Hotel Ai Reali, Venice, Italy
A romantic retreat at the heart of the city, this
beautifully ornate aristocratic palazzo overlooks a narrow interior canal.
setting facing Campo della Fava (where Casanova used to meet his young lovers),
and two minutes from the Rialto Bridge, is pretty magical and great for
theatre-goers, with Teatro Goldini and Teatro alla Fenice both within walking
distance. Highlights include Alle Corone’s home-made Italian cuisine, private
dining in the wine cellar, and – a rarity for hotels in Venice – the spa.