Hotel Quattro Fontane
Since for the previous week or so we had been staying in Murano and Venice, arriving in Lido was a little bit of a shock. It had been a while since we had seen a car or a bus or anything other than boats as a mode of transportation for that matter. So, we stepped off the boat and immediately come upon a roundabout filled with cars, buses, bicycles and scooters. Having become quite accustomed to walking while being in Venice we decided to start the 15 to 20 minute walk to our hotel. In the same way that Venice is known for it's winding streets and alleyways, Lido is known it's beaches and laid back vacation feels.
The walk to the hotel pretty much runs parallel to the beach the whole way, we passed a few street vendors and a few little curbside bars and restaurants. The main building sits just behind the front gate and is easy to spot by the lush ivy climbing up it's walls. Since our room wasn't ready when we arrived we decided to leave our luggage, walk back into town and rent a scooter for the day. This was also when we learned that it's completely normal for a hotel in Italy to request to keep your passport for a short period of time to process your check in.
The hotel property is a lot larger than I expected. Each common area is ornately decorated with eye catching pieces that will leave you wondering... We still want to know what was inside the trunk in the East building. There is a large courtyard with a beautiful tree that looms over, providing shade and a romantic atmosphere. And the courtyard is filled with various flowers, plants and little lizards. In the Summer, you can spend the evening dining outside among the flowers and candlelight. One evening, after taking a jet lag induced nap, we were leaving our room to walk into town for dinner. When we stepped into the courtyard, we saw at least 20 of the hotel guests in wicker chairs sat among the flowers and plant life, drinking Prosecco and laughing as the sun slipped beneath the ocean waves. I remember wanting to stay but my stomach was taking me elsewhere...
TIP: Lido is all about slow living. So, take a break from exploring one evening, pour a glass of wine and spend an evening underneath that large courtyard tree enjoying the ocean air.
The rooms, also ornately decorated, have everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Our room didn't have a shower but it did have an unnaturally long tub. Everybody loves a good bath so this was a welcome exchange for us. Our room had large windows that opened like french doors over the courtyard. One morning we were there, we got caught in a Spring storm and hung our clothes in front of the window to let them dry. I remember the sun finally coming out and filtering onto the bed through the lace in my dress, little flecks of faded sunlight that told us we could get back on our way again, exploring the island.
I didn't find that any part of Venice lacked that old world charm, but Lido was like the California of Venice. There were motor vehicles for one thing, sandy beaches littered with bikini-clad designer-name-beach-tote bearing vacationers. The island is pretty small and easy to explore via scooter (we were able to rent one for 24 hours for around $35 which we thought was a STEAL, it costs twice that much in Capri).
There are quite a few gelato spots around town that have some pretty extensive flavor lists. There was also a beyond amazing Indian restaurant righ t on the main strip called Buddha Soul that I cannot recommend enough. One night, Chris stayed in with a fever (worst time ever to be sick on vacation in Italy) and I went out to dinner by myself. The waiter acted like it was the most out of thi world thing that I was eating alone but I thought it was nice. I arrived late (to Americans anyway) at around 8:30pm and decided to sit outside to watch the town slowly fade from bustling day time beach goers into late night gelato stops and bar hopping (of which there were only a few so there wasn't a lot of "hopping" per say). I tried several things off the menu and they were all some of the best Indian food I've had at any restaurant (doesn't beat at authentic at home cuisine of course, but what does!).
TIP: There are a few scooter rental places in Lido, I recommend the one on Via Negroponte 14/b, 30126. The service was amazing and the price was the best we saw during our whole time in Italy.
I have this weird fascination with room service and I really hope I'm not alone in that. So when I found out that we could have the option to have breakfast delivered to our room, I jumped all over it. It was relaxing to have breakfast in front of those french door style windows over the courtyard in our pajamas but I would still recommend heading to the dining room. Also, when you order breakfast to your room, you choose from a menu and some things do come at a surcharge whereas when you take breakfast in the dining room it is served buffet style and there are no surcharges.
I personally thought that the dining room breakfast surpassed the room service breakfast in quality AND quantity. There was wide variety of options from eggs, breakfast meats, scones and pastries, cereal, waffles, etc. Similar to an American buffet breakfast but the quality was much better.
Rooms Starting at $167*
*price based on current exchange rate
Kayti VS the World was invited as a guest of the Hotel Quattro Fontane however, as always, all opinions are my own