The St. Regis Venice

San Marco 2159, Venice 30124 Italy
+39 041 240 0001

Hotel Legacy


A Visionary Renovation

After a full-scale renovation restoring the hotel buildings to the grandeur of the former Grand Hotel Britannia, The St. Regis Venice debuted in 2019, bringing with it a new era of glamour to Venice. Reinterpreting the city's rich heritage with a contemporary lens, the hotel marries its celebrated legacy with the St. Regis brand’s modern design and bespoke service throughout a unique collection of five Venetian palaces.

A Storied History

The five ‘palazzi’ that make up the hotel enjoy a position of privilege overlooking the Grand Canal, with Badoer Tiepolo, the oldest palazzo dating back to the 17th century. By the 19th century, palazzi Badoer Tiepolo, Barozzi and Regina were converted into the Grand Hotel Britannia, more recently known as Hotel Europa & Regina. Carlo Walther, owner and manager of the Grand Hotel Britannia, shared the same visionary spirit and passion for technology as John Jacob Astor IV, founder of St. Regis Hotels & Resorts - the Grand Hotel Britannia was in fact the first hotel in Venice to have electricity.

The hotel's special location carried an important significance for artists, as much for the opportunities of capturing the romantic light of the city and the beauty of the panorama at the mouth of the Grand Canal, as for the hotel's role as a gathering place for the varied cultural circles in Venice during the Belle Epoque. At the turn of the 20th century, Venice in fact offered foreign artists a way of life that was congenial, convivial, and inspiring.

Today The St. Regis Venice offers guests an insight into the hotel's intriguing and illustrious history continuing, at the same time, to cultivate the imagination of today's tastemakers. The refined residential design inspired after Venice itself, the hotel's curated art collection which reflects a contemporary spirit for creativity, and the meaningful details discreetly placed throughout, seamlessly engage visitors with the future and the past.

Illustrious Guests

Throughout its history as a hotel, The St. Regis Venice, in its various guises, has attracted international intellectuals and socialites, royalty, aristocracy, dignitaries, as well as famous writers, composers, and artists, including J.M.W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, Franz R. Unterberger and the vanguard of French Impressionism, French painter Claude Monet. It was in the autumn of 1908 that Monet and his wife Alice spent over a month at the then Grand Hotel Britannia where he discovered the extraordinary view of San Giorgio Maggiore island from the window of his hotel room. This same view and the captivating passage of light would be one of the motifs of his Venetian "beginnings", many of which are now acclaimed masterpieces.

Noteworthy guests of the literature world have included Gabriele D'Annunzio, Gustav Mahler, and German poet Rainer Maria Rilke who during his stay at the Grand Hotel Britannia produced some of the poems collected in his work "Spaetherherbst in Venedig" and the novel "A Scene in the Venetian Ghetto". American-British writer Alice Muriel Williamson, guest of the Grand Hotel Britannia, penned it as the most comfortable hotel in Venice and the only one with a garden on the Grand Canal in her 1905 novel "My Friend the Chauffeur". American writer and artist Francis Hopkinson Smith frequently spent his summers in Venice at the Grand Hotel Britannia, including the hotel and the garden in his work "Gondola Days".

Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir visited frequently, German composer Richard Strauss and Austrian composer Arnold Shoenberg chose to stay at the Grand Hotel Britannia, as did English journalist and writer Rudyard Kipling, art critic Bernard Berenson, Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti, and with the birth of cinema, celebrities Orson Welles, Anna Magnani amongst other famous names of cinema.

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