Saturnia & International

San Marco 2398, Via XXII Marzo, Venice, Italy, 30124

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By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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#27 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
3.5
3.5
Eating/drinking:
3.5
3.5
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
4
4.0
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Saturnia & International

Old-fashioned charm and professional service in a central Venice 14th-century palazzo.

The Saturnia & International celebrated its 100th birthday in 2008, and it’s every inch the classic Venetian hotel. Owned by the Serandrei family – the fourth generation of which shook up the dozy local hotel scene in 2000 with their Ca' Pisani Art-Deco boutique – the Saturnia combines traditional Venetian décor, a location in the very heart of the city and an old-fashioned welcome from very professional hotel hosts.

Location: 

Step out the front door on to Via XXII Marzo and you know you’re in the thick of things. Turn left, and it’s a five-minute saunter (if you can get past Ferragamo, Gucci and Prada) to St Mark’s square; turn right, and in ten minutes you’re at the Accademia gallery. The La Fenice opera house is just around the corner.

Bedrooms: 

The whole hotel is a rather endearing mishmash of original features of the 14th-century palace, classic Venetian plush, beautiful Art Deco pieces, Arts & Crafts-style faux-Renaissance details and surprising contemporary touches. This also applies to the 89 rooms and suites, which overlook either the Via XXII Marzo or a little canal where light sleepers may find the antics of passing gondoliers tiresome. If you have a style preference, I strongly recommend contacting the hotel directly before arrival to explain the kind of ambience you’d like: you’ll find them unfailingly accommodating.

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Public areas: 

The eclectic lobby, with its carved marble panels and dark wood staircase, is charming. There’s a pretty flower-filled courtyard where meals are served. The top floor sundeck, with its view over Venetian roofs to Santa Maria della Salute church, is a stunning place to recover from a day’s sightseeing with a glass of prosecco. As Italian health and safety regulations forbid irons in hotel rooms, the Saturnia has provided a special ironing room for guests who wish to remove their own creases.

Eating and drinking: 

The hotel's La Caravella restaurant oozes the same old-world poise and charm as the rest of the hotel. Ingredients in the fairly traditional, heavily seafood-slanted dishes are certainly very fresh but the standard is more competent than excellent and I find the price tag is rather high.

Leisure facilities: 

Saturnia guests have access to a gym a short walk from the hotel.

Service: 

Old-world charm and plenty of helpful advice.

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Who stays there: 

The hotel is popular with older travellers who appreciate the excellent service, and being so close to the major sights. But families are also happily catered for: some junior suites have loft spaces where single beds can be added.

Pros: 
Offers the kind of reassuring service and facilities that many slicker operations don’t
Very central
Cons: 
Old-fashioned rather than cutting edge

More information on Saturnia & International:

Price from:
£52
Type:
Hotel
Address:
San Marco 2398, Via XXII Marzo, Venice, Italy, 30124
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
San Marco

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