Booked into this hotel first week in May for five days. We, too, arrived the day of the fire. We were sent to the center of town on the Lido, to a cafe, to await the decision by the firemen (who were rushing all over the hotel) as to whether it could be occupied. We were told the fire was started during a refurbishment of the upper story. Water was pouring from the upper stories onto the terraces looking out at the beach. After 5 hours we were told we could check in. That was day one.
Approaching the hotel in a taxi boat (100 Euro from the port) it looked promising. We motored into a private lagoon and it, and the hotel, looked like something out of a movie. In fact, on closer inspection, the hotel has been closely connected over the years with the local film festival, and the walls are adorned with huge B&W photos of Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, et al., at the hotel.
But wait! That was then. Now it is a seriously different story. The glorious beach, 11 km long? Closed. The private cabanas, spread along the beach like a string of pearls (and renting for over $100 a day) were not open. Swimming pool was a construction zone. That beachside terrace, huge, stretching the length of this very long hotel? Inundated with water from the roof and thuggish bands of pigeons who attacked any food you ordered.
And the fire? We were told by Italians in Venice that the fire was started by hotel employees, in a serious attempt to strengthen their demands for better pay.
OK, just a few details. Rooms were huge and interesting. Ours had maybe 200 yards of very tasteful fabric on the walls, drapes and even the ceiling. Bathroom was great. Room had a killer view of the (closed) beach. Hotel had that sort of elegant, run down vibe that is not uninteresting. The place had a nice, nostalgic vibe. The young women at the concierge desk could not have been more helpful. The rest of the staff...not so much. The free taxi, every hour, to Venice, was a serious perk. About a 20 minute trip.
Breakfast, on the lower, beach level, was good. The bar was a throwback to better days and could use a facelift.
Overall a very expensive, sort of non-functional hotel during our visit. Maybe at the height of the season it would show us more. But we went on to stay in Venice for five days and had a much more immersive experience at a hotel on the Grand Canal with both the city and the Italians we met. I would stay in Venice and "visit" the Lido, not the other way around.
- 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 Province Of Venice, Italy