History Enchanting elegance
The magnificence and splendour of Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort was born out of a desire to create the most luxurious hotel in the world: the visionary entrepreneur Nicolò Spada and the world-class architect Giovanni Sardi combined their forces to transform the Venice Lido into a glorious destination for rich and famous personalities, creating a fairy-tale hotel in a typical Belle Époque style, borrowing elements of historical influences, including the elaborate Moorish designs as well as large domes and skylights made possible by new engineering techniques.
This extraordinary hotel opened on 21st July 1908 to great acclaim, with a lavish oceanfront party for over 3,000 guests from around the globe.
The Lido landmark, designed to reassemble a Venetian luxury palace, quickly became the destination for the rich and famous, film stars and royalty.
Notable guests over the years have included Winston Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, John Steinbeck, Ingrid Bergman and the Aga Khan.
In 1932, Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort was launched into the magical world of movies, welcoming the first ever Venice Film Festival on its outstanding terrace.
Since then it has become an integral part of the world-famous festival, which, in recent years has attracted red-carpet stars such as Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
Today, over a century since its glorious opening, this 5-star destination remains an idyllic retreat for those seeking hospitality, luxury and glamour rarely seen since the Golden Age.
Its unique atmosphere, combined with its exceptional facilities, 197 stylish rooms and suite, event spaces, beach, location and proximity to Venice, enchants thousands of visitors every season and leaves them with truly unforgettable memories.