This very chic BAUERs hotel is in a prime city-centre location, just two minutes’ walk from St Mark’s Square and many of Venice’s other highlights. Behind the imposing gothic façade, you’ll find a stylish boutique interior that successfully combines new and old thanks to the care and attention of hotelier Francesca Bortolotto Possati, a renowned patron of the arts. You can reach it easily by water taxi or vaporetto (water bus).
The hotel has 38 guest rooms and 34 suites, all extremely sumptuous and spacious, as befits the hotel ethos. Every attention has been paid to guests’ comfort, and amenities include Venetian silk fabrics, richly patterned wallpaper, Murano glass chandeliers, Italian marble bathrooms with top-quality toiletries by Santa Maria degli Angeli and flatscreen satellite TV; you can also arrange wifi access and a DVD player. All manner of rooms are available, from deluxe rooms with or without a canal view to junior, deluxe, executive, canal and Grand Canal suites. You can also blow the budget and book a presidential or, grandest of all, the royal suite; these have extras such as an additional bedroom, a private terrace, Jacuzzi, period furniture and original artworks. The latter, especially, will really make you feel like royalty.
The delights of Venice surround you, and it’s a short hop to must-see attractions such as St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore. To see more of the city, the most practical way to get around is by vaporetto, or you can arrange a gondola trip if you fancy something more romantic. There are also all sorts of events throughout the year, from the Venice Film Festival to the world-famous Carnival.
For dining on the grand scale, you can’t beat De Pisis restaurant. Diners can eat outside on the terrace, overlooking the Grand Canal, and with views of the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute, or choose an intimate table inside, in the elegant dining room. Food is classically Mediterranean in style, but with an Asian twist, thanks to the Japanese executive chef. Breakfast and drinks can be taken at Settimo Cielo, located, as the name suggests, on the seventh floor – and the views are indeed heavenly. For cocktails and live music, head to B Bar.
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