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AD Place
2557A Fondamenta della Fenice
San Marco
Venice
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 241 3234
info@adplacevenice.com
www.adplacevenice.com

Tucked just off the main St. Mark's–Accademia drag and nestling up against La Fenice opera house, AD Place is a delightful boutique hotel that plays with bright colors and exotically ornate design details. The artsy feel is underscored by frequent painting and photography exhibitions in the reception area. The attentive staff will organize transfers, tours, and reservations, and the buffet breakfast is particularly good. There's a water entrance if you're arriving by gondola or launch, and (unusually for Venice) wheelchair-friendly ground floor accommodation; but be aware there is no elevator to the other floors). The Suite, a large and stylish boudoir done out in shades of lavender and apple green, has pretty views over the canal. And though some classic doubles can seem a bit small, all the rooms are individually and quirkily decorated, with baroque mirrors and lots of drapes. The oriental-themed roof terrace is the perfect place for an evening aperitivo.—Lee Marshall

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Al Ponte Antico
5768 Calle dell'Aseo
Cannaregio
Venice
Italy 30131
Tel: 39 041 2411944
info@alponteantico.com
www.alponteantico.com/en/index.htm

Al Ponte Antico has taken the traditional Venetian hotel design idiom and run with it to create a baroque extravaganza. From the padded gold reception desk to the ornate banquettes in the high-ceilinged, rose-pink salon where breakfast is eaten and drinks and snacks served throughout the day, to the brocade-overload bedrooms, this property is old-school Venice at its most playful. There's a delightful little terrace from which to survey the Rialto bridge and the boats, waterbuses, and gondolas plying the Grand Canal. You'll need to book well ahead to secure one of the seven rooms or suites in this extremely popular hotel, especially the deluxe room and junior suite with their Grand Canal views. It's not only the dramatic decor but also the exceptionally warm reception from the Peruch family that makes this place a winner: You'll be greeted by name as you arrive, and cared for and coddled through your stay (so steer clear if you prefer aloofness and anonymity).—Lee Marshall

$200-$299
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Al Ponte Mocenigo
2063 Santa Croce
Fondamenta Rimpetto Mocenigo
Venice
Italy 30135
Tel: 39 041 524 4797
info@alpontemocenigo.com
www.alpontemocenigo.com/en/index.htm

This ten-room gem near the church of San Stae is easily one of the best deals in Venice. Guests enter the Mocenigo through a private courtyard where aperitivi are sipped and breakfast is served in good weather; that relaxing welcome sets the tone for the whole place. Rooms are elegant and airy, upholstered in cream, green, and deep red, and furnished with a mix of 18th-century pieces. Our favorite: the large first-floor junior suite with a four-poster bed, a terrace overlooking the courtyard, and a whirlpool tub.

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Bauers Il Palazzo, L'Hotel

The ever-expanding empire of Bauer hotels is presided over by Francesca Bortolotto Possati, whose family has owned the two original properties—the Bauer and Il Palazzo—since 1930. L'Hotel doesn't look like much on the outside, but the blocky 1949 building's 91 rooms and 18 suites are all plush and pleasant, with lots of velvet furniture and brocade upholstery. The location in Campo San Moisè, among some of Venice's smartest shops and just a stone's throw from Piazza San Marco, is hard to beat. For more pampering, check into Il Palazzo, a former annex that's now a 44-room, 38-suite boutique lodging. Here, the luxury is super-discreet: Those wishing to stay incognito can slip in and out via private launch at the water entrance. For Bauer's two Giudecca properties, see Bauers Palladio & Villa F.—Lee Marshall

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Bauers Palladio & Villa F
33 Giudecca
Fondamenta delle Zitelle
Venice
Italy 30133
Tel: 39 041 520 7022
booking@bauervenezia.it
www.bauerhotels.com

Located in the former charitable institution that surrounds Andrea Palladio's church of Le Zitelle on the Giudecca island, the Bauer group's Palladio is a spacious and tranquil 50-room property. But for all their jazzy hues, the rooms can be a little dowdy; the property's best features are the ground-floor spa, with its extensive range of Daniela Steiner beauty treatments, and the pretty garden with pool. With access to this same garden is Villa F, a canal-side palazzo with 11 austerely grand self-catering suites, ranging from good-size one-bedroom units to the immense St. Mark's–facing Residenza F suite. Nannies and chefs can be arranged, and there's a full concierge service in this palazzo, which used to be an artsy budget hotel frequented by artists and writers.—Lee Marshall

$300-$399
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Ca' Pisani
979 Rio Terè Foscarini
Dorsoduro
Venice
Italy 30123
Tel: 39 041 2401411
info@capisanihotel.it
www.capisanihotel.it/

Art Deco is not necessarily a style you associate with Venice, but Ca' Pisani carries it off with aplomb. This 29-room property set hearts aflutter in the city's staid accommodation sector when it opened as the first concept hotel in 2000. Concepts tend to come and go, but Ca' Pisani's continued high standing is based as much on exceptional service and very high standards as on its impeccable blending of striking Deco pieces—authentic and reproduction—with the most contemporary design details and up-to-date facilities, all inserted seamlessly into a 16th-century palazzo framework. The hotel is located right behind the Accademia gallery and a short stroll from both the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation and the Punta della Dogana gallery. But despite being on the quieter Dorsoduro side of the Grand Canal, it's just a short walk to St. Mark's. The breakfast is one of the best of any hotel in the city, and the Turkish bath and pretty roof-top terrace are attractive extras.—Lee Marshall

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Ca' Sagredo Hotel
4198 Campo Santa Sofia
Venice
Italy 30121
Tel: 39 041 2413111
info@casagredohotel.com
www.casagredohotel.it

This gorgeously restored fifteenth-century palazzo on the Grand Canal benefits from its ideal location: near the Rialto but outside the fray around San Marco. The historical tour offered at check-in is worth your time: Among the highlights are original frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo and Pietro Longhi in the grand hall, a high-ceilinged ballroom with oversized windows overlooking the canal, and huge Murano chandeliers—all of which conjure the masked balls that once took place here. The 42 guest rooms are beautifully appointed with sofas and chairs covered in pale silk damask and custom wallpapers in pretty, light patterns, and all come with large bathrooms. Less inspired is the uneven service from concierges who tend to send guests to the city's tried and tired restaurants.

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Ca Maria Adele
111 Dorsoduro
Rio Terrà dei Catecumeni
Venice
Italy 30123
Tel: 39 041 520 3078
info@camariaadele.it
www.camariaadele.it

Opened in 2004, this property right near the Peggy Guggenheim Collection achieves what so many others have failed to pull off: It seamlessly mixes Venetian traditions and modern design, with stunning results. From the striking reception area, where Byzantine columns rise out of a pool of water, to the sheet-glass door opening onto a private boat mooring, to the 12 stylishly decorated bedrooms, Ca Maria Adele has single-handedly redefined what elegant lodging looks like in this town. The nine "deluxe" rooms (two of which are suites) are restful and sophisticated, with minimalist wood furniture and damask wall coverings in colors of sand and cream. The five "concept" rooms, however, really push the envelope; check the photos on the hotel website before you book to make sure you can deal with the seriously sensual black Sala Noir or the overwhelmingly scarlet Doge's Room. The blue-tinted Sala dei Mori, with its tiny balcony overlooking the Salute church next door, is our favorite. Only the bathrooms—which are large and well-appointed but strangely neutral—are a slight disappointment.

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Centurion Palace
173 Dorsoduro
Venice
Italy 30123
Tel: 39 041 34281
centurionpalace@sinahotels.com
www.centurionpalacevenezia.com

Few properties have a more enviable address: Right at the mouth of the Grand Canal, facing St. Mark's Square, the imposing nineteenth-century redbrick palazzo manages to be centrally located (the wonderful new Punta della Dogana museum and the spectacular Santa Maria della Salute church are just steps away) yet feel apart from the city's bustle of tourists. Inside, Florentine architect Guido Ciompi has brought a modern aesthetic to the landmark structure, to mixed effect. The 50 one-of-a-kind rooms and suites, some of which have fireplaces, feel intimate and contemporary, with light-wood floors, bathrooms lined with exquisite gold-leaf treatments, and custom furniture in burnished shades of orange, light pink, and blue velvet. (Try to snag a water view, and note that rooms on the courtyard are quiet but smaller.) The public spaces, however, are either a bit too stark (like the blindingly white restaurant and bar) or almost garish (the lobby). Still, the Centurion's sublime location eclipses these few design missteps and the hit-or-miss service.

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Hotel Cipriani
10 Giudecca
Fondamenta San Giovanni
Venice
Italy 30133
Tel: 39 041 520 7744
info@hotelcipriani.it
www.hotelcipriani.com

Cloistered among sweeping, verdant grounds on the island of Giudecca, across the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco, the Cipriani is a luxurious world unto itself. It's frequented by the ultrarich and the ultrafamous—many of whom never even bother to take the hotel's private launch across to the bustle of Venice proper. For them, the Cipriani, with its restaurants, bars, tennis courts, spa, and Olympic-size saltwater pool, is its own destination. The decor in the public spaces and 104 rooms is mostly opulent, with lashings of silk brocade, murals, frescoed and gilded ceilings, and all-marble bathrooms—though bedrooms not yet touched by an ongoing refurbishment effort are (at this price) frustratingly faded. The service is formal, at times even a little frosty. If you simply can't cope without a private butler and space for an entourage, opt for the 11-suite Palazzo Vendramin or the five-suite Palazzetto Nani Barbaro, across the garden from the hotel. But be sure to book far in advance: These mini-palazzi are popular with visiting sheiks and their security staff.

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Hotel Danieli
4196 Castello
Riva degli Schiavoni
Venice
Italy 30122
Tel: 39 041 522 6480
danieli@luxurycollection.com
www.luxurycollection.com/danieli

Rubbing shoulders with the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, the Danieli has been a hotel since the early 19th century. Back then, it was the choice of Grand Tourists like Charles Dickens and Richard Wagner. Now part of Starwood's Luxury Collection, the 225-room hotel spreads from its original 14th-century palazzo to incorporate two 20th-century buildings. Formerly slightly dowdy, this modern "Danielino" wing has been the first part of the hotel to benefit from a major restoration project, under the creative direction of Hôtel Costes designer Jacques Garcia. Deep reds and earthy greens lend an almost Asian touch, but the repeated arch motifs are decidedly Venetian. The number of rooms has been reduced to provide more suites—ten new ones have lagoon-facing terraces—and the top-floor restaurant has been remodeled, with Gian Nicola Colucci, formerly of London's Four Seasons, brought in to preside over the kitchen. Throughout the hotel, rooms are outfitted with Fortuny and Rubelli fabrics, and while antiques adorn the magnificent Venetian Gothic reception hall, the ambience is more Hollywood mansion than aristocratic palazzo. The view from the roof terrace across the Bacino di San Marco to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is stunning.

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Hotel Gritti Palace
2467 San Marco
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio
Venice
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 794 611
grittipalace@luxurycollection.com
www.luxurycollection.com/grittipalace

Built on the Grand Canal in 1525 for then-doge Andrea Gritti, this magnificent palazzo has lost none of its pomp and ceremony. Now part of the Starwood Luxury Collection, the hotel has museum-quality art and antiques filling its public spaces. The 91 guest rooms and suites are outfitted in traditional, opulent Venetian style, with massive Murano glass chandeliers, intricate painted wood paneling, and sumptuous brocades. Just three of the first-floor suites have breathtaking views over the canal, but vista-deprived guests can console themselves with a terrace table at the hotel restaurant.

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Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal
1332 San Marco
Calle Vallaresso
Venice
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 520 0211
mailbox@hotelmonaco.it
www.hotelmonaco.it

The Benetton family acquired this 99-room hotel eight years ago and have since incorporated three adjacent buildings. The first houses an additional 30 small but comfortable accommodations that are a mix of Venetian opulence (silk fabrics, Murano glass) and minimalist understatement. The second is the storied Palazzo Dandolo, where Casanova seduced courtesans in the seventeenth century and which is now reserved for public functions. And the third is the Palazzo Selvadego, where Luciano Benetton's personal architect, Moreno Carniato, brings a masculine elegance to the magnificent late-Gothic palace's 34 rooms. Although the staff won't win any hospitality awards, the hotel's fabulous location on the Grand Canal at St. Mark's makes up for it.

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iQs, DD724, DD694
4425 Campiello Querini Stampalia
Castello
Venice
Italy 30122
Tel: 39 041 2410062
info@iqs4425.com
www.thecharminghouse.com

A four-suite luxury home-from-home with its own porta d'acqua (water-level entrance) in a Gothic palazzo north of St. Mark's, iQs dares to be dark in this city of light. The suites' sober decor is enlivened by splashes of color (a red Moroso armchair, a vase of flowers) and given depth by rich materials (leather, mosaic, fur, and crystal). In winter, the somber color scheme can feel oppressive, but in summer it's a soothing refuge from the heat and glare outside. IQs followed on the heels of this company's earlier high-concept design experiments in super-trad Venice. When it opened in 2003, around the corner from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, DD724 was considered a huge departure (shocking or refreshing, depending on your point of view) from the traditional damask-and-chandelier lodgings elsewhere in the city. Nowadays, though its neutral tones and wenge wood furnishings don't seem so extreme, it still attracts those who can't take another fresco or brocade swag. The owner's collection of contemporary Italian art hangs on the walls, and chairs covered in checked Frigerio prints add a touch of mod. Most of the six bedrooms are spacious enough (unit G overlooks a walled garden, and B has a pretty view out of windows on two sides), but the bathrooms, breakfast room, and corridors all feel cramped. Finding the hotel entrance can be a bit challenging: The sign high on the wall of the cul-de-sac is easily missed. Even closer to the Guggenheim, DD694 is a large suite with original terrazzo flooring that adds a splash of antique Venetian warmth to the cool shades-of-brown design mix.—Updated by Lee Marshall

$200-$299
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La Calcina
780 Dorsoduro
Fondamenta delle Zattere
Venice
Italy 30123
Tel: 39 041 520 6466
info@lacalcina.com
www.lacalcina.com

Continued improvements have spruced up this family-run pensione overlooking the Giudecca canal in Dorsoduro. The 19th-century furniture is still there, as are the lovely—and, for Venice, unusual—polished parquet floors. But the hotel's 32 rooms and suites now have WiFi, TVs, and minibars, as well as crisp white curtains and clean-lined furnishings in honey-colored wood. In the reception area, classical music wafts and friendly staffers give advice about where to go and how to get there. The terrace of the bar-restaurant is on a wooden deck extending into the canal; eating breakfast here on a sunny morning with boats passing by and the church of the Redentore across the canal is heavenly. All told, this has become one of the best-value places in its category.

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La Villeggiatura
1569 San Polo
Calle dei Botteri
Venice
Italy 30125
Tel: 39 041 524 4673
info@lavilleggiatura.it
www.lavilleggiatura.it

On a busy calle in the San Polo district, this six-room charmer is one of the most attractive of a crop of new Venetian B&Bs. It's basically a traditional apartment on two floors that has been jazzed up by owner Francesca Adilardi, who has a flair for playful, decorative design. Each room is themed: In light-filled Mondo Nuovo, under the rafters, a reproduction of the famous Tiepolo carnival fresco of the same name takes up most of one wall, while pretty Turandot features throws on the bed and Chinese-style stenciling on the otherwise grandmotherly antique furniture. The overall effect is theatrical, feminine, and fun, but there's also a satisfying attention to detail. Beds are huge, bathrooms well appointed (though only three of the six have tubs), and all rooms have free Wi-Fi.

$200-$299
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Locanda Orseolo
1083 San Marco
Corte Zorzi
Venice
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 520 4827
info@locandaorseolo.com
www.locandaorseolo.com

Orseolo's four bubbly, enthusiastic young owners make sure that guests have a memorable Venice vacation. With their unfailing charm, readiness with tourist information, and warm willingness to arrange anything from restaurant tables to seats at the opera, they'll make you feel like one of the family. Their domain is a charmingly restored family home with 15 pleasant, bright rooms (a few with baldachin beds) is just a two-minute walk from Piazza San Marco. Guests never feel like they're in the middle of a tourist parade, though—in fact, the Orseolo's secluded courtyard actually makes the hotel difficult to find. (For those without a good map: Make your way to Campo San Gallo, then push the unlocked low iron gate almost opposite the church and head into the courtyard beyond.) The breakfast spread is a perfect way to fuel up for a day of wandering.

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Londra Palace
4171 Castello
Riva degli Schiavoni
Venice
Italy 30122
Tel: 39 041 520 0533
info@hotelondra.it
www.hotelondra.it

Two 19th-century hotels combined in 1900, this Grand Canal property is a block from St. Mark's Square, a central location that makes lunch on the terrace of Do Leoni "extremely busy—the experience of dining there is overshadowed by tourists filing by." Hotel staff are "exceptional"—"all employees called us by name"—while the rooms' Biedermeier-style furnishings and local textiles add "to the wonderful experience of being in Venice."

(53 rooms)

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Luna Hotel Baglioni
1243 San Marco
Calle Larga dell'Ascensione
Venice
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 528 9840
reservations.lunavenezia@baglionihotels.com
www.baglionihotels.com

The "location could not have been better—literally steps off the Piazza San Marco" at this hotel where rooms in soft pastels have 18th century–style furniture, silk wall coverings, and Murano chandeliers. Italian marble bathrooms are "very large and modern and come with luxurious bathrobes." The Caffé overlooks the Royal Gardens; a pianist performs in the evenings. "Extremely friendly and helpful" service included "champagne and a welcome amenity on arrival."

(104 rooms)

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Molino Stucky Hilton
810 Giudecca
Venice
Italy 30133
Tel: 39 041 272 3311
info.venice@hilton.com
www.molinostuckyhilton.com

It may be a Hilton, but it's one of the brand's most distinctive and luxurious properties. Opened in June 2007, the 389-room giant occupies the largest single historic complex in Venice—a former flour mill and biscuit factory founded by Swiss-Italian Giovanni Stucky in 1895. At the eastern end of the Giudecca Island—an authentic, lived-in slice of Venice—the hotel is housed in a series of connected buildings, with original details like cast-iron columns and (in the efficiently run Espace spa) Belle Époque terrazzo flooring. The layout is so complex that they give you a map at reception, but the hotel's high point—in both senses of the word—is easily located: the rooftop pool (relatively shallow, at not quite four feet deep throughout) and sundeck, which enjoy 360-degree views over Venice and the southern lagoon. Venice's tough historic-preservation regulations mean there are no umbrellas and relatively few lounge chairs (in summer, you need to be up here soon after the pool's 9 am opening to be sure of a place). Here, too, is the aptly named Skyline Bar—worth a visit for a panoramic sunset cocktail experience even if you're not a hotel guest. The pleasant but dull bedrooms revert to Hilton type, with cookie-cutter classic modern decor and decent-size bathrooms. Individual travelers should be warned that the hotel is heavily convention-oriented: In spring and autumn especially, be prepared to be surrounded by hundreds of osteopaths. Considering the hotel's business slant, it's a shame Internet access is so pricey, with a minimum charge of $17 for one hour.

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Novecento
2683 San Marco
Calle del Dose
Venice
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 241 3765
info@novecento.biz
www.novecento.biz

Adorned with carved-wood furniture, wall hangings, rugs, and objets picked up in Africa and the Far East, this nine-room townhouse a few minutes' walk from Piazza San Marco is everything a Venetian inn should be: welcoming, eclectic, and just a little frayed around the edges. Amid the comfortable ethno-antique clutter, the guest rooms have mod cons like WiFi and individual climate control. Art exhibitions are often hung in the oak-beamed breakfast room, while breakfast—a wonderful array of pastries, fruit, and freshly squeezed orange juice, with cappuccino made to order—can be taken on the pretty paved courtyard when it's warm out.

$200-$299
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Oltre il Giardino
2542 Fondamenta Contarini
San Polo
Venice
Italy 30125
Tel: 39 041 2750015
info@oltreilgiardino-venezia.com
www.oltreilgiardino-venezia.com/dynalay.asp?PAGINA=16&LINGUA=en

This charming boutique hotel concealed behind a high gate near the Frari basilica is a true home from home. Looking more like a country house than Venetian palazzo with its pretty front garden, this villa was once home to Alma, widow of the composer Gustav Mahler. Today it's an urbane and stylish retreat from the tourist crowds, its discreet yet welcoming house-party vibe reflecting the philosophy of genial owner/manager Lorenzo Muner. Two lovely suites (perfect for families or groups) in an adjoining palazzo have been added to the original six options in the main house—consisting of two classic doubles, two junior suites, and two suites, all with views over the garden. Throughout, the understated contemporary decor is pale and relaxing, with occasional splashes of brightly colored detailing and some quality antique pieces. The Green suite opens out onto its own private corner of the garden. A good breakfast is served in the comfortable ground-floor living room or in the garden, a pleasantly verdant place to start your Venetian day.—Lee Marshall

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Palazzina Grassi Hotel & Residence
3247 San Marco
Venice
Italy 30124
Tel: 39 041 5284644
info@palazzinagrassi.com
www.palazzinagrassi.it/

An aristocratic fifteenth-century palazzo on the Grand Canal is the canvas for Philippe Starck's first Italian design hotel and this month's "Room with a View," a 26-room bijou that combines a twenty-first-century vision with Venice's colorful past. Next door to the Palazzo Grassi, now home to François Pinault's extraordinary contemporary art collection, the Palazzina is set to become the Algonquin of the lagoon city's contemporary art scene. Very discreet, the hotel has no sign beyond the stylized Murano glass bull's heads on its private Grand Canal dock or its Calle Grassi back entrance, and guests are greeted by massive glass sculptures by French artist Aristide Najean. The opulent and intimate bar/restaurant—a large mahogany-covered room furnished with an eclectic mix of couches and Starck chairs—occupies the ground floor. Luminous guest rooms have comfortable beds and white-leather furniture, and Starck Flos reading lamps. But the true star here is the mirrors, which are everywhere: Even the flat-screen TV is encased in a mirrored cabinet that incorporates both a well-stocked bar and a wardrobe. Staff are professional yet friendly and refreshingly free of by-the-book protocol. Check-in is done wherever you like, and the delightful breakfast is served whenever you're ready for it.

$300-$399
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Palazzo Abadessa
4011 Cannaregio
Calle Priuli
Venice
Italy 30131
Tel: 39 041 241 3784
info@abadessa.com
www.abadessa.com

Until 2002, this 16th-century palazzo just north of the Ca' d'Oro gallery was Marisa Rossi's private residence; now that she's turned it into a hotel, she continues to treat guests like visiting friends. Family heirlooms, massive chandeliers, and paintings from the school of Tintoretto adorn the magnificent entrance with its sweeping double staircase, as well as the spacious reception rooms and 13 bedrooms. The ones to book are the six junior suites; some are immense, and all open onto the vast second-floor salone. But perhaps most inviting of all, after a hard day's sightseeing, is the palazzo's gorgeous walled garden, with its centuries-old trees and shady walks.

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Palazzo Barbarigo
2765 San Polo
Venice
Italy 30125
Tel: 39 041 740 172
www.palazzobarbarigo.com

This former family palazzo from 1569 on the Grand Canal is part of the new generation of intimate guesthouses that are giving travelers an alternative to the usual grande dame hotel. The 18-bedroom property now houses a cheeky boudoir design with heavy velvet curtains, feathered bedside lamps, massive mirrors, and seductive chaise longues in rooms kept light by huge windows overlooking the canal. The baldachin-style bed comes with two duvets (putting an end to couples' wrestling for the covers). Other attractions are the sizable bathrooms (the rooms themselves are spacious by European standards), a stylish Art Deco bar that doubles as the breakfast area (a meal that is delicious rather than passable), and a great location on vaporetto route No. 1. One caveat: The arrival by water taxi is quite lovely, but the way by foot is marred by a narrow unsigned alley full of "exotic" smells.

$300-$399
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Palazzo Stern
2792 Dorsoduro
Fondamenta del Traghetto
Venice
Italy 30123
Tel: 39 041 277 0869
info@palazzostern.com
www.palazzostern.com

It's not often that a stylish but also relatively affordable new hotel opens right on the Grand Canal. Next to the Ca' Rezzonico water bus stop—a scenic half-hour ride from the main train station—the palazzo owes its present appearance to former owner Ernesta Stern, a wealthy socialite and art collector who had this eclectic home built on the ruins of a 15th-century palazzo in the years leading up to World War I. It's basically a high-quality pastiche, but this makes it a great setting for a hotel: With its mosaic-studded private chapel, colonnaded waterside terrace (where breakfast is served), and imposing carved wooden staircase, it evokes the dreamy spirit of Venice without the solemnity of a museum. The mostly spacious 24 bedrooms are done in a relaxed antique Venetian style in shades of wheat and magnolia. The panoramic rooftop terrace features a four-person whirlpool tub—but guests have to pay an extra $90 an hour to use it. Don't write off the standard rooms at the back of the hotel; they lack the Canal view but are a lot quieter and overlook a pretty garden.

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Pensione Accademia
1058 Dorsoduro
Fondamenta Bollani
Venice
Italy 30123
Tel: 39 041 521 0188
info@pensioneaccademia.it
www.pensioneaccademia.it

This pretty, secluded 17th-century palazzo, set in a quiet area of Dorsoduro just off the Grand Canal, has two wonderfully lush gardens—perfect for relaxing on warm afternoons before dinner. Its 27 rooms are spacious and Venetian-traditional, with brocade fabrics and Murano glass chandeliers; some of the bathrooms are marble. There's a stately wood-paneled breakfast room, though you can also eat in the front garden in nice weather. The staff tends to be more efficient than warm, but that doesn't keep guests from returning year after year—especially those art-lovers who like the proximity to the Accademia gallery.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.