Editors' Picks

Gritti Palace

Grand, Grand Canal location, Venetian classic redone

Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, Venice 30124

(39) 041 794611

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Indagare Adored

At a Glance

How apt that some of the Gritti Palace’s top suites were named for patrons of art and literature—the views of this Grand Canal grande dame are so magnificent that they immediately conjure passages by Henry James and John Ruskin (the latter stayed here while writing The Stones of Venice). The palazzo itself dates to the 15th century, and its long history (the Doge of Venice once called it home) can be felt throughout. An extraordinary 15-month renovation saw hundreds of craftspeople restore every last corner, including Murano glasswork, antique mirrors, artworks, terrazzo floors and Rubelli fabrics. The museum-like interiors of this hotel are offset by a warm, über-professional team who obviously love to share their Venice with guests. At the end of the day, an aperitif al fresco is a must. As W. Somerset Maugham so perfectly wrote: “There are few things in life more pleasant than to sit on the terrace of the Gritti.”

The Standout: The grandeur of the interiors—a celebration of Venetian opulence at its best

Don’t Miss: A treatment at the small but mighty spa, in partnership with Sisley Paris, followed by a Basil-ica cocktail at the Riva Lounge, facing the Santa Maria della Salute basilica

Indagare Loves

  • Gliding up to the Gritti’s private Grand Canal jetty in a Riva yacht
  • The location— five minutes from Piazza San Marco, but blissfully removed from the crowds
  • The suites with balconies and rooftop terrace
  • Hands-on cooking classes and private wine tastings at The Gritti Epicurean School


Housed in a 15th century building, this iconic property was the successive home of the famous Pisano and Gritti families for hundreds of years before it was turned into a luxury hotel in 1895. During an extensive renovation from 2011-2013, hundreds of expert craftsmen were involved in bringing the legendary property back to its former glory and every detail confirms the property's noble heritage. Updates to the rooms and suites introduced contemporary amenities alongside Rubelli fabrics, delicate Murano glassworks and the stunning restored terrazzo floors.  The hotel also offers a spa with two treatment rooms and a petite gym.

With an enviable location directly on the Grand Canal and a five-minute walk from Piazza San Marco, the grand dame hotel has now reclaimed its spot as one of Venice’s reigning properties.

Who Should Stay

Romantics, big-budget travelers, art connoisseurs

Written by Indagare

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