Ausonia Hungaria Wellness & Lifestyle ****
The impact that this hotel makes on visitors is immediate: the grand facade built out of polychrome maiolica in a Liberty style, which is the work of the ceramist Luigi Fabris, is just one example of the hotel’s glorious history, which was opened in 1907 and which immediately became an elite destination thanks to its perfect location, just a few metres from the beach and the Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta street. The peak of its popularity occurred straight after the First World War (during which it was closed) and this coincided with the boom of the Venice Lido, which, for some years now, has been home to one of the most important cinema festivals in the world. Artists and aristocrats from all over Europe would party into the early hours at this hotel’s club and wander amongst the furniture created by the Milanese designer Eugenio Quarti. What is more, the hotel’s furnishings, decoration and frescoes are still very popular with visitors even today and this is thanks to careful restoration work that was carried out in 2007 which brought out the best of the beautiful features in the two splendid halls on the ground floor, the ‘Sala delle Presentazioni’ and the ‘Salone degli incontri. Le quattro stagioni’. In the summertime guests can also enjoy the warm weather on the large and splendid terrace which faces the garden and the ‘I Fauni’ fountain. This exclusive location can also be used for receptions, meetings, conventions and even conferences together with the hotel’s other facilities that are available in the aforementioned halls, one of which is 100m² and the other 200m² in size. The well-being treatments available here are exclusive and original and they include using the Lanna Gaia Rejuvenation Centre and the large and well-equipped spa.
The Lanna Gaia Rejuvenation Centre at the Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria gets its name from one of the most ancient kingdoms in Thailand (Lanna), which is renowned for the special concept of well-being that is innate to its inhabitants, and the Goddess of the Earth, Gaia. The reference to Thailand is not casual however: this spa is actually a Thai Spa that is officially recognised by the government of Bangkok for the respect it shows to the local concept of well-being (the staff here have all graduated from the Lanna Thai Academy) and the furnishings and range of treatments available, which consist of massage, face, body and sports treatments, rejuvenation programmes and beauty treatments. Guests can also make use of the Turkish bath, aromatic bath, Finnish sauna, infrared rays sauna (which is very good for rheumatism, lumbago, arthritis and cellulite), multi-sensory showers, a Kneipp circuit, hydromassage tub and a relaxation room where tea and fresh fruit is available.
Of the hotel’s 80 rooms, 60 are furnished with original furniture that dates back to 1905, created by the cabinet maker Eugenio Quarti, whilst the other 20 are decorated in a modern and sophisticated style. There are 5 room types to choose from: Deluxe, Classic, Comfort,, Junior Suite and Suite, and these latter choices even have a small living room. The in-room facilities include satellite television, Sky TV, Pay TY, ADSL internet and a mini bar, and there are also special rooms for disabled guests.
Ristorante & Gran Bar Hungaria has its own terrace where guests can dine during the warmer months and it is open to the public all year round, serving up seasonal menus that are inspired by the local cuisine (thus there is a large choice of fish dishes). The chefs serve meat from Italy and other countries and always use fresh and top quality ingredients, and the wine card is also top quality and a wine connoisseur is on hand to recommend the best wine for your meal.
Some of the hotel’s services and facilities:
The Venice Lido is known around the world for being home to the oldest and, still today, one of the most prestigious cinema festivals since 1932, and each year it hosts the biggest film stars from all over the world. Its local fame as a fantastic seaside resort was known even before it became famous for the cinema festival however; in the 1800s it was a popular holiday destination and home to numerous artists and writers such as George Gordon Byron and Thomas Mann, who set a large number of his literary masterpieces here, including ‘Death in Venice’. From a tourism point of view, there are plenty of attractions here, for example: the Murazzi from the 18th Century, which were built to defend the area from storm surges; the numerous Liberty style buildings; and the Jewish cemetery. The Venice Lido cannot compete with city of Venice though, which is just 15 minutes away by ferry. Venice is one of the most famous and popular cities in the world and it is certainly worth visiting and taking plenty of time to wander around the island, starting from the Piazza San Marco , going along the characteristic small allies, over the bridges and, of course, to the museums, some of which are amongst the most prestigious in the world. A visit to Murano and Burano is also a must, the former being famous for its centuries-old glasswork traditions and the latter being renowned for its lace-making. There are various places both along the coastline and in the hinterground that reflect this area’s history and Venetian style, from the Brenta Riviera to Portogruaro, Caorle and Chioggia.
Near the fair
Beach with sunbeds and umbrellas