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... 8364;80 per boat for 30 minutes. Afterwards I went for another wander through the streets and Glenys went to the room for a break. We were going out with the group that night for our farewell dinner. The dinner was very pleasant except we were given far too much food. I ended up only sampling a couple of the courses, I could not eat it all. We walked back to the hotel, another barmy evening. Tomorrow our Tuscan D'lish tour ends and we all go to our next destination or back to ...
... every time a couple went by in a gondola. Sat in amazement as a boat appeared from the front entrance of one of the nearby homes complete with motorised winch. With some fine manoeuvring the boat finally made a safe entry into the canal. Check out the photos. Spent time wandering Venice by night. Managed to take the wrong turn on more than one occasion. It was Saturday night in Venice and air was filled with laughter, music and conversations. Welcome to beautiful ...
... walked. Hard to describe the churches San Giovanni was a small cruciform layout inside as I said just a small parish church. San Polo was larger with a long nave and a ship'-keel wooden ceiling. Lovely columns separating the nave from the aisles. It included a fabulous Oratorio (Stations of the Cross) by Giandomenico Tiepolo. There was also Giambattista Tiepolo's The Virgin Appearing to St. John Nepomuk. The Stations were particularly moving and portrayed Christ as human and ...
... big beef burger and the shop near our hotel had a hamburger on there menu so we agreed to eat something in there, after getting the chef to translate what was on the board Fiona went for the lasagna. Little did we know Fiona's meal was only a piece of the lasagna with no side vegetable or chips and mine was worse with just a meat patty and a slice of lemon, so i had to buy a bread roll to put the beef in, it was funny but very disappointing. ...
... depends on how much detail and history you like in your self tour. We followed the well-laid out path thru the courtyard, up the Golden Stairs, thru council chambers and Doge apartments, along the Bridge of Sighs (so named because it was the prisoners' last chance at fresh air and sites of the city), into the bowls of the prison to experience the Well cells, and back to the courtyard. It was a very interesting 90+ minutes and we saw ...
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Perfect Winter Long Weekend
My husband and I stayed here for a long weekend over Valentines's Day in 2005 and would definitely return in winter (the extremely convenient central location means that it would be far too crowded in summer).
Overall, Il Palazzo feels like a boutique hotel within a hotel, with its own private entrance both by street and water taxi (although it is easier to use the Bauer's water taxi dock as it is located on a small side canal and much calmer than the Grand Canal where the Il Palazzo's dock is located).
The staff were unfailingly warm, welcoming, professional and really went out of their way to ensure that we had a memorable stay.
If views/room location are important, book the central grand canal view rooms (in the same part of the building as the royal suite) as the others are set back from the grand canal and mainly overlook the terrace and building undergoing renovations next door. Our room was furnished in the typical old Venetian style with beautiful silk upholstery, gilt and marble, and had a lovely balcony directly overlooking the grand canal with a stunning view up and down the canal and of Santa Maria della Salute which felt almost close enough to touch. The balcony is a nice touch, even in winter, with ample room for breakfast or an afternoon coffee. The room at 450 Euros/night was excellent value for Venice, given its comfort factor in terms of location, level of service and general ambiance.
Another lovely touch is sunset cocktails in the rooftop jacuzzi (which must be booked to ensure privacy). The only disappointment is De Pisis, which sadly cannot be recommended as a fine dining experience - desserts were wonderful but the rest of the meal was very disjointed and felt more like experimental cuisine which was overly ambitious in its mix of flavours and textures. Go to Da Fiore for excellent fine dining (Venice's only Michelin starred experience), Alla Madonna for sublimely simple trattoria style local cuisine or Graspo de Uva for very good local food.
One note - roundtrip airport transfers by water taxi arranged by the hotel is 380 Euros (190 each way) which is double what you would pay if arranging directly with the taxi upon arrival. While bald facedly extortionate, it does ensure an extremely smooth transition as a host/hostess escorts you through the entire process and on our return even spoke extensively to BA to ensure that we obtained the desired seats on the flight back.
A feel good experience
If you are looking for the absolute top in the combination of style, romance, location and views this is it. We stayed here in January 2005 and had a room with a balcony and view of the Grand Canal. Our room (and bathroom) was spacious, especially if you compare this to the standard in Venice. Even in the better Venetian hotels rooms are cramped and bathrooms are more or less terrible. Our bathroom had the size of a standard Venetian hotelroom and had a jacuzzi, a seperate shower cabin, two sinks and brass taps. Very nice. The tones in the room were classy (beige, white and ´marble´). Beds were superb, compared to what you normally get in good Italian hotels. Staff was very well trained and very helpfull. Turndown service was great. No Italian arrogance here. Add to this the superb location (just off San Marco square, facing the Grand Canal). I have asked myself if I had ever had a better hotel experience and, although due to the fact it ís Venice, comparison is hard, I can´t remember leaving a hotel feeling this good. Of course it comes at a price, but I found it worth every single penny. One thing is rediculous though, even for a 5 star plus place. Breakfast starts at Euro 50 per person. I can advise everyone to take a double espresso with a bread roll in any small bar around the corner for 5 Euro´s. Much more authentic. Second hint: if you fly to Marco Polo airport, take a water taxi there, it will bring you to the lobby of the hotel. Very convenient and oh so romantic.
Skip this hotel, not worth the money
My husband and stayed at the Il Palazzo after New Year's and we were very disappointed. We both love Venice and wanted to try a new place. It is difficult to find really great places to stay in Venice because of the hoardes of tourists, but we read great things about this hotel on this website and in travel magazines. Il Palazzo is in a fabulous location, but that does no make up for its shortcomings. The so-called renovation done in 1999 has not stood up to the short period of time that has passed. The interiors are very tired and the "luxury" is absolutely not present. The staff is indifferent to your presence and are absolutely not focused on service, as the Bauer group claims is their #1 priority. We ate dinner in De Pisis retaurant because we had also read that it was the top rated restaurant in Venice at the moment. This was a joke. The staff made a big deal about the dress code, which my husband and I acknowledged. We ate a disturbingly expensive meal, seated next to other tourists in tracksuits and children asking for spaghetti pomodoro (which was not on the menu). We do not have a problem with expensive meals or tourists in tracksuits with children, however these two things should absolutely not mix. We have eaten at other restaurants where the chef was employed and enjoyed those meals very much. The menu was a mish-mosh of random items without any continuity or fluidity, the waitstaff brought our food to the wrong table and then proceeded to pick up the plates from the incorrect table and immediately set them on our table, absolutely inappropriate. The desserts, which were also a mish-mosh, were no less than 35 euros. I just find this to be offensive. This restaurant was nothing more than a hotel restaurant likened to Denny's, just multiply the price by 75. I recommend trying another hotel, maybe one that will acknowledge your existence and not charge you an arm and two legs while doing it.
Great location near St Mark's Square. Room was wonderful, everything you need and more. Marble bath had window in shower overlooking grand canal along with views from every window. Expensive but worth the service amenities. Meals were outrageously expensive and not worth it except for convenience. Early morning flight out was no problem. Desk arranged everything. Wonderful and would stay again.
An Unforgettable Experience
Our stay at the Hotel Il Palazzo at the Bauer was unforgettable! The Il Palazzo is the older historic adjunct of the newer, more modern Hotel Bauer. Both properties share the same restaurants and bars. The Il Palazzo is decorated in a classic Venetian style which we loved but with truly modern amenities in each room. The location is absolutely perfect. You can arrive at the hotel by water taxi and, if fortunate enough to have a balcony, enjoy a view overlooking the Grand Canal. It is worth spending a bit more to get the view as it is a once in a lifetime experience. St. Mark's Square is barely a five minute walk. Most other key attractions are walkable from here. The service was the best we have ever had in any hotel. The concierge arranged a private tour of a glass factory and personalized shopping in Murano as well as arrangements to get by private transporation from the airport when we arrived. The food in De Pisis, the high end restaurant in the hotel, has to be some of the finest in Venice. Both the food and service were five stars plus and the pricing comparable to what one would expect in the States for a similar class of resaurant (about $100 per person with wine).
We plan to return to Venice next year and would not consider staying anywhere else. In fact, we met one couple who had stayed in the hotel every year for nearly 20 years.
Luxurious Hotel With a Great Location
My husband and I stayed at the Il Palazzo Bauer in June, 2004. I wanted to make our trip to Venice as memorable as possible, so I figured we would splurge on our hotel in Venice. It was well worth it. The Hotel is beautiful and the staff is very friendly and eager to please. The location is great, as it was only a short walk to the Rialto Bridge and to St. Marks Square, which has to be one of the most beautiful and romantics spots in the World. The hotel room was very nicely furnished and we had a huge bathroom. Breakfast, which is served on a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, was great and offered a large breakfast selection. Overall, I would highly recommend the Il Palazzo Bauer for anyone wanting to enhance their vacation with a luxurious and grand place to stay in Venice.
We have just returned from a fantastic 3-night stay at Il Palazzo. We had booked the Bauer, but were upgraded to a wonderful room in Il Palazzo, which had a balcony overlooking the side canal and views to the Grand Canal. I could have easily spent my entire time in Venice either on our balcony, or on the terrace where breakfast was served, watching all the activity on the water; it was fascinating! During our stay, we were thoroughly spoilt by the friendly staff who anticipated our every need. The location of the hotel is excellent too. In summary, this hotel was expensive, but worth every Euro!
A Wonderful Location in Venice
We started our trip in Venice and it was a wonderful welcome to Italy. Originally scheduled to stay at the Bauer, we were upgraded to a suite at the Il Palazzo. The suite included a Grand Canal view balcony (two chairs, no table), a large living room, a large bedroom and a fabulous bathroom. The bathroom consisted of a large shower, a separate sunken tub jacuzzi.
Although we didn't eat in the hotel's restaurant, it gets very good reviews.
One strange thing...we had to walk a bit of a distance (and two elevators) to get to your room.
Bauer is perfection!
The Bauer was one of the best experiences of our three weeks in Italy - if you are a first-timer to Venice, please note: You will not beat this location! We had a suite overlooking the Grand Canale with a small terrace, and it was picture perfect. Marble bathroom (as big as ours at home!), separate bedroom and sitting areas, and wonderful, wonderful views made this a very memorable hotel. It's only a short stroll to the Piazza San Marco (and the adjacent vaporetto stops), and there is a gondola station right outside the hotel entrance. If shopping is your thing, you won't be disappointed - designer shops are located just across the piazza. Eating breakfast each morning on the large terrace was especially nice, as was having after-dinner drinks with the same views late at night. The hotel staff was superb, and we truly enjoyed our stay.
The best hotel in Italy
For our first trip to Italy we decided to pay a little extra and do it right. Our first stop was the Il Palazzo, it was amazing. We booked a room with a view of the Grand Canal and a terrace and it was well worth it. The rooms were impecable, with hardwood floors and huge marble bathrooms. The service was perfect. The staff was so wonderful and courteous, and they each called us by name (even the bellman.) Each morning as we came down from our room, the concierge would ask how we like the restauraunt he suggested the night before and what our plans were for sightseeing that day. He remembered where he sent us sightseeing the day before and suggested new places each day. The location is great, only a few yards from San Marco square. The only thing we were disappointed in was that the hotels we stayed at in Florence and Rome were a huge let down in comparison to the Il Palazzo. If you swing the price, the service, the location, and the beautiful rooms make you glad you did.