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St Regis Venice opens – a potentially aspirational Bonvoy redemption

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The St Regis Venice is now open.

When I was in Venice in August 2018 I noticed that Marriot’s Westin Europa & Regina was closed.

Following a total refurbishment, it has just reopened under the luxury St Regis brand.  This will make another excellent Marriott option in Venice to add to the JW Marriott (on an island outside Venice, JW Marriott Venice review here), the Gritti Palace and the Danieli.

You may remember that St Regis used to have a hotel in the lagoon, next to the JW Marriott, but it closed after a year and was rebranded as a Kempinski.

St Regis Venice

Here is an extract from the press release:

“St. Regis Hotels & Resorts today announced the debut of The St. Regis Venice, located steps away from Piazza San Marco and boasting the largest waterfrontage in Venice. The opening follows a two-year, full-scale renovation, restoring the grandeur of the former Grand Hotel Britannia, which opened in 1895 – the same year as the inaugural Venice Biennale.

St Regis Venice

The hotel offers 169 guestrooms and suites, many of which boast private terraces or Juliet balconies for sweeping views of Venice’s iconic landmarks. Situated across the Grand Canal from Punta della Dogana, the hotel marries its celebrated heritage with the St. Regis brand’s modern design and bespoke service throughout a unique collection of five Venetian palaces, with the oldest dating back to the 17th century. The hotel’s spacious secluded garden sets the hotel apart, making it a lifestyle destination where guests and locals alike can enjoy remarkable views of the Grand Canal.

St Regis Venice

From its ideal location at the mouth of the Grand Canal, The St. Regis Venice offers unparalleled vistas of some of Venice’s most celebrated landmarks, including the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica and the Punta della Dogana Museum. Behind the hotel lies Calle XXII Marzo, a street which is home to elite boutiques and contemporary art galleries, which allows for seamless access to the Grand Teatro La Fenice, the city’s temple to opera. With Piazza San Marco a four-minute walk from the hotel, guests will find Venice’s famed attractions within easy reach.

St Regis Venice

Throughout its storied history, The St. Regis Venice, in its various guises, has played host to a roster of illustrious guests, global influencers and tastemakers. The five ‘palazzi’ that make up the hotel enjoy a position of privilege overlooking the Grand Canal, with Badoer Tiepolo being the oldest palazzo, which dates back to the 17th century. By the 19th century, palazzi Tiepolo, Barozzi and Regina were converted into the Grand Hotel Britannia, more recently known as Hotel Europa & Regina.

St Regis Venice

The Grand Hotel Britannia attracted notable intellectuals and socialites as well as renowned painters J.M.W. Turner, John Singer Sargent and Claude Monet, who in the autumn of 1908 was inspired by the hotel’s spectacular views during his stay as a guest and worked to capture the passage of light in his artwork. It is recorded in the book “Monet in Venice” by Philippe Piguet that Claude Monet’s wife, Alice, remarked in her daily letters to her daughter during their stay, “the views from our hotel room are the most magnificent of all Venice, and it’s all for Monet!”  The hotel was also the first in Venice to have electricity in every room.”

St Regis Venice

Is St Regis Venice a good Marriott Bonvoy redemption?

Most of the time, very much so.

I took a look at a weekend in May 2020, when the Winter weather should be fully over.  For cash, you are looking at €838 (£724) per night for the cheapest room.

Alternatively, it is 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (Category 8 pricing on a ‘standard’ date).  You are getting 0.85p per Bonvoy point, which is substantially above my target of 0.5p.

Skipping forward to a June weekend, you are getting a slightly worse deal because peak-date pricing kicks in.  It is still £724 per night but a redemption is now 100,000 points, so you are getting 0.72p per point – albeit still well above my 0.5p guideline.

On the other hand, off-peak dates are just 70,000 Bonvoy points per night.  In early March I found a two-night stay at 70,000 points per night.  Cash rates were just €459 (£396) however so this is less impressive, albeit still marginally above my 0.5p target.

The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.  It is too early yet for any reviews, and you’d expect a few early wobbles anyway, but hopefully it will work out well.  That said, if you have children I think you’d be happier over at the JW Marriott where you have outdoor pools and lots of other facilities – see my two-part JW Marriott Venice review here.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. If I were them I’d keep all references to “Hotel Britannia” well away from their prss releases!

    • As they live in the world of brands, they probably think that nobody could possibly associate “Grand Hotel Britannia” with “Britannia International Hotel”.

      🙂

  2. As a former SPG Platinum 100 (the level which came with a concierge) I had one of my worst stays in Europe at this hotel. Despite having an early check in in writing (at 11am), the hotel manager upon arrival said “one of our other platinum guests is using his late check out. He leaves at 4, so your room will be ready at 6”. The hotel was drab (looks like this has now improved) but the attitude of all staff I encountered across all parts of the hotel was horrendous, and the nightly rate extremely high. As I waited in line for the concierge (he spoke at length for people in Italian), he finally got me and I asked him the best way to Murano he said “why would you want to go there; I wouldn’t bother” and burst out laughing and moved on to the next guest in line. Let’s hope the staff have changed with this refurb.

  3. TGLoyalty says:

    Lots of good Marriott choices in Venice by the looks of it

  4. The problem with St Regis is that when you strip away all the fancy branding it’s just a Sheraton. I’ve never had a good stay at one and they don’t hold a candle to the true luxury collections like Four Seasons, Oetker, Dorchester Collection. The supposed butler service is a waste of time. I find this with all the ‘luxury’ parts of the large chains – they’re just not that good. They might have a fairly decent hard product but stray slightly off script in terms of requests and they just don’t know what to do. Everybody seems to fawn over St Regis but nearly everywhere there is one there’s a better non-chain luxury alternative. I appreciate the focus of this article is that it’s a luxury hotel in Venice that you can use your points at but (in my opinion) it’s really not going to be a genuine luxury hotel.

    • Don’t disagree. I have written numerous times that, apart from Park Hyatt, you can’t touch Four Seasons, MO etc. But they are not in Venice 🙂

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I’m sure the StR Florence is very well regarded.

        Tbh I’ve had a couple Ritz Carlton stays I’ve really enjoyed now Al Bustan and Geneva. I didn’t find them lacking vs my Recent FS stays.

        • Yes, it is meant to be. Istanbul is good too. Abu Dhabi is terrible. Both Dubai ones got rebranded. I’ve covered the NYC one twice but, oddly, that isn’t a typical St Regis!

      • Had a very nice stay in the Kempinski this year and compared pretty well with some of the lower end MO’s for service.

        What I did like is the separation from the city which would also be a plus with JWM, this enabled a longer stay rather than a couple of days in the hustle and bustle.

      • There may not be a Four Seasons or Dorchester Collection property in Venice but there is a fantastic Aman so I kind of wonder why people waste their time (and money) with a posh Sheraton. My last two stays at a Park Hyatt have been underwhelming so I’m not sure I agree they are luxury anymore. They almost always outsource their housekeeping now and it definitely shows! Also, I’ve never had decent food at a Park Hyatt. As I said in my original post I do realise this is an article on HfP I just worry that people go expecting a luxury experience just because it’s the higher end part of Marriott but that’s highly unlikely to be the experience.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Not personally been to Venice yet, still deciding when exactly next year, but lots of people in the luxury hotel forum over on flyertalk rate the Gritti palace higher than the Aman and Daneli gets good reviews.

          Too early for any meaningful StR reviews yet but the rooms do look great saw some pics/vids of the suites and they are very nice.

    • I tend to agree, but in my experience St Regis hotels are vastly better than Ritz Carlton. I’ve stayed in 3 different Ritz in the last 12 months (Santiago, Moscow and Budapest), and all have been very disappointing!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I’m not surprised. Not all properties are equal not even FS.

        MO doesn’t really do it for me but for example the Milan one is highly regarded.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Well of course boutique or even specialist luxury will be a notch or several above when iut gets it right.

      However we’re reading HfP. It’s about points and so chains. Therefore “Luxury”, “High-end” or whatever other descriptor you want to use by definition means luxury or high-end FOR A LARGE IMPERSONAL HOTEL CHAIN With your expectations set suitably, I’m sure it’s pretty decent.

      • The brands links with more individual properties, Hyatt/SLH gives more interest than their ‘Luxury’ options imo.

  5. Bryan Anglim says:

    If it comes to a straight choice between at Regis and Gritti palace, would you not choose Gritti Palace?

    I stayed there recently and it was wonderful. Not sure I would have pain the €1000/night price, but having paid 240000 points for 5 nights thought it was amazing.
    Price is higher now.

    • Gritti is an acquired taste I think, due to the public area decor. Not seen a room since the refurb. I can imagine that the StR looks utterly different.

      • Lady London says:

        My young American boss was utterly overwhelmed when I booked him into the Gritti Palace on a business trip. He told me to book him somewhere more plastic next time.

  6. If you can redeem Marriott points on Gritti Palace why would you choose a St. Regis (especially in Venice which is all about history and tradition)?

    • It doesn’t mean you want to live it that closely though! Entry level rooms at the Gritti are also minute and face the 8-foot wide side street running down to the canal. Nothing great about those.

  7. OT – Who won the million Avios from Monese? I thought the winner was being announced on the 15th October but I didn’t see a result posted on HFP. Just curious.

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