Ca' Sagredo Hotel, Venice
Tel: 39 041 2413111
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
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.2008 Hot List
When to go: If you don't mind the cooler temperatures, opt for January, when you can enjoy the lead–up to Carnival.
Which room to book: No. 107 has a nice view for less than the price of a full canal vista.