This classic, elegant hotel on the banks of San Marco Basin is as luxurious as they come, with antique furniture, bespoke silk textiles and unique carpets (inspired by Venetian wrought iron railings), crystal and gold chandeliers commissioned from Murano, original art, and in many cases, balconies and views of San Giorgio Maggiore across the water. Some rooms have balconies too; if yours doesn’t, head for the roof terrace for your sundowner or a spot of sunbathing. Modern Venetian food is served in the Do Leoni restaurant, which has a terrace on the riva where breakfast is served in good weather.
Deciding where to stay in Venice depends on what you’re visiting this extraordinary city for. If you’re determined to take in as many of the main tourist sites, you might want to make San Marco your base; if you're in town for the Biennale you’re best staying in Castello; and if you’re travelling with young ones then one of the lagoon’s islands should offer everything you need. To assist with your choice, this list of the best hotels in Venice should help you get it right.
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