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Yes it’s expensive, but this is one of the best, most exclusive hotels in Venice, steps from the Rialto Bridge, with a private wharf on the Grand Canal—forget those giant five-stars, to indulge your James Bond fantasy, look no further. Part of the attraction is size—there are only seven rooms—but the attention to lavish detail is astounding, with opulent rooms and bright, rococo wallpaper, rare tapestries, elegant beds and Louis XV-style furnishings making this seem like Versailles on the water. The building was originally a 16th-century palazzo; don’t miss the charming balcony where breakfast is served, and where fabulous Bellinis are offered in the evenings.