The Gritti Palace was formerly a doge’s palace, and it still feels like one. Hundreds of old paintings and antiques add to the lavish feel, and the rooms and suites are sumptuous. Each has been individually designed and furnished, but all have lashings of fine fabrics and art and marble bathrooms.
There’s a small but splendid Aqua di Parma spa and a fitness centre, as well the hotel’s own Epicurean school. Food is a delight here, not least because the Club de Doge restaurant is one of the most beautiful in Europe, inside and out. The outdoor terrace is right on the canal, perfect for summer lunches or romantic candle-lit dinners. The gorgeous bar offers a glamorous experience, with rich tones and carefully crafted cocktails.
Service is friendly and efficient, with the concierge expertly guiding guests to the best-kept secrets in town. Two of the most famous attractions – St Mark’s Cathedral and the Gallerie dell’Accademia - are just around the corner.