The grand dame hotel, housed in a 15th-century noble palazzo, has long been one of the most iconic properties in Europe embracing generations of venerable guests and global travellers. The reopening of the legendary hotel marks a significant moment as Venice looks to welcome travellers to the destination once again.
Overlooking the Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace boasts one of the most majestic views in the city, spanning from the island of San Giorgio Maggiore past Punta della Dogana and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The hotel is a historical treasure where heritage and culture have blended, offering an experience marked by iconic art and design, attentive service, and exceptional culinary offerings. Each of the hotel’s 82 guest rooms and suites boasts impressive canal views which reflect the intimacy of a private residence and provide a truly distinctive experience that captures the heritage of the palace the cultural roots of the city.
With a rich history dating back to 1475 when the Pisani family, who resided in the Gritti Palace, transformed the building into its current Gothic shape. In 1525, the building became the private residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, and in the centuries that followed, it was home to other noble families and illustrious visitors. It was at the beginning of the 19th century that The Gritti Palace was turned into a hotel, and after a meticulous renovation, it now offers guests an insight into its intriguing and illustrious past. Admire the refined renovation from the beautiful terrazzo floors to the remarkable selection of artworks and antiques that adorn all private and social spaces within the hotel. Over the years, The Gritti Palace has welcomed many famous guests including John Ruskin and his young wife Effie spent a long period at Palazzo Gritti where he wrote his famous book ‘The Stones of Venice’, among others.
The Gritti Palace’s famous terraces will continue to be the social hub of Venice. Guests will enjoy delicious Venetian cuisine, cocktails, and enchanting views at The Club del Doge restaurant, Bar Longhi, and the Riva Lounge. Those interested in mastering the art of Venetian cooking can visit the Gritti Epicurean School, which has hosted wine tastings, cooking workshops, and visits to the local markets since 1975. Guests of the hotel can arrange anything from an exclusive tour around the Venetian lagoon aboard a private Riva speedboat to a relaxing day at The Gritti Spa, with treatments from Sisley Paris.
The hotel is currently open and guests can make reservations through The Gritti Palace’s website here.
Images courtesy The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice.