In this contemporary pied-à-terre on the Grand Canal in San Marco, get a taste of living like a local. Well, a local with a waterfront address and the means to hire Philippe Starck as interior designer. The historic three-story house is a classic 16th-century palazzo with arched windows and Juliette balconettes, but the interior design is entirely modern. Original elements such as restored marble columns and those timeless views remain, but with a 21st-century twist. The rooms are a balance of crisp whites and metal accents. The beds, dressed in white linens, have oversized mirrors as headboards, and the custom nightstand lamps have a simple black mask design, a nod to the famous Carnevale.
Pop down to the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail at the tastefully styled PG restaurant, an open-kitchen format where the chef encourages interaction from diners.
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San Marco is the cultural and social heart of Venice’s six districts (sestieri), and St. Mark’s Square, a wide, 12th-century piazza, is one of Italy’s most iconic gathering spots. Pose with flocks of pigeons, tour the fresco-faced and mosaic-filled Basilica of St. Mark, and get a bird’s-eye view (pigeon’s, even) of the lagoon and ancient city below from St. Mark’s Bell Tower (campanile).
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Rooms: 16 rooms, 6 suites. From $318. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: PG’s restaurant is a cozy space that Starck styled as a modern take on a traditional ciccetteria. The open kitchen invites guests to watch as the seasonal, local Venetian dishes come together. Set on the second floor, the charming Krug terrace restaurant is a romantic spot from May to October. PG’s bar is a long, inviting, copper-topped counter inside the restaurant. Spa and gym details: There is no spa or gym.
Who's it for: Film festival fans, gallery hoppers, and lovers of modern design. Our favorite rooms: All rooms have signature Philippe Starck touches, but the elegant all-white suites (request one with a balcony) feel more like an apartment than a hotel room. A sip of bubbly: Stop in for a glass of Grand Cuvée at the Krug Champagne lounge tucked away in the palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal and open exclusively to guests.