Club Carlson Is Adding A Hotel In Venice


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Club Carlson used to be a very good loyalty program back when the top-tier properties cost just 50,000 points and when the Club Carlson credit card gave you a free night with every award booking….but that was a while ago.

In the US Club Carlson has very few properties that are worth a second glance (although the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel in Chicago is good) and, if we’re being honest, the chain doesn’t exactly have an abundance of aspirational properties elsewhere in the world either.

But there are a few properties that can be useful (usually in Europe) and, as those of us with the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa card get 40,000 points each time we renew the card, it’s always good to have a new property at which to spend those points.

Club Carlson has just announced that it has signed a “long-term management agreement of a canal-side hotel in the inner part of Venice’s San Marco district, just steps from renowned Saint Mark’s Square.”

St Mark’s Square Venice

Here are the limited details Club Carlson has released so far:

  • The Radisson Blu Hotel, Venice San Marco is expected to open by the end of 2019
  • The property will offer 50 rooms and suites some of which will offer “spectacular views of the canal
  • Hotel services will include a light restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the canal, a lounge bar and a fitness room

So this isn’t going to be a large property and it’s not going to have a host of 5* facilities to lure guests in….but then you visit Venice to see Venice not to sit in a Spa for most of the day.

As someone who has done his fare share of Carlson-bashing in the recent past I have to admit to being very positive about this news.

Venice isn’t a cheap place to visit and, although I fully expect this to be a 70,000 point/night property, it’s great to have another points option in the city.

The location of the new Radisson Blue Venice is fantastic for seeing some of the most iconic sights the city has to offer and, if you have a stash of Club Carlson points burning a hole in your pocket, this could be a great place to use them when the property opens.

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