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Review 1012: Owner, La Rosa di Venezia
1bed/1bath apartment near San Marco, Venice
May 2004, 3 nights
This apartment was in a fantastic location, especially for "first timers" like we were. A two minute walk had us at San Marco square and we had restaurants and shops at our doorstep. Even though we were so close to the action, the apartment was quiet and we felt like we were somewhere very private. You can see the Bridge of Sighs from the balcony. The view from every window is very pretty and just as you would picture Venice to be like. To throw open the shutters in the morning and have a person look up and salute you with a nod and a smile from the little bridge below your window is pure magic. And to watch the gondeliers slide along the canal at dusk singing in their deep voices, there is no mistaking where you are in the world...!
Around the corner from the street door to the apartment there are restaurants and coffee shops and a little supermarket to buy essentials. Nowhere was far and we walked to the Rialto market the morning after we arrived, all very simple to find and we found our way back home with relative ease!
The building was silent the entire time we were there, there were stairs to the apartment but there was also a lift, handy if you have heavy luggage like us! There was place near the street door you could take your rubbish to and off the foyer area was a lock up area for each apartment. We were given the keys to use a washing machine that also had a dryer!!!
There is a tiny balcony off the living room. We didn't sit out there but spent a lot of time standing at the railing gazing down onto the canals and bridges below.
An excellent apartment, tastefully furnished with simple yet elegant furnishings, lovely ambience from the choice of colours used and a fantastic kitchen. Nice crockery and utensils, a dishwasher, stove and fridge. The bathroom had a shower over the bath and there was always plenty of hot water. There is an iron and a hairdryer and a TV (in Italian). The apartment was very clean and plenty of blankets and pillows.
The layout makes the apartment a nice size for a couple, two chairs, a tiny table, a two seater couch a large and comfortable bed in it's own space but no door as such. The bathroom was private and the kitchen was seperate to the living area. There is a large ottoman that opens into a single bed. While the owners prefer not to have children stay, we were allowed to stay with our (very well behaved) 5 year old daughter and the apartment was a comfortable size for us all.
Great kitchen with all you need and nice quality things, pretty dishes and so on.
Problems or Bonuses
The only problem we had was paying for the apartment. The methods of payment were limited and not that easy from Australia (no cheques or credit cards or money orders allowed) We used a type of electronic transfer that the owner could then collect and it was VERY expensive and had a shocking exchange rate from Australia. Also, the woman doing the transfer messed up the information so the amount that arrived was incorrect. A painful process in all.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This apartment is a private rental through the owner as it his holiday accommodation. There is a very nice lady who meets you and takes you to the apartment and goes over the rules etc. She was lovely. When we were leaving it was to catch an early train so she wasn't able to come back to see us off. A cleaner was supposed to meet us at the apartment to collect the keys but never turned up before we left. It didn't matter to us and as we had to catch our train we couldn't wait. We had paid in full and left the apartment clean and neat so felt it was OK to go.
The apartment cost 160 euro per night. It is in a very central position and a triple room in a hotel in a similar area in late May with canal views were priced higher, so we felt this was good value for money.
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We explored the San Marco area of Venice very well! We were close to the main sights and loved all of the shops. We walked everywhere and only caught a vaporetto when we were arriving and departing Venice. We were lucky and after arriving in the late afternoon in driving rain, had the most glorious sunshine for the rest of our stay, which made getting around on foot very easy. We found Venice to be a great place to visit with a small child as there is absolutely no traffic! Not even bicycles! Very safe, very clean, very easy.
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