About a year ago on an Autumn morning, I was exploring the beach at Venice Lido when I came across this magnificent hotel. I was dressed scruffily, but I dared to enter, go to reception and ask if it was possible to have 'morning coffee'.
The receptionist could not have been more charming and insisted on accompanying me to the bar area and requested the barman to look after me. This he proceeded to do and I was shown to a table on the patio overlooking the beach and sea. The coffee duly arrived, but this was a large, 'silver service' jug of excellent coffee with an assortment of biscuits arranged with care on a silver tray.
I loved the whole experience. I could not have been cared for any better, or with greater charm, had I been a famous film star or a millionaire, which I very obviously was not, all for the cost of 5 euros and a tip.
When I win the lottery, I will return to stay for a few nights and enjoy the full 'Excelsior' experience!
My thanks and gratitude to your wonderful staff, Rob Macdougall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right on Venice Lido beach, the Hotel Excelsior is a masterpiece of Venetian architecture dating back to the early 1900. An exclusive 5 star Deluxe Resort, of Moorish style and recalling a fabulous Venetian Renaissance palace, the Hotel Excelsior is ideal for family holidays, romantic getaways, conferences or special events in Venice.Stunning halls overlooking the sea, highly creative, contemporary Italian cuisine and competent, skilled staff, become ingredients of the hotel’s recognition and awareness among the best wedding and special events locations. Welcome to the Hotel Excelsior, for more than one century the best match of luxury, history, tradition with comfort and service, carefully built around you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Excelsior Venice Lido Hotel
- Westin Venice
- Venice Westin
- Hotel Excelsior Venice Province Of Venice, Italy