We stayed here two nights when visiting Venice. Abano Terme is a spa town, riddled with hotels and almost nothing else of note. The average visitor appears to be over sixty and enjoying disposable income, so the average standard of hotels and shops is quite high.
We took full-board at the Universal and the meals were the best feature of the stay. Each lunch and dinner includes a large buffet of salads, antipasti, and desserts, plus a choice of primi and secondi piatti. Everything we were served was lick-the-plate good.
The spa's been redecorated within the last year or two and is very modern looking. The same old staff remain, however, so you'll get a very good but traditional massage.
The hotel has indoor and outdoor heated pools--big, but not enormous. If you don't have a swimming cap, you'll have to buy one, and the policy about towels is unclear--they charged us for two when we actually got four from the attendent.
For what you'd pay in Venice for a small room and no food you can get a five-star food, a good pool, and an average room by Italian standards. The train station is within a mile of the hotel and gets you to Venice in about 45 minutes.
We would definitely stay here again when visiting Venice.
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