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
My wife and I travelled from Rome to Venice and stayed here for three days. The hotel is ideally located near St Mark’s Square and shops, bars, and restaurants. The hotel exudes old world charm, nicely decorated, and the staff are very nice and accommodating. As an added perk, the staff all speak English, regardless of my poor Italian. I really loved the fact that the room was quiet, no noise from the heating, neighbors or the hallway, and the bed was very comfortable. This is important after a long day of sightseeing. We opted for the breakfast everyday and were glad we did. Both the buffet items and menu items were delicious, and the service was exceptional. perfect way to start the day. I liked the fact that you leave your room key with the front desk, which is one less thing to worry about carrying around all day. I would highly recommend this hotel for an escape to Venice .
We arrived at the Gritti Palace for a quick drink and ended up sitting on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal with the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in site for nearly 2hrs. It was just lovely! The atmosphere was perfect, everyone was is good spirits, the service was 5* and of course, the view was spectacular! The cocktail menu is fabulous, the bar snacks are delightful and the food looked/smelt amazing! Highly recommend, it's a must visit for me.
We were fortunate enough to find this gem after days of searching online. I look back at our photos and still have to pinch myself. Upon entering our room, it felt like we were in a movie, opened the windows and a gondola passed by with the man serenading. Tired from a long flight we decided to try their afternoon tea. I recommend requesting a table close to the water if available. They do get busy and we got lucky a table was available when we got there. It was delightful and better than any high tea experience we had in the UK. The servers were attentive and quick. Also have a wonderful view of the cathedral across the street and dining with gondolas passing by being serenaded at times makes this one of my favorite part of our Italy trip. Worth every $ spent because of its location, view and excellent service.