What:

A grand Venetian palace hotel that is distinctive for its 1940s façade and Art Deco details. Forget old world stuffiness – this is one of the only hotels in Venice with an urban edge, where rich fabrics by Rubelli and Bevilacqua are mixed with contemporary pieces by local artists. For a more boutique experience, the Bauer Hotel has a sister property next door, Bauer Il Palazzo, which is stuffed with 18th-century antiques and where rooms overlook the canal or the rooftops of the city.

Where:

Just off Piazza San Marco, next to the Grand Canal and next door to the magnificent baroque church of San Moisé and the pretty canal of Rio San Moisé.

Who:

The Bauer Hotel and its three sister properties in Venice are overseen by Francesca Portolotto Possati, the chic Italian interior designer who inherited the Bauer in 1997 and has gone on to open some of the city’s most chic addresses.

Why:

Aside from the gorgeous views, impeccable service and distinct Art Deco flavour, the Bauer Hotel features a gem box of a bar, the exquisite De Pisis restaurant and a just-opened outpost of artisan publisher Assouline.