Novecento Boutique Hotel
The Hotel: Like the home of an exotic world traveler, this tiny jewel-box of an inn is filled with unusual art, gorgeous textiles, and unique furnishings from far-flung locales like Asia and North Africa. The nine guest rooms are uniquely kitted out with bedsteads of elaborately carved wood or iron scrollwork; embroidered wall hangings, rugs, and throw pillows; and tiled bathrooms with old-fashioned basins (and, occasionally, old-fashioned water pressure). The common areas include a second-floor sitting room where you can play chess in front of the fireplace, a breakfast area where pastries and fresh-made cappuccino are served in the mornings; and a tiny, lovely garden courtyard.
The Locale: On a quiet little street in the San Marco District, the inn is removed enough from the city’s well-worn tourist paths to feel peaceful—but still just a 10-minute walk from the Piazza di San Marco or the Ponte dell’Accademia, which spans the Grand Canal toward two of Venice’s greatest art museums, the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.