A short walk from the Lido’s main Santa Maria Elisabetta vaporetto stop, and not much further to the beach, the Hungaria (as it’s usually known) is ideally placed for holiday-makers easily overwhelmed by too many churches and museums.
The recent refurbishment did away some of the Hungaria’s frayed edges but the feel at this hotel definitely remains romantically dated grandeur. Most of the rooms are large-ish by Venetian standards have some lovely Art Nouveau pieces.
A recent restoration brought some lovely murals and fittings from the original 1905 decorations to light. This seaside hotel has a splendid terrace on which to recover from the rigors of, er, lying about on the beach.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s restaurant is not cheap and the food is nothing to write home about. I advise you to try elsewhere.
The Hungaria has not one but two spas: the Lanna Gaia which offers Thai massage and treatments, and an Alain Mességué centre with its herbal treatments and special health-restoring diets. There’s a private stretch of beach where you can rent deckchairs and umbrellas.
Who stays there
The Hungaria appeals to parents who want to buy themselves a little museum time by doing beach-in-return-for-sightseeing deals with their children. But more mature travellers also enjoy the old-world Hungaria experience… and the calm of being this far away from the hordes in Venice proper.
Adding two extra beds if you’re travelling with children under 18 won’t add anything to your bill but I would opt to splash out on a family room with more space. Book well ahead to secure a room here during the Film Festival.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- A great old-fashioned base for a Venetian seaside holiday
- A 20-minute boat ride away from the sights
- Parts of the hotel are on the frayed side of charming