My wife and I visited Venice for the first time at the end of April. We chose the Gritti Palace as it had rave reviews on here. The reviews do not do this excellent hotel justice! From the minute we checked in, the staff did their best to make us feel welcome. Nothing was too much trouble for them, they even helped us print off our boarding passes for our return flight home.
The views are incredible (try and have breakfast outside, weather permitting, there is nothing like it) The room was gorgeous and the welcome bottle of wine is a nice touch.
I have to praise the gentleman who booked us in (I do him a dis-service by forgetting his name) but he patiently talked us through everything and looked genuinely pleased to be doing so.
We checked in on the 25th April (St Marks Day) and after he finished checking us in, he told us a wonderful story of a Venetian man who went off to war, and was killed on the 25th of April, in a field of white roses. As he lay there, his blood turned all the roses red. His comrade collected a rose and brought it back to his friend's wife, who died of a broken heart at hearing her loved one had died. I do not do the story justice, and he had us both hanging on every word, and he finished by presenting my wife a beautiful red rose, explaining that all the men give the women red roses on that day to keep the tradition alive! Well, what a wonderful way to start our holiday, my wife was beaming, and she carefully brought the rose home with her, and even now, six weeks later, it is still going!
Thank you so much for a magical experience, and we won't be looking anywhere else when we return to Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, reopened its doors in 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