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.
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