Westin Europa & Regina, Venezia
6=exceptional (rare ranking)
NE = no experience
Hotel Location — 6. Closer to Piazza San Marco than any other Starwood property, there are only 2 bridges to traverse from the Alilaguna stop to hotel.
Style / design impression — 6. Luxurious linens, towels, Murano glass chandeliers, two walk-in closets
Bed comfort — 5, Heavenly Bed
Bath robe / slippers — 2 thick Westin robes and 2 slippers
Quality of Toiletry amenities — 4, standard Westin. In the past (as recent as September 2014), they had oversized Italian local toiletries, but this has now been standardized
Views — 6. Breathtaking, almost-270 degree panoramic rooftop views of Venice, featuring views of the Salute church and partial views of the Grand Canal waters.
Shower temperature/ water pressure — 4, rainfall shower with separate wand.
Towels — fluffiness — 6
Towels — quantity — 6
All towels appeared new and super-soft. We always had plenty of towels.
Outlet plugs — 5. Two outlets at each nightstand, and two more at the desk. Bring extra European power adapters!
Sufficient Lighting — 5. Murano glass chandelier sconces on a dimmer in addition to recessed lighting and table lamps.
Flooring type — c, t. Wood terrace!
(c=, w=wood, t=tile)
Lounge — n/a
WiFi — free for SPG platinum, SPG bookings
Food / restaurant — 6, breakfast buffet is a must-do at least once. A 35 euro cost per person, the SPG platinum ‘free breakfast’ benefit is an amazing deal.
Dine directly on the Grand Canal and watch gondoliers prep their gondolas for the day.
Enjoy mimosas with your scrambled eggs, bacon, tea eggs and congee. Delicious croissants the French would be proud of, along with other fruits, pastries, yogurts, and smoked salmon and deli meats and cheeses.
Staff Service — 5. Sometimes communication is slightly difficult with the language barrier, but overall very friendly!
Pool — n/a
Parking — NE
Comments — the Regina is the building that fronts the Grand Canal. The Europa is set back behind somewhat, but rooms still offer partial views of the Grand Canal.
Only 10% of the hotel’s rooms are classified as Grand Canal Views.
We had lounger chairs and a dining table with 4 chairs on our Europa terrace. The loungers had the softest beach towels Acqua dell Elba, apparently only sold in Italy.
Management of this hotel under Alessandra Pagano is exceptional, and we look forward to returning again in the future!
Disclaimer: We are not sponsored by the hotels to write any of our reviews. They are based on true travel experiences.