Rose bushes and geraniums decorate the gardens of this Art Nouveau property on Venice Lido. Within steps of a Vaporetto stop, the Hotel Mabapa is suited to those seeking a peaceful location close to beaches, yet with quick access to Venice's tourist spots. A 10-minute boat ride from St. Mark's Square, guests can enjoy breakfast on the garden terrace, cycle to the beach for a quick dip, then be in the center of Venice's tourist area just as the crowds take a break for lunch. Dinner on Lido can be taken in any number of restaurants that populate the island, most of which are quiet and inexpensive compared to what's on offer in more tourist-trodden areas. Alternatively, the Hotel Mabapa puts on an elegant affair with a pianist serenading diners in the moonlight. The best rooms here have views of the garden and the lagoon.