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
We strayed at this hotel for four days. It is the most mesmerizing place in terms of luxury and romance I ever styed in. The location was superb, the service is to[ notch, the restaurant and terrace is breath taking. I recommend taking the water taxi and sit at the back of the boat for a better view of the island it fells as if you are going on a cruise. I also recommend to go on an adventure by getting lost between the city ally, eventually you will find your way and have the most of the city view doing so.
We stayed at the Gritti Palace on Bonvoy points for one night after cruising the Adriatic. The lobby is beautiful and our room was gorgeous, with a spectacular marble bathroom. If you are looking for minimalism, this hotel might not be your best bet, but if Old World glamour is your style, you cannot top the Gritti.The view from the bar and restaurant on the terrace is second to none, and we enjoyed drinks and breakfast watching the boats go by on the Grand Canal. Service in the hotel, restaurant and bars was excellent; the concierge even walked us to the correct street after we got lost twice looking for a restaurant.
Venice is such a beautiful place itself and calls for romance and love, staying here just makes Venice memories perfect.
The rooms are very big and art lovers would definitely love the ambiance here, pink marble bathrooms are something else!
You can enjoy breakfast downstairs or just sip cocktails on the terrace.
Definitely try the River boat experience, its amazing!