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We have been to Venice many times in the past but it is always a delight to return. This time we stayed at the Bauer Hotel just off San Marco square. The entrance is impressive and a buffet breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal in warm sunny weather is very pleasant. However the rooms were dark as we had no view and drinks and food …
... to fruit and veg....to the rubbish...goes by boat...Of course our favourite were the Gondolas...honeymoon couples...tour groups....middle aged....old couples.......but the main customers were Asian tourists...honestly they are such regular customers they must keep the Gondola business afloat (sorry) ....but the Gondolas come so close to our windows that I could reach out nod touch them or give them a beer.....some nights the Gondoleers try to ...
... actually had Hannah's birthday lunch at the place where, in the movie The Tourist, Johnny depp and Angelina Jolie's hotel was! My first impression of Italians is that they are cheeky! They always say stuff to make you laugh uncomfortably, an example being me ordering a croissant and the lady saying "no" for like a minute before she laughed her head off and then sold it to me. Or our waiter at a restaurant in the middle of Venice ...
... walking tour of the city, we tried to find washrooms which we were warned are expensive to use. On average it costs about 1 euro 50 when usually its a euro at the most. The reason is that everything has to be taken out and therefore it is more expensive than other regions. Our walking tour was great and our tour director was very knowledgable but because of how hot it was, it was hard to enjoy the full tour. The tour lasted probably about 1 hour and she showed us palaces and explained ...
Today we say "arrivederci" to Venezia and "buongiorno" to Roma! We're making our way to Rome on one of TrenItalia's high speed trains - this route is covered by the Frecciargento service, and the trains are capable of speeds up to 300km/h. This journey will take us through Padova, Bologna and Firenze before arriving in Roma a little after midday where we have been told we will find the heat and the crowds stifling! The countryside that we are passing through has been beautiful - sort of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa Venice
Loved the Palladio Hotel & Spa
The Bauer Hotel's new boutique hotel is lovely, serene, & well-appointed. From your warm reception at check-in, to the lovely breakfast waitstaff, one feels quickly at home. The design by one of the Renaissance's top architects, Andrea Palladio, with views of the lagoon, is understated yet warm. The breakfast, which is included in the price, is delicious. Fresh eggs, cereals, smoked salmon, delicious fruits, homemade baked goods, & fresh tomatoes & mozarella awaits you in a sunny room, which, also, has an outside terrace.
Mariecianti ( forgive me for misspelling your name) is very helpful at the front desk. You can take their private water taxi to The Bauer Hotel across the lagoon or the vaporettos, which constantly ply the lagoon. The peaceful setting of the hotel is welcomed, after a full day of sightseeing.
Stay was Disappointing for a 5 Star hotel
We traveled all day to get to Venice. The hotel couldn't send the free shuttle for us to get to the hotel. We had to take public transportation witih luggage and all. Boat was very crowded.
Check into the hotel. There were no heat in the Junior Suite we had. Kept calling the front desk, porter came up said nothing he can do. Called the front desk for the third time, the front desk employee came up and finally fixed it. It took all night for the room to get heated.
We were starving. We called the front desk to find out about the hotel restaurant. He said they closes at 10:30pm. Went down to the hotel restaurant and they said its closed. Went back to the front desk and they front desk employee walked us over. He was told that the restaurant closes at 10:pm. Obviously he wasn't aware of the hours of operation. Walked back with him to the front desk. We ended up having to spend $150 EUROS for dinner that night. I thought we were staying at a 5 star hotel an at least there room service would have FOOD not only snacks but real food which they didn't.
In the morning of our first day at the hotel, the hot water in the shower wasn't working. Had to end up using luke warm water to take a shower with. The bathroom door lock wouldn't open, it got stuck a couple of times.
The absolutely worst thing was we had two laptops that we couldn't use because the hotel wifi was not working or should I say it was working but we didn't get access in our room. So we had to go downstairs near the lobby and still couldn't get access to the wifi in the hotel. We had an emergency in the US that we needed to use our laptop to access the internet and couldn't do it . This was very frustrating . We kept complaing to the front desk and no one did anything about it. We left the hotel and the WIFI wasn't working.
Overall the services, and the hotel was very disappointing to us. We've stayed in a lot of hotels around the world. This experience was very disappointing. IT was our Anniversary and it was just very frustrating and depressed that we spend $925. for two nights and didn't have a good experience.
Although we had a basic double room reserved, we were given a suite at check in. It was absolutly fabulous!!!!! The hotel is very stylish, elegant and historical. The fact that it is across the canal from all the action was actually a strong positive because it was very quiet and we had an outstanding view of Venice. All you really do is take their complmentary boat over to one of their other properties on the main island. The room/suite was a very nice size, bathroom was great and amenities awesome. The staff were very respectful, polite, helpful and patient.
The hotel seemed to have just opened so they are still working on some things but we were extremely satisfied andwould recommend this property highly
Excellent Quality and Reasonably Priced for Venice
Having travelled from Milan & Verona and had good experiences with hotels we were expecting a comedown but it wasn't to be. For our first trip to Venice we really didn't know what to expect.
The Bauer Palladio is set on Giudeca island next door to the better known Cipriana Hotel. It was easy to get to if you us the Vaporetto which took about 20 minutes from the Train Station & is closest to the Zittelle stop which is 20 yards along and connected by 2 lines. We'd chosen the Bauer Palladio to get a quality place in a fantastic locaiton to round off our trip.
The staff we very friendly and professional. The hotel advertises itself as 5 star and whilst it's very nice it's not quite there yet but no doubt will get there in years to come. I think the 2006 season was it's first and a few things were not quite ready. The hotel is a newly converted convent and the interior hads been done to the highest standard. The rooms and common areas are very spacious and very well appointed and have quite an opulent feel if not slightly quirky given it's previous use. The bathroom was the best I think I've ever stayed in, you could spend half a day in there.
The spa bit of the hotel wasn't yet open although it promises to be open for 2007. The hotel has a sitster hotel in the Bauer on the Grand Canal which i expect id more expensive and booked up more readily. You can use all of those facilities and the hotels operate a shuttle boat between each other. One criticism of ours was that if the shuttle is to be of real benefit it really needs to operate 24 hours or at least only close from say 2:00am to 8:00am otherwise you might as well just get the Vaporetto which is a far easier was of getting around and doesn't limit you in terms of time and destination.
The hotel didn't really have a bar as such which is a disappointment and something they should sort out. Not that you want to spend hours in your room when you're in Venice but when you are there in a supposedly 5 star room you might expect more than just the most basic of satellite TV channels.
Breakfast was excellent with top quality food, good service and great variety. When the weather's right they have a garden terrace where you can eat but it looks over the back rather than over the water but nevertheless it was very pleasant.
In summary, a lovely place with a few bits to sort for future seasons but give it a go.
What a lovely hotel
We stayed here recently and found it to be a lovely hotel on Guidecca Island facing directly across to St Marks Square. It was good to see that the hotel had maintained the feel of the convent in the restoration of the building. The communal areas such as reception, corridors and stairs were all authentic with broken/chipped marble on the floors, rickety concrete stairs etc. I'm glad it was left like this rather than modernised and carpeted as it added to the charm. You felt you were stepping back in time and the only thing that made you realise otherwise were the heavy bright orange firedoors. Still, they're there for a reason.
The rooms themselves were nothing less than magnificent. I think we might have been given more than the standard double room. We had a huge bedroom area with domed ceiling and a seperate dressing area before the bathroom. That was enormous! Double sinks, huge, deep bath and a shower big enough to fit the family! The towels and robes were lovely too. As a previous reviewer stated, the lighting in the bathroom could have been a bit better with maybe a dimmer switch so you could make it a bit more intimate rather than bright when soaking in the bath. The breakfast room was pleasant and had sufficient choice to set you up for the day. They would even cook eggs on request. The restaurant was closed during our stay although they did snacks. The Cipriani is next door so you can eat there if you've loads of money or catch the hotel shuttle across to ST Marks. Guidecca doesn't have an abundance of places to eat but we did stumble across a Trattoria which was an experience in itself! Turn left out of the hotel and then first left down an alley. Full of Italians, a menu handwritten on an A4 sheet of paper and a waitress and chef who doubled up with each other and didn't speak English. Try it, it was cheap and the food was good. I loved this hotel for it's location and the plush rooms. It certainly made a romantic setting for a special occasion.
Really chilled in Venice at the new Hotel Bauer Palladio & Spa
My husband and I booked a last minute deal to this new addition to the Bauer Hotel Group in Venice, which we understand will offer a spa facility from 2007. Important to note that this hotel is actually on Giudecca Island (and is not to be confused with the Main Bauer Hotel/ Bauer Palazzo fronting the Grand Canal), with a fabulous view of the City from the quayside, and about 10 minutes max to Piazza San Marco via waterbus to San Zaccaria and a short walk (82 - operates very regularly throughout the day) or via the Hotek courtesy boat (11am to 2pm and 5pm to midnight).We had a lovely time - the hotel is very quiet, fabulous rooms, lovely breakfast room and dining room overlooking nice gardens. Downside is there isn't really a nice indoor bar where you could have a quiet drink in the winter months (well you could in the breakfast/dining room, but it's not quite the same!), though there are lots of public areas with huge sofas - but without tables to put a drink on - and therefore not very conducive to a social get together). However we fell in love with it and Venice itself offers a multitude of options in terms of nice bars etc! However the staff were incredibly welcoming - we felt really relaxed and feel the atmosphere was very calming after the crowds of Venice.
We were staggered by the prices being charged by some pretty average restaurants serving pretty average food in Venice. It really pays to do your homework on where to eat (and some of the restaurants are really profitiing from their listings in the Top Guide books!) and avoid the main tourist areas - search out the restaurants where the Italians can be seen eating!
Surreydinks - UK, October 2006
Lovely (esp at the price!)
Well i generally agree with the previous reviewers comments. I also booked late having been disappointed by the DD724 reservation system shambles and did get an extremely reasonable rate of £125 per night. I had previously been lucky enough to stay at the Bauer and so had some expectation of the standard to expect.
The building itself is very beautiful and as the previous reviewer states, has a serene quality. Reception and the main communal areas are 'reserved' if not spartan. The staff were without exception delightful - nothing was too much trouble. The communal areas did have some very unnatractive sofas (which seemed to jar with the surroundings). Also the corridors are spoilt by the unsighlty orange lift doors.
The breakfast area was pleasant enough (and the courtyard was spacious - the garden is merely a large piece of grass (and does have views of some unsighly factories behind) though i presume that this area could be landscaped in some way with ease.
We stayed in the cheapest room - which was absolutely charming. Vert clean and the bathroom was lovely. We had a side view of the canal. We did ask to see the superior lagoon view suite - which was very disappointing - it did have a downstairs sitting room (which merely had a very unnatractive sofa and chair in it) and an upstairs bedroom with a view of the lagoon but I would not recommend that anyone spends the extra on it - I can't imagine anyone spending any time in the small bland sitting room). There was a very small terrace to the side but again, couldn't imagine anyone spending any time in it. On reflection I beleive the standrd room was much smarter.
The shuttle boat is very useful (operates from 1100 - 1200 and then 1700 - 2400 each day between the Bauer Palazzo and the Palladio.
The best thing about the hotel is that it is out of the way of the hustle and bustle of San Marco - the view is fantastic (though funnily enough you could get the same view from the Youth Hostel a few doors along). However it is very easy to get to - you would only have to wait ax 10 mins for the shuttle and the 82 vaparetto stop is practically adjacent.
It does not feel like the 'Bauer' - more like its country cousin - which may be why I liked it so much - much less formal and stuffy than the original. Breakfast though lovely certainly was not as lavish as that at the Bauer. And the bar doubles as the breakfast area too (and closes at 2300). I expect that the hotel hopes that you spend nore time at the Palazzo eating and drinking.
Hotels in Venice can be expensive but this was a real steal at the price (though beware the room rate on the back of the wardrobe was 770 euros) - you wold really have to be nuts to pay the full price.
i would definitely recommend this hotel if you can get it for a reasonable rate.
Difficult to better
Venice is simply our favourite place on God's earth. There is no other place like it, and we try to visit it at least once a year- which is now not so easy as we have emigrated to Australia from the UK!
But we managed this year and, my goodness, I am so glad that we managed to find the Bauer Palladio; having experienced my fair share of dodgy and expensive hotels over the years.
This year I left it to the last minute to book- normally not much of a problem, but this time for some reason, it proved very difficult, so I plumped for what I could find at the 11th hour- a new and unknown hotel, but offered at a discount price on account of its recent opening.
What a treat is was to stay in such a beautiful place. The hotel is an ex-convent, designed by the renowed architect of the Veneto, Andrea Palladio and the hotel incorporates the convent's church into its building, as well as a tranquil courtyard and very beautiful large garden- a real rarity in Venice- which is where we had the delicious breakfast each day- no meagre 'continental' solo croissant and tepid coffee here!
However the atmosphere in the place retains a wonderful serenity- much needed in Venice, as even in what would be considered in any other place as low season, the city is invariably heaving. The hotel is reached by a 5-minute vaporetto journey from San Zaccariah( St Mark's) stop, as well as a free shuttle baot from the terrace of the sister hotel, the Bauer Palazzo. Very convenient indeed.
We took my parents with us this time and the two rooms were extremely comfortable and very plush; with exposed wood beams and gorgeous tapestries. The bathroom was all brown marble with a fab deep bath, as well as shower attachment, with some very nice fancy toiletries. Also, the complimentary bathrobes seemed to fit us for a change (the urge to 'absent-mindedly' pop them in your luggage is hard to resist). My only gripe abot the whole place was that the bathroom basin and mirror are badly lit.
From the magnificent view- which I'm sure the more expensive rooms provide- of the basin of St Mark's & the Salute church seen from the entrance to the lush beds & outstanding reception & concierge (we never felt unwelcomed, or inferior (as in other snooty 5-stars in Venice), this simply has to be THE place to stay in Venice from now on. My only disappointment is that the word will soon get out- especially when the Spa opens- and then I'll never be able to stay there again. But we loved it- and envy you who'll stay there.