FrontRunners: Seduced By Casa Nova

<< Back to Robb Report, November 2005
  • Gregory Anderson

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.

From Around the Web...
Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club
Architect Richard Meier has reimagined the iconic Surf Club as a stylish Four Seasons Hotel…
Ultima Gstaad
The boutique hotel features 11 suites, six residences, a high-end Italian restaurant, a spa, and...
From Tokyo to D.C., these are the best places to see spring’s famous pink flowers in bloom…
Yao Ming is an eight-time NBA all-star, Olympian, and member of Time’s 100 Most Influential People club
The eight-time all-star’s surprisingly good wine is going toward a very good cause…
Editor in Chief Brett Anderson takes a tour of Robb Report’s favorite places to refuel in wine...
From Manhattan to Morocco, these magical hotels and resorts are springtime stunners…
The Anam, Vietnam
The five-star property features an array of well-appointed villas, rooms, and suites…
A Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
The package includes accommodation in a Fenway-themed suite and time with the World Series trophy…
Photo by Steve Passmore
A trio of new resorts is tempting travelers to rethink Turks and Caicos…
Old-school ambience meets modern edge at London’s Franklin…