We are now 4 months into the handcrafted restorations at The Gritti Palace and I would like to start the post reminding our Starwood Preferred Guests® that as of March 2012, in recognition of your loyalty, new benefits await our members at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. See how our sister hotels in Venice, Hotel Danieli and The Westin Europa & Regina celebrated our most loyal guests.
Speaking of loyal guests, one of The Gritti Palace’s most illustrious and loyal guests was Ernest Hemingway. The author stayed at The Gritti Palace at least four times between 1948 and 1954 where he wrote many pages of his last novel “Across the River and into the Trees”. The heroine of the novel, Renata, was modeled after a real woman, Adriana Ivancich, daughter of a local aristocrat. Hemingway entertained Adriana on many long evenings at the Hotel Gritti Palace restaurant, where Hemingway would enjoy his favourite cure for most ailments: Scampi Risotto and a glass of Valpolicella wine.
As a tribute Hemingway, The Gritti Palace’s most famous suite overlooking the Grand Canal carries the name of the writer. Below is a slideshow of press clippings from the past showing the author at The Gritti Palace, and an image of The Hemingway Suite.
Now for an update on the restoration: Works are continuing on the guestrooms, back of house areas and the ground floor. Here in particular the first layers of the reinforced concrete slab are being laid down for the construction of the concrete basins which will protect The ground floor areas from the aqua alta.
Until next time and wishing you all a great start to March,