We had the privilege of staying here for our first wedding anniversary. We chose the Sant Elena because it was away from the hubbub of st mark's square. However, given the size of the Island the hotel was about a 20 minute walk away. From sant elena we were able to get a water bus (5 mins) to the Lido and also a water bus direct to Murano.
A former nunnery, the hotel is situated just outside a gorgeous local park and a 10 minute walk from the gardini biennale so this made for relaxing surroundings.
Our room was clean and very much in italian modern design so a little bit soulless but the bed was super comfortable. The breakfast was ok, not as amazing as people have made out a limited selection but the pastries were amazing - the highlight was being able to eat breakfast alfresco in the courtyard where I also noted the had villa style rooms available. The staff were friendly and efficient.
For a short break we would definitely stay here again. If you like to be away from the melee of tourists and tourist traps (and in Venice it's hard to do this!) this is a great hotel to stay!
Oh and extra tip- there's a cool family run restaurant just 2 mins away from the hotel that serve great authentic pizza!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our romantic boutique hotel owes its secluded ambiance to the former convent in which it is housed and of which it still retains much of the original structure: the high walls and the imposing façade conceal unexpected gems such as the impressive spiral staircase and the amazing garden furnished with comfortable chaise-lounges. Venice, with its historic center and beautiful architecture, can be reached with a pleasant stroll along Riva degli Schiavoni, or in just a few minutes by waterbus. ... more less
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