We were very happy when Gritti Palace re-opened, because it has always been a perfect hotel. But on our way to the Gritti, after the renovation, we felt some misgivings: can perfection be bettered? Evidently, it can. The lobby is wonderful. Checking in provided more privacy, and was more pleasant because we were offered easy chairs. The room we prefer (212, with view of the Canal Grande) hadn't lost anything of its wonderful atmosphere with redecorating. (Maybe there is a little less space in the new closet?) Beautiful Rubelli fabrics were used, the beds were excellent, and the new marble bathroom was superb (our compliments to the designer: designing a bathroom like this, in the rather awkward, corridor-like space, mustn't have been easy). Great Aqua di Parma toiletries. We found fresh roses in our room, a bottle of very good prosecco, and a box of delicious chocolates. The restaurant looked lighter, more spacious, with the beautiful new terrazzo floor. The Explorer's Library is amazing. And so on: each day we discovered new details. The counter in the Longhi bar! Even the walls of the elevator! Great fabrics and wall coverings everywhere. There is also a new Spa, but we haven't been there.
The staff is efficient, courteous, unobtrusive, friendly. An excellent turndown service: one afternoon, after we'd had a siesta, the beds were rather rumpled. When we came back after dinner, the beds were newly made, with fresh sheets!
Sitting on the terrace with a perfect Bellini, looking at the Canal Grande, is still paradise. The breakfast buffet is very good, and it is absolutely wonderful to have breakfast outside on the terrace, in the morning sun. On two evenings we were able to have dinner outside; on our last evening there was aqua alta, so that the terrace couldn't be used (Don't worry: the water didn't come into the hotel.) As regards dinner: to us the best of the menu is the extensive list of risotto's, made with different kinds of rice. The risotto Hemingway is very good. We found the other choices on the menu a bit disappointing. But the service is better than ever.
Of course: the view on the Canal Grande couldn't be bettered. Whatever you do: ask for a room with a view!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, reopened its doors on February 1st, 2013 after a significant and handcrafted restoration which has brought the historical palace back to its original grandeur, and introduced new avenues for pleasure and relaxation including The Gritti Epicurean School and the Blu Mediterraneo Spa. A place of exceptional art and elegance, The Gritti Palace is a refined version of its iconic self, where heritage and culture blend with renewed Venetian style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gritti Palace Hotel
- Gritti Palace Venice