San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice is a luxury hotel situated on the private island of San Clemente approximately 10 minutes by a free hotel shuttle from St Mark’s Square. Although you are situated on the island, there is a shuttle that goes to the mainland (if you can call Venice that) regularly at 30-minute intervals, although slightly less in the late evening.
The hotel is a former monastery and even has a historic church built in the 12th century where you can get married. There are 190 rooms in the hotel with some overlooking the Venice lagoon. The hotel was originally converted from a monastery into an independent hotel before being completely refurbished to become the Kempinski property that it is now.
The rooms are styled in an elegant classic Venetian style and have high ceilings creating the feel of even more space. The room had a TV, fast wi-fi, slippers and fluffy bathrobes. What I really loved was how quiet the rooms were and the beds were extremly comfortable with high-quality bed linens that makes you want to lie in all day.
The turndown service was done each night with bottles of water and slippers laid out for you. The bathroom was large and rather grand with its beige marble décor. It was very spacious with his and hers sinks, a separate large bathtub and additional shower.
The property boasts three restaurants. Breakfast can be taken indoors or in the historic courtyard of the Insieme restaurant. The fine buffet and selection of cooked meals are included in the tariff. The fine wine-and-dining restaurant is Acquerello and boasts with a magnificent view of the Venice skyline, while the more casual La Dolce is set in parklands near the pool. There is also a rather smart indoor bar, and bar service in various parts of the waterfront.
From the charming staff at reception to the wonderfully helpful Ladies in Red — Kempinski’s trademark ambassadors — the San Clemente Palace Kempinski staff will go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one. Tours, shopping trips, tickets and reservations can be arranged, and cooking and other courses are available as well.
The scene around the large pool is charming, with white-shaded pavilions on a perfectly manicured lawn. There are tennis courts, a mini-golf course, a gym as well as in-room spa treatments. There are also conference facilities which can accommodate up to 450 people.
Weddings can be held in the consecrated 11th-century church, the beautiful 15th-century façade of which is a San Clemente landmark.