Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2251: VeniceApartments.org, Grimani
1bed/1bath apartment near San Toma, Venice
May - June 2006, 2 weeks
Centrally located in the San Toma area, it is situated between the Rialto Bridge and The Accademia Bridge. It is also within 25 yards of both a vaporetto stop and a tragetto that provides a short cut to San Marco.
Just a few steps away from Campo San Toma. There is a bar/cafe no more than 30 yards away with outdoor tables that are perfect for people watching while you have your morning coffee. A small bakery in the campo provides a daily supply of bread and sweets. A chocolate shop is located directly across the Calle; it is one of the wonders of Venice. The nearest supermarket is in Campo Margarita about 20 minutes away. A smaller but adequate store is about a seven minute walk from the apartment. There are several good restaurants within five to ten minutes away.
The apartment is located one flight up in a three story building. There is one apartment below and one above. The apartment consists of a bedroom, bathroom and living/dining/kitchenette room. The bedroom is located on a calle that has a fair amount of traffic. The living room looks out onto a small quiet garden/patio. Sunlit windows provided a nice writing area in the morning.
The apartment was very clean and well oufitted. The furniture was servicable and in good shape. This is not a luxery rental, but rather a charming hide-away at a reasonable price. There is a lounge chair and double sofa bed in the living room. The dining area has a table and four chairs. A storage unit provides a small TV, CD player, books and guides.
Two comfortable single beds in the bedroom can be pushed together to form a double. There was an abundance of closet and drawer space. The bathroom appeared to be newly tiled. It had a stand up shower stall, lav and WC. There was plenty of hot water and pressure.
The kitchen had four gas burners, a microwave oven, and refrigerator, all clean and in working order. The drawers were stocked with the usual kitchen supplies, including a coffee maker. There is also a combination clothes washing/drying machine.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The apartment looked exactly like the pictures and description on the web site. Venice Apartments is owned and run by a father-son team (both named Mick). They speak English and are very responsive when contacted by e-mail. A feature that I appreciated is their office, located near the bus station. It provided a convenient place to pick up keys, transact business and resolve problems (e.g., Help! I can't find the remote.) The office is open six days a week and there is a drop box for Sundays.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This was my second rental from Venice Apartments and I could not be more pleased.
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