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What We Love

  • 16th-century Rennaisance palazzo
  • Garden on one side, canal on the other
  • Thankfully removed from the tourist crowds but just across the canal
  • Authentic Italian decor
  • Pair a stay at the Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa with an exclusive tour of the Bastianich Winery with Joe Bastianich himself

What To Know

  • Across the water from Venice proper on the island of Guidecca
  • Don’t expect high-tech amenities; WiFi at the hotel costs $26 per day
  • The property also offers a solar-powered shuttle boat free of charge that travels between Bauer Il Palazzo Hotel in San Marco and Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa on Guidecca Island; this shuttle departs every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

Even in Venice, not every hotel has a solar-powered water taxi. But that’s just how they roll at the Bauer Palladio. The halls are grand, the drapes are plush and the shuttle is fueled by the sun. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The palazzo was designed by and named after the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in 1500, and the hotel’s 37 rooms and 13 suites maintain historic Italian details, such as high ceilings, wrought iron headboards, tapestries and antique furniture. Some rooms have terraces overlooking the garden or the water. In other words, this is the opposite of those high-concept/low-function boutique spots — this is Venice for purists.

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Giudecca is where Venetians will tell you to stay. It’s the slightly lower-key island, across the Grand Canal from the mayhem of pigeons, crowds and snow globes in Piazza San Marco. The food is better here, the prices ever so slightly lower, and the vibe way more relaxed. Perfectly positioned, the Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa sits right at the front of the island, and water laps at its doorstep.

During my stay, I happened to get caught in a storm and was trapped on Guidecca for two days. It was as though I’d been stranded on the high seas with nothing but delicious Venetian wine and pasta to nourish me. Everyone should be so unlucky.

How to Get There

Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa
Giudecca 33
Venice, 30133 Italy


4.5 Very Good 732 Reviews
Loved the free shuttle boat
Reviewed 2 months ago

My biggest tip here would be to make sure you know where you're going, and to do your research! If you rely on using maps on your phone, it will send you to a school, on the other side of the island - we went on literally a two-hour goose chase. If we had done our homework, we would have seen that there is not only a stop right outside the hotel entrance (if you're using the alilaguna), but the hotel also has the option of a free shuttle!

We took advantage of this and what was wonderful was that we had it completely to ourselves both from and to the hotel - sailing past all these other tourists in our own private vessel, feeling like superstars! Our driver was also super friendly.

It is a beautiful, beautiful hotel. Everything was fresh and clean and sophisticated. It kind of had a medieval feel about the whole place. They had gardens to walk through, and I loved the archway. There was a lovely Morrocan lamp hanging from the ceiling above the bed. The room had an absolutely gorgeous bathroom, with a deep, stone bath and also a separate shower.

excellent hotel and perfect location
Reviewed 4 months ago

Stayed here for 3 nights, location is perfect. Situated across the river from the busy streets with a courtesy shuttle boat. The hotel also has a beautiful tranquil garden on the grounds.Staff are friendly and very helpful.

Perfect location. Lovely building
Reviewed 4 months ago

Stayed 2 nights as part of a group tour. Beautiful hotel, a former convent/orphanage. It offers everything to very comfortable rooms and bathroom. Plenty of hanging space. My twin share room overlooked the courtyard. Beds get turned down in the evening. Oh and the towels are lovely and soft! I thought the bed a bit firm for me. The gardens are beautiful and great place to wander and relax. Breakfast room provides a very good meal to start your busy day in Venice. The staff were helpful. Free complimentary water taxi to St Marks and return. Hotel is away from the hustle and bustle on Giudecca. Excellent location, great hotel. Wish I could have stayed longer.

The Only Place to stay in Venice
Reviewed 5 months ago

Our second visit to this superlative hotel and it was just as magical as the first. From our arrival to departure we had a perfect 4 days. Staff are friendly and helpful. We had a lovely room overlooking the garden. Breakfast in the garden every morning. On Sunday night there was a Jazz and dinner which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was my birthday and a cake with a candle was brought out for me - such a lovely touch.
We plan to return to Venice again - there is nowhere else we would dream of staying.

Fabulous stay
Reviewed 5 months ago

Stayed here for two nights - wished we could have stayed longer!

Positives: beautiful location, stunning views across the grand canal, lovely grounds, very nice comfortable rooms, breakfast good and lovely to eat out on the terrace, very good shuttle service across the canal. Most positive point was the staff - everyone was so very very attentive, friendly and helpful!

Negatives: absolutely none!!