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This grande dame Venetian hotel is a bucket-list destination to experience old-fashioned luxury in an unrivalled setting. Built in 1475 and formerly home of the 16th-century doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, the palace occupies a prime spot on the grand canal and is full of Venetian design flourishes. It became the first luxury hotel in Venice when it opened in 1895 and an important stop on the early 20th-century "grand tour". Among its star-studded guests were writers Ernest Hemingway and Somerset Maughn. Now, after an extensive renovation, it has become part of the Marriott Luxury Collection. Rooms are full of plush fabrics, antique mirrors and Murano glass chandeliers. Cocktails, dinner and breakfast are taken on the canalside terrace and facilities include a small spa and a cookery school.

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Antonia Windsor
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Antonia is an award-winning travel writer for major publications, including the Times, the Telegraph, the Independent, National Geographic Traveller and Condé Nast Traveller. A hotel expert, she reviews for the Telegraph, Independent and Hearst magazines and spends half the year in hotels, either with her three children or enjoying a room of her own.

THE DETAILS

Location

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is just a gondola ride across the canal.

Right on Grand Canal, you're within walking distance of the sights, including Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge and the art exhibitions at Grassi Palace.
By plane: direct flights to Venice from London take 2 hours. Take an airport boat (1 hour 20 minutes) to St Mark's Square and it's a 10-minute walk. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

Glamorous travellers on the grand tour will love it here. Much of the restoration was done by local artisans including glass makers in Murano and terrazzo layers from the Lido.

Service & Facilities

The Sisley spa is small but has a good selection of treatments available.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Bike rental
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The Redentore Suite has a 250sqm terrace with a plunge pool and 360-degree views. The hotel still operates an old-fashioned key system, so you leave your key at reception on your way out and collect it on your return.

Deluxe, Venetian, Prestige, Landmark, Sestiere Suite, Serenissima Suite, Heritage Suite, Patron Suite, Palazzo Canal Suite, Redentore Suite, Royal Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Dine on the terrace and you have the best seats in town for a view of the comings and goings on Grand Canal. The cod fillet served on creamed cannellini beans with turnip greens and black truffle was satisfyingly hearty and intensely flavoured.

Club del Doge: canal views, Venetian cuisine. All-day dining, open daily. Tasting menu from €180.
The Gritti Terrace: snacks, afternoon tea and cocktails. Open daily, 12-10:30pm.
Bar Longhi: elegant bar and lounge, snacks and craft cocktails. Open daily, 11-1am.

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