September marks the 11th month of our handcrafted restoration and to celebrate we are delighted to unveil for you a virtual tour with a preview of the Punta della Dogana Suite.

Featuring stand-up balconies which give unobstructed views onto Venice’s heritage Customs House, now seat of Francois Pinault’s Punta della Dogana art museum, the Punta della Dogana suite envelops its occupants with the feel of a luxurious private home. Literary works on the Francois Pinault Collection, rich design fabrics from the Lorenzo Rubelli archives, and a finely restored selection of antiques from The Gritti Palace collection will accompany visitors along a journey across the 19th and 20th centuries.

Reserve accommodations at The Gritti Palace from 1 February 2012.

This past month redecoration works have concentrated on many of the artistic details that form part of the city’s heritage handcrafts and which will continue to be an integral part of The Gritti Palace after its restoration.  In particular, on the ground floor the “terrazzo” flooring has been relaid by specialised artisans in The Gritti Epicurean School, in Club del Doge Restaurant, and in the Longhi Bar – for those of you unfamiliar with the term “terrazzo“, these are marble floors that are composed of different coloured pieces of marble using a characteristic technique that has been carried down over the centuries.

In the lobby and corridor area the marble flooring and boiserie has been put in place, and the retiling of the  back areas of the hotel has commenced.   Not all works have taken place on the ground floor. On the guest floors, the decorative stuccoes continue to be redone by hand in the guestrooms, the marble bathrooms continue to be fitted, and in the top floor suites upholstering of the walls has begun.  I take pleasure in sharing with you a slideshow of images documenting our progress.

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There’s a lot more to come in the just over 4 months until our reopening so do keep checking back on our progress.  If you are visiting Venice before then – we suggest a visit to the Biennale of Architecture which runs until 25 November 2012 –  both Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection hotel and The Westin Europa & Regina will be happy to assist.

Paolo Lorenzoni
General Manager

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