FrontRunners: Seduced By Casa Nova
If, as Hotel Bauer proprietor Francesca Bortolotto Possati says, “the lobby of the Bauer is the living room of Venice,” then the new Casa Nova (+39.041.520.7022, www.bauercasanova.com) is its secluded guesthouse. A five-minute walk from its older sibling, the converted 16th-century residence includes 19 guest rooms and suites ($260–$950) that evoke the Renaissance era—despite the presence of kitchenettes, plasma TVs, and other modern conveniences. The Bauer’s concierge and Bauer Il Palazzo hotel’s spa are available to Casa Nova guests, as is Il Palazzo’s Settimo Cielo (Seventh Heaven), the highest rooftop patio in town, which offers an incomparable view across the Grand Canal to the domed Santa Maria della Salute. In a city designed for respite and relaxation, Giacomo Casanova himself could not have recommended a finer retreat.