Palazzo Abadessa, Cannaregio, Venice
Tel: 39 041 241 3784
Concierge.com's insider take:
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.