I travelled to Venice with my boyfriend on 2-5 April and we decided to stay on Lido after reading that it was quite hectic in Venice and Lido was a nice retreat. Also Lido was supposed to be cheaper for food etc.
We landed in Treviso and found it really easy to get our bus ticket for the ATVO bus which took you straight to the Piazzle Roma where you can pretty much get a boat anywhere in Venice. We'd bought a pass for 33 Euro for 3 days from Venice Connected and I can't recommend this enough. Them money you will save is astounding.
We hopped on the Number 1 which was quite a slow ride if you're wanting to get to Lido fast but it goes down the Grand Canal so you get to see the best bits of Venice.
About 40mins later we got to Lido. As soon as you leave the vaparetto station go straight up the main street that you'll see infront of you, keep on the right hand pavement and walk up the road until you get to a very large, beautiful hotel with all kinds of artwork on it. Turn right at that hotel then left and you will see the Hotel Villa Pannonia on the right hand side.
Check in was very swift, the lady on reception was absolutely lovely and spoke English very well! The rooms were a perfect size for the 2 of us and the bathroom was lovely! The shower was the best I've used in Europe and only coming second to a shower in Lake Tahoe.
We arrived around lunchtime so decided to explore the island. We walked for ages and got a bit lost but it was all part of the fun and we easily found our way back to the front of the island again. I'd recommend going for a leisurely stroll, it's a much cleaner place to 'get lost' than Venice in my opinion.
The food was a LOT cheaper than Venice and was lovely. The staff couldn't do enough for you and the Pizzeria's on the main street are the best!
Venice is definitely a place to see but be cautious, unless of course you're prepared from previous trips, to pay over the odds at a lot of places. We went for a drink and pizza at a cafe on the front and ended up paying 43 Euros for 2 mini pizzas, a beer and a campari cocktail. Luckily we just found it funny but my boyfriend drew the line at sitting in St Mark's Square and paying 8 Euros 80c for a bottle of water plus 6 Euros each for the music cover charge!
The Villa Pannonia was an excellent base for our stay, yes the breakfast was the same everyday but the selection was so varied you could stay a full week and not repeat yourself! I had croissants, proscuitto, ham and cheese with a glass of orange and a cup of green tea everyday. They had yoghurts, cereal, fruit, crackers, bread rools, Philly Cheese, Nutella, Honey, Jam, the list goes on! It filled us both until past lunchtime each day.
On the last night we had dinner on Lido and the weather took an awful turn and started to thunder, lighten and rain so we retreated back to the hotel bar and we wished we'd done this every night. The lady on reception was so accomodating, explained to me what a Spritz was and when the barman left she even came and poured more drinks for us and topped up our bar snacks.
And added bonus, the wifi, although I receievd a username and password on a piece of paper saying it would be 20 euros for 24 hours (broken down not just 1 day), was free!
I cannot recommend this hotel or compliment their staff enough. If we come back to Venice we will be sure to stay on Lido and return to the Hotel Villa Pannonia. I know this is a very long review but I had so many nice things to say!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditions and modernity harmonise in Hotel Villa Pannonia, Venice Lido Italy; the classic setting enhances the innovation and design which abounds in the avant-garde atmosphere, furniture and objects have been created by famous designers.Within the hotel, a continuous and stimulating art exhibition has been dedicated to contemporary artists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pannonia Hotel Venice
- Hotel Villa Pannonia Province Of Venice, Italy