Somewhere around 100 per cent of the hotels in Venice claim to be both classic and contemporary, but none manage this quite as well as Corte Di Gabriela in the San Marco district. The breakfast is utterly exquisite, often cooked by the manager of the hotel himself. It’s this sort of hands-on service that truly encapsulates the feel of Corte Di Gabriela. They claim that no two rooms are alike, and they aren’t wrong. One even has a circular bed! Venetian furnishings and frescoes provide a true 19th-century atmosphere, all be it a 19th century with a free-to-use iPad provided in each room.