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Review 1156: VeniceApartments.org, Galbajo
large studio apartment in Rialto, Venice
October 8, 2004, 4 nights
If you want to be away from the hordes of tourists in Venice, this is an ideal spot. Though just a few minutes from the Rialto bridge, the apartment overlooks a quiet Calle (Calle del Pestrin), just a few minutes from Foundamente Nova Vappereto stop. You may see kids playing ball in the square and get the feeling that this is where people live in Venice. I never heard English spoken on the streets. There is a bakery shop next door and a number of small restaurants.
Well, this is Venice! There is a Coop supermarket within 3 minutes (if you don't get lost!) We usually walked over to Rialto early in the morning for coffee and watched the market wake up but there were closer places. We found a restaurant reviewed by Dean Gold (La Frasca) that happened to be about three minutes from our apartment. We were a few minutes walk to the Vappereto stop at Foundamente Nova, but we mostly walked everywhere.
The building was not historical (but it was old) It was very well maintained and clean with about 5 or 6 other apartments. The building was very quiet, we rarely saw anyone else.
There was not a garden or outside sitting area. The view from the apartment was on the Calle, which was picturesque. The apartments had beautiful wooden windows and skylights.
The furniture was serviceable, as shown in the photos. The apartment was very clean and comfortable. Ideal for a couple, but the there is a sofa bed for another couple or a child. This is a studio but I noticed there was a screen to divide the large room, if needed. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout. An area rug would have added to the warmth of the place.
Bed was very comfortable. There was one bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet and bidet as well as a washing machine.
The kitchen was small; we did not cook a full meal there, usually ate cold food. There was a fridge and a cooktop. Pots, pans, utensils were there as well as a coffee maker, toaster and kettle. Counter space was limited, but a meal could be cooked here as long as there was one chef and maybe one helper.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was exactly as photographed on the website, it actually looked better in "person." The plus was the quiet Calle and the nice view of it, out the windows.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was great! VeniceApartments.org seems to be a small operation run by Mick. He was very helpful answering questions, providing maps etc. before we arrived. We were met at the boat and then escorted to the apartment. We had received a photo of Roberta, so we knew who to expect. She was able to answer our questions and provided us with a map. We had to pay cash for this apartment, they do not accept credit cards. It was 495 euros for four nights- including cleaning. Early October is still high season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I certainly would stay there again and would recommend it to anyone who wants a step above budget. This is not a luxery apartment but it was very comforable and clean. The agency was great and they have many other apartments, at all levels, in Venice.
Things to do in this area
The restaurants recommnded by Dean Gold proved to be great, so I would definately follow his advice. Prices were reasonable and we usually had the house wine, so that kept the prices down. La Frasca was exactly how he described it, down to the neighborhood cat.
A good pizza place is La Perla, near the Coop, accross from a movie theatre.
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