Romance on the canal
The Hotel Gritti Palace, a magnificent palazzo once belonging to the Doge Gritti, is a historic 16th-century palazzo situated on Venice’s Grand Canal and within 500 meters of St. Mark’s Square. The views from the canalside rooms and the terrace are incomparable. Guests entering the spell of the Gritti will stay in air-conditioned guestrooms that are carefully planned with an Imperial theme featuring richly patterned fabrics and antique furnishings.
Amenities for the guests of the Gritti include satellite television, direct-dial phones, radios, minibars, safes and marble bathrooms with bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. Guests can browse the daily newspapers in the lobby, use the Internet or take advantage of the private boat service to the Lido.
The hotel houses a range of boutiques selling Venetian handicrafts, masks and glass, and offers cooking courses during certain months of the year. Practical amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a dry-cleaning service and a multilingual concierge service.
Two dining options are available: Decorated with Murano glass, marble and hand-made stuccoes, Club Del Doge is a romantic restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, serving a range of Mediterranean and Venetian specialties. Bar Longhi serves a range of snacks, drinks and cocktails in an intimate setting decorated with 18th century paintings, marble and Murano glass.
Hotel Gritti Palace
Location: Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, Venice, Italy 30124; 91 rooms; distance from airport
Luxury style: The Gritti Palace is an extravagant, flamboyant ode to romance. It is the ultimate in the palazzo hotel, the Venetian palette of its decoration, the chandeliers of fine glass, the magnificent terrace. From Somerset Maugham to Hemingway, the Gritti has conducted a love affair with many repeat visitors for a century.
What we’ve heard: If you want to imagine the role of decadent expatriate conducting a questionable yet passionate love affair while traveling through the Continent, the Hotel Gritti Palace will fulfill all your fantasies…even if the lover accompanying you is your longtime spouse.