Long & short of it: It has quirks, it's not perfect... but we liked it and if possible will return on our next trip to Venice.
This is a small hotel - only 13 rooms. It was refurbished in 2013 and is generally in very good order. The reception area is suitably cosy and just next to it is the small breakfast area. Coffee is good here and the breakfast, whilst not offering a huge choice, is of good quality and ample. In common with many smaller Italian hotels these days, there is no drink-making facility in the rooms but both hot & cold drinks are available 24/7 in reception on payment of standard bar prices.
Rooms are a little on the small size (ours had no place to open a suitcase so we used the spare bed) and air-conditioned. We thought they were very good for the price we paid. The A/C makes a small noise every 5~10 minutes which may annoy some people. They are trying to get this fixed but it's proving difficult, so be aware! I have to admit, we thought it was going to be a real problem but to our surprise it wasn't.
Reception service is great! Friendly but professional, knowledgeable and helpful.
The hotel is 2 minutes walk from the Vaporetto stop. From there, you can get a boat to Venezia (the main island). They run frequently and take about 15 minutes to San Marco (St Marks). In the summer season there are boats which go directly to Murano as well as other, less frequented islands of the lagoon. There is an "Alilaguna" service which runs from the airport (Marco Polo) and eventually arrives at Lido (the island this hotel is on). Only use it if you have a load of luggae - it's very expensive and takes longer than the alternative, Airport bus to Piazzale Roma (4€ if booked in advance) and then the normal vaporetto to Lido. Oh, and if you're there for more than a day, buy a transport ticket from veneziaunica.it (not to mention museum tickets etc). It's a bargain and, apparently, cheaper than buying the same thing in Venice itself.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby, including one with the same name as the hotel and part of the same building... which somehow we never tried :/ Prices range from reasonable to top whack... but this is Venice and it *is* expensive. Food quality varies pretty much with price. There are a few other shops on Lido which will satisfy most traveller's needs. The municipal beach, a few minutes away on the bus (your vaporetto pass works on the buses too), is free... but the rent for an umbrella, use of changing room, toilets, etc., etc., is extortionate. Get there early enough and you can claim a patch under the bridge that crosses the coast road and avoid needing an umbrella. the rest is manageable :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Completely renovated in March 2013, Hotel Giardinetto is situated on the peaceful island of Lido di Venezia and enjoys an enviable position. The lagoon view makes it an enchanting place to spend a relaxing or business holiday in the famous floating city, Venice. Hotel Giardinetto is centrally located in front of the terminal navigation and only 10 minutes by boat from Piazza San Marco and is easily accessible from all other major attractions. The hotel offers to guests a stylish and functional to the needs of both individuals and groups who want to take advantage of Venetian hospitality. The friendly and attentive staff is at your disposal to satisfy all your needs for leisure or work. Parking place, upon availabilty at Le Ville del Lido Residence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Giardinetto Hotel Venice
- Hotel Giardinetto Province Of Venice, Italy