If it's good enough for Scarlett Johansson
Attended the Carnival incidentallyStayed Feb 2017
The Santa Maria della Salute
I had always been interested in the Gritti Palace which has been frequently featured on many 'The Best' lists and is probably the best hotel in Venice.
I first knew about the hotel 2 years ago when it was featured on the Starwood Hot Escapes site and yet the discounted rates were still almost 1000 Euros per night!
So, I searched for a good rate and decided on 28th Feb 2017. It was still more than 400 Euros per night at a refundable rate but that was the lowest I've seen it at. Subsequently, the rates increased and even the prepaid rates were more than that.
I made a booking at the Westin as well, but due to changes to my flight itinerary, I cancelled it some time later.
Closer to the trip I realized that Feb 28 was the last day of the Carnevale di Venezia which definitely was a factor in the increase of the hotel rates.
|Easily missed Sign|
Looking for the hotel was not very easy as the buildings in Venice looked pretty ancient and the hotel did not look particularly outstanding.
On the other side of the door is expectedly a transformation from the plain exterior to an opulent interior.
|Lobby and Check-in|
|Side of Lobby|
However, it wasn't ready yet and I was asked to spend some time in the waiting area.
While waiting, I explored the ground floor a little as well, looking at the décor as well as the outdoors.
|Entrance to Restaurant Club del Doge|
The hotel has its own jetty for guests arriving by water taxi which costs 110 Euros per way. This is actually just double the price for a group of 4 as the water bus still costs 15 Euros per way per person but is so much slower and only arrives at designated stops.
|The Santa Maria|
|Room Key with a Nice Tassel|
|Toilet in the Living Room|
On the table were the welcome gifts and fresh flowers. Inside the box were some chocolates and the box is currently sitting on my dining table.
|Welcome gifts galore!|
Living Room Gritti Palace Suite - Spherical Image - RICOH THETAThe bedroom was also as opulent as can be and I definitely felt like a king on the bed.
|The comfortable bed!|
The door to the left led to the dressing table, the wardrobe and the very ostentatious bathroom.
|An Aged Mirror|
|A peek at the bathroom|
|Murano glass for rinsing the mouth? Sure!|
|Acqua Di Parma products|
Bathroom Gritti Palace Suite - Spherical Image - RICOH THETAAfter a good rest in the suite, I went out to attend the last day of the Carnevale and to enjoy the costumes on display! But, please leave your key at the hotel key deposit. Many of the locals were very nicely dressed in the traditional costumes and masks and I think some of the tourists looked more than they were celebrating Halloween.
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As the celebrations ended, I returned to the hotel for a good dinner at the Club del Doge. The staff really do remember which room the guests are in as I was given the correct key without asking upon reaching the counter. The setting of the restaurant was warm and calm and the service was attentive. A great end to an exciting concluding day of the Carnevale.
|Bread and Olive butter|
|Complimentary Venetian Dessert|
|Morning Drink anyone?|
|Water for me|
|Pies and Tarts|
|33 Euros for a simple Continental Breakfast? I'll take the buffet|
|53 Euros per person? Glad my rate includes breakfast!|
|A la carte menu|
|What I ordered|
|Even lemons come with a ribbon|
As well as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
And many others, past and present.
A wonderful stay at a hotel that I have been looking at for several years. A good upgrade to a suite which was going for 2.3k Euros per night.
Onwards to the next destination!
Happy And Healthy Travels!