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Review 1358: In Italy, Santa Croce
3bed/2bath apartment in Santa Croce, Venice
March 31 - April 3, 2005, 3 nights
This apartment was located in Venice's Santa Croce neighborhood, on a quiet square that fronts onto the Grand Canal. Very convenient to the train station and Piazzale Roma. The Rive de Basio vaporetto stop is only about a 3 minute walk from the apartment. It was a lovely neighborhood - very quiet. Close to other buildings, but very private. It is on the third floor of a building with no elevator.
The grocery store was about a 5 - 10 minute walk. It was not that easy to find until the 2nd day, as the streets in Venice are more confusing than in other cities. At least they were to us. Several restaurants in the Santa Croce neighborhood. The one we like the most was Ae Oche - recommended to us by the apartment owner and very good food.
No, I don't think that the building was historical. The building was in very good shape. The apartment was very peaceful and quiet with a nice view of the Grand Canal out the living room windows. The apartment faced a campo which was very peaceful and quiet. There were maybe one or two other apartments in this building. We never saw anyone else.
You could walk downstairs to the campo and sit on benches right on the Grand Canal. We did not do this, but saw others sitting and enjoying the view. This sitting area is shared by anyone who wants to use it. There was no pool.
The furniture was in good shape and was very comfortable. Two small couches in the living room that were quite comfy. The apartment was very clean. There was plenty of seating space for the four of us.
The beds were very comfortable and the bedrooms were very nice (two bedrooms on the main floor and one bedroom upstairs). There were two bathrooms. The downstairs, main bathroom had a tub. The upstairs bathroom was right off the third bedroom and had a shower.
The kitchen was small but usable. We only had breakfast here. We did not cook dinner, so I could not tell you if there was sufficient pots and pans. It looks like there was.
Problems or Bonuses
The view from the living room was a pleasant surprise. The comfy feeling to this aparment was also a pleasant surprise. No unpleasant surprises.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Again, In Italy was very nice to deal with. The onsite person was the owner, Michele, who was extremely nice and met us at the apartment on the day we arrived. Michele did speak English and was very helpful. The reality of the place accurately reflected the published information.
We paid approximately $1200 for 3 nights the first week of April, 2005. I believe it rents for $1800/week, which is a much better price.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would recommend this apartment to others, although I thought it was a little expensive for a 3 night stay. However, you are getting a three bedroom apartment, and we really only needed two bedrooms. And the weekly price of $1800 is much better ($250/night) than the nightly price of $400 for stays of less than one week.
Things to do in this area
Again, Venice is at your doorstep. We loved the Ae Oche restaurant which is about a 10 minute walk from the apartment and which was recommended to us by the owner, Michele.
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