Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Opens The Gritti Palace in Venice

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Star­wood Ho­tels has opened the Gritti Palace, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel, Venice, af­ter a 15-month, $46.2 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion. The palace was orig­i­nally trans­formed into its cur­rent Gothic ar­chi­tec­ture in 1475 by the Pisani fam­ily. In 1525, it be­came the res­i­dence of the Doge of Venice, An­drea Gritti. In 1895, it was con­verted into a lux­ury ho­tel fur­nished in ex­quis­ite Vene­tian taste with 61 gue­strooms and 21 suites.

High-end ar­chi­tects and lo­cal artisans re­stored the ho­tel us­ing hy­draulic en­gi­neer­ing to pro­tect the build­ing dur­ing high tides so that op­er­a­tions could be car­ried out un­in­ter­rupted. Ren­o­va­tions in­stalled some en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ele­ments such as LED light­ing, wastew­a­ter re­cy­cling and re­place­ment win­dows to im­prove ther­mal in­su­la­tion.

Guests can still dine at the ho­tel’s sig­na­ture restau­rants, Club del Doge, Bar Longhi and The Gritti Epi­curean School.

With the ren­o­va­tions, The Gritti Palace now in­cludes the Blu Mediter­ra­neo Spa, which of­fers mas­sages and beauty treat­ments. The ho­tel also now in­cludes the Ex­plorer’s Li­brary, which houses books by clas­sic nov­el­ists such as Ernest Hem­ing­way.

For de­tails visit star­wood­ho­tels.com.

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