The Saturnia is recommended for its service, central location and quality for value - those three things can be more difficult to find in a Venice hotel than one that shows up on a Conde Nast hot list. We just returned from our 13th trip to Venice, first time with our 18-month old son. While we usually don't stay in frenetic San Marco, this time we chose to stay at the Saturnia because we wanted to be able to walk our toddler to the piazza. Unless a Grand Canal view in San Marco is needed, it is tough to beat the location of the Saturnia, which is about halfway between Basilica San Marco and the Accademia bridge, close to sights and shops. Situated on one of the main, wide (for San Marco) upscale shopping streets, there is no getting lost in back alleys to find it. Inside, the reception, bar and restaurant are compact but charmingly maintained in an old world style, with lots of wood panelling and detail, and the decor extends to the common areas upstairs and to the rooms. Our junior suite was spacious, clean and had a comfortable king size bed (unusual for Venice). While the room looked as if furniture and fixtures have been added to and modified over the years, it was well maintained and didn't look incongruent, and one was reminded that this was a long-time family-run hotel, not taken over by a big chain hotel nor a shi-shi modern boutique. Thankfully, the lifts in the hotel are quite modern and responsive. With the lifts, step-free access to the hotel, good-sized cots, and high chairs in the breakfast room, the Saturnia is toddler-friendly. The service here can also be excellent. We had a problem with the water supply in the bathroom which was promptly fixed. Front desk staff are generally smiley and friendly, save one or two really seriously looking fellows, the housekeeping staff are eager, and the concierge Andrea Scarpa deserves special mention for being both engaging and helpful. When our water taxi company wanted us to go to a pick-up point more convenient for them than for us, he convinced them to show up at the hotel's private dock. A good experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Saturnia And International
- Hotel Saturnia International
- Saturnia International Venice
- Saturnia Hotel Venice