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Overview: St. Regis Venice, Italy

To kick off our journey to Italy & France, we spent a complete of 4 nights in Venice. I hadn’t been to Venice in over 20 years, so I figured it was time to take a look at this magical place once more. I’ll share my ideas on Venice as such in a separate submit, however I’ll say upfront that we had an unbelievable time. In equity, we lucked out with good climate, and prevented peak season (the place I really feel prefer it wouldn’t be very pleasurable).

I used to be additionally excited to have the ability to assessment two factors resorts that been on my radar — the St. Regis Venice, the place we stayed for one evening, and The Gritti Palace Venice, a Marriott Luxurious Gather property, the place we stayed for 3 nights.

Stepping into, my expectation was that I’d favor Gritti Palace by far, on condition that it’s historic, has such a way of place, and is considered one of many metropolis’s finest resorts. Nicely, in the long run I completely beloved the St. Regis, and need we had spent a couple of evening right here.

Let’s get proper into the assessment…

Reserving the St. Regis Venice

I redeemed Marriott Bonvoy factors for our one evening keep on the St. Regis. The resort was charging 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy factors, and for context, I worth Bonvoy factors at 0.7 cents every.

This was a spectacular worth, on condition that the resort was charging over 1,700 Euro per evening for a base room if paying money. Luxurious resort pricing as world journey begins to get well is simply other-worldly, and I don’t attempt to make sense of pricing anymore. That is true in so many locations.

St. Regis Venice room fee

I made a decision to use a Marriott suite evening award to our reservation, and was happy that this was confirmed a few days upfront. The improve was to a St. Regis Suite, which retailed for over 3,200 Euro per evening. Discuss a great use of factors… typically Bonvoy is superior!

St. Regis Venice suite fee

St. Regis Venice historical past

The 169-room St. Regis Venice solely opened in 2019. Venice has a whole lot of historic buildings, in order you’d anticipate, this isn’t a brand new construct. Relatively this resort was the previous Westin Europa & Regina, but it surely underwent a major renovation for 2 years, earlier than being rebranded as a St. Regis.

Going again even additional than that, this resort initially opened in 1895, because the Grand Lodge Britannia. So the resort has a whole lot of historical past, and a few of that’s preserved.

St. Regis Venice location

The St. Regis Venice is positioned proper on the Grand Canal. and consists of a number of distinct buildings — within the under image, that features the Regina and Europa buildings (therefore the title of the unique Westin property).

St. Regis Venice exterior
Venice Grand Canal

In case you’re arriving from the airport or prepare station, the one approach to get to the resort is by water taxi, so that you’d entry the resort via the entrance entrance — what a enjoyable approach to arrive at a resort!

The water taxi from the airport takes round 40 minutes, and a non-public water taxi prices round 130 Euro. In the meantime the water taxi from the prepare station takes round quarter-hour, and a non-public water taxi prices round 60 Euro. Clearly that’s not low cost, however the water taxis are very nice, and I can’t think about they’re low cost to personal and function.

St. Regis Venice entrance
St. Regis Venice entrance

The St. Regis Venice additionally has a again entrance, which you should use to entry the streets. You possibly can mainly stroll throughout Venice from right here, as there are many bridges connecting many of the islands. The St. Regis can be close to Calle XXII Marzo, which is a avenue with a number of the highest finish procuring within the metropolis.

St. Regis Venice entrance
St. Regis Venice entrance
Buying close to the St. Regis Venice

Since we stayed at each the St. Regis and Gritti Palace, I also needs to level out that the 2 resorts are shut to 1 one other — you may stroll between them in only a few minutes, although it does get a bit tough with baggage (between the cobblestone streets and crossing bridges).

St. Regis Venice check-in & foyer

The general public areas of the St. Regis Venice are expansive and really feel extremely luxurious. No, the resort doesn’t have the sense of place that Gritti Palace does, however there are nonetheless so many lovely points to the design, from the paintings, to the lighting, to the main points on the ceilings, to the flooring.

If you enter the resort from the canal facet, there’s first an extended hallway main towards reception and the visitor rooms.

St. Regis Venice foyer
St. Regis Venice foyer
St. Regis Venice foyer

There’s an enormous foyer seating space — it virtually looks like a waste that this isn’t used a bar or a spot for afternoon tea. Then once more, the bar space is so beautiful as nicely, and has views.

St. Regis Venice foyer
St. Regis Venice foyer
St. Regis Venice foyer

Additionally within the foyer is a library space — given at what a premium area is available in Venice, it’s unbelievable how a lot area is devoted to public areas for visitors that aren’t actually monetized.

St. Regis Venice library
St. Regis Venice library

Reception was proper within the heart space of the foyer, and consisted of two desks the place visitors might be seated whereas checking in.

St. Regis Venice reception
St. Regis Venice reception

The concierge desk is adjoining to that.

St. Regis Venice concierge desk

Our check-in expertise was nice — the affiliate checking us in was pleasant and environment friendly. On account of my Bonvoy Titanium standing, she gave us the selection of 1,000 bonus factors or complimentary breakfast, and naturally we selected the latter.

She additionally launched us to one of many St. Regis butlers, who escorted us to the room (which I wouldn’t normally comply with, however within the case of St. Regis I’m all the time completely satisfied to ask them for a pot of espresso on arrival, since that’s an ordinary a part of the butler service).

St. Regis Venice one bed room suite

We had been assigned room 2102, positioned on the primary ground. The resort has six flooring in 4 completely different palace buildings, so actually we had been in room 102 within the second constructing (as a result of normally you’d assume room 2102 can be on the second ground).

As you’d anticipate given the complexity of mixing buildings on this method, the hallways had numerous turns, in addition to stairs.

St. Regis Venice hallway

The St. Regis Suite was a “true” suite, within the sense that there was a door separating the lounge from the bed room. Inside the doorway was the toilet to the precise, after which the lounge straight forward.

St. Regis Venice suite entryway

The lounge was massive, and featured a sofa and chair, a eating desk that would seat 4, and a wall-mounted TV.

St. Regis Venice suite front room
St. Regis Venice suite front room
St. Regis Venice suite front room

Within the nook of the lounge was a console that had a Nespresso espresso machine, plus a minibar. The minibar didn’t have any drinks, except for 4 complimentary bottles of water.

St. Regis Venice suite front room
St. Regis Venice in-room espresso machine
St. Regis Venice in-room minibar

There was a beautiful welcome amenity ready on the desk, consisting of a St. Regis branded bellini drink, plus pan dei dogi, which is an almond-based candy bread that’s frequent in Venice. Yum. The one odd half was that the letter related to the welcome present was addressed to another person.

So I’m unsure if the present was supposed for us and the cardboard was simply fallacious, or if the present was supposed for another person however was simply positioned within the fallacious room.

St. Regis Venice welcome amenity

The bed room was separated from the lounge by sliding doorways. The bed room was small and comfortable, which I personally fairly like. It had a really comfy mattress, as I constantly discover to be the case at St. Regis properties.

St. Regis Venice suite bed room
St. Regis Venice suite bed room

There was a reasonably large walk-in closet within the bed room.

St. Regis Venice suite closet

Each the lounge and bed room confronted the quiet courtyard, so there have been no canal views. Then once more, in Venice you’re usually going to pay much more to be a canal.

St. Regis Venice suite view

The lavatory was again close to the doorway, and was a great dimension. It had double sinks, a soaking tub, an enormous walk-in bathe, a rest room, and a bidet.

St. Regis Venice suite toilet
St. Regis Venice suite toilet
St. Regis Venice suite bathroom
St. Regis Venice suite bathe

Toiletries had been from Acqua di Parma, and I used to be amazed by the sheer amount and number of toiletries.

St. Regis Venice suite toiletries
St. Regis Venice suite toiletries

Wi-Fi within the room was quick and free, and there was additionally turndown service within the night. So far as St. Regis butler service goes, I like having access to espresso delivered to our room 24/7, particularly when jetlagged the primary day in Europe. That is such a pleasant function, and the espresso was additionally particularly tasty. Yum Italian espresso.

St. Regis Venice butler service

What an unbelievable room, particularly given what we had been paying!

St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar

The St. Regis Bar is open virtually all the day, and is on the bottom ground subsequent to the foyer. That is such a shocking area. The bar has indoor seating, together with loads of couches, tables, and high-top seating.

St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar

Nevertheless, the true stand-out function was the terrace.

St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar out of doors space
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar out of doors space
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar out of doors space
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar out of doors space
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar out of doors space

Discuss a patio with a view!

St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar view
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar view
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar view
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar view

I think about my favorable impression of this area was additionally partly because of it being 60 levels and sunny once we arrived. I believe it’s solely pure that your first impressions assist type your opinion of an expertise, and sitting right here whereas jetlagged in lovely climate and soaking within the views was pretty.

You possibly can discover the St. Regis Bar drink menu right here, and the St. Regis Bar snack menu right here. The drink choice was fairly imaginative, and Ford had the clear negroni, whereas I had the pink spritz. This was served with some olives, crackers, and chips.

St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar drinks

I might’ve solely had one drink, however then I remembered that every St. Regis has a signature bloody mary, and I’ve made behavior of making an attempt them at every property. So I in fact needed to order the santa maria (the resort’s tackle the bloody mary), whereas Ford had the purple negroni.

That drink under and to the precise is the property’s tackle the bloody mary, and it must be probably the most imaginative one I’ve seen anyplace. It tasted virtually like every other bloody mary I’ve had, however regarded utterly completely different, as you may inform.

St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar drinks
St. Regis Venice St. Regis Bar drinks

Drinks had been dear — 20-25 Euro, however you’re in the end paying for the view, and will order a drink and sit there for a few hours.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant dinner

In an effort to assessment as most of the St. Regis’ services as potential, we had dinner at Gio’s Restaurant, which is the resort’s foremost eating outlet. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it’s proper subsequent to the St. Regis Bar.

Along with the restaurant’s indoor space, there’s additionally a beautiful lined and heated terrace. So despite the fact that the temperatures dipped within the night, it was comfy to dine on this space.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant indoor seating
St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant out of doors seating

The views from right here had been simply pretty much as good as from the bar…

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant out of doors seating
St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant view

The restaurant serves Italian delicacies, and you may discover the Gio’s dinner menu right here. Our meal began off with an amuse bouche, consisting of cream of almond milk and strawberries with a fried oyster. We had been additionally supplied some heat bread.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant dinner
St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant dinner

For our starters, I ordered the purple tuna carpaccio with marsala marinated raisins, fennel, and orange Sicilian salad.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant dinner

Ford had the cauliflower gratin with toasted peanuts, bread croutons, and guacamole.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant dinner

Then for our mains, I had the signature spaghetti “cavalier cocco,” with three forms of tomatoes.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant dinner

Then Ford had the meat tartare with capers, dijon mustard, shallots, quail egg, and bread chips.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant dinner

Whereas the meal wasn’t low cost, the meals high quality, service, ambiance, and look at, had been merely unbeatable.

St. Regis Venice breakfast

The St. Regis Venice serves breakfast day by day from 7AM till 10:30AM, additionally in Gio’s Restaurant. Within the morning we had breakfast there at precisely the identical desk the place we ate on the evening earlier than.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant terrace
St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant terrace

I’m completely satisfied we arrived early (not simply due to my slight obsession with photographing empty resort areas), however primarily as a result of we had been handled to a magical sundown. AMAZING.

St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant terrace
St. Regis Venice Gio’s Restaurant terrace

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum members and above obtain the complete “Beautiful Breakfast” right here, which ordinarily retails for 49 Euro per particular person. This consists of espresso, entry to the buffet, and one merchandise off the menu.

St. Regis Venice breakfast

The buffet was contained in the restaurant, and was pretty small however top quality. It’s nothing like what you’ll discover in Southeast Asia, but it surely was one of many higher breakfast buffets I’ve seen in Europe.

St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet

I significantly beloved the number of recent fruit (together with a number of sorts of berries), however past that there was yogurt, cereal, bread, pastries, croissants, chilly cuts, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, recent juices, and prosecco.

St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet
St. Regis Venice breakfast buffet

Espresso-based drinks had been served by the workers, and the cappuccinos had been excellent.

St. Regis Venice breakfast cappuccino

From the menu I made a decision to order the eggs royale with smoked salmon, whereas Ford had the avocado toast with a poached egg. Each dishes had been good however small, although in fact that’s fantastic when complemented by the buffet.

St. Regis Venice breakfast
St. Regis Venice breakfast

St. Regis Venice gymnasium & spa

The St. Regis Venice has a gymnasium, additionally positioned on the primary ground. Given how area comes at a premium in Venice, you’re usually not going to search out very spectacular gyms, and this was no exception. Nevertheless, the gymnasium was fairly nicely geared up, had the fundamentals, and wasn’t crowded once we used it.

St. Regis Venice gymnasium
St. Regis Venice gymnasium
St. Regis Venice gymnasium

Subsequent to the gymnasium are the St. Regis’ spa suites. This isn’t some spectacular spa with whirlpools and a sauna, however reasonably consists of some remedy rooms, and that’s about it. We didn’t get any remedies throughout our quick keep.

St. Regis Venice spa
St. Regis Venice spa
St. Regis Venice spa

Backside line

The St. Regis Venice exceeded my expectations, and I’d return in a heartbeat. For the reason that resort underwent a renovation simply a few years in the past, it feels luxurious and recent, whereas many different resorts in Venice really feel a bit previous their prime.

What I loved most in regards to the St. Regis Venice, although, are the meals & beverage retailers. Each the St. Regis Bar and Gio’s Restaurant have breathtaking views of the Grand Canal, together with nice high quality and repair.

The one catch with the St. Regis is that it doesn’t fairly have the sense of place that Gritti Palace has. Nevertheless, there’s a fantastic line there, as I discovered Gritti Palace to be a bit previous its prime and stuffy. Extra on that within the subsequent installment.

In case you’ve stayed on the St. Regis Venice, what was your expertise like?

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