The hotel's history is synonymous with the Serandrei family's history; they have run the hotel for four generations. It is the story of a family of hoteliers by vocation that began in 1908 when the first lady of the house Zoe Lustig, of Jewish-Hungarian origin, and her husband Ugo Serandrei who was born in Pisa and Venetian by adoption, opened a small guesthouse with a dozen rooms. The great-grandmother is remembered by her grandchildren (today active in the family business) as a woman with great charisma: the first of many examples of careful and courageous management.
The name of the hotel was initially Hotel Internazionale, but in the Twenties was changed to Saturnia & Internazionale. The first significant breakthrough was made by Renzo Serandrei, the son of Ugo and Zoe, and the current owner’s father. He turned the small guesthouse into a four-star accommodation, and started to think the hotel as a place of history and tradition. The Fifties were full of important guests: Saturnia's bar known as Ciro's Bar served intellectuals of the caliber of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, just a few among its most loyal customers that could be seen sitting at its tables.
Today the current owner Ugo Serandrei can take pride in one of the most exclusive hotels of Venice with its impressive 87 rooms, where the charm of the past is paired with a modern and full-service hotel. Family cohesion and an environment where - literally - every piece of furniture hides a story to tell give Saturnia a unique feeling today: sophisticated and classy, at times vintage, but at the same time cozy and discreet.
This leads to the fourth generation, the brothers and sisters Marianna, Gianni, Kim and Zoe, who after going down different roads, have decided to carry on the tradition of family hospitality. Within the Saturnia, they add and balance managerial and more artistically sensitive skills. Thanks to the fourth generation, the hotel has been renovated with architectural respect for traditions. Finally, as a sign of great continuity with its origins, another woman leads the team at Saturnia: Zoe.
New skills and new challenges carried on with the same passion. Passion that has already celebrated one hundred years.