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Gritti Palace

Address: Campo Santa Maria del Giglio

Neighborhood: San Marco

City: Venice

Phone: 011-39-041-794-611

Website: www.gritti.hotelinvenice.com

Expert Review

With peerless Grand Canal views, five-star service, and rooms decked out in marble tiles, gold-rimmed ceilings, and late-Baroque and neo-classical furnishings, Gritti Palace seems fit for royalty – indeed, it's Queen Elizabeth II's favorite place to stay when she's in town. Built in 1525 for the Doge Andrea Gritti, this 16th-century palace is one of the best places in Venice to rest your cobble-weary feet for the night. Each room is uniquely designed, with lavish details like hand-painted furniture, floor-to-ceiling antique mirrors, and Murano glass chandeliers. Guest rooms are also equipped with DVD players, flat-screen TVs, Bang & Olufsen sound systems, and high-speed internet access. 2008 Smart Luxury Award winner

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