Captivating Croatia: Part 6 – A Night in Venice – Gritti Palace Hotel Room

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I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for the last several years.  I heard wonderful things about the country and how beautiful (and relatively affordable) it was compared to the rest of Europe.  It’s located in Eastern Europe and is just a few hours from Italy.

Last year, my friends and I organized a group trip to visit Rovinj, a small coastal town on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.  It’s a gorgeous town full of romance.  Everything is stunning there, from the streets to the houses.  The food is also excellent.

We went for a kizomba dance festival.  Later in the trip report series, I will introduce you to kizomba and describe what an incredible dance it is!  The dance festival was amazing and Croatia is definitely a place I want to return and spend more time exploring!  The trip’s retail cost was ~$17,000 but I paid ~$900.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

Marble Everywhere!  The Gritti Palace Decor Was Incredibly Luxurious

Captivating Croatia Trip Report Index:

Gritti Palace Hotel Room

We had a 1-night stopover in Venice before we continued our journey to Rovinj, Croatia.  I stayed at the Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel using 30,000 Starwood points.  It was a beautiful hotel in an excellent location!

Daraius has a lot of Starwood points, and using them for 1 evening at this hotel made sense.  He shared them with me on this occasion so that I could enjoy a nice stay at this beautiful hotel.

Since then, I’ve applied for 1 personal Starwood card and will apply for 1 small business Starwood card soon to build up my own stash of points.  The sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest personal and small business cards have been increased to 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements until March 30, 2016.

The hotel was located in the heart of the city, and was within walking distance to many historical sites.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

A Bed Fit for a Queen (or King!) – the Attention to Detail at the Gritti Palace Is Amazing

The standard room was a perfect size for 2 people.  There was a very comfortable king size bed, with a small sofa at the foot of the bed.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

Plenty of Space to Stretch Out and Relax – in Style!

The room has very tall ceilings, so it felt much larger than it actually was.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

Classic Furnishings and Beautiful Artwork Made These Rooms Very Unique

Outside of the window, was a picture perfect view of the Venetian canals.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

You Could See St. Mark’s Cathedral Across From the Hotel

I loved watching the gondolas and water taxis pass by.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

No Rush Hour Here!  Life Moves at a More Civilized Pace in Venice

The room was well prepared for my visit.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

After All That Traveling, I Was Ready to Dive Into the Comfy King Size Bed

I was so excited for my 1-night stay here, especially after traveling for so long!

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

I Was a Little Tired After Such a Long Journey, but the Hotel Made It Worthwhile

There was a beautiful chandelier made of Murano glass.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

You Won’t Often Find Elegance Like This in Hotels Back Home

The hotel left a complimentary bottle of wine with 2 glasses.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

A Bottle of Wine Was a Nice Touch – Daraius Shared His Points With Me So I Could Have a Nice Stay

I also got 2 large bottles of water, though I drank the tap water and it was fine.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

Bottled Water or Something a Little Stronger?  For a Price, of Course!

A large closet held my luggage and a robe and slippers.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

Plenty of Space to Store Your Belongings – and a Safe for Valuables

The bathroom was gorgeous – quite possibly 1 of my favorite hotel bathrooms ever.  It might be my 2nd favorite after the Park Hyatt in Milan.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

I Love a Good Hotel Bathroom, and This Was 1 of the Best!

It was covered in marble and mirrors.  There was a separate bath tub and shower.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

Every Possible Surface Seemed Lined With Beautiful Marble

The sink was fully stocked with amenities.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

Forget Something at Home? The Gritti Palace Has You Covered

The amenities were Acqua Di Parma.

A Night In Venice - Gritti Palace Hotel Room

The Toiletries Were High-End and Almost Too Nice to Use!

Hotels

You can use hotel points to stay in Venice for a fraction of the cost!  On a previous trip, Daraius and I stayed at the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel.

Though it was a much smaller room, I preferred the Gritti Palace Hotel because of the location and lavishness.

1.   Hilton Points

It costs 50,000 to 70,000 Hilton points for a standard room (depending on the season) at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice.  The regular price for a room varies from ~$300 to ~$500, so this is a great use of Hilton points!

You can earn Hilton points directly from 4 credit cards:

American Express Hilton HHonors Card

The American Express Hilton HHonors card currently earns you 70,000 Hilton points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  And it has no annual fee!  Check out my review.

American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card

You can earn 85,000 Hilton points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months with the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass.  This is the highest bonus I’ve seen for the card.  Here’s a full review.

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card

You’ll earn 2 weekend nights at almost any Hilton after spending $2,500 on purchases in the 1st 4 months with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve.  Here’s my full review of the card.

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card

For a limited time, the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature has a sign-up bonus of 75,000 Hilton points after spending $2,000 within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  That’s a terrific deal for a card with no annual fee.

Remember, you can also transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, Hawaiian Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic to Hilton.

Need More Hilton Points? Transfer From AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, Hawaiian Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic

Check out my post on all the ways to earn Hilton points!

2.   Starwood Points

It costs 30,000 Starwood points for 1 night at the Gritti Palace Hotel.  That may seem like a lot of points, but regular rooms go for ~$1,000 per night!!

Though I had a much smaller room, I preferred the Gritti Palace Hotel because of the location and lavish decor.

Now is a great time to earn lots of Starwood points.  That’s because the sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest personal and small business cards have been increased to 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements until March 30, 2016.

These are the highest bonuses ever offered for these cards!  And they won’t likely return, because Starwood is being bought later this year.

Of course, there are lots of other options for free or cheap stays in Venice.  To find hotels that can be booked with points, I like using Hotel Hustle (which even shows you if rooms are actually available!) or AwardMapper.

Or consider Airbnb to save money, especially for longer stays or for folks who prefer a more local feel.  Here are some tips on how to negotiate a better Airbnb price.  And how to find a safe and comfortable Airbnb.

Bottom Line

Staying 1 night at the Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel was a real treat.  It was a smaller hotel, perfectly located in the heart of the city, yet away from too much hustle and bustle.

The rooms were exquisite and I felt like royalty in the plush decor and Italian marble bathroom!

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3 responses to “Captivating Croatia: Part 6 – A Night in Venice – Gritti Palace Hotel Room

  1. Very nice! We stayed at the Hilton, which I loved! Surprised you’ve never had the spg card. Wish I could get it again now that it’s 35k points!

  2. Yea, about that…is there a special link out there that bypasses the once in a lifetime bonus restriction? The last time I checked, even the business version was restricting the bonus to “once in a lifetime”….

  3. nope, it was out there for a short time for the business one.

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