Housed in a trio of historic buildings spanning the 14th to the 20th centuries, the Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, overlooks Venice’s lively Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront promenade in San Marco—a prime people-watching spot. The noble family who lived in the original Byzantine-style palazzo had four doges in their line. Its second act as a hotel began in 1822, and it has continued to host notable guests, from Charles Dickens to Charlie Chaplin. The gilded lobby, with its Murano glass chandeliers, pink marble columns, and stained-glass windows, sets the opulent tone throughout.
Rooms are styled with Italian antiques, original artwork, and Murano glass mirrors or chandeliers, and many have gorgeous lagoon views. Mingle with guests over martinis at the award-winning bar, or watch the sunset from the terrazza.
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San Marco is the cultural and social heart of Venice’s six districts (sestieri). Begin with a stroll to one of Venice’s most photographed sights, the Bridge of Sighs, just a few steps from the hotel. Brush up on the history connected with Venice and the hotel’s first occupants at the Doges Palace before meandering over to St. Mark’s Square, a wide12th-century piazza that’s one of Italy’s most iconic gathering spots.
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Rooms: 210 rooms, 30 suites. From $418. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Restaurant Terrazza Danieli serves Mediterranean (mozzarella and tomato salad) and Venetian fare (risotto with clams, sea scallops, and sea slugs) in the formal indoor dining room, and guests can bask in the spectacular city views from the terrace from April to October. Award-winning Bar Dandolo covers everything from a proper English afternoon tea service to classic cocktails in the evening. Spa and gym details: There is no spa, but in-room treatments can be arranged. The fitness room is small, but it has free weights and several cardio machines by Technogym.
Who's it for: Luxury travelers who want to be right in the thick of the action. Our favorite rooms: In shades of rich ruby red with gold accents, the Luxury Lagoon Rooms with Balcony have French doors that open to a charming outdoor balcony for taking in the watery views and surrounding city. Renovated in 2012 by French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the Signature Suites with antique furniture, Murano mirrors, and museum-worthy paintings feel extra luxurious. Culinary highlight: On weekends, book a table in the Danieli Wine Suite, a romantic perch on the top floor of the hotel serving a specialty tasting menu with wine pairings.