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Review 1436: Views on Venice, Ca' Belle Arti (232)
2bed/1bath apartment in Dorsoduro, Venice
May 2005, 7 days
I have been renting apartments from Views on Venice for years now -- and have never been disappointed. Ca' Belle is in Dorsoduro in Campo S. Agnese. It's a great location, steps away from Fondamenta Zattere and a two-minute walk to Accademia.
The apartment is near the Swiss consulate and has a private entrance. After climbing a few stairs, you arrive in the apartment, which has the feeling of a loft. There's a small kitchen/dining room (a table on the edge of the kitchen); a short wall divides the kitchen from the living room. There are two large bedrooms and a nice bathroom with tub and hand-held shower.
We were the first people to stay in the apartment ater its renovation so everything was brand-new. The owner had stocked a few basic staples (coffee, etc.) and told us if we had to buy anything for the apartment, he would reimburse ue. We didn't take him up on his offer because the apartment didn't lack anything.
The church bells from Chesauti woke us up at 7, but after a few days, we didn't hear them!
This is a great location. Very quiet at night and very residental. I'd stay there again!
A Billa supermarket is about a five-minute walk from the apartment. Restaurants, including my favorite Riveria, are all short walks away. The Zattere and Accademia vaporetto stops are very close. There's an internet/change/ticket office in the campo, but it seems to open only in the morning.
The building isn't "historical", but it is Venice... The apartment is in mint conditon.
No pool. The apartment looks out onto Campo di S. Agnese, so there's plenty of seating.
Again, everythiing was in great conidition -- brand-new -- and very, very clean. Maid service is available, but we didn't use it.
Beds are comfortable and brand-new. The one bathroom was more than adequate.
It's a small kitchen, but very usable. Again, everything is brand-new, from the stove to the pots and pans. There's a microwave, refrigerator, toaster, and stove. We had breakfast in most mornings and had no trouble when we cooked dinner. But, it is small, but with the open loft-like atmosphere, it's not cramped.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The representatives of Views on Venice speak very good English. They will arrange a water taxi to meet you at the airport (and take you back), if you desire. They will meet you near the apartment and give you a thorough briefing on the apartment. They also give you their mobile numbers, as well as the office number. They are very responsive. We think the published information on the apartment gave a very accurate picture of the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would stay in this apartment again. I liked the neighborhood -- just be prepared to wake at 7 for the first few days until you get used to the church bells.
Things to do in this area
Hanging out on the Zattere on a sunny weekend is a great way to spend the day. Many good restaurants. As mentioned, Restaurant Riveria may be my favorite restaurant in Venice.
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