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
Wow. Have stayed in a lot of top hotels, but this property is first class all the way. We came by water taxi and they pull right up to the front door of the hotel, bell boys meet you and take care of all your luggage. We arrived in the morning after an overnight flight, room wasn't quite ready. We had to wait until three (but went and had lunch looking at the canal) but they upgraded us to a suite (which listed price was twice the cost of the room we booked originally.) Room was on the side canal, and we could enjoy the singing and accordion playing of the gondolas in the afternoon. Room was fabulous, had a bottle of prosecco iced down when we got to room with fruit. Hotel staff knew our name and room number after the first afternoon in the restaurants and at the concierge. We loved the bar and restaurant right on the grand canal, view was awesome. Service in the bar and restaurants was superb. Took the trip on their wooden speedboat and this was quite wonderful as well. Had the opportunity to spend a night at the Danieli later in the trip, and this was nice but older and just not up to the standards of the Gritti I would have to say. While very old and historic, the Gritti does not have the "old" feel that the Danieli does. Furnishings are period pieces but all well kept up. When we return to Venice we will certainly stay at the Gritti. It is an amazing place to stay in this magical city.
My wife and I had lunch here at 2pm in Sept 28th 2018 and it was fantastic .
The setting is on the waterside and it was so different and beautiful.
Yes the menu is expensive but worth the experience when in Venice .
The Corperto is €9 each but that’s worth the spend for the experience.
I ordered the cheese burger 🍔 and it was amazing and my wife ordered a pasta dish .
We both had a few glasses of wine each and the service was very good.
Definitely worth dropping into if nearby in Venice for the experience alone.
The renovation and restoration has been done amazingly well. They have brought back the historic elegance and charm of truly Venetian design, culture and style. Truly amazing place. A proud Italian signature heritage style luxury hotel.
Design and attention to detail matters in every luxury hotel, especially a hotel with historic relevance. This hotel and staff epitomize elegance and brilliance.
Your stay at this hotel will no doubt be truly magical. Exceptionally good food. A huge range of wines and drinks. An evening with a shot of single malt on the rocks by the river is something I recommend to fellow travellers.
Congratulations to the General Manager.
This is an outstanding hotel.
We sat on the Patio and had an amazing lunch all while viewing the water travel fly by. Although we were staying at a nearby luxury hotel - this was a treat and it should not be missed when you are in Venice. Truly lovely.
We had an excellent experience at this waterside pub/bar. The service was phenomenal and attentive, rates were high but reasonable given the locale. Gondola station right next door and taxi dock in front provided for lots of people and event watching. This is a must stop in for a drink kind of place. Don’t miss it.