Though the atmosphere harkens back to Venice's connection with the exotic East, the surroundings and amenities are everything you'd expect from a 21st-century establishment, and the staff is highly accommodating. Some rooms and suites overlook the expansive canal along the Fondamenta della Sensa, one of the bright, broad byways typical of the upper Cannaregio district. In good weather, you can also take breakfast or a Venetian spritz cocktail at a sunny table along the
canal. Ask about the type and location of room you're reserving when booking; rooms overlooking the canal are especially pleasant.