The Bauer (Grünwald has been dropped from the name) is one of the last great Venice establishments still in private hands, with a strict, utilitarian facade and subdued interiors providing a refreshing antidote to all the gilded and baroque excesses of the city. Refurbished for $38 million in 1999, it represents an exemplary marriage between cutting-edge technology and good old-fashioned craftsmanship. Behind all the trappings of expensive luxury -- local Murano glasswork, rich Rubelli furnishings and Carrara marble floors.
Known for years as the Bauer-Grünwald as a result of a marriage between Austrian hotelier Grünwald and Mr Bauer's daughter. After Grünwald's death, Arnaldo Bennati, a successful Ligurian shipbuilder bought it. The Bennati family still owns and runs the Bauer today. In 1997 Francesca Bortolotto Possati, granddaughter of Arnaldo Bennati, became Chairwoman and CEO of the hotel. She is the only executive-level female hotelier in Venice. Read more about it under "HISTORY".