NEWS | Gritti Palace, icon of the Venetian elegance

Gritti Palace, the venetian jewel of the Starwood Group Luxury Collection has reopened this year, after a 15 months renovation, an investment of 35 million Euros, 16 clearance by the Superintendence and the incredible work of hundreds of workers and artisans who have completely disassembled it taking its pieces elsewhere to fix chandeliers, polish mirrors, brush up upholstery, polish silver and marble. And eventually they reassembled it like a giant puzzle. Furthermore, an anti-water tank was built to save it from periodic flooding.

Gritti Palace a Venezia - Piscina esterna

The luxury 5 star Hotel, located in Campo Santa Maria del Giglio and overlooking the Grand Canal, has always been an icon of elegance: it was commissioned by the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, and built in the second half of the sixteenth century. The hotel was first residence of the ambassador of the Vatican and then home to noble Venetian families. At the beginning of the nineteenth century it was converted into a hotel; throughout its history it hosted personalities, such as Ernest Hemingway, Peggy Guggenheim, Somerset Maugham and many others.

Hemingway’s was one of the first suite to be restored: 100 square meters of pure light overlooking the Grand Canal. Here you will be fascinated by the original stucco, by those green and gold fabrics that only Rubelli can make, and by the magnificent chandeliers that lighted up the alcohol nights of the writer and by the portion of sky he saw from his bed. Sleeping in this suite which was a bit his home and found immortality in the pages of “Across the River and Into the Trees”, costs as much as a trip to Maldives.

Then there is the white, cream and gold Phoenix suite, from which you can see the theater roof and which, as an homage to him, is covered in Rubelli fabric, the same that is coating the walls of the Apollonian Halls. Here is a harpsichord from the eighteenth century and here hung concert programs autographed by the Masters of the podium, as well as books about opera singers and a wireless surround stereo system to listen to music as real connoisseurs.

The Guggenheim Suite dedicated to the American collector who wanted to celebrate her 80 years here, is embellished with sculptures by Calder and Miro and Escher’s drawings. From its seven windows you can enjoy a view on Ca’ Venier dei Leoni.

The most spectacular suite is the Redentore (redeemer): 76 square meters on two levels, with swimming pool. At guests’ disposal there is also a private terrace with a breathtaking view: from here, in fact, we  not only see Venice and its lagoon but the gaze extends to the Dolomites. The terrace is reached from the ground with a private elevator, here you can organize parties with up to 60 people. There isn’t another hotel across the lagoon that offers the privilege of a view more enchanting than this one.

For more information: www.thegrittipalace.com

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