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The Gritti Palace may be Venice's most celebrated hotel. It's certainly one of the most imposing: The 16th Century palazzo that it occupies was once the private mansion of Andrea Gritti, the Doge of Venice from 1523 to 1538.
The five-star hotel has 82 rooms (including 21 suites, some named after past guests such as John Ruskin, Somerset Maugham, and Ernest Hemingway). Other amenities include a deluxe restaurant with a terrace on the Grand Canal and the Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Spa.
If you can afford the Gritti's rates, you'll probably arrive by water taxi, but the directions below may be useful for environmentally-aware guests who prefer public to private transportation.
Leave the Alilaguna boat and walk straight ahead, down the Calle Gritti, until the street widens into a small square.
Turn right into the street that faces you and walk toward the water. The Gritti Palace's entrance will be on your left, near the end of the street.
For a video preview of your walk, click below:
As you leave the boat station, turn left and cross a small stone bridge.
Continue a few meters to the Calle Vallaresso and turn right.
Walk straight ahead down the Calle Vallaresso, past Harry's Bar and a row of designer shops.
At the first corner, turn left into the Salizzada San Moisè.
Walk to the narrow canal alongside the Hotel Bauer, where you'll see gondolas on your left and a small bridge just ahead.
Cross the bridge and walk straight ahead into the Calle Larga XXII Marzo.
Walk to the end of the street and bear left at the corner.
After the street jogs, walk straight ahead on the Calle Ostreghe.
Cross the next bridge and continue a few meters to the Campo Santa Maria Giglio.
Turn left. The Gritti Palace's entrance is on the left side of the square, toward the Grand Canal.
Take the Alilaguna Blue Line airport boat from the cruise basin to the San Marco Giardinetti boat stop.
Follow the directions from San Marco Giardinetti above.
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