I Qs
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Modern Italian Gothic
This intimate Venetian boutique hotel offers plush and private living in the heart of the island city. Little sister to DD724, its individually designed rooms blend comfort with impeccably executed contemporary tastes. Sprinkled with modern art, photography, and sculpture, and flavored with architectural hints of its Gothic past, I Qs does "urban hideaway" with style-savvy panache. I Qs can arrange breathtaking helicopter trips over Venice and water taxis to take you around the city from its private pier. I Qs' suites have views of the Palazzo Querini Stampalia, whose 16th-century exterior gives way to a striking and celebrated modern interior by 1960s architect Carlo Scarpa. In the art gallery upstairs, you'll find vedutista cityscapes, paintings by Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi and other members of the Venetian school, as well as drawings by Titian and Tintoretto and a selection of 19th-century furniture. The cafe's not bad, either.
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