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.
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.
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.
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.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
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