“Modern family-friendly hotel on the Lido with an eye for contemporary art; a 15 minute boat ride from St Mark’s Square”
Being out of the city is good: you get a lot of room for your money and it’s blissfully quiet. We slept really well in the pared-back, monochrome rooms, which are well-equipped if a little impersonal. It’s a shame that the exciting modern art displays in the main reception and communal areas don’t extend into the bedrooms, too.
There are well-sized Standard Doubles; Deluxe Doubles, which have extra space and a fold-up single bed; Attic Rooms, which are a little dingy as they only have small windows at knee height, but a good option for larger groups (the Attic Family rooms sleep up to 5); Junior Suites, which are spacious with a double sofabed, and Suites, which have 2 double bedrooms. Bathrooms are spacious, though a little dull in décor, with power showers.
We slept in one of the ground-floor rooms (which are all very quiet) - a large Deluxe Double with a desk, a flatscreen TV, small pouffes and a great view of the garden.
Hotel Villa Pannonia might serve breakfast at an extra cost, but it's very good. One of the worst things about central Venice hotels is their rubbishy breakfasts - there’s a strange predilection for pre-packaged croissants and anything-but-fresh bread rolls. Here, there’s nothing of the sort. We really enjoyed our big breakfast: several types of fresh pastries, breads, honey, yoghurt, cereal and cake, served with boiled eggs, ham, cheese, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. In the summer, you can breakfast in the garden where modern tables are shaded with umbrellas.
No other meals are served but you can have coffees and drinks from the bar delivered to your room or the garden, and breakfast can be served in your room for a small fee.
As for eating out, Venice is a strange city for food and the Lido is no exception. There are plenty of tourist-friendly restaurants on the Gran Viale, under 5 minutes’ walk away, but they didn’t dazzle us: menus in 5 languages with pizza, pasta and panini of varying quality. It's probably best to seek recommendations from reception. For an expensive treat, we’d recommend Venissa on Mazzorbo Island, a short boat ride away. Otherwise, perhaps have lunch in Venice while sightseeing, and dinner too, if you can, where there’s certainly more atmosphere.
There are snack bars on the beach which are open during the summer season, serving drinks, pizza slices and paninis, and a couple of good delis on the Gran Viale if you want to buy picnic food for a day out cycling round the Lido.
Hotel Villa Pannonia is welcoming to children of all ages - we took our baby and they provided a cot and bedding plus a highchair in the morning, and they warmed milk and baby food when necessary through the day.
The Lido is great for little children, with the beach and a distinct lack of bridges to carry your pushchair over; a refreshing change from central Venice, which is actually quite difficult with a toddler. The hotel has extra beds too, for older children.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All the rooms have extra beds except the Standard Doubles; the Deluxe Doubles have a fold-out bed and enough room for it, the Junior Suites have a double sofabed, and the Suites have 2 double bedrooms. There are also a couple of Attic Family rooms which can sleep up to 5 - a good budget option for families.
Highchairs are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
We found a couple of nice gelateria on the main drag that made us happy; older kids might like to hire bikes and explore the island too.