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We started the day after our first night in Bauer Palazzo. I had a good sleep and a great breakfast. This consisted of toast with jelly, large pieces of bacon that tasted like prosciutto, yogurt and hot chocolate.
After our morning routine we met our guide in the lobby for our walking tour. We first went on a water taxi which transported …
This morning was very relaxing. Our third day in Italy was planned to be in Venezia (Venice). After sleeping in until nine o'clock this morning I was prepared to travel. I packed and got dressed before heading to the train station in Rome.
On the train I had another Flight Control tournament with Dad on his iPad. He won several times, as …
... we probably won't be able to access the apartment from the canal front courtyard door as the flooding will have covered the canal-side walkway. Already people are walking around with gum boots on. It must be interesting living here.
Tomorrow (Sunday) we take the train to Florence, where more rain is forecast. We are thinking of upgrading our wet weather gear to the Italian heavy duty stuff.
Until next time....
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bauer Il Palazzo Venice
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.