The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
What We Love
- Prime location near San Marco at the mouth of the Grand Canal, with views of the lagoon, the iconic Salute church and the Punta della Dogana museum
- The decor, entirely redone in high Venetian style, dripping with Rubelli silks and damasks and Murano glass chandeliers
What To Know
- The Baroque opulence may not appeal to those with a more modern aesthetic
- On-site gym is small
- The hotel is pet-friendly, though fees may apply
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
High Venetian Baroque. Designer extraordinaire Chuck Chewning (creative director of the Italian furniture and textile house Donghia) respun the 15th-century palazzo’s storied past, refurbishing and repurposing its invaluable collection of art and antiques everywhere, from the spacious canal-side lobby and reception areas to the dining room, library and iconic Bar Longhi. The result is a space that doubles as a curated art museum fronting the Grand Canal, with rich colors and textures such as silk, marble and glass, and overstuffed Old World furniture.
Bed and Bath
From the upholstered walls to the plush kingsize beds and shimmering draperies, all 82 guestrooms are sheathed in custom-made Rubelli silks. Designer Chuck Chewning selected different pieces from the hotel’s extensive art and antiques holdings to embellish the rooms, which have Murano glass light fixtures, high ceilings, oak parquet and original terrazzo floors and oil paintings and — perhaps the best feature — canal views. Opulent bathrooms are clad in marble, and those looking for a touch of the contemporary will appreciate free high-speed Internet access and 40-inch Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs.
The hotel’s ground-floor Bar Longhi, which takes its name from the paintings by 18th-century Venetian master Pietro Longhi that hang within, and its adjacent restaurant, Club del Doge, have been glam gathering places for decades, not just for their cuisine and cocktails but for their Grand Canal views and chic clientele. Since the redo, these public areas have been augmented with a living room and library space with books and curiosities curated by jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia. There’s also a cooking school that brings back to life the hotel’s famed epicurean academy of the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a small Acqua di Parma spa done up in blue, white and yellow mosaic glass tiles.
In the Area
The Piazza San Marco, which is home to the eponymous basilica, the adjacent Campanile bell tower and the Doge’s Palace, is less than a 10-minute walk from the Gritti Palace. Take a gondola across the Grand Canal to see the Santa Maria della Salute church, the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi contemporary art museums, as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art. And if you’re looking for some retail therapy, high-end shopping is ubiquitous, with international brands and artisanal crafts boutiques everywhere you turn.
How to Get There
I booked two nights at The Gritti six months ago with Platinum American Express on a 10 day visit to Italy.
I had to pay 100% up front. Close to 3000.
1 month before going.....I HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OUT OF MY ROOM BY HOTEL.....because, because....
get this....” a wealthy man bought out the hotel for the night”.
NOW.....I am forced to buy a hotel room of any comparable canal location ( not the Marriott sister next door )
for double the price.
OUTRAGEOUS......and such a sign of times, this hotels commitment to travelers is horrendous.....
Both American Express and Gritti should be ashamed of themselves.
The hotel located on the Grand canal is an old palace renovated with modern amenities but still maintaining its authentic feel. Filled with antiques and pictures of celebrities who have stayed here, you realize the grandness of the hotel. The location is good, about a 10 minute walk to St. Mark Square. Check in was quick and luggage arrived very quickly. Our room was large overlooking a side street, with a big bathroom and double sink. I did not like the faucets on the sink because they were too low, not enough room between the faucet and the sink. Bed was comfortable, turn down service was great and overall the room was clean. The breakfast was buffet and it had your basic cheese, cold cuts, fresh fruit and baked goods. Eggs and omelettes were made on demand. Service could use some improvement.Overall we had a great stay and I give it my GoldnAdvice seal of approval.
Top of the line hotel. room, service ,food is all top notch!! only place to stay if you want a 5 star hotel. please take a cooking class with Franco!! you will have the best time . very centrally located . Concierge are great for hot spots . This is a real 5star hotel.
Beautiful hotel which is very well staffed. Service is exceptional and also understated / not intrusive. Very helpful concierge who gave great dinner recommendations so we could avoid the tourist traps. The decor of our room was perhaps the best I have experienced as it was so unique and artistic. The bed was very comfortable indeed and the bathroom was very well appointed with plenty of towels.
The cocktail bar has an extensive menu - the measures are good and some of the cocktails are quite strong! We thoroughly enjoyed looking over the canal sipping away and watching the world go by. A perfect location.
Breakfast is plentiful with a very good quality buffet, with the option of cooked food to order if you wish. Served in the restaurant overlooking the canal - there isn’t a better start to the day.
I would throughly recommend this hotel - it really doesn’t get much better in terms of location, room quality, food quality and service.
The only way to arrive at your hotel in Venice is via a boat transfer from the airport or train station. Arriving at the Gritti Palace, the reception and service you receive from the staff is overwhelming. Once checked in, they escorted us to our lovely suite (upgraded with 'Suite Night Upgrades'). The hotel holiday decorations were so lovely. The bar was great to take a break from sightseeing in the afternoon. The breakfast buffet was very plentiful. The best thing about waking up in Venice is hearing the gondoliers singing along side the hotel each morning. Thank you for an amazing stay Gritti Palace.