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
Absolutely fabulous from start to finish! The hotel is perfect, the service is first class. Our concierge Ivan was incredibly helpful and advised us on a itinerary plan that would suit us for the days we were staying and nothing was too much trouble! The break was seamless not a single hitch! I would recommend to anyone considering this incredible destination. 5 ⭐️
Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with friends in the restaurant on the grand canal at the Gritti.
Fantastic service and food for the whole evening. The sommelier paid attention to every detail to accommodate our individual tastes and couldn’t have been better. A very classy place to sit with beautiful surroundings and views.
Very expensive but the best quality in every way. Couldn’t fault it and definitely recommend it.
One of the best Hotels we have ever stayed at, Luxury rooms, over the top on service, Helpful on all our needs. A boat took us from airport to the hotel the staff was waiting for us to arrive and we were early. The hotel suggested we go to Murano Glass and they had a nice boat pick us up, and again another nice boat to take us to the train station. (Forget the gondola rides) The hotel has a boat to take you on a day trip. Breakfast so so delicious. We had two rooms one for our teen children on for us. Both rooms were gorgeous. Would stay here again, this was a hotel that was helped picked by SPG agent and we used points- I'm so glad we trusted the SPG agent on helping pick a room.
My wife and I ended our two week Anniversary Trip with a 3 night stay at The Gritti Palace and it truly exceeded every expectation we had. We have traveled extensively, stayed at many luxurious hotel properties and we can both state unequivocally that beyond a shadow of a doubt this is by far the best experience we have had, the most luxurious hotel we have enjoyed. Where to begin?
Checking in was seamless, we were expected and greeted with the warmest of all welcomes. I must say it is imperative that you arrive in a private water taxi so you can experience entering the hotel from the Canal...unbelievable. Because we arrived a bit early our room was not quite ready so we were invited by the hotel to go to the terrace and enjoy cocktails and something to eat, we could have stayed there for hours and enjoyed the beautiful weather, excellent service and the cocktails were a 10!
We stayed in a Serenissima Suite and it may have been the most beautiful room we have stayed in, a perfect blend of sophistication and luxury. The General Manager clearly went out of his way to provide us with a bottle of wine on the house with the wine comparing quite favorably to every wine we had enjoyed thus far on the trip.(My wife fell in love with the marble bathroom and the antique furniture in the living room).
The Concierge Team was spectacular. They provided us with only the best of recommendations and put together an itinerary for one full day that was truly the best day of our two week trip! He made arrangements for us to have a private boat take us to Murano (45 minute ride thru all of Venice) and made arrangements for a private showing of a Master blowing glass. The concierge then instructed upon our return we go to Rialto Bridge and after walking around the market begin to get to know the real Venice by stopping in to 4 or 5 small bars to enjoy a Spritz and Cichetti and we did exactly that.
The dinner recomendations made by the Concierge were truly perfect. Not once did they have an agenda and "push" various establishments but instead they truly asked us many questions and always gave us multiple options to choose from.
As my wife and I enjoyed the breakfast each morning and cocktails every evening it was clear that every employee of the hotel is passionate about their job and is consistently going out of their way to provide every guest the best experience possible.
This type of service is only possible because of the leadership provided by the General Manager but is seen in every employee of the hotel.
Mile Grazie to every employee at this property. You are truly in a class by yourselves.
We are SPG members so we were lucky enough to use a lot of points to stay here. We did not dock in Venice until 1pm and by the time we were allowed off the ship (we were disembarking day one of two) all of the water taxi stands were closed for the day and calling one stated no one would be able to get us due to the holiday. I then called the hotel and the Concierge had one pick us up within 20 minutes, which was a truly a miracle and it only cost us 80€.
Pulling up to the hotels private dock on the Grand Canal, having a very formal dressed bellman offload the luggage felt unreal. Upon entering the lobby area (more like rooms than a “grand atrium”) this place oozed elegance. After checking in at the private desk we were escorted to our upgraded room and given an overview. We asked that the windows be unlocked and we could see the gondolas below coming from the Grand Canal.
We enjoyed the breakfast buffet sitting on the GC enjoying the water traffic of the morning. We didn’t eat dinner at the restaurant because we had our dinner clothes buried at the bottom of our suitcases and certainly we are not going to show up in jeans and shorts.
As others have stated St. Marks Square and the Rialto Bridge are within walking distance, there were so many people due to the local long weekend we were done with the two in an hour. I preferred to go back to the hotel and watch the water traffic below. There is a gondola stand just outside the hotel and a traghetto stop next to that although I can’t comment on the prices or how they work. We did pick up a private taxi in Rialto for a 45 minute tour for 100€ with drop off at the hotel, that was fun. The hotel also arranged a private taxi for transfer to the airport, that was 120€.