Hotel Danieli. This is an exceptional hotel located just a few yards from St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace. The hotel is part of the Starwood "Luxury Collection" and it lives up to that billing.
The hotel was recently featured prominently in the movie "The Tourist" starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
Even if you are not lucky enough to be a guest in the hotel, stop in the lobby for a drink or dine in the restaurant just to soak up the ambiance.
Viator’s “Skip the Line Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica” is a good way to get an overview of Venice and its canals, streets, history, and neighborhoods. The tour also includes a skip-the-line entrance into St. Mark’s, which is highly recommended during heavy tourist times. This is a good start to any Venice visit since it will give you some orientation to the city and an idea of the places you may want to explore later in detail at a more leisurely pace. The guided tour of St. Mark’s also provides a convenient overview of the church, but you may want to arrange time to linger a little longer after the tour has concluded.