Five Star Hotel in Venice

The San Clemente Palace

Godfrey and I wanted somewhere extra special. Being in our sixties we are no longer really into roughing it and prefer being pampered in a touch more luxury.

The San Clemente Palace was just the ticket - a splendid five star hotel on its own little island and only a short boat journey away from St. Mark's Square.

San Clemente Palace

Don't think you have to get a gondola or taxi either. The hotel has a free little shuttle boat that goes up and down from the island to St Marks. It goes every twenty minutes and the trip over only takes ten minutes.

The luxury and pampering was just like in the old days. It was very romantic too - even if we aren't that young anymore we still do appreciate a little romance. It would be just perfect for a young couple on honeymoon!!

The staff could not have been more helpful - really going out of their way to help us. Godfrey is not much of a walker now and the boats into town were wonderful.

I really felt that I had become part of a Canaletto painting - the setting is just magical.

Top marks to the Hotel and all the staff for making us feel so special again!!

Godfrey and Cathrine


Andrew's reply: Thank you very much for your lovely review. I really do appreciate it when people take the time to share their experiences with Maria and I.

The San Clemente is a very good hotel and romantic for sure. Let's face it no-one is ever too old for a little bit of romance.

Personally though I prefer to be right in the hustle and bustle of Venice but I can well understand the attraction of getting your fill of the crowds of Venice and then escaping to a tranquil island of luxury.

For a list of all of my favorite hotels in Venice why not click through to Maria's site on Venice and the Veneto?

If you would like to book this hotel or to find out how others have rated it click here.

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