Bauer Hotel

San Marco 1459, Campo San Moise, Venice, Italy, 30124

Price from: £100

Hotel Bauer - Il Palazzo

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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#20 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
3.5
3.5
Public areas:
4
4.0
Leisure facilities:
4
4.0
Service:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Art, Great views / scenery, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Bauer Hotel

Four hotels, one brand, but the same classic Venetian luxury throughout.

The privately-owned Bauer is a complex of hotels, each with its own flavour but all offering Venetian-style opulence. Three of the Bauer properties are a stone’s throw away from Piazza San Marco. Across on the Giudecca island are the Il Palladio Spa and – due to open early in 2011 – Villa F, an elegant complex of 11 apartments.

Location: 

Two minutes’ walk from Piazza San Marco and with shared restaurant and bar options in a gorgeous Grand Canal-side position, the Bauer hotel complex could hardly be more central.

Bedrooms: 

Plush Il Palazzo – my personal favourite – is in a Gothic palace right on the Grand Canal; its 44 rooms and 38 suites exude old-style luxury. Next door is L’Hotel (91 rooms, 18 suites), in an ugly 1940s building. It’s nothing to look at from outside but the marble-clad hall and rooms with art deco touches more than make up for this. The ten rooms and nine apartments of the Casanova annexe are a cosily luxurious alternative to the hotel. All apartments have kitchenettes; the penthouse apartment has a private roof terrace with a jaw-dropping view.

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Public areas: 

Public spaces, including the canal-side bar and restaurant terrace, the rooftop Red Bar Canale and the groundfloor B Bar are shared by all. I’ve heard that live music and clubbing in the B Bar can make some nearby rooms noisy.

Eating and drinking: 

Chef Giovanni Ciresa brings an Asian touch to his Italian dishes at the De Pisis restaurant on the Grand Canal terrace of Il Palazzo. This is high-class cooking with a high price tag, and though you can probably eat better for the same amount elsewhere in the city, just think of the cost as a premium for the exquisite location. You can grab one of Ciresa’s great bar snacks with a drink and the same view, at the terrace of the Bar Canale.

Leisure facilities: 

Il Palazzo has a fitness centre on its seventh and eighth floors, with all the usual Technogym equipment, plus a sauna, personal trainers on hand and an outdoor Jacuzzi (extra charge). Or you can opt for the group’s own Palladio spa-hotel, on the island of the Giudecca. Personally, I’m no fan of the rather more spartan Palladio (www.palladiohotelspa.com), but body-conscious massage lovers seem to approve.

Service: 

Professional.                                             

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Who stays there: 

The whole Bauer complex is perfect for a romantic get-away, but the apartments in the Casanova annexe are great for families too. Then of course, this close to the major sights, the Bauer hotels also attracts serious culture-seekers.

Price advice: 

The Bauer group’s special offers mean that if you choose your moment well, you can get great bargains. 

Pros: 
At the very heart of the city
Cons: 
The milling crowds of gondoliers haggling with tour groups right outside the Bauer entrance might make some travellers wish for a less central location

More information on Bauer Hotel:

Price from:
£100
Type:
Hotel
Address:
San Marco 1459, Campo San Moise, Venice, Italy, 30124
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
San Marco

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