Palazzina G (formerly Palazzina Grassi), is a 25-room luxury hotel known for being the first hotel in Italy to be designed by the renowned French designer Philippe Starck. It’s a small and quiet property in a great location -- all the main tourist spots in Venice are within walking distance, as are a good variety of shops and restaurants. There’s a fashionable bar and restaurant on-site, and the decor throughout is eclectic and hip. Rooms are chic and elegant, but for five-pearl prices, they are small, with no tea- and coffee-making facilities, and many have no view (though some have big balconies and some suites have Grand Canal views). Room rates are comparable with the Boscolo Venezia Autograph Collection, which is further out of the historic center of Venice, but offers a grander, more traditional style with the bonus of a spa.