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Hotel Indigo Venice Italy

Hotel Indigo®
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Hotel Indigo ® Venice

IHG® (InterContinental® Hotels Group) has opened Hotel Indigo ® Venice – Sant’Elena, marking the brand’s debut in Venice, Italy.

Filled with beauty and world-famous sights, it is no surprise that this city of 55,000 residents draws almost 30 million annual visitors. Despite its immense popularity, there are still pockets of the city yet to be discovered, such as the Sant’Elena neighbourhood. Sant’Elena is a global hub for modern art and culture, close to the home of Venice International Film Festival and the Murano Glass Factory. The neighbourhood will introduce guests to a side of Venice that few tourists see.

Hotel Indigo ® Venice – Sant’Elena is located in the heart of the iconic Italian city, next to canal Rio Sant’Elena. Formally a 1930’s monastery, the 75 room Hotel Indigo ® Venice – Sant’Elena is a peaceful sanctuary reflective of its former heritage that exudes an almost spiritual calm, the perfect place to retreat from the bustle of San Marco square. Composed of two wings joined in the centre by a former chapel, the hotel boasts an interior courtyard and large windows with high ceilings, which is evocative of the local neighbourhood and existing architecture. The hotel also has a private garden, a rarity in Venice where guests can sit and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and relax after a day of exploring.

The interior design brings to life the buildings original features with oriental influences inspired by Venice’s traditions and history, with touches of modern elements contrasting with the classic Venetian style. Plush velvet pillows layered on leather seating and brass lighting scattered throughout the hotel contrast the deep wood panelling on the walls in the lobby and emerald green marble bar top. Ebru paintings are dotted throughout the public areas, bringing to life Venice’s history of introducing the marbleized papers into their framed repertory of woodblock prints, copperplate engraving and book leather binding.

The guest rooms have three flavours reflecting local colours and history with all room signage inspired by the iconic Venice doorbell.

The fully refurbished Deluxe rooms were inspired by Venice gondolas and their materials, the black of the lacquered boat and the wood of the oar with the headboard shape recreating the sofa style seating typical of a Gondola. The bathroom tiles are inspired by the Terrazzo technique, where a contemporary collection named Venice, with patchworks of mixed colours and patterns create a vibrant, decorative look for the new bathrooms.

The Standard rooms were inspired by the Byzantine era with touches of gold and warm colours. The headboards are textured to mimic woven leather, a feature of locally made luggage. The walls are decorated with a printed wall covering with images of pine trees; a feature of the Sant’Elena area and gardens.

In the Garden rooms, the main feature behind the headboard recreates the Mediterranean gardens of Sant’Elena. In the Garden Rooms, the conservatory print is inspired by the Giardini of the Biennale conservatories conversion.

Nick Hickson from The Hickson Design Partnership, which completed the interior design work at the hotel said: “So far feedback has been great. IHG® loves the new interior and its grounding in the local interior design vernacular. Being open only a few weeks and continuously full, so far guest reaction has been very positive.

“This is the third Indigo Hotel in Italy and the first in Venice. Being such an iconic city for The Hickson Design partnership it was very important to give guests a sense of location and introduce them to the historical stories of the city.”

The hotel’s restaurant, Savor Restaurant & Bar, serves traditional Venetian flavours, from seafood pasta and exclusive dishes created by the Chef de cuisine, Giovanni Montella. All food can be accompanied by an extensive list of carefully selected fine wines, in a refined and elegant setting.

Marco Costa, Hotel Manager of Hotel Indigo® Venice – Sant’Elena, commented: “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 gateway from the busyness of Venice. 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.”

For further information or bookings, visit:

Hotel Indigo®


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The company was recently involved with the Indigo Hotel Venice having been commissioned by interior designers THDP to supply furniture to the hotel.

The beautiful and modern boutique Hotel in Venice is located on Sant’Elena, the most tranquil and uniquely green areas of Venice.

The inspiration behind the look and feel derives from the history and legends of Sant’Elena Island. History and elegance informed the choices by the Interior Designers THDP.

The new interiors are effortlessly elegant, being both surprising classic yet contemporary. The furnishings are bold, sophisticated and eclectic with a high level of quality and a beauty that you will discover with pleasure.


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