Rivamare3.0 out of 5.0
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We have been coming to Venice lido off and on for over 20 years, we love its calm and tranquility after the heat and crowds of venice and the beautiful beaches. This was our first stay at Hotel Rivermare with our two kids age 18 and 15. We had booked a quadruple room for seven nights and were pleasantly surprised when on arrival they had upgraded us at no extra charge to a double and a triple as they thought due to the ages of the kids this would be better. the rooms were opposite each other,spotlessly clean with air con and plenty of towels and storage. The hotel is not on the main drag but 50 yards from beautiful beach rio where you can hire 2 umbrellas and 4 sun loungers for either a full day 50 euros or half a day 25 euros. the hotel will hire beach towels for 2.5 euros each a day.Lovely restaurant and cafe but the guy who runs it is a rude old sod ! Back to the hotel, Breakfast is served on the terrace and dining room and is a real treat. Fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, jams and cakes, fresh bread and rolls, wonderful juices and jugs of water flavoured with fresh lemon, grapefruit and herbs, a large selection of teas and coffee. Cappuccinos and lattes can be ordered from the staff. in the evening you can enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace surrounded by the owners beautiful plants and flowers and Cat Apollo. Bikes can be hired from the hotel at a cost of 7 euros each a day and we cycled down to the other end of the island, hopped onto a ferry and visited the gorgeous island of Pellestrina, where we discovered deserted,unspoilt beaches and ended up drinking with the locals at a church fundraiser! From the hotel it is about a 20 to 30 minute walk to the main waters stop for Venice but there are plenty of cafes, shops and restauants on the way, you are in a residential area on this pretty walk and you feel like a local. I can't recommend this hotel enough, its a little gem, we have stayed in self catering apartments, the big posh Alsonia and Hungaria hotel on the main drag ( terrible staff, nice building )! and various others over the years, but Rivamare was my most enjoyable stay, lovely staff, chilled out vibe and the real lido experience, coming back next year for sure.
In April Lido do Venezia is a chilled out place, but handy for central Venice. We stayed in a triple room with en suite with a good shower. Plenty of storage for clothing etc. Lovely period features such as the shuttered windows. All was very clean and well maintained, the staff materialised when you needed them but weren't over attentive, several spoke very good English and were helpful with recommendations for food etc. They offer yoga, meditation and reiki but on a short stay we didn't take any. It would have been nice to have some more charging points when trying to keep cameras and phones all topped up, but we managed fine. Breakfast was very good, lots of home baking and good coffee. Located within 20-30 min walk from the water boats to connect throughout the Venetian islands, or there are buses.
I was content with this hotel as I was attending a conference on the Lido and it is very close to the convention centre. My room was fine, although some of my colleagues who weren't staying on the ground floor were a lot less happy than I was. The breakfast was very good, lots of home made items incl jams. Staff are friendly and helpful.
I was disappointed at first that the hotel was so far from the centre of the Lido, and the vaporetto stop, but I need not have been. A taxi cost between 8 and 13 euros, depending on the time of day, luggage, and the mood of the driver! The public beach is less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Be aware though, the first beach belongs to Excelsior Hotel, and they will chase you off, even sat on a towel. The public part begins just before the water break, you can set towels down here, and won't be charged. After the break, there are sun loungers, but they are booked for the whole year apparently (on the front line) but you can pay for one further back. There is a nice bar / restaurant there too. Back to the hotel. The room was splendid. It was a complete delight every day to come back into such a cool room which had been cleaned perfectly. Our room overlooked the Tennis Club of Venice, and we were lucky enough to be there during the under 18 boys Galea cup, which made for very interesting viewing, on a chair, on the balcony, (sipping Prosecco of course!). The shower was the only thing about the room I didn't like, it was very small, and claustrophobic, but there were lashings of hot water, so all good! The hotel have their own bikes, which you can hire at 7 euros a day, we did this, and cycled to the supermarket (about 3 mile round trip) but for us, not being used to having no gears, and cycling in a 30 degree heat, we didn't do it again! Perhaps we should have chosen a cooler time to set off. The bus stop for Saint Marie Elisabetta vaporetto and for the centre of the Lido is a 5 minute walk up past the very grand Excelsior hotel. Busses are regular. We bought a 60 euro week pass for busses and vaporetto, and not only did this save us a fortune, but also saved all the faffing around finding change and buying ticket. Busses run every ten minutes or so. The main part of Venice, San Marco, took about 10 mins on the vaporetto, and then you were thrust right into the maddening crowds and all of the fun of the tourist trails. Back to the hotel! Breakfast was lovely, this is a family run hotel, and husband and wife were always around in the morning overseeing the proceedings with a cheery smile. On offer were home made cakes, croissants, cereal, fruit, yoghurt, bread rolls, cheese and ham, so there was something there for everyone! All in all, we were very pleased that we chose this hotel, as being in a nice quiet area, we could stroll to the beach, or travel to the mayhem. I guess it depends what you like doing most. If you want to be in the tourist trap area, elbowing your way to the front to glimpse the Bridge of Sighs, or one of the other 'top ten', then this might not be the hotel for you. If you want to combine beach, with city, then this place is a dream come true!
In reminiscing about my stay a year ago, I was inspired (remembered!) to write a review. I stayed with my wife and 2 teenage boys July 2014. We had a car for our trip around Italy and it was very easy to take the car ferry to Lido and park on the street near by the hotel. We found the location perfect as it gave us the opportunity to experience Venice and then come "home" to quiet Lido where we could go for an evening swim and/or walk. Staff was very helpful in recommending things to do and places to eat. They recommended the Tennis club for our first night's dinner and it was inexpensive and amazing; giving us a local experience as we were the only tourists there. While the room was simply adequate (very clean and quiet), we spent very little time there, so it wasn't an issue. The homemade pastries, etc. for breakfast were a real hit as well.
This small hotel is close to the beach, tennis club and a boat ride for downtown Venice. The location is on a busy street with many loud motor bikes and trucks in the early hours of the morning. Clean but signs of wear, need a make over.
My partner and I stayed here during a tour of Italy. We've been to Venice many times and this hotel was not one we'd return to. The price was very inexpensive but for good reason. For a little extra money you can find much better accommodation in lido. The room was ok but it was warm and getting from the hotel into the main strip in lido was a journey and Venice even further.
This is a small boutique hotel with 40 or so rooms. Just so you know, there are no elevators which was fine for us. The staff is warm and friendly...eager to help so that you have the best time possible. The rooms are small but comfortable. The furnishings are simple but enough. Who really travels to stay in the room all day anyway right? The cold breakfast buffet was adequate with cheeses, hams, salamis, hard boiled eggs, breads, cereal and fruits. Let's not forget the great coffee. The public beach which was clean and beautiful is only a two minute walk from the hotel. All in all, I would recommend this small hotel for anyone planning a stay in Lido, Venice.
Came here with my boyfriend in mid June for a very last minute 4 days trip which was a deal from Groupon. Underestimated the distance, we dragged all our small luggages and bags to the hotel on the far-est route along the beach which was the worst decision we had made (as well as not getting gelato at the very beginning, no gelato shop once you left the main street! It was boiling hot man!). Oh well, at least we managed to take a quick glimpse at the sea as we wished (which we thought would be quite romantic haha) :P But it was frustrating to find out how beautiful the other private beaches are and nicely kept while ours was small, that was full of big shells (yet, I have collected loads of nice shells!!**). If you have bought the Vaporetto pass like us, the bus fare is included (they never check anyway). However the info for buses were AWEFUL!! They told us to take bus A but turns out many bus going to diff destination are also bus A! Ask before you get on! They never tell you where to get off, it was so hard to tell in the dark. The hotel looks traditional and local, even a bit 80's if you ask me, but the staffs were very nice and welcoming. We stayed there for 3 nights and we indeed enjoyed the stay. Despite the horrifying old mirror on next to the stairs that frightened me so much also the old corridor( we were on the (Bri)1st floor (USA)2nd floor... the floor above ground floor). Most things are fine. The room was so clean and the bathroom was quite big (except the bathtub) and looking new. We even had a balcony for ourselves! overviewing the tennis court and you can also take a glimpse at the sea around the corner. Not the most beautiful view you could imagine but quite pleasant I would say. If you very cautious to privacy and safty, please note that the balcony is connected to the one next door which they use a huge, biggie plant to separate it. As there was a huge over head (rainbow style! if you know what i mean) wardrobe you could tell this room was probably designed for long stay. In fact Lido island is quite a place for long vacation, very relaxing. Once we lived on and we didn't find it troublesome to travel to the main island as we thought. Take number Boat 2 or 6, they are quickest ones. Restaurants are cheaper with a less touristy and chill atmosphere which we both like a lot. It also felt v safe. We left everything on the beach while playing in the sea or leaving balcony opened. The cold breakfast was okay, got most basic stuffs with special homemade jams and cakes everyday. I was intrigued with the amount of biscuits and sweets for breakfast, so Italian like to eat sweet in the morning? :D Writing on behalf of both of us, generally we love our time spent in Rivamare. One thing that really put off was our double bed was actually two single beds putting tgt :( this wasn't very couple friendly haha ;)
Aleema (who I believe is the owner) and Alaina (if I spell it correctly) were very very very friendly and helpful. Alaina was so lovely to provide us hot water at night although the hotel did not provide any jug or kettle. Added plus ;) Aleema gave me the Lido map when I decided to rent a bike on one pitiful day (I lost my vaporetto pass a day before I head to another city) and she even advised me where to go and thank God that my pass was missing. I got to visit parts of Lido where very small number of visitors had visited. A 3 hours return ride from the Hotel to Alberoni (yes, I cycle very slow as I was enjoying the view and stopped at a dock for the peaceful scenery). I got to rent a bike at only 7 euro a day from this hotel, so cheap and it is a good and sturdy bike- with the hotel name on it! Near to bus stop, maybe 2-3min walk. Lovely neighbourhood, so quiet at night. LOVELY and tasty breakfast. The croissant was so tasty, we had a lot of it throught our 3 nights stay there. Clean room, they change the towel everyday and rearranged our stuffs. Free wifi too. I love this hotel!
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