Hungerian-born Zoe Lustig (her family had arrived form Hungary at the end of the 19th century) and Ugo Serandrei (a native of Pisa, he had moved to Venice at the beginning of the next century) were married in 1905. 3 years later, putting to use her experience in administrative work (she had also worked in Naples, where she was employed by Alfredo Campione, one of the founding members of Ciga, today part of the Starwood group) and his stint as a maitre d’hotel
at the Hotel
Luna, today Luna Baglioni Hotel
, they leased a small 8 rooms lodging inn
. At the end of the great war, they decided to buy the hotel from the original owner, who was returning to his native Germany, and, with the help of their son Renzo, expanded and refurbished it. at the same time the name was changed and the word Saturnia
, the ancient virgilian name of Italy, was added to avoid confusion with the Nazionale, another hotel in Venice
not far from the train station.
During world war two the hotel was requisitioned by the Germans first and by British and south African troops later, but after the war it gained international fame with its renowned Ciro’s bar
. The increased number of rooms, the newly-built 4th floor terrace, and the restaurant alfresco dining area in the inner courtyard all contributed to the awarding of the 4 stars of today’s classification. For the past 30 years the hotel has been run by the grandchildren of the original Ugo, Alberto and Ugo, assisted by the latter’s children also in the management of the family jewel, Hotel Ca' Pisani
, which opened in late 2000.