Luxury Collection Opens The Gritti Palace in Venice
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.