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Review 2050: Rentagora.net, San Apostoli Apartment
2bed/1bath apartment in Cannaregio, Venice
March 2006, Ten Days
This apartment is located in a very central campo in the center of Venice - not the "tourist" center, but the real center. The location is great; it is easy to either walk or take a vaporetto anywhere in the city. The apartment is on the 4th/top floor of a building with one apartment underneath. There is no elevator. It is a fairly urban setting, with other buildings and apartments all around. Campo San Apostoli is a great base to stay - that is why we chose this apartment.
There are many, many cafes, shops and restaurants all around the area. There is a Co-Op supermarket around the corner, and the larger Billa supermarket is about a five minute walk away. The fantastic pizzeria Casa Mia is literally outside the front door. There is a wine shop that serves wine out of barrels and lots of bakeries in the vicinity. You cannot go wrong, food-wise, in this neighborhood.
The building is old but not historical. The apartment itself is quiet, however, there is outside noise coming up from people walking and talking in the street. One bedroom has rooms looking out onto the campo, and the campo can get a bit noisy at night, for Venice. Closing the bedroom shutters blocked most of the street noise.
One of the nice things about the apartment was all the windows letting in lots of light. The inside windows looked out over the back side of the church or other buildings, but they kept the apartment brightly lit during the day.
Utilities were included in the rental fee. The heater worked well, and kept the flat at a comfortable temperature. (We were there at the end of March, so didn't need air conditioning.)
There is no outside sitting area, but sitting in the window overlooking the campo is almost as good.
This is a budget apartment. The furniture is fine if you are not expecting glamour. I would not recommend this apartment to anyone looking for typical Venetian antiques. The couches and tables were basic. Everything was fairly clean - not uber clean. There was a big dining table and lots of chairs, and one comfortable sofabed.
The beds are moderately comfortable - not horrible, but not plush. The bedrooms are fine for a budget apartment. The larger, corner bedroom had a king bed and a single bed, a nightstand, a small table and chairs, and a double IKEA-style armoire. The other bedroom had two twin-sized beds, a small bookshelf between them, a writing desk and chair, and another IKEA armoire. There were extra linens in colored storage boxes above the armoires.
Both bedrooms had windows that opened and the rooms got plenty of natural light. Otherwise, each room had an overhead light and a single (low watt) lamp.
There is only one bathroom and it is one of the only bad things about the apartment. The tub is tiny and has a small shelf in it that makes it sort of hard to stand in (sitting and bathing is better). There was an electrical short in the light and it kept going out. We replaced the bulb once, then realized it was the fixture itself that had a problem. Also, the door between the bathroom and the kitchen is a plastic weaved thing (sliding door) that makes the bathroom not so private.
The kitchen is large and pretty comfortable. There are plenty of plates, pans and utensils of decent quality. You could definitely cook meals there. There was a full-sized refrigerator and 4-burner gas stove with oven. (There was even a toaster!) The kitchen also had a small table and two chairs.
Problems or Bonuses
No major surpises with the rental, either positive or negative. The apartment door is right at the top of the stairs, with a 'barely there' landing. After the first time we nearly fell into the apartment after unlocking and opening the door (or down the stairs after pulling it closed and locking it), it made us very careful ... And caused us to think twice about stopping for that second grappa on the way home at night!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We initially sent an email to VRBO (Vacation rental by owner) but received a response from the website I have notated above. The agency was great and our contact wrote in English. The owner of the apartment met us on time at the apartment and although he didn't speak much English, we communicated fine. There is no glamour on the website, and no glamour in the apartment. So it was good all around. We only paid €90 per night for a two-bedroom apartment that could sleep five people.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again. For the price we paid, it was a great base. We did not spend a lot of time at home, though - this apartment was a place to crash at night and make coffee in the morning. And drinking coffee while watching life in the campo is great.
Things to do in this area
From this area you can be in Piazza San Marco in fifteen minutes, and the Rialto in ten. You can see many of the hidden corners of Venice that no one ever sees. There are lots of great restaurants and bars around, too. The Ca' d'Oro museum (and vaporetto stop) is just up the street, and the Santa Sofia traghetto station is just around the corner for easy access to Rialto.
Excellent location and spacious apartment for budget-conscious Slow Travelers. Climbing three flights of stairs 2+ times daily helped us walk off the pizza, vino, and gelato we indulged in!
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