Hotel Gritti Palace ★★★

The Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy
The Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice.

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy

You could argue that there are more flash five-star hotels (largely those lining the bacino San Marco), but if you're looking for old school glamour and the classic luxury address on the Grand Canal, it's got to be the Gritti.

In the 16th century, this was the palace of Doge Andrea Gritti, whose portrait graces one of the antiques-filled lounges and who set the precedent for the caliber of guests to come over the centuries: from international royalty and captains of industry to literary giants and rock stars.

Antiques in the classic, 18th century Venetian style proliferate. Rooms have inlaid antique furnishings, gilt mirrors, ornate hand-painted, built-in dressers, tented curtains over the tall windows, and real box-spring beds set into curtained nooks. Many rooms have connecting doors so that families can created shared quarters (common in America, yes, but a bit unusual in Italy).

So long as you're going all out, plump for a room on the piano nobile(the old "nobles' floor") with its high stuccoed ceilings, overstuffed sofas, and overwrought chandeliers.

Three of its suites have small stone balconies hung over the Grand Canal itself. Three more suites overlook the campo.

Three junior suites open onto a side canal, with walk-in closets and one and a half bathrooms.

The wood-beamed, elegantly clubby Club del Doge restaurant spills onto a Grand Canal terrace in warm weather, as does the Bar Longhi, with its etched mirrors and evening piano music.

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A room at the Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy
A room at the Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice.

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Hotel Gritti Palace ★★★
On Campo Santa Maria Zobenigo/Campo del Traghetto 2467 (San Marco )
Vaporetto: Giglio
tel. +39-041-794-611
www.hotelgrittipalacevenice.com

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Sights nearby
★★★ Piazza San Marco (square)
★★★ St. Mark's Basilica (church)
★★★ Palazzo Ducale (palace/museum)
★★★ Grand Canal (sight)
Campanile di San Marco (bell tower)
Museo Civico Correr (museum)
Bacino Orseolo (gondola parking lot)

Where to eat nearby
★★★ Bistrot de Venise [meal]
★★ Osteria La Campana [meal]
★★ Vino Vino [light meal]
Da Aciugheta (meal/pizza)
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni [quick]
Rosticceria San Bartolomeo [quick]

Hotels nearby
RR Hotel Violino d'Oro [moderate]
RR Locanda Fiorita [moderate]
RR Hotel Danieli [splurge]
RR Hotel Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Hotel ai do Mori [moderate]

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  • If you're looking for a hotel near a particular sight, just go to that sight's page and, in the sidebar on the right, you'll see a list of all the nearby hotels (with "Reid Recommends" choices preceded by a little RR icon: Reid Recommends).
  • The Venice hotel tax: As of 2011, Venice began charging a Visitor Tax. This is the city's doing, and it is not a scam (just annoying). All charges are per person, per night, for all guests over the age of 10, and the tax is charged for stays of up to 10 days. (There are discounts: Dec-Jan, 30%; Kids aged 10-16, 50%; Stays on the Lido or other outer islands, 20%; Stays in Mestre or elsewhere on the mainland, 20%.)

    The cost breakdown is insanely complicated (varies with official clasification and rating cateogry), but general as of 2014:

    • Hotels: €1 pppn (per person per night) per star rating. (So a couple [2 people] staying three nights [2 x 3 = 6] in a four-star hotel [6 x €4 = €24] would pay an extra €24.
    • B&Bs: €3 pppn flat
    • Apartments, residences, rental rooms: €1.50–€2.50 pppn
    • Hostels/religious housing and agriturismi: €2 pppn
    • Camping: €0.10–€0.40 pppn

    Some hotels have folded the fee into their quoted rates; most properties tack it on as an extra when you check out. Just be prepared.

  • Book ahead in summer and during Carnevale: Venice is way more popular than the number of beds it has, so while in the dead of winter you can often show up and find a good place to crash easily, the best rooms (and the best-value hotels) are booked well in advance for the summer months and the two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday (when Venice breaks out the fancy dress and masks for its famed Carnevale celebrations).

    Same goes (though less so, and more at the chic and high end hotels) during the Venice Biennale art festival and the Venice Film Festival.
  • Pay extra for A/C in summer: No matter what kind of lodging you pick, if it's summer (a) try to get a room with air-conditioning and (b) even if you can't (or you can but have a hankering for some fresh air) resist the urge to open the windows to your room.

    Venice is, I believe, the primary breeding ground for the mosquito population of Southern Europe, and precious few Italian hoteliers have discovered that newfangled invention called window screens. Keep the windows shut, or prepare to be bitten.

    (Also, carry some bug spray for those romantic canalside dinners outside. Trust me.)
  • Avoid Mestre: Any hotels with an address in "Venezia-Mestre" is actually in the dull, modern, industrial suburb at the mainland end of the bridge over to the real, ancient Venice you came all this way to see. Do not stay in Mestre! You'll spend more time and money commuting each day in an out of Venice proper than you will save.
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Details
Hotel Gritti Palace ★★★
On Campo Santa Maria Zobenigo/Campo del Traghetto 2467 (San Marco )
Vaporetto: Giglio
tel. +39-041-794-611
www.hotelgrittipalacevenice.com
€€€€
» book
Nearby
Sights nearby
★★★ Piazza San Marco (square)
★★★ St. Mark's Basilica (church)
★★★ Palazzo Ducale (palace/museum)
★★★ Grand Canal (sight)
Campanile di San Marco (bell tower)
Museo Civico Correr (museum)
Bacino Orseolo (gondola parking lot)

Where to eat nearby
★★★ Bistrot de Venise [meal]
★★ Osteria La Campana [meal]
★★ Vino Vino [light meal]
Da Aciugheta (meal/pizza)
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni [quick]
Rosticceria San Bartolomeo [quick]

Hotels nearby
RR Hotel Violino d'Oro [moderate]
RR Locanda Fiorita [moderate]
RR Hotel Danieli [splurge]
RR Hotel Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Hotel ai do Mori [moderate]

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