The Perfect Italian Getaway in the Heart of Venice

The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute © Courtesy of the St. Regis Venice

By Allie Murray

Venice: the Italian city that oozes beauty, luxury and unique appeal. A city built on a group of small islands, the area is surrounded by canals. Along the Grand Canal sits The St. Regis Venice, a luxurious five-star hotel.

A notable landmark in Venice for the last century and a half, The St. Regis is located across the canal from the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, situated directly in the heart of Venice. The hotel, formerly known as The Grand Hotel Britannia, is made with avant-garde design that merges striking, modern interiors with historic provenance. The hotel underwent construction and reopened in 2019 with a revamp to the building’s façade to add elegance to the history, bringing with it a new era of glamour to the city.

Tourists flock to Venice to see the city surrounded by water and to enjoy the experience of an exciting gondola ride along the canals. Last year, The St. Regis became the first hotel in Italy to be equipped with an electric boat charging station. The Laneva e-boat operates with zero emissions and provides guests with a private tour that is both luxurious and eco-friendly.

“A sunset cruise down the Grand Canal is an iconic experience that, for many, epitomizes Venice,” said Patrizia Hofer, General Manager of The St. Regis Venice. “With our privileged location right on the Grand Canal, we see it as our responsibility to help keep our famed waterways pristine by starting Venice on a path to becoming a zero-emission city. The St. Regis Venice prides itself on being a leader in innovation who embraces new technology to effect change that will benefit locals, tourists, and the planet.”

In addition to its exciting location, the hotel is adorned with 130 rooms and 39 suites, some with private terraces offering views of the city. Following the hotel’s redesign, each room has been furnished to showcase the artistic and cultural heritage of the building while incorporating modern glamour. Inspired by the Venetian masterpieces of former guest and impressionist painter Claude Monet, the interiors of the refined guestrooms display a distinctive colour palette. The artistic touch, known as Muse of the Arts, works with local and global artists like Ai WeiWei to add a unique flare to the rooms.

The hotel is also home to a selection of eateries, including Gio’s, the hotel’s signature restaurant, and The Arts Bar, where cocktails have been specifically created to celebrate art.

The St. Regis even has its own signature drink—the Santa Maria Signature Bloody Mary. The cocktail honours the creation of the Bloody Mary with a unique twist. Prepared with local grappa and clarified tomatoes, its light distinctive hue is reminiscent of the city’s blushing pastel skies.

Chef Giuseppe Ricci © Courtesy of The St. Regis

The restaurants on-site are led by executive chef Giuseppe Ricci, who was appointed in November 2022. Chef Giuseppe is dedicated to bringing new twists to seasonal dishes while continuing the culinary excellence at the hotel with a revamp of the dining experiences.

“Chef Giuseppe is a highly respected culinary leader who has innovatively merged Italian classics and the authentic flavours of Venice into our cuisine,” Hofer explained. “His passion and knowledge of the highest quality of local and fresh products will elevate the culinary journey at the best address in Venice.”

The glamour that is prevalent in Venice pours into The St. Regis, making it the perfect destination to stay for a family vacation, a couples retreat, or even a solo travel adventure. Come and be immersed in Italian luxury.

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