The Gritti Palace

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

This legendary hotel has been gracing Venice’s Grand Canal and attracting Venetian glitterati and international celebrities since the 16th century. A former Doge’s residence, it exudes classic Venetian style, including Murano glass chandeliers, Italian marble and antique furniture.
Perfect forThose after a truly memorable Venetian experience.
In the knowThe Gritti Palace’s impressive guest list includes art colossus Peggy Guggenheim, W. Somerset Maugham, Woody Allen and Elizabeth Taylor. Ernest Hemingway was one of the hotel’s first guests- he called it ‘the best hotel in a city of great hotels’. The presidential suite bears his name and comes complete with Hemingway’s own club chair and a selection of his classic works, and the restaurant serves a ‘Hemingway style’ shrimp risotto.

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  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview


In the heart of Venice, in prime position on the regal and impossibly beautiful Grand Canal.

Rooms at The Gritti Palace

There are over 80 rooms and suites at The Gritti Palace, which are palatial and unashamedly decadent, with Venetian glass chandeliers and mirrors, rich fabrics and silks, oil paintings, exquisite handpainted furniture and intricately decorated ceilings, alongside spacious marble bathrooms. The suites evoke the atmosphere of an elite private residence, and capture the illustrious heritage of the palace. Large windows, balconies and terraces make the most of the panoramic Venetian views.

Food and facilities

Head to the Club del Doge restaurant for gourmet dishes such as Venetian cicchetti (tapas) and tagliolini pasta with caviar from Venice- learn how to make them yourself at the hotel’s epicurean school, including visits to local markets for fresh, seasonal ingredients. Order oysters and champagne at Bar Longhi, named after the artist whose masterpieces adorn the walls, complementing the Murano glass lamps, carved marble counter and hand-sculpted mirrors.

Activities at The Gritti Palace

The world’s elite come here during internationally-renowned events such as the Biennale and the Venice Film Festival- so do some people-watching on the rooftop terrace, while taking in the incomparable views of the Grand Canal, Bellini in hand. After spending your day exploring the spectacular sights of Venice (many of which are right on the doorstep, including Piazza San Marco), relax in the spa back at the hotel, before enjoying a gourmet evening meal.

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