It was built in the 1940s as an addition to an existing hotel on the canal, which is now the Bauer Il Palazzo, by the grandfather of the current owner who recently separated and renovated both — as well as opening the new Palladio on Giudecca, and the Palazzo Mocenigo on the Grand Canal. The Bauer group is the only independently owned among Venice’s luxury hotels.
The sweeping, high-ceilinged lobby is dominated by a colorful sculpture of blown glass at the entrance, and by an oversized antique gold map of Venice covering the entire back wall. The hotel is chic, sleek, and urbane.
To enter is to want to stay, whether that means checking in, or just stopping for a spell to watch gondoliers row down the narrow canal alongside the hotel, before grabbing a drink at the hip and lively B-Bar. To a city brimming with art and architecture from the Renaissance, the Bauer adds some from today.