The St Regis Venice San Clemente Palace will have 146 rooms, with views either over the island or towards Venice proper. “Contemporary Venetian” is the theme for the decor, though exactly what that means is slightly open to interpretation, since there are only generic photos on the website and the Facebook page is embryonic at best. We scoured the net to find this picture of a Junior Suite, but it looks a bit blandly traditional, rather than contemporary, to us.
Amenity-wise, there will be three restaurants, a bar, and a wine tasting spot. Outside, amid 14 acres of gardens, will be a pool, spa, kids’ club and a 15th-century church.
Which all sounds great, of course, if it opens on schedule. It has no photos and no prices on the website, and you can’t book it online (in fact, according to the St Regis website, it’s “not bookable yet”). To reserve, you have to email the hotel (at a Permak – the owners – address, not Starwood). When we did this, we were offered a room for €510 ($694), or €459 ($624) non-refundable. For a lagoon view, it'll be €940 ($1280) or €859 ($1170) prepaid. Sounds obscene (and a huge hike from the old San Clemente rates), but compare that to the newly refurbished Gritti Palace (also Starwood), is sold out 15 June but will set you back €1100 (£893) for a standard room (and no breakfast) the following night, while the Bauer is €648 ($881). Looks like this could be a budget option in crazy Venice terms.
Let's just hope it stays on schedule to open in two weeks. Forza San Clemente! Thanks to a HC tipster for alerting us to this story!