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 stayed here for two nights and I wish it could have been longer. The staff are friendly and incredibly helpful; the position of the hotel is amazing, the food exquisite and Venice in March was just perfect. A truly unforgettable experience from the delicious breakfast in the morning sunshine to a glass of prosecco in the bar over looking the Grand Canal at sunset.
A fantastic weekend to celebrate my partner’s birthday. The Gritti Palace was a recommendation from a good friend of ours, and he couldn’t have made a better one.
A misunderstanding with our transfer into Venice from the airport was swiftly and seamlessly solved by one of the most amazing concierge teams I have ever encountered. From then on, our weekend was bliss from start to finish. And that’s all down to the wonderful institution that is The Gritti Palace and it’s incredible staff. In all honesty there are too many to name individually to put on here (I wouldn’t rate any member of staff we encountered as anything less than superb)
I cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us and I can assure you that we’ll be back again. I have recommended your hotel to everyone I have had chance to since we have returned, and will continue to do so.
Stayed for 3 nights in the La Fenice suite at the Gritti. The hotel staff were all extremely pleasant and helpful, showing us around the property and explaining the history of the hotel upon check in. They were even nice enough to have a chilled bottle of champagne, strawberries, and fresh roses waiting for us in the room when we arrived. The suite was magnificent, beautifully decorated in period furnishings but with all the modern amenities you would expect of an expensive hotel. My wife particularly appreciated the radiant floors and oversized soaking tub in the bathroom. We could have just stayed in the room for the entire trip and been happy!
Luxurious, beautiful hotel with a very accommodating and hospitable staff. Every room in the building is something to view that will amaze you. Our room was decadent and almost to comfortable to leave and tour the city! Dinner and breakfast is fantastic but drinks on the terrace with fantastic view is a must. Thank you so much for making my first trip to Venice so special!
A beautiful property in a fantastic location. We were concerned to be overwhelmed by the mass of tourists traveling in early July, but were pleasantly surprised to walk out of our hotel room to little or no crowds.
The outdoor cafe has an amazing view and the room decor was beautiful. An added bonus was waking up to the music from the passing gondolas. Wonderful hotel staff. A surely memorable stay.