Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a video which was taken during the unveiling of The Gritti Palace’s Grand Canal facade on 8 October 2012. We think it looks just spectacular.
Many of you may have heard of the exceptional flooding which took place in Venice over the last couple of days. As usual in these circumstances, residents, shop owners and hoteliers were pre-alerted of the high tide flooding by the city’s high water information service, enabling them to set up protective flood barriers, measures, and walkways, and thus limit the inconvenience to both visitors and the population alike. Business is now back to usual in Venice. If you have been following our blog since the beginning, you will remember that one of the major projects of our restoration was the installation of protective flood basins in the ground floor areas of our five star hotel to prevent these from flooding during the acqua alta. We’re delighted to say we were able to test the basins first hand throughout these recent hours of exceptional flooding and the ground floor remained dry and free of water.
Apart from the unveiling of The Gritti Palace exteriors, the restorative works over the last four weeks have involved the upholstering of guestrooms on the upper floors of the hotel, the polishing of the terrazzo floors, decorative painting, and the reinstallation of restored boiserie in the Venetian Style Rooms. Below is a short slideshow with an update on our status.
The countdown to our reopening on February 1st, 2013 has begun!
By the way, if you will be visiting Vienna, Austria between 16 and 25 November 2012, Executive Chef Daniele Turco will be seducing Viennese gourmets with a selection of his specialties from our lagoon city accompanied by select Masi wines, during a Venetian Culinary Fair at the Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna. Information and reservations. We look forward to seeing you there.