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Hotel Bauer - Venezia, Italy
Thursday, January 27, 2011  
Hotel BauerFor our stay in Venice, we selected the five-star Hotel Bauer, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Ideally situated in the heart of Venice overlooking the Baroque church of Campo San Moise and just a two-minute walk from St. Mark's Square, this famous contemporary-styled deluxe hotel encompasses the true atmosphere of Venice.

Even though we arrived at the hotel well before check-in time, our luggage was stored for us so that we could walk around Venice and enjoy the city before checking in.

At check-in, we were escorted to our room where our luggage was already waiting for us. The Bauer's 91 luxurious guestrooms and 18 suites have recently been renovated in Venetian design by local artisans using local fabrics and materials. Each room is individually decorated and furnished, with a mix of contemporary and classic design. Our Superior Room, with an average size of 25 sq. meters, was comfortable and well appointed and included an Italian marble bathroom with tub/shower combination and bidet, hairdryer, walk-in closet, safe, flat screen TV with satellite, telephone, minibar and individually controlled air conditioning. Wi-Fi Internet access is available for 20 Euros for your entire stay and we found the connection time to be fast. Terrycloth bathrobes and slippers are provided in each room. Besides the Superior Room category, the hotel also offers Deluxe Rooms with an average size of 25-32 sq. meters, and Superior Suites with an average size of 35-70 sq. meters, most with separate bed and sitting areas and some with two bathrooms. Some rooms in the Deluxe and Superior Suite category have a balcony or terrace which must be requested at the time you make your reservation. The view from your room is subject to availability and will be confirmed upon specific request. Our view was the side of another building.

Hotel BauerFrancesca Bortolotto Possati, Chairman and CEO of the Bauer Hotel, inherited the property from her grandfather who had purchased the Bauer in 1930. It was she who oversaw the extensive $50 million renovation of the hotel. To preserve her hotel's culinary heritage, she instructed Chef Giovanni Ciresa to find fresh local ingredients and create menus around those ingredients. The Bauer's gourmet De Pisis restaurant, with its terrace set against the spectacular backdrop of the Grand Canal, was recently rated #1 in the city of Venice by Le Guide De L' Espresso, Italy's premiere dining guide. It was in this beautiful terrace setting that we enjoyed the included breakfast buffet. Breakfast offered lots of variety with pastries, eggs, meats, fresh fruits and juices, cheeses, and one of Chris's new favorites: Nutella, a hazelnut and cocoa spread. The Bauer Grill, also located both indoors and out, offers a lighter fare for lunch and dinner in a less formal setting with a spectacular view across the Grand Canal. Cocktails are available in the Bar Canale, with a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal and the Chiesa della Salute and live music during the summer months. There is also the B-Bar Lounge, an intimate lounge open during the winter months with live music and small snacks available.

The Bauer offers a workout room that you could visit for 30 Euro per hour and an outdoor Jacuzzi that could be reserved for 60 Euro per hour complete with Proseco and chocolate-covered strawberries. The view from the hot tub area was magnificent. A maseusse is available on site or, you can opt to take the hotel's solar-powered gondola across the Grand Canal to Giudecca Island and the Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa, one of the newest properties of Francesca Bortolotto Possati. The Palladio is housed in an amazing building designed in the year 1500 by world-renowned Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and was formerly a convent. The property was abandoned for over one hundred years until Bortolotto Possati decided to bring this piece of Venetian history back to life. In addition to the Spa, the Palladio has fifty elegant guest rooms, private gardens and breathtaking lagoon views.

Hotel Bauer has a Business Center and six tastefully appointed meeting and private dining rooms that can accommodate from six to 160 people. A multi-lingual concierge service is accessible around the clock to provide such services as making restaurant reservations, securing theater tickets, arranging sightseeing tours and making travel arrangements. We found the concierge to be very helpful when we asked for directions and in arranging a water taxi for us. All hotel personnel we came in contact with were friendly, gracious and eager to assist.

With its wonderful location and top-notch service, the Hotel Bauer is a great place to stay in Venice.
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