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The Palladio Hotel & Spa – Venice


The Palladio Hotel and Spa of the Bauer Hotel group in Venice is on the island of Giudecca just across from San Marco. It faces St. Mark’ s Square and has some amazing views of Venice during the day and in the evening. This five star hotel is the exclusive way to vacation in Venice.

The Palladio has its own private water taxi, which is how I arrived at the hotel and travelled around Venice during my stay. This is a very convenient, quick, and stylish way to travel to and from the hotel. Giudecca is much more quiet then Canareggio and San Marco and is where a lot of local Venetians live. The remoteness of the island and nice quiet evenings is great if you want a retreat away from the craziness and mobs of tourists in most other parts of Venice.

The hotel is decorated with a mix of pastel colors which is quite calm and soothing. My room was a nice light green pastel shade and was very spacious. The king size bed was more then comfortable and I had the best sleep in ages. The evening staff was very helpful with things such as letting me exactly know when my private water taxi was ready in the evening to go to dinner at San Marco and by bringing me a dvd player to watch movies. The hotel also has a grand spa, rooms with garden and lagoon views, internet, restaurant, and a bar.

In the morning I was excited to dine in the beautiful garden the manager described to me the night before. She was absolutely correct and I felt like I was eating breakfast in my very own mansion. The breakfast was great with a fine assortment of fresh Italian pastries, meats, fruit, yogurt, and more. The waiter brought me a aromatic cup of espresso to start my day.

The estate of the Palladio and stellar gardens date back to the sixteenth century. Each garden has its own story and roots dating back to this time. You can read more about each garden in detail on the website. If you want to live like Italian royalty stay at the Palladio, treat yourself to a spa, and fine meal at Ulivo Restaurant.

-Carey Steinberg

The Bauers Venezia, S. Marco 1459, Venezia, Italy, TEL. +39 041 5207022

Ca Gottardi – Venice


Ca Gottardi is a quant, boutique hotel in the heart of Cannaregio of Venice, Italy. This hotel has a wonderful vibe where the caring employees make you feel right at home in this beautiful city.

The rooms are decorated in the classical Venetian style reminiscent of the 18th century Italy. The rooms are red and gold with elegant wallpaper, a comfortable bed, and pretty curtains which make you feel like royalty. The rooms are also equipped with a nice flat screen TV and complimentary internet. You can also relax in the nice, comfortable lounge with a book, listen to music, or watch TV.

The dining room is beautiful and take advantage of the nice patio during a lovely Venice morning by enjoying it with a delicious Italian espresso. Ca Gottard and their caring employees make you feel like your part of the family when the manager greets you a “buon giorno” (good morning) and serves you a delicious espresso or cappuccino to begin breakfast and start your day the Italian way. There was a delicious assortment of neighborhood pastries, fresh meats, eggs, fruits, and much more for breakfast.

The hotel employees like Luca make you want to stay longer as they are so friendly, warm, and caring. I really enjoyed my stay here and they genuinely are great people. As it was my first night in Venice and first night in Italy ever, Ca Gottardi’s hotel employees really helped me navigate this confusing, maze of a city. Venice can be quite confusing navigating around the city as it is like no other place I have been to before with a labyrinth of streets and network of beautiful canals.

The location is great near amazing restaurants, shops, and close to a vaporetto (water bus) or indulge with your sweetheart in a gondola if you prefer. The area is close to many popular destinations like Piazza San Marco, Gallerie dell’ Accademia, and a short vaporetto ride to islands like Murano. Make Ca Gottardi your next Venetian getaway with your wife, husband, or family.

Cannaregio 30121 Venice, Italy
041 2759333