St Regis reopens Venice’s historic San Clemente Palace

The renovated hotel combines opulence with fresh contemporary appeal

San Clemente Palace, Venice
San Clemente Palace, Venice

In Venice, the big news is the reopening of San Clemente Palace (www.stregisvenice.com; from €550) under the St Regis brand. This one-time monastery, military outpost and guest home for Venetian nobility – roles played at different times from the 12th to the 17th centuries – has undergone a year of renovations, including the restoration of an 11th-century church consecrated for weddings. Located on a private island in the heart of the lagoon, the newly designed rooms aren’t without the requisite brocade, velvet, damask, Murano glass and Burano lace; it’s just a great deal fresher, with contemporary, clean-lined furniture and modern artwork making for a welcome glimmer of investment in a city too oft described as sinking.     

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