Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2697: Vacation Rental Apartments, First Floor Apartment
apartments in Dorsoduro, Venice
April, 2007, 4 nights
In Venice, in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. The location was ideal for us. The street is relatively quiet. The neighborhood is less touristy then others in Venice, yet you are situated very close to some not so touristy treats (Zattere, Campo Santa Margherita, Campo San Barnaba), as well as, the major attractions. Location could not be better for one wanting to experience Venice for the first time yet feel part of a neighborhood (if that is possible in Venice).
Coffee, baked goods, salumi, restaurants, fresh produce, grocery store, Internet point, etc. are all within walking distance. Vaporetto stop is two blocks away.
The building is old and charming. Our friends were on the top floor and we were on the first floor. It's a peaceful street; the only real noise at night were the bells of the local church which we enjoyed, but some could be awakened by the rings. Our apartment had a central living room with couch, small breakfast table and bench (which was a bit hard to use), a small but functional kitchen and a back bedroom with a large bed that we (two adults and a four year old) shared comfortably. The upstairs apartment is similar and there is a garden apartment on the ground floor.
It looked nice and we could see it from our balcony, but we did not use the garden as we were out and about most of the time.
The furniture is in decent shape and it (including the bed) were comfortable. My only substantial complaint was that the apartment could be cleaner. It was neat, but needed a good scrubbing. The floors were dirty and the kitchen a little cruddy (i.e. some of the dishes and silverware were not washed well, the floor was dirty). Also, the apartment's inner structure was in some disrepair. One wall in the bedroom was missing a chunk of paint and drywall, which was somewhat unsightly. This may be normal for Venice since moisture and ground movement are a part of everyday life.
Bedroom was roomy and comfortable. A little dark, but fine. There are shutters are all over the apartment that allow for a fair amount of light during the day. The bathroom was very functional and clean.
As I said, a little grimy upon close inspection, but still very useful. There were lots of pots, pans, dishes, etc., and the basics: salt, sugar, etc.
Problems or Bonuses
There is heating, which we needed a little. It is slow, but worked. We enjoyed having a TV, CD player with CDs, the kitchen, iron and a washing machine (both one in the apartment and one for the building to share). There are also plenty of guidebooks to browse (we left one).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner has friends nearby who introduced us and were very helpful and friendly. Giussepe speaks a little English. The owner is in California and is a joy to deal and chat with. Everything was as expected and the price is good.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay there again mainly because of the neighborhood, price and no real major complaints. A good spring cleaning would make the apartment exceptional.
Things to do in this area
Everything. Walk to Santa Margherita and buy great bread and produce (the bakery in the square is great), eat wonderful gelato (Il Doge), watch children play, etc. Accademia, Guggenheim, Zattere waterfront area and even San Marco are all walking distance away. Two good restaurants on the block and a wine shop which will fill your water bottle with local and serviceable vino rosso for less than a can of soda.
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