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“Great location, decent but NOT four-star”
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Le Boulevard Hotel
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Lido di Venezia
Fort Myers, FL
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“Great location, decent but NOT four-star”
Reviewed 7 February 2012

The Good:
Location - Lido worked out perfectly. Plenty of vaporettos (buy the unlimited travel pass), quick travel to San Marco and other sites. Quiet island in the winter but plenty of places to eat/ shopping.
Breakfast - the best of the 3 hotels we stayed at in Italy. Abhorrent coffee but ok if mixed with hot chocolate. Scrambled eggs a plus!
Room - sparkling clean room and bathroom. Springiest beds of 3 hotels we stayed in.
Service - helpful and reliable front desk staff.

The Bad:
cluttered lobby, dingy hallways, needs updating.

The Ugly:
MOLD - yikes! Don't look up in the bathroom - the ceiling was spattered with black mold. More gross than anything else, but could be a particular problem for the severely allergic.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Good basic hotel to explore from

We also went on the Broadway Travel/Travelzoo deal, which was excellent value for money. However the Boulevard Hotel is definitely not what we would call 4 star. Our room was tiny, there was only just enough space to squeeze past the double bed. The bathroom was very nice, with a bidet and a proper bath, which was most welcome after a day of walking in freezing cold weather. It was also nice and warm in the room. The room and bathroom were kept very clean and the towels and sheets were changed daily, which was very good. Toiletries are replaced every day.

The breakfast was quite adequate and the overworked waiters tried their best to keep up with the constant stream of guests, but tables were left uncleared; the hot dishes were not replenished that swiftly and the fruit bowl was not topped up but disappeared when empty. There was no brown or wholemeal bread, or salad bits. I nearly caused a riot on our second morning by bringing in my own tomatoes which I had purchased from the BILLA supermarket next door (very handy). People were constantly coming up to me and asking where I got the tomatoes from!

There are good value restaurants with excellent pizzas as well and proper meals if you turn left out of the hotel and head away from the boat terminal. There is also a good restaurant opposite.

The reception staff were indifferent and did not go out of their way to answer questions or volunteer information. They were very matter-of-fact. We were all made to wait until 2.00pm before being allowed to check-in and were then moaned at for wanting our rooms at 2.00pm on the dot. Maybe that is why they put us in such a tiny room!

The whole place is a bit musty and the walls were very marked and the furniture well used and dirty. It could all do with a fresh coat of paint at the very least. The electric cables in our room were rather dodgy and the mirror inside the wardrobe had been broken at the top and sticky-taped back together! The small flat-screen TV did have BBC World News and CNN in English, but it certainly was not a 4 star room.

Overall, and depending on how good a deal you can get it was fine, but don't expect luxury.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the courtyard are quiet
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Worcestershire, England
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Pros

Clean Tidy Hotel, bit dated but comfortable and friendly
Good location - one minutes walk from water bus
Couple of decent priced restaurants close by

Negatives

It is on Lido so that you have to get water bus to main island (takes 15 minutes) however price you should pay reflects this and the water bus is part of the fun of Venice.
Breakfast is OK however seem short staffed so room does not cleared and food does not get refreshed as fast as it should. Don't leave it to last minute as there will be none left.
BIG WARNING - do not use Credit Card to make overseas calls as advertised in rooms. I tried , could not make a call and they tried (the phone company) to charge me £39 - luckily my credit card company blocked it. Use the reception if you want long distance.

Summary:

Is it value for money - yes
Would I stay there again - yes
Is it suitable for everyone -yes only if you don't mind the water bus.

Room Tip: We were on third floor, room was quiet large by european standards.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Pros: convenient in summer, good staff, good breakfast, rooms are decently sized

Cons: needs a serious cleaning, much of Lido is closed in the winter

One block from the vaporetto station, it takes 15 minutes to get to St Marks on the #1 boat which runs quite frequently up the grand canal. The staff was very helpful with excursion tickets and restaurant reservations. Breakfast was good and varied, with a mix of Continental and American favorites. That said there is no restaurant in the hotel for other meals. The hotel does have a few years' worth of marks on the walls and really needs a good cleaning and paint. If you don't mind being out of central Venice and the weather is warm, it's a solid choice for budget travelers.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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MissyFCW
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

We stayed in this hotel on a very good budget deal and were impressed by the standard for the price we paid. It was easy to find and ideal for our purposes.

As transfers were not included I was a little concerned about finding it but it was absolutely fine. There is a bus that is timed to meet planes from Treviso airport, and Every 1/2 hour from Marco Polo. The bus drops you at the bus station where you can get tickets for the waterbuses. The unlimited travel for 72 hours for €33.00. (€18 if you are under 30 and also buy a discount card called the Rolling Venice card for €4) are WELL worth it when an individual trips are €6.50 each. The waterbus journey was long, the hotel is on the Lido which is the last stop on Route 1 where the bus station is the first, but that didn't matter. I'm don't think anyone traveling with us had any problems with the length of the boat trip as it went all the way up the Grand Canal and the views were amazing. Once you get to the Lido the hotel is about 300m away from the waterbus stop.

The hotel itself was fine. Our room was clean and comfortable. It was not amazingly equipped. Breakfast was also fine, nothing amazing but nothing really bad either. As titled I hardly think the hotel was 4*, but it was not bad. It was ideal for what we wanted it for which was to sleep in while we were having a couple of days exploring Venice

  • Stayed January 2012
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nottingham
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Booked a brilliant deal with Broadway travel through Travelzoo. So cheap we didnt expect much from the hotel. Arrived to be told they had no booking for us (nor for the other 2 parties who arrived at the same time). Got sorted quite quickly. I had read reviews on the hotel and asked for a quiet room that wasnt too small. Got a noisey room that was like a match box but the bathroom was nice. The manager told us he gets 6 paparazzi in it during the film festival week though we could not work out how! It didnt matter because the location to the water boats was good and that's all we needed to get over to the main Island (20 mins trip).The room had a mini fridge and tv so it was ok. No kettle though so you may wish to take your own. Beds and pillows quite hard but that seems to be the way in Italy? Supermarket next door for milk, water, wine etc

Venice is beautiful and we loved every minute. Food in restaurants is dreadful and expensive so dont go expecting fine dining. Our first night out we fancied real Italian pasta...it came microwaved from frozen and cost a small fortune! This is not unusual.

Staff are rather matter of a fact but they do the job. I believe the hotel gets very busy in Summer and at film festival time so I dont think we would visit then.

Breakfast was fine....plenty and nice and not many other guests.

Lido island itself has nothing special in the winter so all time will be spent on the other islands - there are no canals nor Venetian beauty to it. It is a seaside resort in the summer for Italians so will get busy. Eating places are open but not very good. Likewise the shops.

Plenty to do in Venice - highlights are island hopping (water boats are so easy to use and very frequent) and wandering around Venice itself. Murano, Burano and Torcello can all easily be done in one day and are lovely. Avoid buying "cheap" Murano glass ware...no such thing, they are Chinese imports! (Buy a travel card for 72 hours usually lasts for 4 day stay) for 33E as soon as you start using them. On sale everywhere. This will get you anywhere you want.

If you are into books and history....try a visit to the Armenian monestry which is on its own beautiful island - catch the Boat number 20 mid afternoon and a guide will meet you and take you around for about 6E. Tour lasts about 90 mins then they see you back again. Some fascinating history, objects and manuscripts. Very easy to do and you dont have to book in advance. There were only 6 on our trip so it was lovely and personal. Guide speaks all languages.

Rialto market early every morning is great for fresh fruit and produce and the eating places are a bit cheaper round there.

Toilets are expensive everywhere (even on remote islands) - nearly £1.50 a go unless you are in a cafe. No free ones that we could find!

Easy to get to Lido from Trevisso....bus outside airport then water bus. Everyone else seemed to be doing the same thing so follow the crowd. This bus is extra to the 33E and is about 9E each way....save a bit by buying a return. Check times back...this bus is not as frequent as water buses. The bus service is run to meet the Ryan air flights to/from Trevisso so all the staff know what is going on.


The Doge's palace is worth the entry fee. St Marks is free to see the main bit but will cost to see the interesting parts as you go along. The best plan is to just get lost and enjoy wandering around the many beautiful streets and canals.

We will be back.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2011

My mother and I did a 3 city tour of Italy and this was the nicest hotel of the 3. Keep in mind that this hotel is NOT on the main Venice island but on Lido. This can be good and bad. Bad because it felt like alot of our days were spent on the waterbus rather than actually being at the sites. Good because you get a completely different perspective....the main Venice island feels like mainly gobs of tourists. Lido is where the locals live. So it is more relaxed and no real crowds. (Although I understand Lido is the place to be in the summer because of the beach on the opposite side of the island as the hotel). Anyhow, regarding this hotel...rooms were small but nice, breakfast was great-many choices, hotel was tidy, centrally located on Lido - within 2-3 blocks of the waterbus station and in the middle of all of the restaurants and shops. Staff was so-so. One of the guys was very nice, the others did not pay us much attention.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Le Boulevard Hotel
Address: Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta 41 | Lido, 30126 Lido di Venezia, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Lido di Venezia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in Lido di Venezia
#7 Luxury Hotel in Lido di Venezia
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Hotel Class:4 star — Le Boulevard Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
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