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San Polo: B&B Corte 1321

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Reviewed by: Fletch from Australia, review #3135

When: April 2011

A small B&B set in a quiet courtyard garden. It is a peaceful oasis after a day sightseeing and is a short walk from San Silvestro vaporetto.

We stayed at Corte 1321 for 3 nights in April. All enquiries were answered promptly by email when booking. They had made an appointment at a hairdressers in San Toma for me which I had arranged with them via email.

The rooms face a lovely courtyard and are spacious and beautifully decorated. Our room was upstairs and there was one below us. I think there were one or two others upstairs.

The bathroom was clean and although not huge was very adequate. The bathroom window looked out to the end of a canal and one day after leaving the window ajar it had an unpleasant odour. All the other days it was OK.

We arrived early after disembarking from a cruise and had arranged to leave our bags until check in time. We were greeted by the manager who made us coffee and were able to sit in the courtyard and book in. We took the key after a lesson on how to get in the gate, and were able to wander around the area.

Breakfast was served at a table under an umbrella in the courtyard each morning. There was coffee or tea, juice and fresh fruit and lovely pastries. Every room had their own table so we were able to sit and access our emails with the free WiFi each morning. The rooms had WiFi too.

Our room was at the end of the building and from the bathroom window we could hear slight noise from a restaurant just near it. At first I thought it would disturb us but we never heard them packing up for the night. Not sure if they did it quietly or we were sleeping deeply after busy days.

The San Silvestro vaporetto stop is a short walk away and with heavy bags we were grateful there were no bridges between the canal and B&B.

The location was great; not far to walk to the Rialto Bridge and on to San Marco, or to the train station. There were many restaurants around the area and when talking to the manager she gave us some good options and even rang to reserve for us.

A lovely quiet oasis when you wanted to be away from the busy tourist strip but a short walk to be in the middle of it. I would recommend it.

Reviewed by: Niknjerms from USA, review #1578

When: November 2005

A fantastic B&B near the Rialto Bridge.

Corte 1321 was such a sweet find in Venice. Amelia and Deborah, the owners, have really created a place of respite for weary travelers.

As I am sure others have mentioned, on a nice day one can have breakfast served to you in their lovely terrace. If it's not so nice, they will bring it to your room--no problem! Ours consisted of coffee and the most fantastic rolls, and assorted pastry that had been bought for us fresh that morning.

The B&B has just about everything you need including hair dryer, bathtub, internet access, private bathrooms, and Amelia who will make any reservations you need for you. It was a great break for us since we really don't speak much Italian.

Our room was the one that displays on their web page, and it really is as cute as it looks.

I don't remember what we paid -- somewhere in the range of the equivalent of $US150 per night, which I felt was a steal knowing how much hotels in the area can cost.

I highly recommend Corte 1321 to anyone, and am glad to have had the opportunity to stay there.

Reviewed by: Patlansing from USA, review #1407

When: April 2006

Got this B&B from recommendations on SlowTrav and they were right on: great location, great hosts, great breakfast and great rooms. Highly recommend it.

We really liked this BB.

It is nice that BB's in Italy seem to welcome children as this one certainly did (we travelled with our 3-year old). The rooms are nicely decorated, clean, with all conveniences, and one of the largest hotel rooms we have seen in Italy so far (we had the triple room right off of the courtyard). Our room included a little kitchen and we walked right out onto the courtyard, which was very convenient for our stroller.

Amelia was very helpful throughout our visit. If you want to take a gondola ride, we recommend the gondolier that Amelia works with. It was a beautiful ride, and a must for our 3-yr old. We loved the little trattorie near the B&B, and the little shops, especially some in the direction of Campo San Polo.

Very easy walks to many of the sights and near a vaporetto stop, which was very helpful when we were weary after a day of walking. Would stay here again in a second.

Reviewed by: Cigale from FL, review #1067

When: May 2005

A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN, worth 5 stars! Absolutely gorgeous B&B, Lovely owners, lovely location, will stay again.

There is no better place to start your vacation than this amazing Venice B&B! From the very first moment after we landed at the Venice Airport and made one phone call to advise Deborah that we had finally made it, nothing but grace and warmth were extended to us. We were greeted at the vaporetto stop "San Silvestro" which was a Godsend, since we had missed our connection and were extremely exhausted when we arrived. We were personally walked back to their home and as you enter into the B&B there is a beautiful ancient black Venetian door that Deborah whisked open and we were transported into a magnificent courtyard of peace and tranquility, filled with plants and trees. Hidden in the mist were tables and chairs for one to sit and relax, or listen to the beautiful sounds of the birds, or just have a glass of "prosecco" -- the Nectar of the Gods. We really enjoyed this sanctuary after a long day of walking and admiring the beauty of Venice; it was a pleasant way to end the day. From the other side of the courtyard we were taken up a flight of steps down a long hallway and if you looked left there were gorgeous inlaid wood windows on the left, that open onto a canal view below. As the hallway led further down, there was a handsome old wood table that held some great guide/travel books on Venice and along with a dark black open faced vase filled with local business cards on some fantastic restaurants. (Which, by the way, you could help yourself to.) Just ask Deborah or Amelia to give you their recommendation on the many restaurants near their home. You do not have to go too far for a really good meal! If needed, one of them can make a reservation for you.

There are 3 guest bedrooms upstairs. Our spacious room had dark exposed wood beams in the ceiling, a handsome handmade platform queen size bed, with a beautiful bedspread (later on I found out that all the sheets are hand ironed!!) There was a couch, table and two sitting chairs, along with a wardrobe to for hanging your clothes. The best part of the room was the glorious bathroom ... it included a bathtub! (This room comes with two bathrooms.)

We had a gorgeous view of the courtyard and at night we were able to open the windows and look out and listen to the sounds of the night. The most amazing part of this room, it came equipped with two air-conditioning wall units! In the morning breakfast was served in the courtyard by Amelia or Deborah, and they put on the most lavish breakfast of the finest pastries from the local bakery, (the chocolate ones are the best), hot coffee, tea, juices - passion fruit and orange juice (Ruby red) which was outstanding!!! - jam, butter and some cheese, fit for a King or Queen. This lovely B&B is centrally located to some of the greatest food finds in Venice. You are only minutes away from the breathtaking Rialto Bridge and world famous Vegetable/Fish/Flower Market, which holds some of the finest fruits, vegetables and fish!! There are some very outstanding restaurants near the the B&B, ”Antico Dolo”, and "Vivialdi's.” The best cichetti bar is “Alla Botte” -- ask for directions. If you're looking for a place to just hang and have a lite snack or great glass local wine or spritz, check out “Al Marca” at 219 Campo Cesare, it's at the base of Rialto bridge on the west side.

If I had an inside link to heaven, this B&B is the next best thing to heaven for sure! These two amazing women not only have a undying passion for its culture, food and all of what Venice has to offer!, but they have brought their dream all the way from San Francisco to Venice and turned an old building, that stood still in time, into reality of hope and a bright future of joy to share with others. I highly recommend this place to all who come to Venice.

Reviewed by: Salgal from MA, review #818

When: July 2004

Lovely B&B in a good location.

We rented two rooms from this newly opened B&B for three nights. It is run by two American women - Amelia and her mother Deborah. It is a find.

The B&B had just opened in April so everything was sparkling and brand new. The bathrooms were especially lovely. Our teenagers stayed in a triple room with a bathroom that had a window opened out onto a little canal. My husband and I stayed in a double room with a large bathroom that had a shower and a deep soaking tub. The rooms are decorated beautifully, the sheets were high quality and the beds were very comfortable. There were screens on the windows and air-conditioning, which we used in July.

Amelia serves a lovely breakfast in the courtyard. She has lived in Venice for years, so she had that unique quality of being American but thoroughly knowledgeable about all things Italian and Venetian.

We loved the location and there were many restaurants and little shops nearby. For some reason, there are only two rooms currently being shown on their web site. When we were there, there were three B&B rooms and also a lovely apartment for rent.

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