Travel: The Bauer Palazzo, Venice

Venice is a magical place unlike anywhere on this earth. A place without cars, bikes, and scooters, where the main mode of transportation is to glide along canals on gondolas, powerboats and water taxi’s. It brings a sense of quiet – disconnection even – from the outside world, where the only stress comes from where to eat dinner or when you (inevitably, and happily) get lost down one of its many cobblestone streets. Fortunately, standing prominently on a corner overlooking the main canal (and right next door to the famous Harry’s bar) is the perfect place to rest your head and recharge your batteries in between all that walking and eating. Welcome to the Bauer Palazzo.

Located three minutes from San Marco square, adjacent to the crystal-blue waters of Laguna Veneta, and within walking distance of many Venetian landmarks (like the Rialto Bridge, Fenice Opera House and St. Mark’s Basilica) the Bauer Palazzo has as much old warm charm as it does modern amenities. Since they first opened their doors in 1880 the  Bauer Palazzo has rooted itself in tradition, family legacy, expert management and stands out as a shining star of hospitality. For instance, no need to be concerned about how you’re going to get to the water-surrounded property. Just call ahead and a driver will bring you from the airport, canal-side so you can then ascend your own private speedboat (very a la James Bond) and have the breeze in your hair as you admire the stunning Venetian architecture until you arrive.

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Once you approach the warmly lit entrance the first thing you’ll notice is the Gothic-Byzantine 17th-century style palazzo full of visitors and guests alike taking in the romantic views while enjoying the sensational food from De Pisis (there’s also live jazz on certain weeknights). Walk through the door and you’ll be welcomed as if you’re one of their own. Surrounded by hunter green silk-covered and gold accented furniture, the concierge is there to help you with everything from finding you that impossible dinner reservation to enjoying a quintessentially Venetian gondola ride. The rooms are decorated similarly throughout, maintaining the 18th-century feel with lots of gold, 20-foot ceilings, wooden carved moldings, sparkling antique chandeliers, and plenty of marble to go round, (there are even gold keys used for your entrance). And while the inside of the property is plenty to take in, you’d be remiss not to spend most of your time on the 7th-floor terrace, Settimo Cielo, which is the highest outdoor space in all of Venice and is the perfect place for basking in the sun while enjoying a breakfast filled with stewed fruits, soft-scrambled eggs, homemade pastries and the best coffee you’ve ever had, or the ideal spot to watch the sun go down with a glass of Italian wine

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Since its origin, the hotel has undergone two extensive renovations, once in the 1940’s by Arnaldo Bennati and the second in 1997 by the third generation Bennati to run the hotel, granddaughter, Francesca Bortolotto Possati who is the current chairwoman and CEO of the hotel (and who has more than an impressive portfolio, we must say). The second was quite the undertaking, coming in at a whopping 38 million dollar budget and after two years of construction, she separated the hotel into two distinct personalities: the Bauer Hotel which provides an uber modernized take on the classic boutique experience as seen throughout the Bauer Palazzo.

And while Bauer Palazzo has three properties in total, all remarkably different from one another, they all share the same characteristics. They’re inviting, warm, comforting, calming and perfectly opulent, careful to keep the same high standards in every regard that they have for over 100 years. Book your stay now.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m