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“Our SEVENTH consecutive year at the Hotel Sant’Elena!”

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Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena
Ranked #57 of 384 Hotels in Venice
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Once again - Five Stars for this Four Star Hotel.

Our SEVENTH year at the Hotel Sant’Elena was just as enjoyable as our previous six consecutive years there. Once again, we upgraded to a Junior Suite at very reasonable cost and enjoyed our 7-night stay even more. Exceptionally good value and service as always.

We enjoyed all of the same things we enjoyed during our previous 6 trips - the food is fine and plentiful, the rooms very comfortable and beautifully air conditioned, the beds and bed linen are superb, the cleanliness is impeccable, and, being in the only green area of the island, it's fresh, clean and very peaceful. A former convent, the hotel has a large enclosed lawned garden which is ideal for peaceful relaxation, sunbathing and breakfast.

The hotel is literally only 200 metres from the vaporetto (waterbus) stop on the edge of the Venice lagoon – absolutely ideal when arriving and departing. You’ll see plenty of distressed travellers during your visit trying to cope with lugging their heavy baggage around for an hour or two on foot at the start and end of their holiday in the heat of the mid-day sun....

The vaporetto runs every ten minutes, and will take you to St. Mark's Square in just 10 minutes (*don't forget to buy your multi-day pass for the vaporetto at the airport on arrival - unlimited walk on / walk off trips. A great way to end the day is to go to the vaporetto terminal and enjoy a 40-minute vaporetto trip the whole length of the Grand Canal*). Or, if you feel like stretching your legs, St. Mark's is only a 20 minute leisurely stroll away along the lagoon edge, passing the Bienniale Gardens and the Arsenale / Maritime Museum (both extremely worthwhile attractions) – a beautiful stroll at sunset. In the opposite direction, the vaporetto will take you from Sant’Elena to the Lido in just one stop for a day lounging on the beach.

We are seasoned travellers (I'm an artist / photographer) and we’re quite demanding when it comes to service and value for money. We also believe that good service should be rewarded by recommendation, and a number of our friends have taken our advice and stayed at the Sant'Elena. All have been delighted that the hotel was as good as we said it would be. Great hotel, great location, great service and very good value.

We saw a mosquito there in 2007 – the only bad thing we can say about this hotel.

We’ll be there again in 2013 for our 8th. stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We had seven young adults stay here in early January. We had three different rooms. They let us check in before 10:00 AM in the morning at no extra charge. All were clean and comfy. The concierge was very helpful with all aspects of our stay. The FULL European breakfast was outstanding. Highly recommended. Please note, I gave this hotel an "Excellent" because it is far away from the tourist scene - which gets old very quickly in Venice.

If you're arriving by airport with a group, I would highly recommend getting a water taxi at the airport. You should be able to negotiate the price down. Tell them the hotel and they'll drop you off so that you only have a one minute walk to the front door. On the way back to the airport, we had the concierge schedule a pick up for us and paid €120 for the seven of us. If you use the train station, you have about a 1 hour 25 minute walk through crowded streets and over bridges. This might be fine for a young couple, but not for a medium to large group.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Stayed at different Best Western in Rome, Florence, Mestre,Venice within a 2 week period and the best stay was at Sant Elena, Venice.
A modern and luxurious hotel.
In a quiet location and a nice 3mins walk across a small park to the Vaporetto station. After walking around in Venice for the day, its is nice to be back in a quiet location without the crowd.
Breakfast spread was good and nice.

The best was the friendly hotel staff service. Staff provided good information around Venice and competent. Best Western membership status are recognised in this property. Also had some issues with a purchase at Murano and the hotel reception gladly assisted to call and talk to the shop owner in italian. Again, friendly and helpful hotel reception.

Definitely will stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Daniel C
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Sant Elena is one of the least touristy neighborhoods in Venice, but close enough that a 15 minute stroll along the lagoon or down some of the avenues quickly put you right in the middle of the tourist areas. It's nice to actually see locals hanging out in the park, having a coffee at the cafes, at a much slower pace than the crowds at st. Mark's. The hotel itself is surprisingly modern, almost spartan, but comfortable and well staffed. it was often the stopping spot for large tour groups who occasionally dominated the breakfast area to make their departures on time, but if you're patient they quickly dissipate. Also very convenient to the vaporetto stops for the times when you don't feel like walking.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

stayed with family for 3 days in triple room. Loved it. Location is perfect: very quite, at the same time it only takes a 20 minutes walk to St.Marco Square. Vaporetto station very close too. Friendly and competent service. Greaf breakfast buffet. Overall, good value for money.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

This hotel is on the far south end of the island of Venice. The area where the hotel is feels like a different place, much more quaint, filled with local residences. Getting to all of the venetian sites was pretty easy due to the water taxi stop mere steps from the hotel. The water taxi stop was also the last stop before lido island, so it made it easy to check that out as well.

The accommodations were very modern and luxurious. We really enjoyed the hotel's breakfast every day, everything was nice and fresh. The absolute best part was how quiet the hotel was when it was time to relax or sleep.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed three nights and had a good time here.
The rooms are clean and modern and breakfast was standard...same everyday but that was okay because we were only there for three days. And you can change up your breakfast. They had turkey which was good as my husband doesn't eat pork. Loads of cereal, mini hot dog sausages Boiled and scrambled egg.They didn't have fresh orange juice but had some sort of orange juice.
The reception was quite friendly(so i can see they are trying from the bad reviews) and helpful on two occasions and gave us a map.
The bed was quite uncomfortable and the pillows too however my husband was fine sleeping.
Like the fact when we came down for breakfast and came back from long day we were greeted with a hello in Italian always. It was my husbands birthday also and they made it special for him and he was very happy. Thanks Best Western S'ant Elena.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Buccari 10 | Sant'Elena, 30132 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Castello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Venice
#34 Business Hotel in Venice
#40 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#53 Family Hotel in Venice
#72 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range: $125 - $581 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena 4*
Number of rooms: 77
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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