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Venice has hundreds of hotels, B&Bs, and apartment rentals, and finding the best places to stay can feel overwhelming. To help you out, Forbes Travel Guide editors have sifted out the top five places to stay in Venice.
1. Hotel Danieli. One of the most famous hotels in Venice, Hotel Danieli is located in a 14th-century palazzo right in the heart of Venice. And it's simply luxurious. Expect opulent suites, a rooftop restaurant and romantic views of the lagoon.
2. Hotel Gritti Palace. You can't get much more decadent than staying in the former residence of a Venetian Doge. The Hotel Gritti is in a 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal. Its 91 rooms are styled luxuriously, with Murano glass fixtures and antique furnishings. We suggest asking for one with a view of the canal.
3. Hotel Cipriani. Located on the island of Giudecca, just across the lagoon from Venice, this is one of Venice's finest luxury hotels. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, it boasts three bars, three restaurants and a pool, along with 79 sumptuous rooms. Plus, the service is impeccable.
4. Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo. The location of this small boutique hotel couldn't be more ideal — it's on the Grand Canal, just a 15-minute walk from St. Mark's Square, in the lovely neighborhood of Santa Croce. On top of the excellent location, the hotel's 10 rooms are decorated in an elegant 18th-century style and the staff is friendly and helpful.
5. Palazzina Grassi Hotel & Residence. Located right on the Grand Canal, this hotel inside a 15th-century palazzo features guest rooms with white-leather furniture, contemporary accessories and flat-screen TVs. It’s also tucked away and discreet — there’s no sign, so be sure to have the address on hand when you first arrive.
There is a fantastic one with very few rooms: Venissa in the lost orchard of a small church on the island of Mazzorbo. And in Venice itself, you can go to Palazzina Grassi, the only hotel I designed in Italy.