Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1817: Vacation Rental Apartments, First Floor Apartment
apartments in Dorsoduro, Venice
October 2005, 1 week
The apartment was in Dorsoduro, close to the Ca' Rezzonico vaporetto stop and very near the Campo San Barnaba, it was also convenient to the Campo Santa Margherita. The area was very nice and we were very pleased with it.
It was Venice so we were in walking distance of everything. We were about 5 or so minutes from a large Billa supermarket and even closer to a smaller supermarket near the Campo Santa Margherita. We were close to many restaurants, shops, bars, and several internet points.
The apartment was the 1st floor apartment in a house that also had two other aparments, a 2nd floor and a garden level apartment. The apartment was large, with a sitting/dining room area, a roomy well equipped kitchen, a dressing room with a closet and drawers, a bathroom with a tub and shower and a large bedroom with a double and single bed. There were windows in every room. The apartment was well lit with plenty of light fixtures with high wattage bulbs, at night with the shutters closed it was very dark and quiet. There was central heating and the place was always comfortable. There was a TV, a radio/cd player with many CDs, a washing machine and an iron/ironing board.
Our apartment had a balcony with a table and chairs overlooking the garden. You could see the bell tower of the Carmini church and hear (and see the bells swinging) when they rang from the balcony.
The apartment was comfortably furnished, there was a large couch, good for watching TV, there were several chairs and bench seating around the dining room table. There was a chair by the TV, and another in the bedroom. The apartment was very clean and welcoming.
The bed was comfortable with plenty of blankets and pillows, lights on either side of the bed. There was a double bed and a single in the bedroom. There was plenty of storage space with lots of room for clothes and luggage to be put away. The door to the balcony opened from the bedroom. The bathroom was large with a good shower with good water pressure and plenty of hot water, there was a window in the bathroom that opened onto the balcony.
The kitchen had room enough for two, it was well equipped, there were plenty of pots, pans, dishes and cutlery and some of the basics to get you going, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, oil, etc. There was also a bottle of wine and crackers waiting for us.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was even better than it was represented, in addition to the basics there were some nice extras such as a variety of CDs, and a large amount of material on Venice, several guidebooks (even Chow Venice!) as well as lots of brochures and a notebook of information about nearby stores, restaurants, etc.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I found the apartment originally on vacation rentals by owner (VRBO) and emailed the owner who lives in California when not in Venice. She was very helpful and accommodating and gave me a lot of information, including pictures, maps and the best way to get there from the airport. The on-site couple was very helpful and very nice and spoke pretty good English. We paid 650 euro for one week in October.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to anyone who was looking for a place to stay in Venice.
Things to do in this area
We were close to everything, we enjoyed hanging out on the Campo Santa Margherita and the Campo San Barnaba, we were close to the Zattere, and several vaporetti stops. There were plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars nearby.
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