Hotel Des Bains, Venice Lido Resort
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Hotel a little tired.
The hotel has definitely seen better days and is in need of a refurbishment. Air conditioning system must be very old and it just cannot cope with the size of the hotel. Rooms are a bit tired with carpets needing replacing but the bathrooms are excellent as they have the original marble which just doesnt get worn and looks great 50 years on.
Concierge service was good getting help with our luggage every time as was housekeeping and turn down service.
In the retaurant at breakfast, which was average for Venice, I counted 15 lightbulbs out of the chandeliers that had blown and needed replacing. It was as if no one had noticed or could not be bothered to replace them, which added to the tired feel of the place. The shuttle up to the Excellsior was punctual and regular as was the free service into Venice itself.
The Lido itself seemed to be past its best and we really strugled to find a good restaurant.
Lots of cheap cafes towards the Lido water bus stop all serving rubbish food.
This was our 6th trip to Venice and we are going again next month to the San Clemente Palace.
Will write a report on return .
So far best Hotel has been the Ill Pallazzo at the Bauer, but very expensive.
To conclude the Des Bains could be a great hotel given some tlc and for not a great deal of money spent on it. Rooms not worth more than 200Euros a night.
Superb Place- possibly haunted though
We stayed in Des Bains, Venice in 2003 for 1 week of our honeymoon and had a fantastic time.
The hotel was excellent - very smart and the room was very comfortable and spacious. The grounds of the hotel were exquisite with private access to the nearby beach. The hotel is very old but certainly does not need any modernisation and was clean and very comfortable. It has a lot of character.
We have stayed in 4 - 5* hotels and this was definately in that league. A stay in Des Bains is a stay in luxury -truly unforgettable.
Venice Lido is nice and the hotel is just opposite the beach although there is not much selection with the nearby resturants. You can eat in one of the hotels two resturants but they are very expensive. Breakfast in the hotel was unforgettable and included champagne and fresh salmon if you wanted it.
As a resident of 'Des Bains' you can benefit from the free vaperetto daily to Venice in one of the neighbouring hotels. When visiting Venice itself we would recommend having coffee or a cocktail in the sister hotel 'Dannielli'. It is very very expensive but is definately worth a look - and you may spot the odd star.
On our last night we had a strange experience in our room (lights came on by themselves and wonder whether the hotel is haunted!! ) This just added to the thrill and we will definately go back to Des Bains and Venice again.
Just returned from staying at the Hotel Des Bains and would echo most of the comments from other reviewers. The hotel is very grand and very striking and in a great location on the Lido. It is right opposite the beach and just around the corner from the main street where you can find good restaurants and shops.
However it is in real need of a modern upgrade as the rooms are faded and the facilities in the rooms were inadequate. Perhaps my biggest complaint would be the terrible air-conditioning unit. We ran it non-stop on the lowest setting but could not keep the room cool. We ended up having to close the exterior shutters over the window as the sun shining through the window was enough to warm up the room faster than the weak A/C could cool it. The A/C (such as it was) only blew air into the main bedroom. The bathroom was not air-conditioned and got very hot and uncomfortable. Other people in our group opened the window in their room to stay cool but they ended up getting bitten by mosquitoes.
The hairdryer in the bathroom was also useless.
This is a grand old hotel with a lot of history and in a great location but in desperate need of some serious investment to upgrade the rooms.
The only place to stay in Venice
Just got back from Venice (my second trip there) and highly recommend staying at the Hotel Des Bains. It's a beautiful historic hotel with an enormous pool, wonderful grounds, great veranda to sit out on for drinks or dinner, a friendly and attentive staff., and an awesome breakfast buffet which is included in the rate. For the money, it is a much better place to stay than the Excelsior, which is a five minute drive down the road. This is the way to stay in Venice. The hotel provides a free shuttle to take you to the Excelsior where there are private hotel boats (again they are also free) that take you into St. Marks Square. (The whole trip is 20 min and is not at all inconvenient.) Having these private free boats is the only way to see Venice on the water, forget the public vaparettos!! Once you go into Venice and explore with all the crowds, you can take these private boats back to Lido (again, they run regularly throughout the day and night). Staying on Lido gives you the best of both worlds - you have the beach (right in front of Hotel Des Bains) and easy acccess to get into the heart of Venice which can be hectic, especially with the summer crowds. So if you want some relaxation but also want to explore Venice and be in the midst of all the action -you get both staying on Lido and this is the best place to be on Lido. The little town center in Lido is an easy 3 minute walk from the Hotel Des Bains and the hotel itself is elegant but also has a casual atmosphere. The only somewhat disappointing thing was that the beach charges you to rent cabanas, so it can be expensive. We did that for a day, and then decided to just hang out at the pool for free the rest of the time.
Having stayed in Venice (near St. Marks) where the rooms were small and the crowds ever-present, we will always go back to Lido and stay at this wonderful hotel to fully enjoy Venice and have some relaxation as well. (Also, the rooms were large, and very comfortable - had no problems with A/C, in fact, since the hotel is right on the ocean, we only used the A/C sometimes. At night, we opened the windows to hear the ocean, and get the cool breezes. It was heaven.)
Elegant hotel, but very hot
The Hotel Des Bains is an elegant hotel, but extremely old. The rooms are large and spacious, but the air conditioning if there is any is minimal. After speaking with the management following our first night, the second night seemed to be cooler, however the last night was tremendously warm again.
There is a large breakfast buffet with both hot and cold food. They offer anything from scrambled eggs and bacon to yogart and cereal. They have a wonderful fruit bar and bread/pastry bar. As far as drinks, they offer champagne, coffee, tea, water, milk, various juices, and expresso.
The room was always clean and the linens fresh. The room had several cracks running down the walls, which looked to have been repaired more than once.
The ground of the hotel are beautiful. The hotel is located on the island of Lido which is not as cluttered and much quieter than the main island. If you are looking for place to cool off, the pool is ice cold. The have a childrens area for play and a smaller pool. There is a beach across the street.
The hotel does offer complimentary transportation to its sister hotels. You can take the shuttle bus to the Excelsior, then catch the boat to the main island stopping at the Hotel Regina. This service is wonderful as you could spend an arm and a leg in water taxi's, not to mention the time you waste figuring out the stops. The Hotel Regina is located in the heart of town a short 5 minute walk from St. Marks Square.
Elegant old hotel but also rundown
The Hotel des Bains is a beautiful old structure in a breathtaking location on Lido island. There are lovely parks and charming streets surrounding it. A very efficient boat launch will take you on the short trip to Venice with great frequency. The swimming pool and grounds are quite elegant in an understated way. The lobby and ballroom areas are also "old world". It is directly across the street from a beach. The hotel was the setting for the Cairo hotel in the film "The English Patient."
Where the hotel falls down are in furnishings, cleanliness, finishes and service. The rooms and corridors smell musty. I was there in September of 2003 and my room was hot. We couldn't leave the window open to catch a sea breeze because there were so many mosquitos and no window screens.
The linens and blankets were very rough indeed and the pillows as hard as rocks. One or two of them actually felt as if they were full of shells of some sort. The carpet and furnishings were soiled and I didn't feel comfortable coming into contact with them. The room was tidy but obviously worn and dirty from use.
The staff was only marginally tolerant of us as guests. I can't say it was the worst reception I had in Europe but neither was it the best.
Lido Island is a comfortable little community in which to stay and a peaceful alternative to the hubbub of Venice if you are looking for one.
It's a pity that this property hasn't been upgraded because it could be so much better.
Very disappointing, unresponsive staff
Our family of four rented 2 rooms last August at the Hotel des Bains .
We had a very unsatisfactory stay with one room that was musty and extremely hot and a second room that was only slightly better. The air conditioning in one room did not work at all ( pumping hot air into the room at the height of a very hot summer) and the other barely functioned, making it impossible for any of us to sleep. We asked that the filters be replaced or the units repaired, but got absolutely no where with the staff. They claimed the problem was widespread in the hotel and throughout Venice because of the unusual heat of the summer.
In talking with other hotel guests we learned this was simply not true ( their rooms were quite cool). We also had no problems with air conditioning in the two other hotels we stayed in in Venice. The staff, although very polite, did nothing to help and told us to write a letter of complaint to the manager, which we did and to which we are still awaiting a response. Everyone we met at the hotel has been coming to the Bains for years. This hotel seems to treat guests of long standing quite well. However, they are far less considerate or responsive to first time guests. The hotel clearly stuck us with rooms they knew to be un-airconditioned because it was our first visit to the Bains. It is also our last. We will never return.
Awesome Venice reprieve! Isle of Lido was an ideal location to stay for ventures into Venice. The Hotel Des Baines had such beautiful grounds and was just across the street from the Adriatic. The shuttle that wisked you to the Westin for the complimentary ferry to Venice was right on time and incredibly convienent. I highly recomend a stay - it's quite and has old world charm. We stayed in mid-Oct 2003
Old Style Elegance and Class---perfect for Desmonds 49th birthday
Stayed here from 1st May to 8thMay 2003. Really lovely. The weather was exceptional and although the hotel had not planned on opening the pool area,within 24 hours it was up and running. Very calm , relaxed and elegant. Water taxi service very efficient. Cant wait to go back.!!!! Best memory----sipping prosecco on the terrace at breakfast ,watching the swallows swoop over the pool.
A great family hotel
The hotel des Bains is a perfect hotel for those looking for a fairly long (1-3 weeks) vacation in Venice. Its location on the island of Lido, about 30 minutes from Venice, is perfect. In the span of a two week vacation, it is not unusual for me to only go into Venice two or three times. With a beach, pool, and other activities available on Lido, the Hotel would be a great resort anywhere, but its location close to the most beautiful city on Earth multiplies the hotel's attractiveness.
The des Bains is about a 45 minute-1 hour boat ride from Marco Polo Airport. The hotel is connected to its sister hotel, the Excelsior, by a shuttle bus every half hour. The two hotels are less than a mile apart. From the Excelsior, hotel boats go into Venice about every half hour, connecting to three further sister hotels in Venice: The Gritti Palace Hotel, The Westin Europa & Regina, and the Danieli Hotel. The hotel's boats also shuttle to the airport, albeit for a fee.
Because of their proximity and relationship, the des Bains and Excelsior have often been unfairly compared. First of all, the Excelsior is a completely different atmosphere. The architecture is more modern, the hotel is larger, and, because of its proximity to the site of the annual Venice film festival, its guests tend to be more famous. On the other hand, the des Bains is a much nicer hotel for extended stays.
My family has been going to the hotel for more than forty years. Most of the other guests also come every year, so there is a general atmosphere of friendliness and acquaintance.
If one is looking for this sort of vacation spot, where friendships and traditions are built, to come back to for years to come, the Hotel des Bains is absolutely ideal.
The Hotel also boasts a fairly private beach, with cabannas, a pier, boat rentals and a bar/restaurant. On the Hotel grounds are a large pool in a beautiful setting, a large park, and tennis courts. There is also a bar/restaurant at the pool. Inside the hotel are two massive and beautifully decorated dining rooms, although dinner is usually served on the terrace. There is also a bar on the terrace.
About three times a year, between late July and Mid August, the Hotel holds poolside gala parties, with a buffet, a band, and themed entertainment. The Excelsior also holds such parties, which are also nice to go to because they sometimes include fireworks and celebrity performances. This year, for example, Nancy Sinatra sang at the Excelsior's August 15th party.
Rooms are well furnished, spacious yet comfortable, with TV, minibar, Phone, A/C, a view of either the park or the sea, and a marble bathroom. Most TV channels are in Italian, although there is also CNN International, CNBC, BBC, Sky News, a French Channel, a Spanish channel, and two German channels. I do not recommend watching TV, however, as it would be an utter waste of this beautiful hotel.
The staff is very kind and highly professional.
Within a two minute walk is Lido's shopping district, the Gran Viale, with many stores selling anything from Venetian glass to delicious candy. There is also a general supermarket, an arcade, and about five pleasant streetside Pizzarias, all very good. During the summer months, there is an outdoor concert on the Gran Viale every weekend.
During your stay at the des Bains, it would very much be worth going into Venice, either for daytime walks, shopping trips, or dinner at any of many excellent restaurants. The Danieli Hotel has a rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking the main waterfront, while the Europa and Gritti both have terraces situated directly on the Grand Canal. Other hotels and restaurants throughout Venice are definitely worth a visit, as are various museums, churches, bridges, canals, palaces, etc. Personally, I recommend simply walking through the small streets and alleys. You will see the real Venice, not the tourist version, and you'll do it for free. Gondola rides are overrated, and should only be done once in a lifetime, if at all. There is more to see on foot than on water. Most big attractions, such as the Basilica Cathedral, have amazingly long lines and are generally barely worth the wait. Some nice places to visit are the Academia, with a nice art exibit, Vivaldi's Cathedral, and the Ghetto, with beautifully decorated and ancient synagogues. In fact, the word "ghetto" originated in Venice.
All in all, I give the Hotel des Bains a top grade of 5-excellent, and recommend it particularly for families seeking a beautiful resort to return to for years to come.
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