4.5
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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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Overview

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 196 Reviews
Lovely, clean, spacious rooms
Kathy C

We had two adjoining rooms for our family of four. The Casanova annex is in a great location near St Mark’s square and just steps away from the main Bauer. We couldn’t have asked for more classically beautiful, comfortable rooms. The breakfast buffet was wonderful and such a treat to eat overlooking the Grand Canal. The Concierges were very helpful recommending restaurants, etc. The front desk kindly sent up an instant kettle because I needed to be able to heat water. The rooftop bar is pricey but my husband and son enjoyed a memorable time up there one evening. I would definitely stay here again.

“Room broken into”
Stay641235

Don’t usually write reviews and have never written a negative review but feel I need to warn other travellers.
I booked a suite for 3 nights in the Bauer palazzo for my wife’s birthday. When I booked I was fully aware this would be in the annexe called Casa Nova but being part of the Bauer Palazzo I assumed it would be the same quality as the main hotel.

Upon check in we were took to the annexe which is around the corner from the main entrance in a small street, through a small door and up to our room. The annexe is very disappointing it is certainly not the same standard as the hotel which I have been in years previously it is more like there 3* sister hotel.

This however isn’t why I’m writing the review!

When we I arrived I couldn’t get the safe to work so as we were in a hurry to get out I put the £500 we had in my hand luggage bag and went out for the evening, something I have done many, many times in hotels all over the world.
The next morning we went for breakfast and I noticed the door handle to the room was rattling but thought no more about it.

Over the course of the 4 days/3 nights we were there, apart from the maid we never seen 1 member of the hotel staff in the building and the door to the Casa Nova was left open 3-4 times even when we were coming in after midnight.

When we arrived home I emptied my hand luggage bag (which hadn’t been out of sight since leaving the room) to find the £500 gone. I immediately called the hotel to tell them about the loose door handle and general lack of security and my fears that the room had been broken into. They responded by email telling me there staff were trustworthy and that was that.

I’m very disappointed by the hotels response and want to warn other people that if you value security DO NOT stay in this so called 5* Casa Nova.

Honeymoon in Venice! Amazing hotel.. Recommend to everyone!
Laura D

Was a little worried after booking as I wasn't quite sure what to expect when described as annex building. However, very pleasantly surprised!
On check in, we were welcomed by a lovely lady on reception who showed us to our room. There was literally only a side path that separated the Bauer Palazzo hotel and the Casa Nova. We were upgraded to a suite in the casanova as I emailed previously advising it was our honeymoon and I mentioned I was a travel agent. Thank you again!
The room was huge, very spacious and the bathroom was immaculate. Towels were changed daily and bathrobe & slippers were placed in our room. The breakfast in the Bauer Palazzo was great, wide variety of choice and the room overlooked the Grand Canal - perfect!
The location of this property was fantastic, few minutes walk from St Marks Square and not too far from the Rialto Bridge.
There is alot of designer shops that surround the hotel.
The gondolas stopped outside of the hotel costing 80 euros for two people for 20 minute ride.
We booked a water taxi direct from Hotel to airport that cost 130 euros. (expensive) We got the shared water taxi from the airport to St Marks Square that cost 15 euros per person but thought we would go back to the airport in style.
I would highly reccommend the Casa Nova to friends, family and my customers looking to visit Venice. You would not be disappointed staying here.