have had a fantastic view of the street if only we could have fully opened the windows. That said, we thought the hotel was lovely and they accomodated us in their restaurant (though we had to sit in the bar area) at no notice, when a sudden storm meant that everyone had decided to dine early and we couldn't find a restaurant that had space (beware of bad weather in Venice - when all those outdoor tables are unusable, it's a struggle to accomodate all those hungry tourists). I would certainly visit this hotel again.
We stayed at Hungaria Palace by default when our originally-booked hotel in Lido couldn't accommodate us due to some maintenance problems. They arranged this hotel as a substitute and it turned out for the best. We loved the hotel's position on the main street, the proximity of transport and all facilities, would have loved being so close to the beach had we been able to stay longer.
The Hungaria Palace is a lovely hotel if you do not mind staying on Lido Island while in Venice. I found the boats back and forth to the main attractions rather inconvenient, considering you can stay in more central locations for less money. However, if you prefer to stay on Lido, and want to be close to the beach, in a central location on the main activity street, this is the place for you. The hotel has a beautiful exterior and terrace and above average rooms for Italian hotels. The bathrooms are redone and very nice. Room we had, on the fourth floor, and facing the back was very quiet... however there is music on the terrace in the summer which may be an issue for anyone staying in the rooms facing the front terrace. Everything is clean and well maintained. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is far better than the average Italian hotel breakfast. Altogether this place is definitely one of the best options on Lido.
What a wonderful hotel. Beautiful spacious rooms and convenient to the ferry over to Venice. The shops and restaurants on Lido are just a good as Venice itself but not as crowded. We lucked out with this hotel after the terrible experience with a 3 star hotel around the corner.
The Villa Parco - stay away from that one...yuk!
Are there two hotels of the same name?
The hotel bears very little resemblance to its beautiful web images. The furniture and decor are second rate, as if bought in a jumble sale. The staff for the most part are pleasant, with notable exceptions. I have stayed in a number of hotels in Italy, including superior 2-star accomodation, for half the price. Breakfast selection and quality is poor. The hotel 'boasts' a piano-bar, resulting in echoes of a karoke style Italian Elton John wanabe throughout the hotel until 1am (Earplugs a must).
Don't let this hotel dissuade you from staying on the Lido. This is a wonderful part of Venice.