San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice
What To Know
- The hotel has complimentary water-taxi service
- Far from the noisy crowds of Venice
- There's a large, heated swimming pool in the hotel's park-like gardens
- Super fast WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
With a stay at San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice in Venice (Small Islands of Venice), you’ll be convenient to Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and St. Mark’s Basilica. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Emilio and Annabianca Vedova Foundation and I Gesuati.
Make yourself at home in one of the 189 guestrooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 42-inch flat-screen televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor tennis court, a steam room, and a 24-hour fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and complimentary babysitting/childcare. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 1 km.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Venice? This hotel has 6458 square feet (600 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours).
How to Get There
I felt like a movie star the whole week I was there with my boyfriend. The food was fabulous, the pool was awesome and the rooms were unbelievable! I wish I could have stayed there forever! The wooden boats back and forth from Venice made me feel like a princess.... the best experience ever!!!
My wife and I spent one week at the San Clemente Palace and had a wonderful experience. The hotel is grand, the rooms spacious and comfortable, and the staff very friendly and helpful. The setting is spectacular, and the grounds are beautiful. It was magical to take the hotel launch to the city and back. Venice is spectacular, but it was great to retreat to this wonderful island hotel after a day’s sightseeing. I would love to return to this hotel.
A fantastic property with swimming pool, tennis court, great fitness center. The staff is exemplary. The property is extraordinary. The food and service excellent. You are living in a palace that was converted into a hotel. The property is a small island completely owned by the hotel. It even has a 1000 year old church. The ceilings are remarkable high; extra exercise just wandering the halls.
Located on the private island, Isola de San Clemente (San Clemente Island) in the Venetian Lagoon in Italy, just off of San Marco in Venice, Italy, is Kempinski San Clemente Palace. The words “private island” and “palace” should already be a good indication of the experience this five-star hotel offers. Kempinski is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group and believes that life should be lived with style. The hotel’s elegance and exclusivity evidenced by the very first introduction to the hotel: a private small wooden lanta boat, arriving every thirty minutes or so, that guests take from San Marco Square to reach the hidden destination. This resort transports you from real life to paradise.
Part of the magic of a true vacation is derived from putting yourself in surroundings so unlike your usual environment that you feel like you have escaped the mundane. Routine and our ordinary day-to-day make it easy to forget to expand your horizons and engage in self-exploration. When we travel and shake up this routine, more than ever, we feel free to be who we are or who we want to be. Kempinski San Clemente allows you to transpire yourself to feel like an heiress, fall in love with someone or something new (even if just for a few days). Unless you already live on a private island in a monastery-turned-hotel, it should be very easy to feel liberated in this entirely new, out-of-the-ordinary setting.
Making our way around the island, the hotel, an expansive structure with 190 rooms, is visible immediately, its rust-colored exterior, white transoms, and high three-part windows radiating venetian style. The walk from the dock to the hotel is nothing less than cinematic, through sprawling gardens, the tall shrubbery lines the walkways. There is an outdoor romantic nook around every turn and classic wicker furniture to sit comfortably or sunbathe. Upon reaching the grand entrance, you’ll notice the Romanesque vision detailed through the staircase, old fashioned wooden railing, regal red carpet and tiered crystal chandelier that sparkles from the windows and reflects light to every corner of the room. As royal and breathtaking as this entrance is, the staff enhances this formal atmosphere through their amiableness and down-to-earth pleasantries.
Alessia the “Lady in Red,” something only Kempinski Hotels have, is the equivalent to a Guest
Relations Assistant. She takes care of her guests’ requests and is dressed in red patent leather heels and a classic A-line dress. Alessia guided us to our rooms, her heels clicking against the marble. It’s Alessia’s first season at the hotel and she knows the entire history of the property. A seasoned
traveler herself, Alessia immediately greeted us with grace and informed us with exquisite detail on the hotel and island. Between the 15th and 16th centuries, San Clemente became prominent for being “the gateway to Venice.” Captured from the writing of Venice in 1493, the famous Marino Sanudo described the Bucentaur as “a marvel, in which the Prince and Senate go to any great lord visiting the city; they go to San Clemente or elsewhere, depending on the direction from which the visitor is coming” Eventually, the buildings on the private island were transformed into a luxurious hotel — now newly managed by the Kempinski group.
The island and building was used in the 12th century as a monastery, smaller than this back then. After that, it became the home of the Lord of Venice where he hosted his special guests — giving the hotel a very significant and historical background.
The hotel’s occupancy is high because there are three restaurants, a bar, fitness center, spa, pool, and boutique on site (with some of the cutest resort wear our team has seen). Any one location on site is rarely crowded, offering guests plenty of private time with their traveling companions. Make no mistake, the hotel is large and it may take a day or two to get familiar with the layout and the grounds. Our team and several other guests experienced issues with their key cards during the stay causing quite a bit of up and down. Hopefully this is something the hotel will fix in the future.
As far as cuisine goes, our recommendation is to go straight to Acquerello, located in the churchyard
on a large terrace. Enjoy views of the lagoon, flickering candlelight, and the sky at sunset, surreal and seemingly stolen from a painting. The Italian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant’s menu changes every Friday with new creative cuisines. From hamburgers made from prawns and smoked egg spaghetti marinated inside a pig’s bladder (en vessie) to deconstructed tiramisu and a delightfully gelatinous rhubarb mousse with a house-made jam garnish, here you will find dishes you’ve never experienced. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations from the highly knowledgeable wait staff. If you’re lucky enough to be served by Elio, whose background as a sommelier and experience serving at the Gritti Palace, Rome Grand Hotel, New York St. Regis, and The Savoy show his ingrained passion and love for gastronomy — you will be guided to the best service and recommendations in all of Venice.
If you are considering a destination wedding, San Clemente Kempinski seems to have been designed for this very purpose, sacred in its beginnings and its spiritual essence provide the perfect place to pronounce a new marriage. Its magnificence and charm will assure you to experience the most magical day of your life.
Overall, there is nothing that we would not recommend to anyone about our experience at San Clemente Kempinski. Staying here stimulated relaxation but also creativity that you do not normally feel on your everyday routine.
Located away from the madness near St. Marks the hotel is on the private Island of San Clemente in Venice, just ten minutes away from the main area of by one of the hotel's complimentary boats. The boat ride is an exceptional experience (especially at dusk or at night) as you’ll cross the historic waters of Venice. San Clemente Island is a private island and may not be reached by public transportation: only the hotel’s own boats and water taxi services may access this outstanding Venetian retreat.
The hotel is like a palace, with super comfortable rooms that are clean and quiet and a hotel staff that is professional, polite, and caring making one feel like a honored guest. Beautiful grounds and fabulous lagoon views surround the hotel which makes the setting most peaceful and serene.
I was completely pleased in every way with my stay and would recommend the Palace San Clemente to other traveler's. I hope to return to Venice and would like very much to stay here again.
The hotel is seasonal and is closed during the winter months, December to March.