From Shipbuilders to Hoteliers

Francesca Bortolotto Possati of The Bauer Hotels, Venice

Francesca Bortolotto Possati

Francesca Bortolotto Possati

Francesca Bortolotto Possati could be considered as one of the very few hoteliers in Venice owning four hotel properties. Coming from a family of shipbuilders, her grandfather decided to invest his money in the hotel business.

In 1930, he purchased an existing hotel in Venice, originally called the Bauer Grunwald, from an Austrian hotelier.  To make it simpler, the name was shortened to Bauer and has since been developed into one of the most luxurious hotels brands in Italy.

Villa F Venice

Francesca Bortolotto Possati is possibly the only female hotelier owning and running four hotels in Venice

Her parents had never been involved in the family hotel business, but Francesca, originally born in Venice, decided to move back to Italy from the United States, where she was working as a consultant to interior designers, and take control of the hotel. By then it was tired-looking and out-of-date, so in 1997, she decided to turn the business around with a $200m renovation, where the property was effectively split into two hotel concepts – BAUER HOTEL (Urban Lifestyle) and IL PALAZZO (Luxury Living).  Over the years, Francesca has further expanded the BAUER name, adding PALLADIO HOTEL & SPA (Resort Escape) and her newest property, the exclusive VILLA F,which just opened in the summer of 2011.

Read the entire article on Boutique Hotel News.

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Nathalie Salas

Nathalie Salas is a freelance travel writer and marketing consultant based between the UK, Italy and the UAE. Pursuing her passion of boutique hotels, she reviews hotels around the world as well as helping them to improve their marketing strategies. Nathalie is Editor & Founder of travel site Perfect Boutique Hotel, writing also for, Masquerade and Global Citizen.

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