The Bauer is somewhat unique in Venice for having a modern front. Reportedly renovated in the late 1990s, I love the modern light fittings, and the water pressure. But the shower unit in 240 needs to be replaced: i) water tends to stand in the shower base and ii) it just looked unappealing with the buildup of calcification on the showerhead and its grey colouring. We decided not to use it and opted for the hand-held shower that came with the jacuzzi bath-tub.
The room size of 240 was tremendous, and the view from its various balconies was wonderful. We landed up having room service during two nights of our stay which was excellent, as was the buffet breakfast each morning. Our breakfast was included with the room otherwise it would have been €50 per person, which is pretty steep even if champagne is on offer. What I did not like was the restriction of Room Service or any kind of dining being available only from 7 pm on.
Housekeeping in the evenings would enter even when there were people in the room which is just plain odd.
There is no place quite like Venice and the city appears to know this, so that it has absolutely no qualms about how it treats tourists. It starts with the water taxis' and extends to its eateries. I did not like Venice in 2008 when I visited because I felt it was a city that robbed its greatest source of income – the tourists – blind; and my opinion is little changed. The Bauer is a good hotel but if you took it out of Venice and stuck it in a city like Vancouver (or even Rome) it would be a borderline 4-star hotel (meaning closer to 3.)
What is decent is that while everyone is charging for internet service, the hotel has the set rate of €20 for your entire stay -- cheap if you're staying for more than 2 nights. Sadly, my Mac did not like its wireless service, and therefore only my iPhone got to use its network, which is not high speed.
The "city" and hotel were offering free taxis to Murano, but actually you are limited to one factory. Murano in fact supports many glass-making factories, and you do yourself a disservice if you don't shop around.
Beware of eateries near major tourist traffic areas that have staff soliciting you to eat at their restaurant as they do not let you order what you want but expect you to order at least one entree per person. Worse, the food is very poor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The five-star luxury BAUER PALAZZO is located in the heart of Venice, where Luxury rooms able to redefine and elevate the conception of the journey as a pleasure. A unique experience of its kind, where you can experiment true Venetian lifestyle. The view on the most enchanting foreshortenings of the city by a privileged location, combined with authentic Italian marbles, precious fabrics and inlaid furniture, give the true expression of Venice. 56 suites and 135 rooms: BAUER PALAZZO will meet the desires of every guest, by guaranteeing them the best comfort as possible and their privacy. ... more less
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