The first Radisson Blu Hotel in Venice is to open after its parent, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, signed a long-term management agreement.

The canal-side property in the inner San Marco district is “just steps” from Saint Mark’s Square and will open under the Radisson Blu banner by the end of 2019.

“This signing marks our entry to one of Europe’s most renowned destinations”, says Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

“One of our priorities is to rejuvenate growth in our mature markets, especially in Western Europe, and Venice is an ideal beginning of our new growth journey.’’

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Venice San Marco will have 50 rooms and suites will offer views of the canal. The exact location is being kept secret by the hotel group. Hotel services will include a light restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking a canal, a lounge bar and a fitness room.