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Santa Croce: B&B Ca' Bonvicini


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Reviewed by: northernitalian from Canada, review #2135

When: December 2007

A cozy, reasonably priced 3 star B&B located on a minor canal in Santa Croce East, just off the Campo Maria Mater Domini.

We stayed at the Ca Bonvicini for 4 nights in late November/early December. We loved its location, in a neighbourhood of narrow, twisting streets near the San Stae vaporetto stop. This is a central area that is walking distance to everything but feels a world away from the madhouse of the Rialto/San Marco. There are many nearby shops, cafes and trattorie.

Because we changed our arrival date at the last minute, we stayed in two different rooms here: the first night in the double economy room, and the remaining three nights in a superior double. The economy room is very small, but clean and nicely furnished with a queen size bed, wardrobe, end tables, TV, and small table and chairs. It is on the ground floor with a window on the canal and is rather dark.

The superior room where we stayed was on the second floor, much larger and lighter, with a queen bed, end tables, wardrobe, TV, a larger table and two chairs plus a frigobar. This room had 3 windows. The bathroom was spacious and sleekly modern, with shelves for all our toiletries, and nice touches such as a heated towel rack. Everything was very clean and fresh.

The hotel has only 8 rooms, and no breakfast room. Breakfast is brought to your room on a tray at the time you specify (between 8:30 and 10:00am). It consisted of choice of coffee (we had cappuccino), orange juice, a fresh cornetto and hard roll each, a good supply of jams, butter, meat spreads and cream cheese, plus yogurt and packaged toast and cookies. We found the breakfast to be ample and enjoyed the luxury of having it in our room.

The reception is not staffed 24 hours a day. There was always someone at the desk in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon, if new arriving guests were expected. When you reserve you are asked to provide your arrival information so that someone will be at the hotel to meet you. We were given a key to the front door as well as to our room, to come and go on our own.

Since checkout time is 11:00am and our flight from Venice was in the late afternoon, we left our luggage behind the reception and were given a “spare key” to let ourselves into the hotel later to retrieve our bags.

Over the four nights, we paid an average of 97 euros per night, with the rate varying due to room type and midweek or weekend. This was in low season. We felt that this was an excellent deal for the quality of the hotel and its location.

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