Sant'Elena - Best Western

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Address: Calle Buccari 10, Sant'Elena, Venice, 30132, Italy

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.9

Quiet and chic, this hotel is ideal for Film Festival-goers, Biennale art fans... and families.

At peak times, finding somewhere reasonably-priced to lay your head in Venice can be difficult: the Sant’Elena, with its 76 rooms, is a good place to try; even at highest-season moments, this hotel’s prices compare favourably with those of other four-stars. For visitors to the nearby Biennale, or to the Film Festival – one vaporetto stop away on the Lido – it’s ideal.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.5
90%

Location

In a former convent, and with a pretty garden in what used to be the cloister, the Sant’Elena is in the district of the same name: a brisk half-hour walk from St Mark’s, it’s not central by any means, but I love its residential charm. It’s tranquil, leafy and great if you’re travelling with children who’ll appreciate the lagoon-side park at the end of the street.

Bedrooms

The 76 rooms and suites are spacious, modern, and black and white without being too coldly minimalist. The Sant’Elena is one of Venice’s few hotels with excellent disabled access.

Public areas

The elegant minimalist approach begins the moment you enter the door; the spiral central staircase is quite an eye-catcher. The garden in what used to be the convent’s cloister is a great place to escape the crowds and relax.

Eating and drinking

The breakfast buffet is very well stocked with pastries, fruit, cheeses and meats. The hotel’s Valentine’s Restaurant & Bar, with its view over the garden, serves Venetian staples, including much seafood, done competently.

Service

Professional.

Who stays there

With its well equipped, 50-person conference room, the Sant’Elena is a popular spot for business meetings. But parents and children love the garden and quiet neighbourhood, and anyone looking to visit the Biennale or the Film Festival on a budget will appreciate the Sant’Elena’s excellent prices.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet residential neighbourhood
  • Efficient service
  • Good-sized bedrooms with contemporary décor
  • A good way from the centre
  • The 1930s building is a far cry from a classic Venetian palazzo
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