As one of the city's most important landmarks, the Hotel Danieli—and the 204 stately guest rooms inside—is a showcase of Venetian excellence. Set on Riva degli Schiavoni, the grand building, a converted 14th-century Doge's palace, dominates the lagoon. It sits just a short stroll away from the Bridge of Sighs and the monuments of Piazza San Marco. At the rooftop restaurant, Terrazza Danieli, you'll find simple but thoughtful Venetian dishes—think a wild sea bass fillet in a light sauce of sea urchin, or a veal cutlet with caramelized milk bread. Relax after a day out on the terrace, which has unobstructed views of San Giorgio Maggiore island.