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ABOVE: The Hotel Excelsior faces the Adriatic Sea, with its own private beach. In the background, you can see the Venetian Lagoon and Venice's historic center.

The Hotel Excelsior on the Lido di Venezia, Venice's resort island, has been renovated for the 2013 season. The five-star luxury hotel reopened on April 10 after its winter hiatus with new carpeting, restored tapestries, replacement of bathtubs with large showers, new plasma TVs, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel premises (including the Excelsior's private beach).

The Moorish-style Hotel Excelsior has attracted well-heeled resort guests to the Lido since July 21, 1908, when some 3,000 invited guests and 30,000 Venetians attended the palatial hotel's opening-night festivities. (See hotel history.) In 1932, the Venice Film Festival made its debut in the Hotel Excelsior.

The Excelsior is a bit out of the way for city people like us, but if you're visiting Venice in the summer and you'd like to sit on a beach or enjoy a drink by the Adriatic after a day of sightseeing--and if you can afford the rates--it's a tempting place to stay.

For more information, visit the Hotel Excelsior's Web site. As always, we suggest that you compare the hotel's published rates with discounted rates at our two booking partners. See Venere: Hotel Excelsior and Booking.com: Hotel Excelsior for current offers.

Photo: Hotel Excelsior.

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