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“Nice hotel away from the city center” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena

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Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena
Ranked #60 of 387 Hotels in Venice
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Cascais, Portugal
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice hotel away from the city center”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Stayed there for 3 nights. Very nice new hotel, very clean in a peacefull location away from the city center. Not a lot of places near by to eat but the vaporreto line is 1 minute away, so you can go to the center and back in a few minutes or you walk to the center which is also very pleasent . TIP: If you are arriving late eat before you get there because the restaurant closes at 11pm and all is closed in the area. Very friendly staff and a very good room. Would stay there again

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We loved the hotel. It is modern, clean and staffs are helpful and friendly. The room is very spacious and has everything (the only hotel that has in-room coffee in my entire Italy trip) you can ask for. Our only problem was the distance from city center (30 mins walking) and airport (hour and half by waterbus). We went on the day when the waterbus was on strike, so we had no choice but to walk and take expensive water taxis.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Jessup, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I chose this hotel because of favorable reviews by others on Tripadvisor.com. I was glad I did. Location wise, this hotel is located in a Venetian neighborhood so, it's quiet and peaceful. There aren't any tourist crowds walking around and, there is a nice small park nearby with benches where you can sit and read if you wish or watch some of the kids brush up on their football skills (soccer to us folks from the U.S.). At the same time, it's easy to get to the prime sightseeing sites from the hotel. Take the waterbus and you can be at the Piazza San Marco in 10 minutes tops. I wouldn't advise walking to the piazza as you might need a map (though the hotel will be glad to provide you a free one if you need it). Also, I've heard it can take 30 minutes or more to walk from the hotel to the piazza. The waterbus is a lot easier and, it isn't that expensive in my opinion.

Concerning the hotel itself, my room was very modern, spacious and spotlessly clean. The free WiFi worked great. Hotel staff were very helpful. The breakfast buffet was very good. I did find the hotel a little difficult to find. I thought since it is within walking distance of the waterbus stop, it would be easy to find. It wasn't. The hotel does try to help in that way having a sign pointing the way to the hotel unfortunately, they put the sign before the sidewalk forks and, unless you have directions, you're left wondering which way to go. Tip: go right, follow the sidewalk till it ends, look for the street sign Calle Buccari on the building ahead of you (to the left of this building, you should see some chairs for a possible small neighborhood restaurant), follow that street/alleyway and you'll eventually see the entrance to the hotel on your right.

Getting to the hotel from the airport. You have 2 options. You can take a water taxi which is very expensive as I understand it or you can save some money but deal with a little bit of hassle. There is a shuttle service called Alilaguna which runs from the airport pier to the Lido island (where the casino is), you get off there and take the waterbus across the canal to the Sant Elena stop.

For those who are going to do a cruise out of Venice (like I did), the Alilaguna (blue line I think) shuttle will eventually take you all the way to the cruise ship terminal stop during the cruising season which ends in late November (I was on the last Royal Caribbean cruise out of Venice for the 2012 season). The waterbus as far as I know doesn't. If you want to use the waterbus, you have to take it to P le Roma, then use a tram which cost 1 or 2 Euros. I forget the exact amount. From the tram station, you would walk over to the cruise ship terminal. Venice has a very good cruise ship terminal.

Weather wise, I went in November and, it was chilly and wet. If you go then take a raincoat and wear a sweater underneath.

Another tip: if you think you're going to ride the waterbus a LOT, you can purchase tickets for various time periods which will allow you to ride the waterbus as much as you want for that time period. I think you can do the same for the Alilaguna shuttle.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

What a great place to stay. They had everything and the rooms were beautiful, spacious, clean and comfortable. The employees were very helpful and friendly. The price was very reasonable. It was not in the main area and we had to walk a little bit to get to the tourist area but it wasn't that far and it was a nice walk.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Paonia, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

On a two week trip through Italy we spent two nights at the Sant Elena and found it to be a very good experience. The hotel was clean - spotlessly so. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was typical Italian but very good. The location was okay, not in the city center where all the action is - but only a couple hundred yards through a park from a vaporetto stop. The rooms were large, good beds, and BEST OF ALL THE ONLY HOTEL ON OUR STAY WITH IN ROOM COFFEE!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Best Western Premier Hotel Sant' Elena is a very nice hotel with excellent service and commodities. If you both prefer short way to the Venice attractions and quiet and peaceful surroundings, this hotel is perfect. You may walk 25 minutes to the Piazza San Marco, or take the water ferry few minutes away from the hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed here for four nights at the end of February. Lovely hotel with gorgeous rooms and staff who cannot do enough for you. The room was cleaned everyday to a very high standard.
The breakfast was one of the best hotel breakfasts that I have had. All the usual cooked breakfast items with cold items too.
There is a lovely pizza restaurant and bar about 2 minutes from the hotel that seems to be where the locals go. It is very very cheap for Venice prices too!
Very good value for money as we went off season and got a significantly cheaper price as a result.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena
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:
#4 Green Hotel in Venice
#34 Business Hotel in Venice
#43 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#53 Family Hotel in Venice
#73 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena 4*
Number of rooms: 77
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