Hotel Gritti Palace
Housed in a 16th-century former Doge's palace and in an enviable position overlooking the Grand Canal, this elegant top-end choice has a very upmarket feel and is richly decorated with traditional furnishings. Yet despite this feel of grandeur, the ambience is both warm and welcoming, without the formality of some similar upscale offerings.
The charming canal-side terraces provide a romantic spot for a sipping cocktails and watching the gondolas go by, and many of the rooms offer excellent views across the canal to the famous Salute church. A very popular choice for the glitterati and wealthy Americans.
A handsome, terracotta 16th-century 4-storey former palace, originally the home of the Doge Andrea Gritti, with black shutters, Moorish-style windows and a balustraded stone balconies to a few canal-facing rooms.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Some rooms
Built Year: 1500S
Rich in traditional furnishing and decoration throughout, the classically-styled interior evokes a very grand feel. The lobby has wood panelling, marble floors and Persian rugs, leading to a broad salon-style lounge predominantly in yellow with wall lamps and oil paintings. This opens to a landing stage on the Grand Canal.
Adjacent, the beautifully-styled bar has a marble counter, ancient marble floor, impressive engraved-glass walls and plush red and green antique furniture, with a decking terrace overlooking the canal.
The formal L-shaped restaurant has a decorative wood-beamed ceiling, frescos in arches, gold brocade drapes and oil paintings, and again has a terrace with overlooking the canal.
Both bar and restaurant have wooden terraces, with a landing stage between them, that provide delightful views over the Grand Canal towards the Santa Maria della Salute church.
Area Type: On the Grand Canal waterfront just off a small pleasant square, 350 yds W of St Mark's Square. A popular gondola station is outside and plenty of restaurants and exclusive shops are in the vicinity; Giglio vaporetto 100 yds.
- A la carte restaurant
- Snack Bar
- Public facilities
- Internet terminal(s)
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)
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