Built in 1565 in the fortified walls that encircle the Vieille Ville, this romantic, riverside inn is made up of a series of Renaissance houses lavished with glossy rafters, rich brocades, four-poster beds, Jacuzzis, and other extravagant details; a vivid color scheme—scarlet, sapphire, candy pink—further enhances the Vermeer-like atmosphere (for the full experience, request the Wagner or Bach rooms). All in all, this is not a high-tech luxury hotel: it's an endearing,
quirky, old place hanging over a Petite Venise canal. The hotel's gastronomic restaurant, À l'Échevin, offers such dishes as roast bass with Bouchot mussels. Dine in salons or on the terrace perched above the river.