We chose the Villa Laguna as we were looking for water views and a bit more value - very difficult in Venice! However, very happy with our choice. The Lido is the 'real' Venice, filled with Italians and not with hordes of tourists. Plus, it is only a short 10 minute vaporetto ride from Piazza San Marco and the vaporettos run very frequently, until quite late at night.
The hotel itself is very traditionally decorated in Venitian style - not our tastes exactly, but it all added to the experience. We were in Room 2 I believe on the ground floor, with doors opening into our own private bit of grass right on the lagoon with a little table and chairs. The room itself has four very small rooms - a very small living space with couch and TV, a small bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area (which we didn't touch). I think they could probably make a better use of the space by knocking through the wall and having one big bedroom, but still nice. The bed wasn't the most comfortable (the usual two twin beds pushed together Euro-style affair) but passable.
Hotel breakfast was ample with standard continental offerings - cereals, fruit, meats, cheeses, hard boiled eggs and breads. There seemed to be an outdoor area for drinks in the evening that wasn't open whilst we were there because the weather was pretty terrible (rain everyday). The Lido had a great selection of places to eat in the evenings, some very busy! Recommend the Roxy, which had a set menu offering that was very good and reasonably priced.
After a couple days battling the tourists on the main island, we spent a day just exploring the Lido by bike, which is recommended. As it was May, the beaches were still closed but got to see the Hotel des Bains (under construction), Excelsior plus miles of lovely coastline before heading back to Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta for some ice cream.
Overall, I am really happy with our decision to stay at Villa Laguna and on the Lido. After a day amongst the crowds in Venice, it was a welcome calm and gave us some real insight into the local people and culture. Recommend having an appertivo drink with the locals at one the bars in the evening - the prosecco was lovely!
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Laguna Hotel Venice
- Laguna Hotel Venice
- Villa Laguna Venice
- Villa Laguna Province Of Venice, Italy