San Clemente Palace Hotel
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ABOVE: A deluxe double with a view of Giudecca
and San Marco. INSET: Canale Rezzo at sunset, marble
bathroom in room 334.
Rooms and suites
The San Clemente Palace has 205 guest rooms, including 89 junior or classic
suites. All are spacious by Venetian
standards, with ceilings that are more than 4 meters or 13 feet high. Even the corridors are oversize, with big windows overlooking a
son and I stayed in room 334, which was similar to the room in the photo above.
The room had large twin beds, a sofa, and two windows that looked down on the
square in front of the 12th Century Church of San Clemente and the lagoon.
Beyond the small boat dock at the edge of the square was the Canale Rezzo boat
channel, where we could see the San Clemente Palace's
delivery barges, work boats,
oarsmen, and other lagoon traffic. In the distance were the island of
Giudecca and, just beyond, the Piazza San Marco.
Our marble-tiled bathroom was luxurious, with a separate glass-doored shower
stall next to the full-size bathtub and across from the toilet and bidet. It had
shaving mirror and a switchable 120/240v outlet for electric razors.
During our visit, we had a chance
to visit one of the hotel's
which had an entrance foyer, a big living room with sofa and chairs, a separate bedroom reached through
sliding doors, a huge walk-in closet, and a bathroom with a separate room for
We also saw the
Presidential Suite, a two-level apartment that featured a living room with
fireplace and plasma TV, an office/den, a dining or meeting area, a sleeping
loft with antique ceiling beams, a dressing room, and a large bathroom. Like
other accommodations in the San Clemente Palace, the suite was richly decorated
without being over the top.
Interestingly, the San Clemente Palace follows U.S. floor-numbering practice,
with "1" referring to the ground floor. (Normally in Europe, "1" would be one
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