Gritti Palace Hotel

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Address: San Marco 2467, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, Venice, 30124, Italy

Star rating:
5 star hotel

3.6

All the reassurance of old-style Grand Canal luxury a five-minute stroll from St Mark's.

This classic of Venice’s accommodation scene has been welcoming discerning guests since the early years of the 20th century. Now a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel, the Gritti continues to offer old-style charm and exceptional levels of service.

Location
4.5
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Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3
90%
Value for money
3
90%
Bedrooms
3
90%
Public areas
3
90%

Location

Right on the Grand Canal, and a short stroll from St Mark’s square, the Gritti is as central as you can get. It’s a heavily touristed area, though, and in high season you may feel that most of Venice’s visitors are hanging about right outside.

Bedrooms

The range is enormous and, like many of Venice’s top-end hotels, time has taken its toll on some areas which are definitely in need of refurbishment. Though all 91 rooms have rich Venetian fabrics and antique furniture (some of it looking a little fusty these days), it pays to be picky. If you’re going for this old-world luxury option, I strongly advise splashing out on one of the grander rooms or suites to avoid disappointment. The three first-floor suites with Grand Canal views are quite spectacular. Not so some of the regular doubles: I once found myself in a claustrophia-inducing room with a view over a dead wall.

Public areas

Be warned: the Gritti’s public spaces are sumptuous but definitely not lofty, and many of its corridors are decidedly dark – perfect if your idea of romantic tends towards the gothic.

Eating and drinking

The Mediterranean-style cooking at the Club del Doge restaurant is good rather than exceptional, and eye-wateringly expensive, so just as well the view – over the Grand Canal – is spectacular enough to take your mind off the bill. The Bar Longhi, with its engraved mirrors and Murano chandeliers, is elegant in the extreme, and offers live piano-tinkling into the early hours.

Leisure facilities

Gritti guests have privileged access to the 18-hole Venice Golf Club, across the lagoon on the Lido. Note that, like all hotels in central Venice, there is no pool.

Service

Very professional, though sometimes rather aloof.

Who stays there

Ernest Hemmingway, Graham Greene and Winston Churchill made the Gritti their home-from-home in Venice. These days, the hotel is favoured by discerning guests in search of a luxurious base near St Mark’s square… and by regular Starwood customers using up their Starpoints.

Price advice

Prices vary wildly according to season and availability. Breakfast costs 52 euros extra.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Great views / scenery
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Extremely elegant
  • Right at the heart of Venice
  • The area is heavily touristed
  • Showing its age
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