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iQs, DD724, DD694, Castello, Venice

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Venice, Italy, Europe
4425 Campiello Querini Stampalia
Italy 30122
Tel: 39 041 2410062


724 Dorsoduro
Ramo da Mula
Italy 30123


694 Dorsoduro
Ramo San Cristoforo
Italy 30123's insider take:

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

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