My wife and I have just returned from a really relaxing and enjoyable 2 weeks holiday with Thompsons at the Hotel Monaco & Quisisana.
The hotel is set right in the centre of the busiest part of the beautiful Lido di Jesolo. The rear of the hotel contains the lovely pool area and a step across the 2m walkway takes you to the beach and the hotels private, free deck chairs (you do need to pay for 'sunbeds' on the beach). The front of the hotel is some 30m from the shopping 'strip' which seems to go on forever and at 1km is reputed to be the longest shopping strip in Europe!
Ok, so the hotel is split into 2 parts, apparently, by the sound of its name the coming together of two hotels in the distant past, but the join is almost seamless. I understand it was built round 1958 and one of three hotels in the Giannetti chain. The reception area is spotless and has a good, free internet access with lots of comfy chairs! Check is was fast and efficient and even though we arrived at 11am our room was ready and we were soon up to our 4th floor room. (the 2 lifts on the Monaco side of the hotel are very small).
Our room was spotless with the aircon blasting away providing a cool welcome from the heat outside! I suppose the room is a little dated and basic but everything very clean and functional. Lots of hanging and drawer space a good sized digital safe in the wardrobe and tv up on the wall. (only Sky and BBC World news in English though!) The bathroom was roomy and clean with a bath and shower above, which was nice and powerful and all the necessary soaps etc. Towels were thick and in abundance We had a east side facing balcony, which, because of the low rise villa next door, gave a great view of the beach and out to sea and meant that the sun disappeared in the afternoon leaving a nice cool room to come into after a full day out! All in all, Room 147 has top marks.
The hotel has a small bar inside (which I never saw open) and a bar serving a good range of drinks, food and ice cream poolside (remind me to mention ice cream later!) No space for entertainment in the hotel so don't come here if you are looking for karaoke, bingo or a Robbie Williams lookalike! The restaurant has two, linked main rooms (presumably from its days as 2 hotels) and a long, enclosed verandah room, where our table was located. (guests are allocated the same table for the duration of their stay) Get yourself out there if you can as the view across the pool to the beach & sea is great.
The pool was fabulous; slightly heated it was just the right temperature to cool off and spotlessly clean. There was a small splash pool for the kids and the only downside being the lack of shallow water to relax in; the pool went from almost 3m down to about 1.5m so if you are only just over 5ft tall then you are constantly treading water! Sunloungers were in abundance; however, there is a 3euro charge, which includes a towel. Many of the guests were shocked, particularly with families, when the bagnino (pool attendant) came around with his piece of paper advising that there was a charge, a lot of money if you have 3 or 4 kids! As a result of this, a lot of people sat on the beach for free and came up for a swim, which is no big deal. There are lots of tables and chairs around the pool for which there is no charge.
Now...food..what can I say that has not been said here before?! The dining experience was fabulous; breakfast is served either on the verandah or down on the poolside and contains all of the usual morning yummies in abundance; dinner starts at 7.30 with a greeting from all of the waiting staff lined up at the entrance. The meal is buffet style with a vast array of choice; seafoods (even lobster some nights!) meats, pastas and deserts to die for, all well cooked and presented. There were some complaints by late diners that some of the desert cakes had all gone (perhaps I shouldn't have had that third slice!).
The staff were all very hard working, helpful and friendly from reception to the 2 bagninos. The waiting on staff were fast and efficient in removing used dishes and the infamous Mr G is either a sad old man with nothing better to do, a proud owner running a tight ship or an urban myth who is dropped off back at the hostel every night...I will leave you to decide!
The resort itself is fabulous and seems to go on forever. The beach is clean and tidy with lots of activity and things to do and buy. Check out the kiteman, the mobile ice cream carts (oh yes I need to mention ice cream later!), the guys painting names and the looky looky guys.
The main shopping strip is one way for cars during the day and closed off for cars completely during the evening and from 8pm is rammed with all manner of people parading up and down. there is a 2-way bike lane that you need to look out for as the lunatic mobs on the hire bikes do go flying down there! There are literally millions of shops, bars and cafes lining the strip selling all manner of goods..and then there are the ice cream sellers...this was both a very expensive and waist widening holiday for me...the are ice cream places almost on every corner and in the middles too; a little expensive at 3.60 euros for a big cone but the range of flavours in superb!
Aqualandia and the aquarium are good local places to visit and Venice is within easy reach vian the No5 bus to Punto Sabioni (40mins) and then a pleasant 15min ferry ride right to St Marks Sq, although be prepared for a tight squeeze on the bus! Quite a few markets around and longer trips to Lake Garda, the Dolomites and Verona are doable although a long way and expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four star hotel directly on the beach. Pool for kids and grown up persons. Equipped beach with sunumbrella and chairs. Breakfast and dinner are served on buffet. Free parking and garage (extra charge). Free bikes at guests' disposal. WI-FI.For informations and reservations please contact our reservation center ... more less
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