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What We Love

  • Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Perfect location – quiet, but super-central
  • Quiet annex of the Bauer Il Palazzo hotel, half a block from the Grand Canal
  • Free shuttle to Giudecca island as part of the Bauer hotel group
  • Steps from Piazza San Marco, but a world away from the madness
  • Brilliant for public transport, with two major vaporetto stops within a few minutes’ walk
  • Lazing over breakfast on the Bauer Il Palazzo’s patio overlooking one of the most iconic spots on the Grand Canal
  • Watching the gondoliers primping their tethered rides right beside the restaurant and bar patio

What To Know

  • Though you have unlimited access to the Bauer Il Palazzo, staying here has the feel of a serviced apartment
  • A city tax of approximately $7 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
  • The building itself is unstaffed – to speak to someone, you must get to the main Bauer reception
  • The property is sandwiched between other buildings, surrounded by narrow alleyways, so rooms don’t have views, and neighboring buildings are very close
  • Rooms are dark
  • WiFi is free but doesn’t work well: you’re better off using the free connection in the Bauer Il Palazzo, which is speedy even on the Grand Canal-facing terrace
  • Each room has a tiny hob; but they’re by no means full kitchenettes
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The Review

A recipe for a quintessential Venice stay requires three key ingredients: a Grand Canal view, traditionally opulent digs, and easy access to the grand cafés of St Mark’s Square.

Casanova Hotel at the Bauers checks all three boxes. It’s a 90-second trot from Piazza San Marco, meaning you can stake your claim to the best table at Florian’s just minutes after leaving your bed. Rooms are styled in the classic (some might say OTT) Venetian way.

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Think of the Casanova as a quiet annex of the main hotel. Check in, dining options, concierge service, luggage storage – all this takes place in the Bauer’s gilded, Art Deco-style spaces. It’s only when you’re ready to retire that you dip round the side of the hotel and enter the Casanova, which sits in the side alley facing the Bauer’s bar.

Guestrooms at the Casanova are dressed in typical Venetian style, with dark wood furnishings and rich, fabric-covered walls for a lush – if dark – effect. They might be a million miles from minimalism, but in a city that rarely dresses down, they’re almost sober. Marble-heavy bathrooms are stocked with local Santa Maria degli Angeli toiletries – an eco-friendly range made by inmates in the women’s prison on Giudecca island. Windows, meanwhile, are large and plentiful, although there are no views to speak of – rooms look onto alleyway walls.

Yet what the Casanova lacks in immediate setting it more than makes up for in general location. Piazza San Marco is a stone’s throw away, and the nearest vaporetto stop – San Marco Vallaresso – is a block and a half away. If a gondola’s more your style, you have two options: cross the piazza right outside the hotel to the official station next to the Bauer’s glass-walled lobby, or put in a bid over breakfast or a drink – the Bauer’s restaurant and bar front the Grand Canal and gondoliers tether their rides to the struts of its patio. Order a Bellini and drink in the view ahead of you – this is Venice at its most iconic.

How to Get There

Casanova Hotel at the Bauers
San Marco 1459, Calle 13 Martiri
Venice, 3012 Italy


4.5 Very Good 182 Reviews
Another wonderful stay in the Bauer Casa Nova
Reviewed 2 months ago

My wife and I returned to this great hotel last week. It was our second visit and we are looking forward to book for next year.
It is clearly a 5 star hotel. Our room was in the annex and delightful. It was clean and has an excellent maid service. The beds are turned down each night and slippers left at the side of your bed. The bathroom is marble and has a huge bath and a separate large shower.
Yes it is expensive, as are most of the 5 star Venice hotels.
Breakfast is included in the room rate, with everything available that you would expect.
The staff are amazing, nothing is too much trouble. English is spoken by most of the staff excluding the room maids.
Be careful when using the roof terrace or inside bars, they are a little expensive on average well over £20 per drink.
We found that it is best to purchase a 4 or 5 day water bus ticket, it then allows you to use these all day, simply hop on and off. The water bus takes about 1 hour 45 minutes from the airport to the hotel. We use the water taxis from the airport with a charge of 120 euros for the taxi for up to eight persons, and takes 30 minutes.
There are numerous water bus operators and we found that using the water bus 7 takes you to Murano and then a number 12 if you wish to go on to Burrano. Both these islands are worth a visit with Burrano being a chocolate box island. The lace museum on Burrano is a must to visit and prices on this island are a lot cheaper than Venice.

Very enjoyable
Reviewed 2 months ago

The Casa Nova are the Bauer apartments around the corner from the main hotel, you still check in at the main reception and they take you to the rooms, we had a large room with a lounge area kitchen and sofa bed, the main bedroom was very large and so was the bathroom, the bed was big and very comfortable it is very clean and looked after, maid service is excellent. There can be noise from outside the room in the alley.
You can use all the facilities of the Bauer group of hotels, including the Spa at Palladio, breakfast is very good and the view over the Grand Canal one of the best.
Evening meals in De Pisis are excellent but the prices do reflect where you are ££££.
Overall an excellent hotel and staff, only problem we had was the shower overflowing, the shower is faster than the water draining away, so only a four rating, but I would go again.

5 star service on a 4 star budget
Reviewed 3 months ago

The Casa Nova is not the 5 star Bauer which is shown in all the main pictures, the price of my trip reflected this. It is 4 star and only 20 steps or so away from the main entrance. I had room 12 which was a mini suite and was lovely, little bit of early morning alley noise from presumably hotel employees arriving, also very little daylight but I never went to Venice to stay in my room. The room was cleaned every day and there was a turn down service. The hotel staff even left a birthday note for my wife and at no point did I mention it was her birthday , I guess they noted it from her passport, it was a lovely touch.
You get to use the main hotel facilities like every resident and the staff treated everyone the same and in my opinion the attentiveness was sublime.
Breakfast selection was very good and to sit at the side of the Grand canal overlooking the Santa Maria basilica and gondolas passing is a memory that will never leave you.
The bar prices 2018 for those who want to know are 40 euros and upwards for a bottle of wine , 10 euros for a glass of wine or a beer and 15 to 20 euros for a cocktail , sounds high but the location and service are fantastic not to mention the included olives and nuts.
The hotel location is excellent, the service is excellent, the staff are excellent and for the price my room was excellent.
My wife said to me at the airport , I would go back in a heartbeat, as I tried to get her on the plane.
Thank you Bauer hotels for a memorable piece of our lives.

Perfect location for Families visiting Venice
Reviewed 3 months ago

We stayed here in February half term 2017 with our teenage son and daughter. We chose to book the apartment in the Bauer Casa Nova as it provided the space we wanted for our family. Myself and my husband had a room downstairs, so did our daughter. Our son had his own room and bathroom upstairs where there was also a roof terrace to sit out. The main hotel is literally steps away, we used all the facilities there, had breakfast there and had amazing aperol spritz on the terrace overlooking the grand canal. If you visit with older children who want their own space and privacy the apartment is perfect ( perhaps not for little ones due to the stairs and roof terrace). For a romantic break for two I’d say stay in the main Bauer hotel in a room overlooking the grand canal.

Reviewed 5 months ago

This is a wonderful hotel in every way. It is situated just a stones throw from St Marks Square and the Doges Palace. Having breakfast over looking the Grand Canal was amazing.
Breakfast itself was superb .Our room was spacious and had its own sitting room.
All the staff were so friendly and could not do enough for us.
If you thinking of visiting Venice (and you must) then this hotel is a must.
We shall be returning