While every Italophile should visit the "Big Three" (Venice, Rome, Florence), there is something to be said about experiencing the real Italy, as a local or a European would, in a charming city like Abano Terme, minutes from the cultural gem of Padova, and a 40 minute train ride to Venice. While Venice bursts with color and culture, as well as huge crowds, it is nice to know you never have to settle for a hotel stay that can be somewhat chaotic and be expensive but lack in quality. Staying at this wonderful hotel is an investment, but what you get is the ability to not only access Venice, but experience other towns in the regions--this hotel even offers tours, or relax and (figuratively and literally) soak in the atmosphere and see Italian life as it really happens. I was lucky to be there during St. Anthony's weekend.
Of course, most people will come for the spa...and it won't disappoint. It is the perfect balance of the latest spa technology and the glamour of an old-world, old school pampering experience as it may have been done in Audrey Hepburn's era. The food is fantastic, and the tableside service with really charming servers brings that very personal, Italian-style service you won't find in most places in Venice for a comparable price.
The in-room amenities and products are fantastic. Although this was a "working trip," I honestly left more relaxed than I have with some so-called vacations. Francesco and his attentive staff are first rate, and you can even see it here in the way he's answered each and every reviewer
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abano Grand Hotel, near Venice’s Marco Polo Airport, 11 Km from Padua, is an ideal place for relaxing in well being. The hotel provides charming rooms in Louis XV style, with bright and spacious marble bathrooms and suites complemented by fine fabrics and exclusive furnishings. The Grand Hotels also offers the magic of well being in its cozy and luxury “Anti-Aging” Thermal Spa® , with an extraordinary variety of treatments and massages.Large garden with palms trees and tropical plants surrounds 3 thermal swimming-pools, one indoor with Kneipp path and 2 outdoor with Jacuzzi, Whirlpool, and resistance pool, connect each other. Elegant restaurant with a refined cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abano Grand Terme