Oozing old-fashioned glamour on the side of the Grand Canal, John Gregory-Smith fell in love with the Gritti Palace hotel in Venice.
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Stepping off my shiny Riva and out onto the deck of the Gritti Palace hotel was one of life’s great pleasures. Crisp white linen-covered tables lined the deck that was basking in the afternoon sun. Buckets overflowed with prosecco and everyone was soaking up Venice and that fabulous view of the canal.
Having recently undergone a massive refurbishment, the Gritti Palace has been meticulously tweaked back into top form and remains one of the great 5-star hotels of the world.
In a quiet piazza, right on the side of the Grand Canal and a stone’s throw from St. Mark’s Square, the hotel has one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Inside was wonderfully grand and immaculately groomed.
It still felt personal and very laid back, which is needed when visiting a city like Venice. Venice is the place for lovers, art fanatics, culture junkies and foodies. It is a city to wander, soak up and revel in every glorious second of being there.
As a tourist it’s all about being out and about, every turn reveals something camera worthy, so a hotel has to be just right and somewhere fabulous to enjoy after a day in the city, which shuts down by 11pm.
The Gritti Palace hotel has 61 rooms and 21 suites, including the art deco Peggy Guggenheim suite, littered with jaw-dropping art, and the infamous Hemingway Suite, decked out in full Venetian opulence, with a regal bedroom, views of the canal and a classic drawing room for musing, drinking and being very happy in Venice.
Last year Robbie Williams took advantage of their Redentore Terrazza Suite, with its 76 square metre terrace, complete with private hot tub overlooking the whole of the city, and all at a mere 12,000 euro a night.
I stayed in the double deluxe room, which had one of the most incredible beds I have ever been lucky enough to sleep in. It was all classic Venetian style with chandeliers, lots of different textures and dark tones, and a floor-to-ceiling marble bathroom.
The hotel retained all of the old fashioned charm you would expect, with the addition of an exclusive Acqua di Parma spa, gym, fine-dining restaurant and one of the best terraces in Venice for your afternoon Aperol Spritz. Well the entire of Hollywood’s A’list can’t be wrong!
Double Deluxe rooms start from £415 a night, including VAT and breakfast.
The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel luxurycollection.com/grittipalace