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Bauer Il Palazzo 5.0

San Marco, Venice, Italy

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Pros

  • Set in a luxurious 18th-century house in the heart of Venice's historic center
  • Panoramic canal views from the rooftop terrace
  • Many guest rooms offer Grand Canal views
  • Buffet breakfast included in the room rate
  • Fine-dining restaurant and cozy bar
  • Live music in the bar at night
  • Free use of the hotel’s fully equipped fitness center
  • Use of an extensive spa at the nearby sister hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No tea- and coffee-making facilities in the rooms
  • No on-site spa

Bottom Line

The Bauer Il Palazzo is a luxury chain hotel located within a five-minute walk of the bustling St. Mark’s Square. There are 38 rooms and 34 suites, which are individually decorated and spread over eight floors of this 18th-century Venetian house. Room decor varies -- some rooms are traditionally Venetian, while others are more modern. Many have spectacular views of the Grand Canal. There’s a formal restaurant here, as well as a fitness center. Guests might also want to checkout its neighboring sister hotel, Palladio, which has lower rates but not the panoramic views.

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Scene

Grand, opulent, Venetian house

Built in the 18th century, this stunning house has Gothic-style arched windows and decorative stonework. The hotel has been carefully renovated over the years, and the interior now houses a mix of ancient and modern art. The lobby area is bright and grand, with a marble tiled floor, pale green and white walls, an intricately painted ceiling, and a large chandelier made from local Murano glass. There’s an opulent feel throughout the hotel’s public areas, and the restaurant is no exception, with a formal black, gold, and green color scheme and large pieces of artwork on the walls. The hotel's bar is a trendy hotspot and has hosted many famous faces over the years. 

Location

On the Grand Canal, a short walk to St. Mark’s Square

The hotel is located in the heart of Venice’s historic center, within a short walk of the top restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions, and right on the Grand Canal. It’s less than a five-minute walk to Correr Civic Museum, St. Mark's Square and the Basilica, Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs. The Rialto Bridge and the ancient Santa Maria Formosa Church are within a 10-minute walk. The San Marco Vallaresso ferry stop is just a few steps away from the hotel. 

Rooms

Lavish and luxurious -- some modern, some traditional

Some of the guest rooms have been decorated in a modern style with light, neutral colors, while others are typically Venetian with deep colors and ornate furniture. They all look luxurious, though, with silk fabrics and Murano glass chandeliers. All rooms have walk-in closets, air-conditioning, safes, desks, minibars, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, free newspapers, Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service. Deluxe Rooms have street or interior views, while higher-priced rooms offer canal views. The Italian marble bathrooms have high-end toiletries, and some have a separate baths and showers. Extra spacious suites are available, too, which offer panoramic views of the city, two bathrooms, and whirlpool baths

Features

Rooftop terrace and use of an extensive spa

The rooftop terrace is the jewel in the hotel’s crown. Located on the seventh floor and named Settimo Cielo -- meaning "Seventh Heaven" -- it offers one of the best views in all of Venice. Reserved exclusively for the hotel’s guests, it is where the breakfast buffet is served and has a panoramic view of the whole city and the lagoon. Breakfast is included in the room rate and offers a good selection of fruit, cereals, cold meats, cheese, pastries, and some hot food. For lunch and dinner, the elaborately furnished fine-dining restaurant De Pisis serves Mediterranean food with an Asian twist. There’s also a cozy bar, which has live music each evening. The fitness center is a large and has a range of equipment. For spa treatments, guests can use the extensive facilities at the property’s sister hotel, Bauer Palladio, which has eight treatment rooms over two floors, and a spacious lounge with huge windows overlooking St Mark’s Square. Treatments include a range of massages and reflexology, and there’s also a Turkish bath and hot tub. 

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Address

San Marco 1459, Venice, Province of Venice 30124, Italy

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