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Ca' Pisani, Dorsoduro, Venice

Editor's Pick
979 Rio Terè Foscarini
Italy 30123
Tel: 39 041 2401411's insider take:

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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