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Westin Europa & Regina

Westin Europa & Regina, San Marco

At a Glance

    Pros

  • ideal location, with the über-boutiques of via XXII Marzo and the Piazza San Marco a stone's throw away

    Cons

  • slightly dated public areas and restaurants

Fodorite Reviews

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Westin Europa & Regina Review

Spread across five historic palazzi (is there anything else in Venice?) in the lee of San Marco, this amalgamation of the former Hotel Britannia and Hotel Regina is easily one of Venice's still-undiscovered gems. That's because the property is tucked away in a hidden flowery courtyard, making it something of an insider's secret. Guests can also arrive by way of the hotel's jetty on the Grand Canal, where a long terraced bar is an ideal spot for sundowners. Rooms, all with Westin's signature Heavenly Beds, are distinct and connected by a warren of step-up/step-down corridors. In a city where space is of the premium, there is even a small but adequate basement gym, making this an ideal base from which to explore La Serenissima.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

La Serenissima's Undiscovered Gem
In a city where hotels with names like Bauer, Gritti, and Cipriani are often institutions onto themselves, standing out as a five-star property can be difficult. But that's exactly why this below-the-radar hotel, fashioned from five palaces dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries on the Grand Canal, is special. For one, it feels like one's own private palazzo, tucked away in a hidden courtyard, minutes from the names-you-must-know boutiques of via XXII Marzo and the touristy expanse of San Marco. And because it doesn't get curiosity-seeking footfall traffic, residents are both spoiled by the staff's unfailingly attentive service and the incomparable views afforded by its waterside terraced bar, one of the most spectacular in Venice.

    Hotel Details

  • 185 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 11-13-2013

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    Elegant, top-notch hotel with a few minor flaws

    We were quite thrilled with this our accommodations here; it is exciting to sail from the train station and arrive at your elegant hotel facing the Grand Canal just a few steps from the vaporetto stop. Our room was huge and very lovely; and what a delight that we could enjoy our (included) breakfast overlooking the magnificent views from the canal-side deck! We had no problems with service here and were treated very courteously. Like the previous reviewer, we woke one morning to no hot water, but staff was very apologetic and the problem had been fixed by the time we returned from sightseeing in the afternoon. Indeed, I enjoyed a long hot bath in the huge tub!

    There were just a couple of problems that cause me to give this hotel 4 stars, rather than 5: first, the lobby internet was very costly at 10 euro per half hour, and the connection was so slow that one could barely check e-mail in the half-hour allotted. I have stayed in other Westins in the US and expected a free "business center" connection. Secondly, there was no in-room coffee or beverage maker, so when we went to the bar one evening for two cups of decaf the tab was 16 euro! A bit pricey, I think. But we enjoyed this hotel and would certainly recommend it to others (but bring your own heating coil for beverages!)

    by azzure, 9/12/12
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    Great location

    We booked a room using SPG points which was a standard room~very small. The breakfast was not included however it was great. Sitting on the veranda overlooking the canal was worth the money. The flowers, table settings, service, variety of food and the view were outstanding.

    by plufmud, 9/12/12

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