Just got back recently from this hotel after booking holiday 4 weeks ago with Thomson (had read some of the negative comments so was a bit concerned about my choice). My 'ball park' figure for a 'bargain break' is around £50/£60 tops per night to include return flights from Leeds/Bradford or Manchester, transfers, and half board in a 3* or 4* hotel, and this is what I got staying at the Ambasciatori. Under £350 for the week, and travelling on my own which usually bumps up holiday costs. My single room was small (as the rep explained rooms in many hotels in this part of Italy were created small in order to maximise the number of guests over the five month season, early May to end of September then closing for 7 months with no income, so it is understandable when you think about it), but it was spotless with a comfortable bed, and the bathroom a fully tiled 'wet' room, so couldn't fault that! Single rooms are on the side of the building but mine still had a pretty good view of the Adriatic from the balcony. Food was typically 'international' for this kind of establishment, a good selection of cold offerings at breakfast, with a limited supply of hot items (eggs, bacon and sausage) enough for most people's requirements I would have thought, and so what if they are cooked by one of the waiters, as it is self service it gives them something to do, and you don't need to be Heston Blumenthal to griddle a couple of rashers of bacon! I prefer an enhanced Continental breakfast anyway, so thoroughly enjoyed what I had. As for dinner, again a reasonable choice especially of excellent pasta dishes and salads, and I had a couple of nice fish dishes during the week. Choice of vegetables a little limited but again for what I had paid no complaints from me, and a palatable 'House Red' at 10 euros a bottle (under ten quid), in fact this hotel's drinks prices were extremely reasonable, especially for Italy. Staff very friendly and helpful from Fabio the Manager down. The hotel was far from full this early in the Season, so cannot comment on what it would be like at the height of Summer, but for an economical May break it would be hard to beat! A couple of points which may be of interest to others, the hotel is extremely well situated on the beach and a 6 or 7 minute walk from Piazza Internazionale for buses to the Autostazione (Bus Station) which is some distance inland and quite a long walk away! A No.3 or 5 bus will get you there, single ticket currently euro1.30 from the tobacconist (Tabbachi) just off Piazza Mazzini, a few minutes walk from the hotel, validate your ticket in the yellow box as you get on the vehicle as bus drivers do not sell tickets. From the Autostazione you can get to the city of Mestre ('Venice on the mainland') railway station for trips to Verona, Padua etc., this bus also calls at Marco Polo airport which is handy for independent travellers. Getting on the No 5 bus in the opposite direction, again from Piazza Internazionale, takes you to Punta Sabbioni for the ferries to Venice and other islands in the Lagoon, again bus and ferry tickets from the Tabbachi, (speaks good English). There is a 'mini market' grocery store at the end of the street with a reasonable selection of items and a helpful English speaking Manager, but for a much larger choice the 'Familia' supermarket behind the Autostazione is similar to a Tesco or Asda. Aimee the Thomson rep is very pleasant and helpful at all times and she has a great deal of local knowledge. An added bonus was lovely weather, around 22/25 degrees and not humid, perfect for exploring or crashing out by the pool, or on the beach. Lido di Jesolo is nice and flat for walking or cycling with miles of perfect beaches and some reasonably priced restaurants and bars, or you can go upmarket if you want to.
When booking I requested a 'high up' room and was given one on the 4th floor (5 in all). Alt...
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