Ancient building of the 14th century, once the sumptuous patrician residence of a noble Venetian family, is today an elegant and refined 3-star hotel with atmosphere and charm, which enjoys a privileged location in the Dorsoduro district, among the most interesting and peculiar neighborhoods of Venice, loved by artists and many famous celebrities of international cinema.
Carefully restored while respecting its style and Venetian character, the hotel preserves precious works of art such as the beautiful original gothic window on the facade and a characteristic courtyard entrance typical of noble Venetian palaces, which features an authentic and superb wellhead from the 14th century at its center.
From the courtyard a majestic staircase leads to the main floor of the palace that today houses the rooms of the second floor, distributed around a large living room which opens to the exquisite Gothic balustrade. The staircase is covered by a roof supported by two columns of Istrian stone that, together with two other more precious columns topped by capitals in the lobby, are a precious work of architecture, which is why they are under the protection of the Superintendency of Monuments in Venice.
The Rio de San Barnaba, a delightful and picturesque canal overlooking the Hotel Pausania, is the same into which Katharine Hepburn fell in the famous 1950s movie “Summertime” by David Lean. Not infrequently, moreover, many scenes from films or commercials set in Venice were shot within our very own hotel.
Many other known prominent figures have also stayed in our hotel including Renato Nicolini, the former commissioner of the Roman Summers and the City of Naples, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, the artist famous for his mirrors.