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Review 1951: VeniceApartments.org, Gradenigo


Review by maryk from Australia who is a SlowTrav Contributor

studio apartment near San Toma, Venice


February 2006, 10 days


This was my third rental in Venice, and as I was travelling by myself this time I only required a very small apartment. I was there for 10 days during February 2006. Jonathan (SlowTrav moderator) had mentioned this apartment and it sounded perfect – terrific location, ideal for one, and inexpensive.

VeniceApartments.org responses were extremely prompt, the information about the apartment, payment, key pick-up and directions was clear and the price was right! I paid only 60 euro per night, plus a 30 euro cleaning fee. So for 10 nights the total was 630 euro – a bargain.

VeniceApartments.org have a key pick up system – you go to their office near Piazzale Roma. If you’re arriving after hours they send you a code for their locked box outside the office where you’ll find your keys. This was fine by me as I’d been to Venice before and knew my way around (and was very familiar with where the apartment was) but it may be both a bit daunting for first time visitors and annoying if your apartment was on the other side of Venice.

The apartment is in the calle leading from the San Toma vaporetto stop, an area I both love and am familiar with having stayed nearby for 5 weeks the previous year.

You enter from the calle into a small, open entrance area and then up one step into the apartment. There’s a fair sized open plan living, dining and kitchen area and an alcove with a queen size bed (a good selection of bedding is provided). There are two good sized windows; the one onto the calle is covered by frosted screens for privacy, the other is onto the entrance area – both double glazed.

The kitchen is modern and has a 3 burner gas cooker, microwave, sink, excellent storage and the best selection of pots, pans and cooking utensils (including knives) I’ve seen in a rental. There are 3 different coffee makers – stove top, percolator and plunger. There was also a good selection of crockery and basics provided – salt, pepper, olive oil etc.

There’s a sofa bed, small TV and dining table with 4 chairs. There’s also a washing machine – but it had a notice on it saying please don’t use. I’m not sure if this is a permanent state of affairs or only temporary. There’s good heating and fans are provided for the summer.

Clothes storage is in an open unit in one corner of the living area.

The bathroom - I had wondered why no pictures or information about the bathroom appear on the website – well – the bathroom is somewhat "different" – not necessarily dreadful – just very small. There’s a hand basin and then a modern (and good) shower but it is located in the same space as the toilet. A shower curtain screens the hand basin area off from the shower/toilet area. The issue is the complete drenching of the toilet and surrounds when you shower – and of course remembering to put the toilet paper out of the way before you shower!

Apart from the apartment really being only one room, the bathroom is the main reason I’d really recommend this apartment as being perfect for 1, okay for 2, but totally unsuitable for any more.

This was a lovely apartment and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. It was spotlessly presented, the agency were really terrific to deal with, the information provided (apart from the washing machine not working) and website pictures were accurate and I’d highly recommend it for one – or maybe - two people.

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