Italy: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been selected to manage the Hotel Bauer in Venice.
Owned by real estate developer SIGNA Prime Selection, the hotel is situated in the city’s historic San Marco district, between the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco.
Originally built in 1880, Hotel Bauer is set to undergo a multi-year renovation in November 2022, at which time the hotel will close as it prepares to reopen as Rosewood Hotel Bauer in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello, and interior design group, BAR Studio, the restoration will see much of the hotel’s historic framework repaired and integrated into the new design, including the original façade, grand winding staircase and many interior elements that are a part of the property’s rich past.
Throughout the restoration there will be an emphasis on sustainability, which will play a highly significant role in the plans for the hotel as 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, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and co-chief development officer. “Across our portfolio we have been honored 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.”
Rosewood Hotel Bauer will feature in the region of 110 rooms, with over half of the accommodations being suites, including several signature suites and a presidential suite. The property’s F&B offerings will include 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 be home to an Italian rooftop garden with views of the city, a wellness facility, and an outdoor pool with a bar located on the eighth floor. A retail space spanning around more than 32,200 square feet will be integrated in the property, located at the rear of the building directly on the Campo San Moisé square, close to Piazza San Marco.
“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,” said Heinz Peter Hager, president of SIGNA Italia. “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.”
The hotel adds to the Rosewood properties currently in the development pipeline and is the third new addition announced this year, joining The Raleigh Miami Beach and Rosewood Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, the hotel joins the brand’s growing Italian portfolio, including Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany and the Rosewood Rome, which is set to open in 2024. It further marks the seventh property within Rosewood’s European collection which includes Rosewood London; Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel; the recently opened Rosewood Villa Magna in Madrid; and the Rosewood Vienna, opening in Summer 2022.