Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to manage Venice’s Hotel Bauer

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has confirmed it is to manage the historic Hotel Bauer in Venice.

The property will begin a “multi-year” renovation in November and will reopen under the Rosewood brand in 2025. The hotel will be closed during its refurbishment.

Hotel Bauer was originally built in 1880 and is located in the city’s San Marco district, between the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco, close to famous sites like the Rialto Bridge.

The renovation will be overseen by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group Bar Studio.

Rosewood said the restoration of the existing building would be “meticulously cared for” with much of the hotel’s framework set to be repaired and integrated into the new design, including the original façade and grand winding staircase.

Rosewood Hotel Bauer will feature 110 rooms. Over half of the accommodations will be suites, including several signature suites and a presidential suite. 

Food and beverage options will including a casual restaurant and wine bar on the ground floor and a refined Venetian restaurant and rooftop bar with a traditional Venetian Altana. 

The property will also feature a rooftop garden with views of the city, a wellness facility and an outdoor pool with a bar located on the eighth floor. A luxury retail space will also be integrated at the rear of the hotel, directly on Campo San Moisé square.

Throughout the restoration there will be an emphasis on sustainability and the property aims to obtain three sustainability certificates: the Green Pass, Casa Klima and LEED Gold.

“We are thrilled to be growing Rosewood’s presence in Europe with this pivotal addition in such a magnificent and beloved city like Venice,” said Radha Arora, Rosewood’s president and co-chief development officer.

“Across our portfolio we have been honoured with opportunities to restore and reimagine many historic spaces across the globe, and we are incredibly thankful that Rosewood has been to be chosen to help breathe new life into Hotel Bauer.”

Heinz Peter Hager, president of real estate developer Signa Italia, which owns Hotel Bauer, added: “Rosewood is considered one of the world’s most reputable hotel operators and the new Rosewood Hotel Bauer, directly on the Grand Canal, represents an extraordinary project that is to be completed over the coming three years. 

“This modern ultra-luxury hotel – in combination with first-class restaurants and an impressive rooftop garden – is set to become Venice’s new centre of attraction.”

Rosewood Hotel Bauer is the third new addition to Rosewood’s pipeline to be announced this year, joining The Raleigh Miami Beach and Rosewood Red Sea in Saudi Arabia.

The property also joins the brand’s growing Italian portfolio, which including Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany and the upcoming Rosewood Rome, set to open in 2024. 

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