I have been to Jesolo many many times and happened upon Hotel Cambridge as it is owned by the sister of the owners of Principe Palace, where we have stayed twice.
This is a beach front hotel and if you are lucky, you will get one of the two rooms on the fifth floor.
On our first trip there we booked in advance for the next year, requesting the beach facing room on the fifth floor - the balcony is huge and the room has no others next door (other room on the floor is across the hall) so we had no noise from anywhere!
The room itself has not changed it's appearance on the five occasions we have been there. The shutters on the patio are electric and the patio door opens in so many different ways you almost need a degree to work the thing! (or that might just be us).
We have always found the staff to be accommodating and polite. The fact that there are few staff changes year on year is a good sign that the staff are treated well - no matter what the other reviews say.
Breakfast is held in a lovely open room overlooking the swimming pool. You can also eat the buffet style breakfast on tables outside. It can be a bit crowded, but the tables are always cleared very quickly and food is topped up and replaced, so there is always a choice of breakfasts and drinks.
We did not ever eat lunch at the hotel as the beach bars are fun and the food they serve was clean, fresh, plentiful and reasonably priced.
Dinner in Jesolo hotels is a very regimented affair. Dinner at every hotel is between 7-8pm. Some people do turn up at 7.45 but are discouraged to do so, as the staff really do want you out of there by 8pm. If you prefer a later dinner, you might consider going B&B and going to one of the many restaurants on the strip.
The hotel offers a buffet pre starter which has many different salad type items and breads. The queues for the buffet are as if there will be no other food. But one gets used to this and to be honest, it's worth the wait as each year I have always found something excellent on the buffet which I wish I would have taken more of!
The main meal choices are taken the night before from a choice of about 3 starters and 3 to 4 main courses - we usually forget what we have ordered!
The food in this hotel is superb. If for some reason you do not like the choices on the menu, an alternative can be made (like spaghetti).
I don't the idea of having to pay Euro 3 per sunbed around the pool per day, but all of the hotels seem to do it.
The beach beds and umbrellas are free and yes, you will have to get up at the crack of dawn to beat anyone else to the ones you want!
The hotel attracts mainly Italians, French and Germans which suited us as we wanted to get away from the typical British holiday makers.
We always found the other guests to be polite with no major issues.
The one thing that we just cannot take anymore is the weather as we would always get at least two days of cloud/rain in the 10 night holiday. When the Euro dropped dramatically we felt that taking a holiday costing 30% more for rain was just not worth it. We always stayed at the hotel as private guests, paying in Euros.
None of this had anything to do with the hotel! In my opinion, this is the best hotel on the resort and I have stayed in many here for the past 26 years.
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- Also Known As:
- Cambridge Hotel Jesolo Lido