JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Tucked away on peaceful Isola delle Rose—but just a 20-minute boat ride from bustling St. Mark’s Square—the JW Marriott offers a respite from Venice’s tourist swell. The island was artificially created in 1870, and the hotel is housed in a former hospital that was built in the early 1900s. The hotel is a wonderful place to stay—particularly for families, who often feel cramped in the city’s otherwise small rooms. The property’s grounds, all windswept willow trees and expansive green lawns, are pretty and quiet. The clean-lined, spacious, and light-filled rooms are tasteful and not overwrought. A rooftop terrace with a sexy pool overlooking the city offers a view like a Turner painting, and the bar serves a great negroni, updated just enough not to feel too fussy.