Hotel Des Bains, Venice Lido Resort
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Howdy, holy moly it's hard to blog and ride......but I am trying. Little bit late but better than never I feel.
Well, what a day this was......got up, had some breaky.....tried to figure out where to go....the strategy was one of lets see where the sun it....well after much looking at weather forecasts for cities around us....South East was the direction to go. Venice happens to be that way....so I go to planning a route. Takes a bit...using ...
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... to soak in the city, and went for a very long walk around the grand canal. Venice is not the easiest city to navigate within and we kept losing our way. On the bright side, we worked off some of the pizza we've been eating!
At the end of our walk, we treated ourselves to tea at caffe Quadri in St. Mark's square. St. Mark's square is quite magical - it has a fabulous view of the basilica and palace. It's also a ...
OMG Everyone up and ready to go by 6am is it real or am I in a time warp? Caught the 6.29am bus into Verona then hit the Train Station running with just 5 Min's to buy tickets and board the train for Venice (only a short 2 hour trip). Rhiannon slept most of the way and I do believe I nodded off a few times as well. Upon arriving in Venice we headed straight for the HUGE RED BOOTH with the big Information word on it. I politely asked for some tourist ...
... there were so many out. It was neat to see the men in their black and white stripped outfits, directing their gondola through the traffic. It really seems like a talent to be able to direct such a strange shaped boat.
At night, San Marco Square was not as crowded, which was a relief. We saw a few performances on the main stage and walked around, trying to meet people. There were people from all over the world. There was quite a mixture of accents.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Des Bains, Venice Lido Resort Lido di Venezia
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.
We stayed in Des Bains, Venice in 2003 for 1 week of our honeymoon and had a fantastic time.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Our family of four rented 2 rooms last August at the Hotel des Bains .
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.
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.