I walked into the Bauer Grunwald hotel some 25 years ago, just to see....we are just back from an invigorating 4 day stay at the now-titled Bauer Hotel and it has more than lived up to its reputation. It's for the understated, quiet spender. Spill out of your water taxi from the airport into the rather odd European lobby, marble, strange art, a hushed professionalism...and you know you are somewhere unique and special. A good feeling in today's travel world. We had a small suite that overlooked the side canal, which was blissfully quiet, with endless old-world touches that flourish in Venice, with their grip on craftsmen and care. Linens, towels, heavy hangars, fruit candies, duvets, more of anything is not a problem. There seems like a small army of concierges up front to help with any need, small handy maps are proffered for any outing or query. Nothing is too much trouble.
One of the glories of the Bauer is the rather unsung Grand Canal fronting with the endless delights of the restaurant area and a separate patio/umbrella area --all overlooking the most heavenly Venetian real estate. I am not a breakfast buffet girl, but here the breakfast array is exceptional....every morning can be different and a treat. Go American (no thank you), go local with soft, creamy balls of mozzarella, tender proscuitto, toast, even a bite of radicchio?! Go fruit and Swiss yogurt, go toast and bangers...it's all here. Feel those linens on your breakfast table, starched, glorious. Endless pots of delicious coffee are brought to you. The service is smiling, circumspect and friendly. The housekeeping staff are sprites.....in and out all day --without ever being seen, they pick up, neaten, and perfect the room endless times per day. The location is central which can mean crowds outside yes, but the glory is with a 3 to 4 minute walk you are away from the crowds and in to the real exploring of Venice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The deluxe five-star "Bauer Hotel" offers its guests warm hospitality, impeccable service and a genteel atmosphere that have long made this grand hotel a Venice favourite of artists and royalty for generations. Located in the heart of Venice, the Hotel Bauer's main entrance is on Campo San Moise, just a five-minute walk from St Mark's Square and the most elegant shops in Venice. The hotel also benefits from a own water dock in Rio di San Moise, a small canal off Venice's Grand Canal,frequented by gondoliers throughout the summer. Encompassing the true atmosphere of Venice, "Bauer Hotel" offers 97 luxurious and spacious guest rooms and 22 suites, all retaining a nostalgic charm, with beautiful early 40-50th-century furnishings, perfectly blended with modern facilities and up-to-date technological innovation, accompanied by enticing views of Venice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bauer Hotel Venice