Ca' Nigra is a classy little hotel with a fantastic position on the Grand Canal, in a 17th-century villa painted deep red and set in a beautiful waterside garden. Public spaces and the spacious junior suites are done out with interesting antique oriental pieces; the reception area is all glass, chrome and down lighting, while the piano nobile has partially retained the period decor. Ultra-contemporary bathrooms are particularly impressive. Pick of the bedrooms is the Loggia Suite with its private terrace. Guests arriving by water disembark at the hotel's private dock.