Ok, so you can enter this Venetian boutique hotel in a gondola, sailing in under the portcullis into the kind of mysterious tunnel you might expect to find Cardinal Richelieu doing something crafty in; but luckily for you, this is not revolutionary France, this is modern day Venice and you are about to enter a great hotel. Inside, architect Mauro Mazzolini has created a minimalist space with dark wood accents and newfangled ‘mood lighting’ whilst remaining true to the original features of this historic building. The hotel is close to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a few yards away from the Cini Palace, the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Chiesa della Salute - the centre of Venetian art. The hotel also has an apartment and two suites situated nearby. The furniture has been hand picked and hand made by top Italian artisans and much of what you find in the hotel’s interior has come straight from Milan’s most exclusive boutiques.