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Hotel Principe Palace
Ranked #8 of 252 Hotels in Jesolo
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“Almost Fanitalianastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

Just got home on the 6th June and I had high hopes for this hotel but feel a little bit deflated. There are many good points though. The staff are lovely people throughout and provide a close to excellent service. The position of the hotel is good, close to the beach and within a couple of hours of some excursions. Be very careful when you book any though and make sure there are no bank holidays. Thomsons were a little bit naughty and kept that bit of info to themselves resulting in many people having a 4-5 hour return journey from Venice. I wouldn't even risk it at the weekend as the resort gets flooded with daytrippers. The road that runs through the square extends for miles in both directions and is full of shops, restaurants, ice-cream parlours and bars.
The section of the beach is behind the Excelsior Hotel which you can see to the right from the hotel. You have access to three columns and about twelve rows. The 'deck chairs' are regular sunbeds. The first 20 meters or so from the sea is roped off and can be used by anyone. During the weekend it is crammed with Italians enjoying themselves and great for people watching. The rest of the time it was pretty empty. It's a lovely sandy beach but if you aren't in the first few rows you will be quite a distance from the sea.
Here are some example of prices of drinks in the hotel in Euros - Beer 4, Cider 5, Cocktails and Long Drinks 6, Coffee and Tea 2, Soft Drinks 3, Wine 2.5 by the glass, Water with dinner 3.5, Wine with dinner eg Asti 25 per bottle.
You can buy some cheap plonk from iN's supermarket, 2 roads behind hotel then 50 metres to the left. You can get all sorts of booze from the supermarkets, which you can put in your fridge and drink in your room, but not in the hotel bars. The tv has only got the news in English, but there is sport on Ch 39, 57 and 58 but you'll have to listen to it in German and Italian while you lay on one of the 2.5 foot beds which we had in our twin room.
Here are my reasons for being so deflated - The food menu in the poolside bar is just like a cafe back home. We ended up having chicken and chips & egg, bacon and chips on our one and only visit. The breakfast was okay but the bacon was very greasy. The buffet was fine in the evening but the al a carte meals were not that impressive. You wouldn't pay more than £5 for the pasta dish and £8 for the main meal back home. They are small meals too. Think of a small piece of lamb and a few potatoes or a big duck leg and a bit of mash. Actually I think I was being generous with that £8. The gala meal on Wednesday was almost the same as the regular buffet starter meal you have every day. The main reason for us choosing this hotel was because of the food reviews. All I'm saying is don't expect too much. It was good but not that good.
I haven't been to Italy before and my mum, whom I travelled with, has been banging on about it for years so as she's getting on a bit I thought I'd accompany her. She was expecting the beautiful architecture and scenery of Sorrento and the lakes, and well dressed Italian families spending the evening out together. What we got was a purpose built, rather new resort where you are more likely to see large groups of lads with mohican wigs and a blow-up-doll, or a gang of louts who spend the whole night running around the square making as much noise as possible. It is safe and they are just having a good time but do you really want that? Luckily the double glazing works a treat but you would not believe the noise when you open the door at night. Fortunately this only happens at the weekend or in our case bank holiday.
I can understand people returning to this hotel many times but I won't be one of them.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Booked a package from Manchester with Thomson 16th-23rd May. 45 minute transfer from Venice airport. 20 minutes to check in but there were a lot of people. We sat outside until queue diminished.

Main reception area is very nicely decorated with two lifts and a staircase just off. Conference room and lounge area to left and right of reception. Corridors on each floor look recently decorated with new carpets.

Didn’t request a preference for the room and allocated room 220 second floor on the right hand side of hotel as you look at it. Bonus is we get a family room so it’s a lot bigger than those at the front. We get a long balcony with three chairs and the sun in the morning, Fridge and safe as standard. Décor a little dated but immaculately clean with a tiled floor. Two way opening door onto balcony. Lots of hanging space (and hangers) and drawer space. Dressing table with mirror over and chair. Extra pillows and blankets in wardrobe. More than enough sockets and a flat screen TV. Beds standard European twin which is two singles pushed together. Mattress comfy.

Bathroom. Full size bath with shower over. Wash hand basin with mirror over and integral hair dryer. Electrical charging socket. Loo and bidet. Towels changed daily. Soap, shower gel and shower cap are provided.

Breakfast, self service except for hot drinks (a bit slow with the hot drinks but I believe some new staff and early season so they should improve). Standard European spread of cold cuts, cheese, breads, pastries, fruit (fresh), yoghurts and cereals with hot cooked section to include sausages, bacon, scrambled egg, tomato plus a few others and all nicely cooked. Large conveyor toaster. Push button juice dispenser (concentrated but quite nice), bottled water.

Evening meal. Chosen from a choice of four starters and four mains the night before (except for your first night of course). Large self service buffet then waiter service for next two courses then a served dessert buffet, usually some type of cake, pie, fresh fruit and or ice cream. The food is typically northern Italian in style and I am more than happy to try new foods you rarely (if ever) see on a menu in the UK. As an example my evening meal one night was ravioli with pecorino cheese and pine nuts on a sweet pea sauce with a parmesan and truffle cream. For main I had loin of pork with cannelloni beans (it’s what baked beans are) and tomato with red wine reduction. Another main was scallops wrapped in fine pancetta, fresh mint and julienne of onions. And another night rabbit. Wednesday is a buffet night and Monday a dessert buffet night. We were late back from Venice on both nights and there was little left on the dessert buffet so I suggest you get there early that night. In all we enjoyed the food very much.

Drinks purchased at the dinner table are put out for you the following night if not finished. House wine starts at 15 euros’ per bottle and bottled water (sparkling or still) is 3.50. One night Champagne was on offer at 5 euros a glass and another night a Chianti was offered at 3.50 a glass. Drinks ordered at the dinner table can be added to your room and paid for the night before departure.

There is a swimming pool on the roof but the hotel does not provide pool towels and requests that you do not use your room towels. I like to swim outdoors and always take a lightweight travel towel so was lucky as I used it on the beach also.

Wi-fi. No charge. You need a code for each device you have. Wi-fi available in main reception and on roof top but didn’t work in room.

Hotel is on main Piazza which gets noisy (as do most Piazza’s) on Friday and weekend evenings. Luckily we were on side of building but it was still quite noisy. Double glazing excellent but it was getting warm and air con not switched on until June.

Location good for shops, banks, bars, bus stop etc.

Free bicycle hire (3hrs).

Beach less than 5 minutes walk. (See separate review).

Tourist information approx 1 mile away and they have lots of printed timetables for the buses and ferries to Venice.

Buy a 23.50 euro 12hr ferry/water bus which includes your return bus ticket if you want to go to Venice under your own steam from either the tabacchi shop (opposite the hotel) or the tourist information. You can buy it days in advance. If you buy the cheaper ticket it doesn't get you onto the other islands or let you use the water bus and you only save 4 euros. You cannot buy a bus ticket on the bus but some bus stops have an electronic ticket dispensing machine. You also need to validate the bus ticket once on the bus by either inserting into a punch machine or waving in front of a scanner depending on which ticket you buy. The ferry/water bus ticket will allow you to travel to and from any of the islands, Venice, Murano, Burano, Venice Lido et al and the grand canal. The bus stop to Punta Sabbioni is less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel and is where the ferry to Venice, Murano and Burano leave from. The bus and ferry gets quite busy (we were quite early in the season) so if you can't stand then you may be better going on the organised Thomson trip. Venice and Burano were much nicer to visit than Murano which really is just a lot of shops selling Murano glass ware. It's still worth a visit but we went to Burano before Murano and wished we'd done it the opposite way.

Tourism tax. We went late May and did not pay the tax. I believe the tax starts mid June to mid September (2013 dates). This is payable directly to the hotel and the tariff depends on the type of hotel/dwelling and number of stars etc. I believe in 2013 the Principe was 1 euro per night upto a maximum of 7 nights. It’s not a lot of money and seems now to be collected all over Italy. We paid the tax in April and October last year in Sorrento.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

We tried something different from Spain for our May holiday this year. Looking at Thomson's last minute bargains, we saw the Principe Palace holiday at a price that could not be ignored, so we booked it. When we looked at the Thomson website again a few days later, the price of our holiday had gone up by £200 each, so we were already delighted with what we had got, Italy usually being a bit out of our budget.

The on line booking experience was easy and quick. The flights were efficient & prompt. Check in at Manchester was extremely busy (at 4.30am!), but Thomson's had staff on hand to manage the queue (which snaked right out of the check in hall) and it moved fairly quickly. The transfer to resort was quickly on its way, and we were checked in at the hotel and unpacked by noon.

The Principe Palace is a very comfortable hotel. All the staff are friendly and genuinely concerned that guests have a good time. The room was clean and comfortable, towels and some bedding changed daily! The management agreed to put on the air conditioning early as it was a bit hot for wet Brits! The rooftop pool area was a joy to visit - water not too cold, and a good poolside bar available. An extra rooftop seating area was also available with comfy leather setteees! The restaurant was different to our usual experience. Dinner is waiter service, and you choose your course options the previous evening from a menu (three choices of starter and main course), so that your meal is individually prepared. The meal starts with a salad bar, which has a wide and varied choice. Dessert is from a varied buffet. If there is nothing on the menu that you like, the chef is happy to discuss options more to your taste, but the intention is that guests experience a wide range of Italian cuisine, not just spag bol & pizza! Breakfast is the more conventional buffet style, with something for everyone.

The hotel provides free bike hire for guests, and we took great advantage of this. The area is very flat, so cycling is easy. There are many cycle lanes - in fact Lido's main street has a dedicated 2 way cycle path down one side. This proved an excellent way of exploring the area. The hotel also has its own section of private beach, free to residents and well kept.

The Thomson representation was good and availability was well signposted. We took one excursion - Verona & Lake Garda. Expensive but a good way to get a flavour of other parts of Italy that you might want to visit again. We made our own way to Venice, twice. It's easily done by service bus to Punta Sabbione, and Marco Polo ferry to Venice. The buses are frequent (7 days), tie in well with ferry times, and the prices are very reasonable. You can get bus & ferry tickets from the local 'Tabac' across the square from the hotel. Bus tickets can't be bought on the bus - you have to get them in advance of travelling from certain shops, the bus station, or at machines provided at bus stops.

On our last night, we were informed that our return flight could not go from Venice due to strike action at the airport. Thomson's arranged a flight diversion to Trieste. This meant we had a very early departure from the hotel (6.30am), so no breakfast. The hotel turned a blind eye to people taking bits of bread etc at dinner! Although we missed a breakfast, we could actually see that Thomson's had actually played a blinder here, as we got our flight out of Italy (and our arrival home) at exactly the right time. What's more, the corresponding incoming flight coming to Trieste bringing next week's holiday makers meant that they too only had very minor inconvenience at the start of their holiday. Trieste airport was a joy, and I think Thomson's should use it more often! It's comparatively small, and has only a few staff who do all the jobs. It amused me to see the man from the control tower cycling down on a pushbike to the plane to give the captain his paperwork! Lo-tech, but it works!

Super holiday, highly recommended!

Room Tip: Rooms at the front overlook the square, which can be busy at night. Quieter at the back.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

Just returned after a two week stay at the Princepe Palace Hotel and the Hotel is excellent its spotless the rooms are cleand every day we had clean towels every day and the bed was also changed every day.I would also like to thank all the Staff for helping to make our Holiday.They are all very polite helpful and are always smiling. A big thank you to Andre and all the waiters and waitresses very helpful and polite. You have a choice of 4 starters and 4 main meals on the daily menu and if you dont like any of those just ask Andre and he will oblige you with something else he is a very helpful chap. I would also like to say a big thank you to Max for all his help as well nothing to much trouble . I would definitely recommend this Hotel without hesitation So a very Big thank you to all at the Princepe Palace Hotel .will be back

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

Had a lovely relaxing holiday in the principe palace.
Im not going to repeat what everybody else has said but you will enjoy this hotel.
Went on two trips to Venice (day and night) and Verona and lake Guarda. Both trips were excellent.
The food was ok,ish The salad buffet was nice but it was the same selection of dishes every night so i got bored of it. The meals were a bit on the bland side.
Customer service was of an excellent standard.
Lesley the rep was great and not in your face.
Shaun the waiter was very hospitable.
It says on the Thomson website that pool towels were provided but they weren't so we had to buy some, not a major problem but annoying when i have loads of them at home that never get used.
That said, we would definitely return to this hotel or Jesolo, but would wait till 2 weeks before to book, as we met a lovely couple who paid half of what we paid booking it 4 weeks before,and said it it was cheaper again 2 weeks before.Oh well,you live and learn.
wish i was back there.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Morden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

Stayed a week at the end of May. Room on the first floor.
Air con was not on so the room was hot at night. If you had the door open it was noisy in the square.
Room was ok, very clean, serviced every day, bathroom perhaps a bit tired but no problems. No charge for the safe always a bonus!!

Food in the restaurant had to be ordered the day before, never done that before but got used to it.
Food is waiter served with a salad type buffet as well. Pasta was excellent. Maitre De Andreas is on hand every day if there is a problem. They served the most amazing scrambled egg for breakfast. Restaurant open early on our departure day for breakfast - well done.
Pool was good,area well kept, great views from the terrace.
Lovely sandy beach two minutes walk away, hotel has its own private beach area about three minutes walk away. Great for us in May but I would expect it to be very crowded high season.

Situated in the middle of the resort shops and bars close by. Prices comparable to surrounding bars. Lots of ice cream parlours!!!!

This is a very well run hotel where the staff cannot do enough for you. There are too many good staff to mention by name and I may leave one out, this is how a hotel should be run. The owner and his fiancé eat in the hotel and socialise with the guests which is a nice touch. All the staff speak highly of them.

The holiday rep Lesley was very helpful. The trip the the Dolomites was excellent.

Would definitely recommend and would go back.

Room Tip: Lower rooms can be noisy, rooms at the back have no view
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have just spent a week at the Hotel Principe Palace in Lido di Jeselo. The hotel, staff and food were all superb. Also, located in one of the many squares along the 15km resort, the location was good. Very much a tourist town but within easy reach of Venice, Verona and many other places. Would certainly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Fifth floor was very quiet - there are lifts. Also same floor as pool
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Property: Hotel Principe Palace
Address: Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini 37/42, 30016, Jesolo, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > Jesolo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#5 Romantic Hotel in Jesolo
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Principe Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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