Hotel Sant'Elena: luxury in a former Venetian convent

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I do not normally profile chain hotels on Mapplr because I like small, independently run hotels and B&Bs. However, from time to time, I make exceptions. Hotel Sant’Elena is a luxurious 76-room hotel housed in a restored former convent in a quiet part of Venice. Although it is part of the Best Western hotel chain, it does not look like your average Best Western hotel.

Only 15 minutes from the center of Venice, it’s tucked away on a small island called Sant’Elena which means you have lovely water views, an outdoor garden and tranquility. Rates are reasonable (starting at around 160 EUR per night) and you get bigger discounts if you book early.

Hotel Sant’Elena
Calle Buccari 10
30132 Venice
+39 041 2717811

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  1. I did stay at the Sant’Elena and it is a great hotel with great staff. It is located away from the crowd, as you said, on a quiet part of Venice but only few stops with the vaporetto to San Marco square.