The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, occupies a former 15th-century nobleman’s home sitting front and center on the Grand Canal in San Marco. In 2013, this storied terracotta-hued palazzo—the residence of a doge, host to literary figures, Hollywood stars, and artists—underwent a complete top-to-bottom renovation. Interior designer Chuck Chewning reimagined the canal-gazing and piazza-facing rooms with distinct themes and a balance of vintage and custom-made furnishings, luxurious Rubelli fabrics, Italian marble, and original artwork (Miró etchings hang in the Peggy Guggenheim suite). Amid the numerous updates, classic details remain—Murano glass chandeliers, the original gold-trimmed ceilings, and marble tiled floors.
Guests can create a memorable meal by enrolling in the first-class cooking school, or dress for dinner and be wowed at the refined Club del Doge restaurant, and wind down with a treatment (or two) at the sleek, guests-only spa.
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The hotel sits alongside the Grand Canal looking out toward the beautiful baroque church Santa Maria della Salute in San Marco, the cultural and social heart of Venice’s six districts (sestieri). Walk over to St. Mark’s Square, a wide, 12th-century piazza that is one of Italy’s most iconic gathering spots. Tour the fresco-faced and mosaic-filled Basilica of St. Mark. And get a bird’s-eye view of the lagoon and ancient city below from St. Mark’s Bell Tower (campanile). Cap the day with a cocktail at sundown at Caffe Florian, the world’s oldest café and a Venetian institution that remains as relevant today as it was in 1720.
Need to Know
Rooms: 82 rooms, 21 suites. From $630. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: On level with the Grand Canal, the Club del Doge restaurant is an opulent fine-dining room (formal attire required) and terrace (May to October). Venetian-style dishes from executive chef Daniele Turco change seasonally, but may include sea bass with artichokes and carrots and a risotto of the day. Bar Longhi is a more laid-back spot for a light snack and a cocktail, and the Grand Canal views are no less stunning. Spa and gym details: Facials, body therapies, and massages are on offer for an hour session or an entire day at the Aqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Spa, exclusively for hotel guests. Inside the spa, guests will find a fitness center with a variety of cardio machines.
Who's it for: Food-focused, luxury travelers. Our favorite rooms: Venice beckons guests to sit at a window and stare out at the ancient city, so request any room with a glimpse of the Grand Canal or the sweet Santa Maria del Giglio piazza. Channel your inner Hemingway or Peggy Guggenheim and settle into one of the 10 signature suites inspired by the hotel’s most notable guests. Plan ahead: Be sure to book cooking classes well in advance at the Gritti Epicurean School. The immersive, small-group courses have been drawing in-the-know culinary enthusiasts since the school’s debut in 1975.