IHG has announced the opening of Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena, a 75-key property housed in a former 1930’s monastery. Located in the heart of the city next to the Rio Sant’Elena canal, the hotel marks the brand’s debut in Venice.
Comprised of two wings joined in the centre by a former chapel, Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena features an interior courtyard, private garden and large windows with high ceilings, each evocative of the local neighbourhood and existing architecture. The interior design scheme brings to life the building’s original features with oriental elements inspired by Venice’s traditions and history, which are contrasted by contemporary touches.
Plush velvet pillows layered on leather seating and brass lighting throughout the hotel juxtapose deep wood panelling on the walls in the lobby and an emerald green marble bar top. Ebru paintings are also dotted in the public areas, nodding to the city’s history of introducing the marbleised papers into its repertory of woodblock prints, copperplate engraving and book leather binding.
“The hotel is the perfect example of how Hotel Indigo draws inspiration from the local neighbourhood, bringing to life the historical importance of the building through design while also providing the ideal getaway from the busyness of Venice,” says Marco Costa, Hotel Manager of Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena. “Just a 15-minute walk from all the main attractions, including St Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace in San Marco, the hotel is the ideal choice for those coming to visit our beautiful town.”
The hotel’s restaurant, Savor Restaurant & Bar, serves traditional Venetian flavours from seafood to pasta, as well as signature dishes created by Chef de cuisine, Giovanni Montella. In the Sant’Elena district meanwhile, guests can eat local snacks at the trattorias, osterias and pizzerias found in the narrow streets close to the property.
Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena is also a short walk from Giardini della Biennale, a space commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte when Venice was under French rule during the nineteenth century. A year-round hub for modern art and culture, the park comes alive during the city’s annual biennale.