Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa • Venice, Italy

A magnificent 16th-century Renaissance palace with breathtaking views of the sea.

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The recently-opened Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa is housed in a Renaissance palace situated on exclusive and tourist-free Giudecca Island, directly across from St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Guests can admire the hotel’s stunning Renaissance architecture, designed by the famed architect Andrea Palladio in 1500. A private boat landing on the Grand Canal, ensures the utmost comfort for guests whom, on arrival will be greeted by the hotel’s sumptuous lobby, decorated with wood paneling and antique veneered Venetian walls.

As you watch the life of the Grand Canal from the terrace or relax in the private gardens, you’ll easily imagine yourself back to a more sumptuously romantic time when the Venetian Empire reigned.

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Fifty air-conditioned guestrooms on two floors feature beautiful period details, soothing pastel-toned decor and rich tapestries. However, though you’re surrounded by the beauty of the Italian Renaissance, guestrooms include modern day comforts: minibars, satellite television, direct-dial telephones, Internet connections, complimentary newspapers and safes. Bathrooms feature hair dryers, bathrobes and toiletries. Hypo-allergenic bedding is available on request.

The new state-of-the-art spa, due to open summer 2007, offers massages, facials and a range of therapeutic treatments. Guests can indulge in Mediterranean and Venetian cuisine at De Pisis restaurant, or relax on the terrace at the Grand Canal Bar, which features live music in the summer months. Room service is available around the clock, and multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can arrange childcare, dry cleaning and laundry. Concierge is also available 24/7.

Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa
Location: Giudecca 33, Venice, Italy
Venice Marco Polo Airport is 25 kilometres.

Luxury style: For lovers of art, architecture and privacy. This intimate boutique-style hotel is far from the madding crowds, yet close to world-renowned shopping, museums and famous landmarks. The hotel runs a complimentary solar energy-powered private boat across the Grand Canal to its sister hotel, situated next to the Piazza San Marco, making it easy to enjoy the best of Venice.

What we’ve heard: The superb location, accommodations and service combine to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The staff is renowned for their willingness to go beyond the call of duty to ensure a pleasant stay. Concierge is noted for their helpfulness. Very quiet environment.

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