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I woke up in heaven today! At least as close as it gets to it on planet Earth!

I am in the The Punta della Dogana Patron Grand Canal Suite in the stunning Gritti Palace on Grand Canal in Venice.

I feel like Angelina Jolie in the Tourist – the suite is that grand and beautiful.

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I have visited Venice before and never appreciated it the way I do now. The key to visiting Venice in style is the right hotel – it will shape the way you see this amazing city. And there is no better place to base yourself than Gritti Palace.

It has always been a luxurious hotel but what makes it extra special now, is that it has undergone a complete renovation and is not only historic but exceptionally luxurious. It offers the highest quality of accommodation and service in Venice.


The Palazzo is decorated in a traditional Venetial style  – rich & royal – complete with silk fabrics, Murano chandeliers, plush velvet sofas and terrazzo floors.


Suites at the Gritti Palace:

Gritti offers the best signature suites in Venice.  The suite we are in – The Punta della Dogana Patron Suite is my favourite!Gritti-Punta-della-dogana-suite

It has stunning views of the Grand Canal with a little balcony to enjoy the views from, high 4m ceilings, lots of space and an exceptional décor.

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Lux Traveller Loves the views, the furniture, the bathrooms, huge B&O TVs and audio systems…We pretty much love everything. The suite is exceptional!

Bathrooms deserve a special mention – they are very impressive. Each suite’s bathroom is decorated in a different colour floor to ceiling marble. Bathrooms feature double vanities, separate spacious showers (rare find in Italy) and Aqua Di Parma toiletries.


Royal Suite is another spectacular suite – it’s best feature is a large terrace facing the canal.


Royal suite could be converted to a 3 bedroom apartment (with interconnecting rooms added on each side) – what a way to visit Venice as a family.

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Another spectacular suite is a Penthouse Suite with a 250m roof top terrace complete with outdoor Jacuzzi, deck chairs, dining and relaxation areas.Spa-presidential-suite-gritti

The suite itself doesn’t have the best outlook as it is loft style with smaller windows but the terrace is a jewel of the hotel and would make an amazing venue for a private party or a family gathering.


If your heart really wants to stay in a suite yet your wallet can’t afford it, don’t worry, Canal View rooms are superb too!

Usually I am not a big supporter of staying in the rooms, but these rooms are special. Request a room with a view on 2nd or 3d floor of the Palace (they have much higher ceilings and feel very roomy and spacious). These rooms are plush, spacious, beautifully decorated with a romantic touch of a stand alone bath in the room in front of a window. Bath Italian Honeymoon style!

Landmark Grand Canal Room

These rooms are so beautiful that I almost prefer them to the Sestieri Suites (first suite category). These suites don’t have the views, high ceilings or a separate bedroom but do offer a little more space and a sofa for a child.Sestriere Suite

Serenissima Suites are similar, but bigger with a completely separate bedroom & bigger bathrooms. Great suites for a family of 3 (small child could easily sleep on a sofa and your suite will still look luxurious and spacious).Serenissima Suite

Dining at the Gritti

Breakfast is served on an outdoor terrace in the warmer months and is a lovely start to the day. Delight in traditional Italian delicacies while taking in the views.Breakfast-Gritti

For colder months the breakfast is served inside the restaurant – it is a beautiful historic space decorated in a traditional Venetial style. You’ll certainly know you are in Venice.


For dinner – a visit to Club del Doge Restaurant will not be your ordinary dinner out – it is a Gastronomic Experience in the most romantic setting.

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The view is breathtaking, the guests are the most elegant you’d see in Venice and the food is superb. Even my 9 year old who doesn’t eat has finished her entrée (vegetable soup), steak (the most tender meat we have tasted in Italy) and desert (chocolate mousse of course).

Adults enjoyed a prawn carpaccio, followed by sole and a soufflé. The meal was beautifully complemented by Rose champagne and exceptionally friendly silver service.DNN_0410

Even if you are not staying at the Gritti please visit Club del Doge restaurant for an unforgettable experience!

Other Facilities at The Gritti:

As a bonus to an already fabulous hotel, Gritti has recently added a tiny gym and 2 spa suites. They offer a variety of facials and body treatments, always a welcome offering after a day of sightseeing.

Lux Traveller Loves:

  • Uber Luxurious Suites – Best in Venice
  • Views of the Grand Canal
  • Venetian  style, fit for royalty
  • Very welcoming service – Gritti Palace staff treat you like part of the family
  • Unforgettable dinner at the Club del Doge

Lux Traveller Doesn’t Like:

I tried to think of something but there really isn’t anything less than perfect about Gritti. It is a hotel I’d love to come back to.

Tips – depending on your budget book either Grand Canal view room or a suite with a view. Ask for rooms / suites on level 2 or 3 as they have much higher ceilings and feel more spacious and luxurious.

The best way to get to the Gritti Palace is by a water taxi. The cost is approximately €120 from the airport or €60 from the train station. It is a very pleasant journey.

Gritti-Palace-Venice-view-entranceStarwood Platinum guests are treated really well here, so request a room / suite you like ahead of time. For couples – we recommend Canal view rooms over the Sestrieri suites.

All In All – Hands down, it is a very luxurious, one of a kind hotel. Our favourite in Venice. If you are lucky to experience one of the specialty suites you will cherish this stay forever. They are exceptionally beautiful and romantic! A perfect place for a perfect honeymoon!

To Book your stay at the Gritti Palace Call: +39 041 296 1222 or Email:


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Marina Noble

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