The San Clemente ticks all the available boxes
Having recently returned from three nights at this hotel, we simply cannot rate it too highly. The entire hotel exudes an air of quiet and understated elegance.The staff were universally friendly and accommodating, though unobtrusive. The room was impeccably prepared, superbly equipped and well maintained throughout our all too short stay. The location of the hotel is a major advantage for those who value the opportunity to escape from the crowds which fill the city itself to overflowing. The motor launch transfer to and from the city works extremely well, and is totally reliable. Al fresco buffet breakfast in the hotel's enclosed courtyard was also excellent. The recently opened hotel is set upon its own private island, and offers its own tennis courts, gardens and pool facilities. This is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at, and although it is undoubtedly expensive, we assessed it to be well worth every penny.
We have just returned from a magical 3 night stay.
My fiancee and I have travelled extensively and stayed at some of the finest hotels in the world. However, nothing compares to the excellence of the San Clemente Palace. The room, albeit a junior suite (which I would highly recommend), was massive, overlooking the lagoon and the attention to detail was pronounced throughout. We ate at both Le Maschere and the more formal restaurant and both were superb and the service exquisite. The pool was beautiful and the shuttle service prompt, reliable and luxurious. It was diificult to leave the island to visit Venice itself that was swarmed with tourists and pigeons but lovely to return in the evenings for an unrivalled atmosphere of calm, romance and pampering.
I could not criticise it anyway and would love to return. Although it was expensive, you most certainly get what you pay for and it would seem that the Cipriani has a true rival - dare I say a superior one at that.
Cannot Say Enough!!
My husband and i just arrived home from 4 nights at the San Clemente Palace and it was wonderful!
The hotel is stunning and the grounds are lush and perfectly kept. The hotel itself is huge! A former Montesary, it feels like a castle! The rooms are large by European standards and elegantly appointed with marble baths, lovely silk draperies and lovely linens. The staff was wonderful and extremely helpful. the breakfast buffet was enormous and delcious! Had so many choices, we had a hard time deciding!
The water taxi was really enjoyable. Gave you unparalled views of Venice and the surrounding sights. The ride took 20 minutes and was lovely. The taxis ran ofter, every 15-20 minutes and we hardly ever waited.
Get a room with a view, it makes it extra special! And be sure to visit the pool if the weather is right. So peaceful. You really can enjoy the peace and quiet here and the hustle and bustle once you reach Venice! A++++
Magical wedding in Venice
What can I say, if you think the Cipriani or Gritti Palace are any good, you have not tried luxury yet. Forget the Danielli, the pictures are fab, but this is a 1960 Russian concrete complex once you pass the entrance facade. Our family of 6 have just returned from a 10 day (yes that is ten day) stay at the San Clemente Palace, where we both got married in what can only be described as the most romantic city in the world. The hotel was stunning, the rooms beautiful, big, light and airy fantastic suites, clean linen each day, service to die for, instant room service, the childrens evening room service meal was a life saver. I read lots of reviews before we went and they are all true, this is a GEM. Allesandro and all of the concierges will sort everything out. Most of all they love children and what with the amazingly pool, snack side bar and gardens it was such a big hit with them. This must be the only luxury 5 star + hotel in Venice with it's own pool and grounds AND that loves families. Try Quadri's, Osteria Olivio Nero (the best place in VENICE), Antico Pignolo, Trattoria Do Forni (just ask the Concierge they know all of the best places to go and arrange everything!!), Go to Harrys Bar and dont expect much change, Florins but expect to be charged 5euro to sit down, but most of all go off the tourist routes, go over the Rialto Bridge go local and everything will be half price. A must to return to.
Incredibly Romantic Trip
Spent three nights at this wonderful hotel - not nearly enough! Having waited 30 years to revisit Venice my husband took me to the San Clemente as part of a 50th birthday treat. It certainly was a treat. I felt cacooned and looked after from the moment we handed over our luggage on the free shuttle boat. This is a beautiful and peaceful oasis but only a boat trip away from the wonders that Venice offers. Can't wait to go again - for longer next time. I think it must be best in the summer as we spent lazy days by the pool and then into Venice in the early evening for the sights, a concert, a meal or just to wander the streets. Service superb, linen sheets changed daily (towels more often). Wonderful breakfast taken in the courtyard. Do visit!
isola di San Clemente
Renaissance façade of San Clemente (Apr 09)
New Year in Venice
I will be spending new year in Venice and staying in the Marghera area on the mainland. What happens on New Year's Eve? I assume people will congregate in St Marks Square? Will we find somewhere to eat or should we eat on the mainland first and then make our way into Venice? If so what time? What about transport back to the hotel afterwards? I have never been to Venice before but its been on my wish list for years...... can't wait!
RE: New Year in Venice
We will also be in Venice on New Years and we are also looking for something fun to do, and somewhere nice to eat before we get to St Marks SQuare. We are staying at the San Clemente Palace which is on an island near St. Marks square.
RE: RE: New Year in Venice
New Year's Eve in Venice is absolutely fantastic. I'll be there this year finishing research for the fourth edition of my menu translator/restaurant guide Eating & Drinking in Italy. Venice tends to be expensive around the holidays (the fixed price menu at the restaurant that I am dining at on New Years is quite expensive compared to its usual prices, althoug liquor is included). Everyone tends to gather in St. Mark's square and it is magical. Although I don't recommend that you stay in Mestre on the mainland, if you are, you must get into Venice and see how fantastic it is on New Year's. The festivities are only rivaled by Amsterdam (where I spent last New Year's Eve working on my Amsterdam guide) or Paris. Hope you have a great time in Venice for the holidays!
RE: New Year in Venice
Hi there! I know this is a bit late but, if you're reading this, can you please tell me where you're going! I'm flying out tomorrow and i have no idea where to spend New Year in Venice! Apparently, all the restaurants need to be booked well in advance - do u know if they're having celebrations in St mark's Square?