My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in 2007 at Hotel Panorama and decided to return for our 25th silver wedding anniversary. This time I pushed the boat out and booked the junior suite at the front of the hotel so we could enjoy the views. I also pre-booked some flowers for the room. It was only a three night stay so I sort restaurant suggestions from the hotel before arriving and they were very helpful with suggestions which I could then research before arrival. Why return?
A)Virtually all the water buses pass through the Lido making it easy to get to any where in Venice and the neighboring islands. I thought it would be a good idea to take the line 5 road bus to Venice and then get the local waterbus to the Lido but that was not a good plan. Take the waterbus from the airport to the Lido (1hr) as it is much more relaxing and easier to do. No dragging cases over bridges. I paid the extra to return to the airport by waterbus.
B)The view from the front of the hotel is wonderful. OK the new water bus station can creep into some camera shots from the 1st floor but morning, noon and night looking across to St Marks square is a real treat. I even managed to get our chair on to the veranda to sit in the sun and watch the world go by and read my book.
C) You don't get knocked down by herds of tourists as you step out of the hotel, but mind the road traffic which is present on the Lido.
2. The staff.
Having already been in discussion about our needs we had a warm welcome from the staff who were pleased to make our restaurant reservation for the following night. Cases taken to the room where the pre-ordered flowers were ready and looked lovely, plus two glasses of fizzy wine and a snack.
The day of the big meal did not go well as my wife suffered from a migraine for most of the day. No problem the staff cancelled the restaurant reservation.
The next day with the wife feeling better after breakfast we took advantage with another couple of being taken by private taxi boat for free which the hotel arranges to a glass works on Murano. We went on by bus to Burano. On return we asked the staff to make a reservation again with the restaurant and they obviously passed on details of our anniversary as we were surprised by 3 singing waiters and a cake with candles after our main course.
When I wanted to use the internet to check in for our flight and reserve seats they kindly let me use the office pc so I could print off the boarding passes although they do have a customer pc for web access.
3. The hotel has a majestic decor inside whilst appearing well kept outside. The junior suite with 2 small verandas to get the most of those views has two large wash basins, a jacuzzi bath (used twice a day, plenty of hot water, go easy on the bubble bath!), toilet and bidet, shower cubicle and fresh towels each day. The bed was comfortable and extra pillows were made available. No tea making facilities but minibar at not too unreasonable prices in room along with safe with key.The rooms are tastefully decorated in Venicean style, clean and tidy and well kept. We forgot to use the shutters until the last night to keep the sun out.
Up to date small tv with good picture and lots of Italian programs and MTV. Breakfast room is very nice, some may find the choice of breakfast items limited (no hot food) but there is plenty there to see you through to lunch. No lunch or dinner at the hotel but excellent Pizzeria to the right and 5+ other restaurants of varying price within 100m. Expect to pay EUR50 for two people at most places though. Our celebration meal topped EUR150 but was excellent.
If you find anything wrong while staying there simply ask the staff politely to investigate and correct it.
Yes we hope to go back again but we will make sure it is for at least 4 nights not 3.
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- Also Known As:
- Panorama Hotel Venice
- Hotel Panorama Province Of Venice, Italy