What We Love
- Sipping champagne at the exclusive Krug Terrace looking out over the Grand Canal
- Watching chef Paolo Businaro theatrically preparing fabulous dishes in his open kitchen
- Johnny Depp camped out for three months in the JD Suite while filming The Tourist
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $7 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at check out
- This is a hip party hotel. The upside is that hotel guests often get invited to on-site events; the downside is that the music can go on late and loud
- The location is perfect for art lovers, just next door to the Palazzo Grassi museum
- There's no pool or spa on-site
- Free WiFi
Philippe Starck is the man behind Palazzina G, and it’s a visual tour de force, from the surreal furniture he has specially created — low wooden tables, vast mirrors and swirling armchairs — to amazing chandeliers that reimagine Murano glass. The atrium entrance of the palazzo has been transformed into a sexy all-in-one lobby/lounge/bar/restaurant, the stylish heart of the hotel, where guests mix and mingle from morning cappuccino through after-dinner grappa.
Bed and Bath
In comparison to the extravagant entrance, the guestrooms are minimalist, very white and relatively small despite the use of mirrors everywhere, but small rooms is par for the course in Venice. Fab carnival-inspired lamps by Starck contrast with the traditional Venetian cool marble floors, delicate linen bedsheets and fluffy bathrobes. Suites feature a transparent glass wardrobe, and some have their own private rooftop terrace; it is definitely worth splashing out for one of the rooms with a view of the Grand Canal.
Grab a seat at the long cocktail bar and try the barman’s signature tipple, the Silver Moon Martini, made using Crystal Head vodka, or the lethal Campari-based Spritz al Bitter, a favorite Venetian aperitif. The chef at the hip PG’s restaurant is a star, but rather than eating at one of the cramped tables, sit at the kitchen counter and watch Paolo Businaro prepare tempting dishes such as delicate courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta, pecorino cheese and crispy apple. Also worth checking out is his cooking course, which includes a tour of the spectacular Rialto market — paradise for foodies.
In the Area
Across the Accademia Bridge are the stunning Tintoretto and Titian paintings at the Accademia Museum, while the avant-garde collection of Francois Pinault in the nearby Punta della Dogana includes works by the Chapman Brothers. A short walk from the hotel takes you to the buzzing Campo Santo Stefano; en route check out the surprising wooden sculptures of local artist Livio de Marchi and irresistible hand-printed silk and velvet fashions by Emma Gaggio. In the campo itself, hang out on the terrace of Caffe Paolin for people watching and some delicious gelato, and if you get hungry try A Beccafico for light Mediterranean cuisine from the Amalfi region.
How to Get There
One of the coolest hotels in the world. It is exclusive fashionable reserved. The rooms are designed by a genius: they are furnished with mirrors that pamper you in the early morning and excite you late in the evening. Super food, Italian and Venetian menu with healthy and Made in Italy products. Extraordinary cellar you can find all the wines you want. A unique experience to try and try again in pairs preferably. Last but not least: the view of the suite on the Grand Canal leaves you breathless! Unique Venice .., unique Palazzina G
We stayed at GHouse, a small independent building, 'managed' by Palazzina G.
GHouse has a great potential, it's a large 4 floors building that could accommodate 4 people.
The building is mostly in very poor conditions and they can't fool you it's to preserve the charme of a cosy Venetian home. It's just in poor conditions, covered by lots of mirrors and glamorous pictures that could let you thing is more a set for a 'sexy' encounter other than a luxury stay.
The house is packed with design objects mixed with grandma objects. Seletti and Fornasetti objects don't justify paying a 5 stars price is you then need to be careful in where you step in. Wood flooring is all broken, plugs are left like in a temporary condition and some of the furnitures are just Ikea.
During our stay the phone connecting you with the hotel was not working, so good luck with any request, in particular when you realise they did not even care cleaning the room or daring asking for room service, which is described in the menu left in the room... but then not performed as not part of the service (!).
So... basically you spend money for a 5 stars hotel and end up with a peculiar airbnb, well located, but with no specific services.
There are a few nice touches, like the Bottega Veneta shampoo and Arvis toothpaste... lots of space... but at the end you feel ripped off.
I liked the terrace. Something you can exploit if you want to walk up 4 floors.
The nearby Palazzina G has probably a better service, although all you are given to experience is a dark elegant lounge that serves as expensive restaurant, bar, meeting room...
Despite reading the reviews about the staff here I have to say I wholeheartedly disagree, the staff were excellent the hotel was in both a great location but also really focussed on personal attention. I would thoroughly recommend it and wouldn’t hesitate to come back again
Nice general opinion about this hotel, but with some important remarks.
Very nice employees at the restaurant. Some employees at the reception are nice, some less.
-I suspect very poor acoustic insulation between the floors. Fortunately, we had nobody on the top of us, thanks to the lady at the reception who changed our room.
-stability of water temperature is terrible, no way to take a good shower. Shower head was not good and not cleaned from calcium. Flux of water is bad.
-The first 5 stars hotel where I had to buy our coffee. Distribution of coffee reload is scarse...
- I had to request to the reception to change the room odorant device with no effect. Nobody came
I summary, good hotel, Platinium card members well treated but absolutely not worth the price. You can find quite better hotel in Venise for this price or same hotel level for cheaper price. Cuisine is good but not exceptional.
I really loved the hotel. It was stylish, modern and the location was perfect. I would have had a wonderful time but some staff members (not all) had ruined the experience. On the first day (out of two) me my family had decided to get food from the bar (my son had fallen severely ill and vomited several times throughout the night therefore we couldn’t go out on that day) but had to wait about 25 minutes before a waiter even came to give us the menus! Worried about our son who was left upstairs we asked the waiter to tell the chef to be a little quick with our orders so that we could quickly go back to look after him, he said okay but when he turned around to walk away he muttered a sting of Italian curse words directed at us, (i studied Italian in college so i knew what he was saying). Afterwards we had to wait 40 minutes for our food to arrive! When the waiter had finally came with our food he had a smug expression on his face, i didn’t know whether it was because he purposely delayed our food or because of something else but he sure looked happy when he saw our annoyed faces.
If the staff had been more pleasant and understanding i would have definitely given this hotel a 5 star review. Alas now when i look back at my experience in Venice my first thought won't be about how amazing the hotel itself was, but rather how rudely the staff had treated us. This hotel definitely has some potential though.