- Style Through the looking glass
- Setting A stroll from San Marco
Sitting smack-dab on the Grand Canal, Palazzina G hotel plays its location to its fullest advantage as a sensual Phillipe Starck creation with avant-garde rooms that overlook Venice's rooftops. A bar specializing in local bubbly, suites with terraces boasting views you only dream about and a playfully oversized chess set are all tucked behind the 16th-century façade.
Need to know
- Rooms 22, including one suite and six suite apartments.
- Rates Double rooms from $358.28 (€264), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details €352–€1,991, excluding breakfast (€25 each for Continental; €55 for PG's full American, served anywhere). Apartments, €2,500–€12,000 a night.
- Facilities Library, members- and residents-only Krug champagne lounge; luxury mahogany boat; private landing pier; roof terrace; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Starck fixtures and fittings, backlit mirror walls, programmable lighting, in-mirror LCD TV, iPod dock, minibar (with decent-sized bottles). There’s a giant chess set outside, by the canal.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible until 3pm if the room’s available. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Cots are free for under-threes, but extra beds for older kids cannot be provided. A local nanny can be called upon for babysitting services (€25 an hour).
- Also A five-night minimum stay applies during the Venice Biennale (28 May to 1 June 2013). Well-behaved dogs are welcome for €50 a ni ght. Check-in can be on-boat, in your room or in the bar.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Junior Suite 220 has a mirrored bedhead and pink Perspex door that leads out onto a terrace overlooking the city’s rooftops. There’s an exclusive feel to the third-floor Suite: you can only get there by private elevator. Its terrace has sweeping Venice vistas, and you can get an eyeful of cityscape from the bed. Grassi’s smallest rooms, the Superiors, aren’t spacious, but the hall-of-mirrors effect gives the impression of size.
- Packing tips Mrs Smiths, free up some handbag space and leave the compacts behind: there are 286 mirrors inside this hotel.
- Also Palazzina G guests can take a ride on the hotel's luxury mahogany boat through the canals into the lagoon. Staff can arrange a host of authentic Venetian experiences – from insider city tours to cooking classes from a countess.
Food and drink at Palazzina G
- Hotel restaurant Meals are served pretty much anywhere, but the main dining area is in PG’s, where there’s an open kitchen. Paolo Businaro is the man behind the menu, which places simplicity and the quality of ingredients above fussiness and show-off flourishes.
- Dress code Rich, ducal fabrics: velvet, cashmere and damask.
- Top table People-watch from a perch at the bar, or sit at the long table by the show kitchen to watch the chefs at work.
- Last orders Breakfast can be served at any time, and lunch dishes are available from midday until midnight, when the bar shuts. Dinner is 7pm until 10pm.
- Room service Anything the hotel’s kitchens can produce is available until midnight, after which a smaller, night menu kicks in. You can have food and drink brought to you anywhere you wish.
- Hotel bar PG’s is a mood-lit mahogany cocktail den of exposed brick, velvet and leather. Lamps resemble gorgon heads; 15th-century pillars prop up the bars, and candles flicker in glimmering Murano-glass holders. Suite Apartment guests also get access to the Krug Lounge, a sultry, scarlet-carpeted ‘champagnerie’ with animal-shaped leather stools.