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Review 3078: Owner, Apartment Sansoni

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Review by andasamo from Canada who is a SlowTrav Contributor

1bed/1bath apartment in San Polo, Venice


Apartment Sansoni doorway, photo by andasamo

When

July 7 to 14, 2007, one week

Location

Campiello dei Sansoni is in San Polo, just minutes from the Rialto. The area is one of the oldest in the city, and the buildings are often very close together; the girls and I loved it, Dave felt a bit claustrophobic. The apartment is on the second floor above Jazz Bar 900. We heard the music/club sounds only when had the windows open and even then it was not loud.

This is a fantastic location for walking to sights such as the Rialto market, San Marco, the Frari, Accademia, etc.

Nearby Amenities

The Rialto market and shops along the Calle Rughetta are only a minute or two away, and have everything you could want by way of produce, meat, bread, and cheese. The Coop store in Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio, maybe a ten minute walk away, has everything else such as milk, yogurt, wine, garbage bags, etc.

The House/Apartment

The building seems very old, but in good shape. The entrance hall had a musty, mildew smell but the apartment itself did not.

The apartment door opens into a very small hallway, with the bathroom to the left. Then into the dining room, with small kitchen to the right and large bedroom to the left. The bedroom was big enough for all beds, but the girls preferred to have their own space, so we moved the two single beds out to the tiny entryway. So it was a bit tight coming in the door, but not unmanageable.

There are four large windows in the aparment, all with shutters. We kept them closed during the heat of the day, and at night to keep the mosquitos out. There is an A/C unit that worked very well, a clothes drying rack, plus clothesline outside the windows.

One night, the noise of a very heated argument next door was disruptive, but otherwise we didn't hear the other neighbours. As mentioned, the Jazz Bar on the bottom floor was not noisy at all during our stay.

You can view the apartment directly: Apartment Sansoni.

Garden

No private outside area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was very clean, but extremely basic and sparsely finished. There is only one living/dining room. There are two wooden benches plus two stools around a small table (large enough for four, but only just). There was also a TV, plus a couple end tables. This is not a room for lounging, but that wasn't a big issue for us. One evening the four of us all piled on the master bed to relax and wind down, but mostly we were fine sitting around the table.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds were okay. One single bed was a bit saggy, but our teen loved it; the other was quite firm and perfect for our younger daughter. The master bed was two twins put together into one king size so you could feel where the beds joined in the middle, but was otherwise comfortable enough.

There is only one bathroom, which was sufficient. The shower is a hand held, but good pressure and hot water supply; the tub is very tiny. Toilet, bidet and sink all clean and functional.

Kitchen

Very small but functional kitchen. Small fridge, four-burner stove with oven and clothes washer. The hose from the washer drains into one half of the double sink, we used the other half for washing dishes. Above the sink is a handy dish drying rack. The cupboards are stocked with good quality Lagostina cookware, enough dishes for four people, and basics such as salt, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, herbs, tea, coffee, etc. I had no problem cooking pasta, meat and vegetables. The kitchen is at the end of the apartment closest to the Jazz Bar so I enjoyed the quiet music drifting up as I cooked.

Problems or Bonuses

Not really any surprises good or bad. Perhaps that the bar was much less noisy than I had expected.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We rented from the owner. He was very pleasant, meeting us in the apartment on arrival (we were a bit late since took longer to obtain our Venice cards at the train station than we planned for). He gave us all the information we needed, explained where various shops were located, rounded up an extra key for us, and said he lived just in the building so to call if we needed anything. Oh and he also left us a bottle of Prosecco as a welcome gift.

The apartment was very much as I expected based on the websites I checked. It is not luxury living by any stretch, but it is a clean, basic apartment in a quiet but very central location in Venice (and only one flight of stairs to walk up!) Our family of four paid 550 for a week in Venice in July.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

This apartment is so basically furnished, it would not suit everyone; but I would highly recommend it to those who are happy with inexpensive, clean, bare bones accommodation. For such a bargain price, I would definitely stay here again. We almost felt like locals in this place, which is an experience to be treasured.

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