Located between Rialto and San Marco, the eco-boutique hotel offers all the charm of an ancient Venetian residence, embracing 19th-century splendor and contemporary comfort.
The impeccable attention to detail and the magical atmosphere that you breathe are the result of a long history: over the centuries the palace was, in fact, always inhabited by wealthy Venetian families until Gian Luca and Gabriella fell in love with it in 2010, deciding to create here the “home” of their dreams.
Gian Luca, chef with a past as a restaurateur in Lombardy, relying on a pinch of madness, true genius, and a huge love for Venice, in 2012 began the complete renovation of the place with the idea of restoring the ancient palace to its original beauty in a totally sustainable way.
I take care of every detail in order to offer my guests a special and authentically Venetian stay, just as if you were in your own private home.
(Gian Luca Lorenzet, owner)
Thanks to an innovative water recovery and purification system, designed not to pollute the city’s canals, a completely plastic-free supply chain that recycles everything – even the amenities by Ortigia have aluminum packaging – and the use of products, where possible, Made in Venice, Corte di Gabriela is certainly one of the most sustainable hotels of the Lagoon, fully respecting its charming fragility.
For the interior design, the fascinating period finishes and original furnishings were combined with icons of contemporary design by Philippe Starck, Mises Van der Rohe, Flos, Vitra, Ingo Mauer, Alivar, just to name a few brands; while in the beautiful lounge with cocktail bar on the main floor, exhibitions of local artists and artisans are hosted every six months.
The rooms, 10 plus 1 deluxe suite, all different from each other, will let you enter a fairytale world, thanks to the beauty of the precious frescoed ceilings, the Venetian seminato floors, and the many “treats” that you will find at your disposal. Upon arrival you can, in fact, choose between 3 types of pillows and sheets (satin, cotton and linen, and wood fiber by luxury company Beltrami, the latter material also contained in the sponges, which is why they are so soft), while on the bed you will find a complimentary box equipped with everything, from the room fragrance by C.O. Bigelow to the mosquito repellant, up to homemade biscuits.
But it is in the beating heart of the hotel, its beautiful secret courtyard surrounded by plants, flowers and the beautiful wisteria that creates an impressive floral ceiling, which you will definitely be conquered. Gian Luca, in fact, every morning dresses his beloved chef uniform to prepare all kinds of specialties for you: from crêpes with homemade jam or Nutella to perfectly scrambled eggs with lard melted on top, up, for the healthiest, to homemade yogurt with cereals and gluten-free preparations.
The ritual of breakfast at the Corte di Gabriela is, in fact, a real must to be enjoyed without haste: as soon as you step into the garden, you will feel like you are in a high-end pastry boutique surrounded by cloche full of homemade cakes and muffins and, for those who love savory options, a wide selection of artisanal products, such as Asiago cheese, coppa and soppressa cured meats or South Tyrolean honey.
And after breakfast, you can rely on the hotel’s impeccable concierge service that will fulfill your every wish, including recommending the best addresses in the city. Gian Luca has, in fact, created the To Be Venice app thanks to which you can choose the experience that best suits you, from restaurants to the shopping, conveniently geolocated to reach it on foot.
Gian Luca loves preparing coffee for his guests with the traditional Bialetti moka, which he collects in all colors and sizes, using a particular blend of Arabica produced by Caffè Girani, the only artisan roaster left in the city.