In the heart of Venice, this sixteenth century building overlooks the Grand Canal, next to Palazzo Grassi. It is the first hotel by Philippe Starck in Italy and the designer wanted to combine Venice’s dreamlike, romantic qualities with state-of-the-art hotelliery. Palazzina G was created out of a profound love for Venice and its thousand-year-old culture and a desire to create a unique place: a space in which tradition and experimentation, technology and wistfulness, surprise guests and help them to appreciate a city that is historic yet also avant-garde.
PG’s has become a well-know destination about town and its social events have brought it great notoriety. Two unmarked entrances lead into the hotel: One side, from the Grand Canal and he other, from the Calle Grassi close to the Campo Santo Stefano. The atmosphere is that of a home full of charm and vitality, whose extraordinary rooms are adorned by nearly 300 backlit mirrors, glass works by Aristide Najean, collectors books, antique glass and luxury vintage pieces. Interiors are splashed with vividly coloured rugs, stucco, marble, wood and Venetian terrazzo, mirroring the theatre that is Venice.
PG’s Restaurant is a very special arena in which chef Matteo Panfilio’s takes traditional dishes and transforms them with inspiration from Italy, France and Japan to create very special cuisine. Where possible, Matteo uses regional, seasonal ingredients. Go with him on a Culinary Experience and shop with the chef in Europe’s oldest street market in Rialto, sip an aperitif on the way home and then enjoy a cooking
lesson using those ingredients back at the hotel. In PG’s the chef and his team are constantly in view in the ‘show kitchen’ opposite the bar where mixologists have a show all of their own. Guests can dine here or outdoors on the second floor Krug Terrace.
The Krug Lounge is designed to welcome and surprise with its informal sophistication. Here, one can sit back and relax overlooking the Grand Canal, accessible only through membership and to hotel guests. At this champagnerie one can taste the rarest vintages, served with specialities prepared to suit the occasion; a Venetian bistro, where the chef’s homemade charcuterie, preserves and regional cheeses are carefully chosen to compliment the whiskies, cognacs and bubbly.
Three upper floors are devoted to guestrooms. Big colours in the corridors give way to rooms with huge backlit mirrors, warm lighting and floors in terrazzo with custom-made furniture. Lovely linen, rugs, throws and comforting textures turn these crystal palaces into comfortable nests.
The creator, Emanuele Garosci, set out to provide the kind of service he could never find for himself. The hotel’s attentive, discreet staff are always a step ahead, inspiring guests with suggestions and initiatives to pique their curiosity: dinner in the home of a Venetian noble, guided tours to discover the authentic Venice, picnics on lagoon islands and aperitifs on a private vaporetto. The intention is that guests should feel Venetian – if only for a few days.