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Assessment: Gritti Palace Venice, Marriott Luxurious Assortment

After an evening on the St. Regis Venice, it was time to spend three nights at The Gritti Palace Venice, a Marriott Luxurious Assortment property. It is a factors property I’ve been wanting to take a look at for a very long time. It’s usually thought to be among the finest lodges in Venice, because it has a variety of historical past, an amazing sense of place, and is thought for its meals & beverage shops.

Gritti Palace is a good resort, don’t get me fallacious. However I believe it’s additionally a bit previous its prime, and will use a refresh at this level. I may not have felt this manner if I hadn’t stayed on the St. Regis, however I positively most popular that property ultimately.

Reserving Gritti Palace Venice

I redeemed Marriott Bonvoy factors for our three evening keep at Gritti Palace. The resort was charging 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy factors per evening, and for context, I worth Bonvoy factors at 0.7 cents every.

I made a decision to use a Marriott suite evening award to our reservation, and was happy that this was confirmed a few days prematurely. The improve was to a Sestiere Suite, which is the resort’s normal one bed room suite.

For context, for our dates an ordinary room was retailing for over 1,100 Euro per evening.

In the meantime the suite that our improve confirmed into was retailing for practically twice as a lot, roughly 2,150 Euro per evening.

Gritti Palace Venice location

The 82-room Gritti Palace is positioned proper on the Grand Canal. Location-wise there’s virtually no distinction between this and the St. Regis, as they’re a brief stroll aside.

Gritti Palace Venice exterior

If arriving from the airport or prepare station, you’ll should take a water taxi, which is at all times a enjoyable option to arrive on the resort. You possibly can count on {that a} water taxi from the airport will take round 40 minutes, whereas a water taxi from the prepare station will take round quarter-hour.

Gritti Palace Venice entrance
Gritti Palace Venice Grand Canal view

Gritti Palace will also be accessed from land, as there are paths and bridges connecting most of Venice. So in case you’re simply going for a stroll, that is the way in which to entry the resort. As you may see within the beneath image, Gritti Palace consists of a number of separate buildings, because the yellow, beige, and clay buildings are all of the resort.

Gritti Palace Venice exterior
Gritti Palace Venice entrance

Gritti Palace Venice foyer & check-in

Okay, right here’s the problem with Gritti Palace. The resort has an actual sense of place, rather more so than the St. Regis, and that’s one thing I usually admire. As a matter of truth, my favourite type of lodges are in all probability renovated traditional lodges that keep their allure.

The issue is that Gritti Palace is beginning to really feel a bit shabby stylish. Like not awfully previous its prime to the purpose that I really feel like this place wanted a renovation 20 years in the past, however relatively previous its prime to the purpose that it doesn’t really feel completely luxurious anymore.

For that matter, many areas of the resort felt like they’d be lovely as a part of a museum (or haunted home?), however weren’t essentially cozy. Perhaps the photographs will drive residence that time, perhaps they gained’t.

Inside the doorway to the resort was the concierge desk on the proper. That is an old-fashioned desk the place all of the room keys grasp, so once you check-in, the entrance workplace affiliate escorts you to the concierge desk, the place you get your key. Then once you depart the resort you too can at all times depart your key there, because it’s cumbersome.

Gritti Palace Venice concierge desk
Gritti Palace Venice room key

Reception was positioned throughout from the concierge desk, and consisted of two desks the place visitors may sit whereas being checked in.

Gritti Palace Venice reception

Previous reception and the concierge desk is a room that feels extra like an exhibit than someplace to sit down. That is additionally close to the doorway to the resort’s bar.

Gritti Palace Venice foyer
Gritti Palace Venice foyer

After which within the again is the most important space of the foyer, which just about transforms you to a unique world.

Gritti Palace Venice foyer
Gritti Palace Venice foyer
Gritti Palace Venice foyer
Gritti Palace Venice foyer
Gritti Palace Venice foyer
Gritti Palace Venice foyer
Gritti Palace Venice foyer

Gritti Palace Venice Sestiere Suite

Our check-in course of was environment friendly, and inside a couple of minutes we have been escorted to room 104, a Sestiere Suite (one of many resort’s normal one-bedroom suites) on the primary ground. Our room wasn’t accessible through elevator, however relatively simply through the staircase subsequent to the foyer.

Gritti Palace Venice stairs
Gritti Palace Venice stairs

Am I the one one who finds this hallway setup to be unusual? Is that this area deliberately designed like this, or is that this additionally getting used for storage?

Gritti Palace Venice hallway

Our room was on the finish of the hallway and on the proper.

Gritti Palace Venice hallway

Every suite has a unique identify, and we have been within the San Polo Suite.

Gritti Palace Venice San Polo Suite

Area comes at a premium in Venice, so whereas our suite had two separate rooms, it was compact, and there wasn’t truly a door between the 2 rooms (so I suppose then perhaps it’s not truly two separate rooms?).

The lounge had a sitting space with a sofa and chair, a desk, a TV on prime of a console, and a dresser.

Gritti Palace Venice suite lounge
Gritti Palace Venice suite lounge
Gritti Palace Venice suite lounge
Gritti Palace Venice suite lounge
Gritti Palace Venice suite lounge

The suite had an intensive minibar, although oddly there was no in-room espresso machine.

Gritti Palace Venice suite minibar
Gritti Palace Venice suite minibar

I appreciated that the suite had recent flowers — that’s a pleasant contact!

Gritti Palace Venice suite flowers

There was additionally a welcome amenity consisting of a bottle of prosecco and a few berries.

Gritti Palace Venice welcome amenity

The suite bed room featured a king measurement mattress and two facet tables, plus a TV in a single nook and a chair within the different nook.

Gritti Palace Venice suite bed room
Gritti Palace Venice suite bed room
Gritti Palace Venice suite bed room

I liked among the historic touches within the room…

Gritti Palace Venice suite bed room

The lavatory was again close to the doorway, and it had double sinks, a rest room, and a walk-in bathe and bathtub.

Gritti Palace Venice suite rest room
Gritti Palace Venice suite rest room
Gritti Palace Venice suite bathtub

Toiletries at Gritti Palace have been all from Acqua di Parma.

Gritti Palace Venice suite toiletries

Additionally close to the doorway was a closet.

Gritti Palace Venice suite closet

Arguably the spotlight of the room was the view. Each the lounge and bed room had home windows going through a smaller facet canal, and in case you turned your neck you would even see the Grand Canal. How cool!!

Gritti Palace Venice suite view
Gritti Palace Venice suite view

Each housekeeping and turndown service have been offered day by day, and at turndown some Sisley gadgets from the resort’s spa have been even left on the mattress.

Gritti Palace Venice turndown service

Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant

Membership del Doge is Gritti Palace’s fundamental restaurant, and it’s the place breakfast and dinner are served. We determined to have dinner right here one night, since I figured it was price reviewing. The restaurant consists of two massive rooms.

Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant

The restaurant markets itself as serving conventional Venetian delicacies. The restaurant is actually dear, although additionally affords a pleasant expertise and top quality meals. You’ll find the dinner menu beneath.

Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant menu
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant menu
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant menu
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant menu

The meal began with some heat bread, plus an amuse bouche, described as spider crab ice cream with mayonnaise.

Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant bread
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant amuse bouche

I ordered the potato and taleggio cheese gnocchi with praline, grapes, and chestnuts, whereas Ford ordered the Venetian-style pasta and bean soup.

Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant dinner
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant dinner

Then for our mains, I ordered the cod fish fillet with cannellini bean cream, turnip greens, and black truffle, whereas Ford ordered the meat fillet with a foie gras parfait and marsala sauce.

Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant dinner
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant dinner
Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant dinner

After dinner we have been supplied some petit fours.

Gritti Palace Venice Membership del Doge Restaurant dinner

The meals high quality and repair have been wonderful, although not surprisingly the meal was dear. Generally this property appeared to cost greater than the St. Regis for its meals & beverage shops, in all probability because of the resort’s popularity.

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast

Breakfast at Gritti Palace Venice is served in the identical restaurant, day by day from 7:30AM till 11AM.

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast restaurant

There’s additionally an outside terrace on the restaurant, although I discovered this to be much less nice than the terrace on the St. Regis Venice. That’s as a result of there weren’t actually heaters right here, and whereas there have been glass shields (presumably to maintain out birds), the world wasn’t in any other case warmed in any means. That’s not a difficulty in summer time, however different occasions of the yr I believe it’s too chilly to sit down out right here early within the morning.

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast restaurant terrace

On account of my Bonvoy Titanium standing, we had the selection of 1,000 bonus factors or complimentary breakfast, and naturally we selected the latter. Breakfast ordinarily prices 53 Euro per particular person, in order that’s fairly a superb worth for being an elite member.

Breakfast features a buffet, drinks of alternative, plus a small collection of gadgets from a menu.

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast menu

The buffet was positioned on the entrance to the restaurant, and the choice was small however good.

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet

Buffet choices included all types of recent fruit, yogurt, chilly cuts, cereal, pastries, bread, juice, prosecco, and extra.

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet
Gritti Palace Venice breakfast buffet

Servers supplied us water, freshly squeezed orange juice, and occasional (Italian espresso is so significantly better than, nicely, espresso nearly wherever else).

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast

We additionally ordered an omelet two of the mornings, which was filling.

Gritti Palace Venice breakfast

One different quirk to notice, talking of breakfast. As I discussed above, the resort doesn’t have in-room espresso machines, and there’s additionally no espresso setup within the foyer. For these of us who stand up actually early, espresso within the morning could be essential.

On our final morning we needed espresso nevertheless it was nonetheless a few hours earlier than breakfast would begin. I made a decision to order a pot through room service, and curiously wasn’t charged. I’m unsure if the man working the evening shift was simply being good, or if this can be a courtesy the resort affords, because it was by no means promoted.

Gritti Palace Venice room service espresso

Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi

Bar Longhi is Gritti Palace’s well-known signature bar, and it’s open day by day from 11AM till 1AM. The bar has a cute indoor area, although the spotlight is the outside terrace, which options Riva yacht themed chairs.

Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi
Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi
Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi
Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi terrace

We had cocktails right here one afternoon, and yow will discover the drink record beneath.

Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi drink menu
Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi drink menu
Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi drink menu

Ford had an aperol spritz, whereas I had the “Gritti Particular.” This was served with hazelnuts, chips, and olives.

Gritti Palace Venice Bar Longhi drinks

This was little question a gorgeous terrace, however I nonetheless thought the St. Regis had a nicer terrace. I’d additionally word that this terrace appears to be standard with outdoors visitors. There’s a safety guard on the entrance, and so they closely prohibit entry.

Gritti Palace Venice fitness center & spa

Gritti Palace has a fitness center and spa on the foyer degree, positioned simply down the corridor from reception. Alongside the partitions are all types of signed footage of well-known individuals who I assume have stayed on the resort.

Gritti Palace Venice hallway to fitness center
Gritti Palace Venice hallway to fitness center

The fitness center is open 24/7 and is small, although acceptable for Venice.

Gritti Palace Venice fitness center
Gritti Palace Venice fitness center
Gritti Palace Venice fitness center

Gritti Palace additionally has a spa in partnership with Sisley. We didn’t get any therapies, however you may discover the menu right here.

Gritti Palace Venice Sisley Spa

Gritti Palace Venice service

Gritti Palace has wonderful, old skool service. It’s a type of locations the place you’re feeling everybody has been doing the identical job for 20+ years, and works nicely collectively.

The women at reception have been among the {most professional} entrance workplace employees I’ve seen wherever — they have been charming, skilled, and at all times keen to assist. Additionally they did an unimaginable job remembering visitors.

For essentially the most half restaurant and bar service was excellent as nicely, except for service at breakfast. The employees have been tremendous overworked and operating round. So not solely was it laborious to put an order for espresso or eggs, however the way in which they rushed round made the expertise much less pleasing.

Backside line

Gritti Palace is certainly one of Venice’s most well-known and nicely regarded lodges, and it’s improbable that this belongs to Marriott’s Luxurious Assortment portfolio, so you may earn and redeem factors for stays right here. The resort has a superb sense of place, and is unmistakably Venetian. Gritti Palace has pleasant service, nicely regarded meals & beverage shops, and a central location.

All that being mentioned, I can’t assist however really feel just like the resort is a bit previous its prime, and after having additionally stayed on the St. Regis, I can positively say that I most popular it. For our 4 nights in Venice, we spent one evening on the St. Regis and three nights at Gritti Palace, and I want we had executed the other.

Don’t get me fallacious, Gritti Palace is price experiencing in case you can, because the design is kind of particular. However by way of normal consolation, luxurious, and meals & beverage shops (that are a significant level once we’re speaking about Venice, the place you may sit for hours and benefit from the views of the canal), I positively most popular the St. Regis.

If you happen to’ve stayed at Gritti Palace, what was your expertise like?

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