Rosewood Hotels to make Venice debut in 2025

By Lauren Heath-Jones


By Lauren Heath-Jones

27 June 2022

Rosewood Hotels is set to manage the iconic Hotel Bauer in Venice following a partnership with real estate developer Signa Prime Selection.

The hotel, which dates back to 1888, is located between the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco in the city’s historic San Marco district. It will undergo a significant multi-year renovation before reopening as the Rosewood Hotel Bauer in 2025.

Works are scheduled to begin in November 2022 and the hotel will close its doors for the duration of the refurbishment. 

The restoration of the 134-year-old building will be handled by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, with much of the hotel’s historic framework being repaired and incorporated into the new design. Original elements, such as the building’s façade and grand, winding staircase will be preserved as a symbol of the property’s rich past. 

Sustainability will also play a key role in the plans for the hotel, with Rosewood aiming to gain the Green Pass, Klima Haus and LEED Gold sustainability certifications.

"We are thrilled to be growing Rosewood’s presence in Europe with this pivotal addition in such a magnificent and beloved city like Venice."

Radha Arora

President, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Once complete, the Rosewood Hotel Bauer will offer more than 110 guest rooms and suites, including several signature suites and a presidential suite, as well as several food and beverage offerings, including a bistro, a fine-dining restaurant, a ground-floor bar and a bar with rooftop terrace. 

The property’ will be completed by a luxurious wellness facility, an outdoor pool, a 2,990sqm retail space and a rooftop event garden. 

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

Signa Italia president Heinz Peter Hager added: “Rosewood is considered one of the world’s most reputable 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.” 

Rosewood Hotel Bauer will be the latest addition to the operator’s growing Italian portfolio, which includes the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany and the upcoming Rosewood Rome. It’s also the group’s third new property to be announced this year, with its development pipeline including the aforementioned Rosewood Rome, opening in 2024, and Rosewood Vienna, which will open this summer.

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