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.
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.
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.
Saturnia guests have access to a gym a short walk from the hotel.
Old-world charm and plenty of helpful advice.
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Very central
- Offers the kind of reassuring service and facilities that many slicker operations don’t
- Old-fashioned rather than cutting edge