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Review 3209: Italy-Accom, Gritti

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Review by Mark C from US

2bed/2bath apartment in Santa Croce, Venice


When

November 2007, 3 nights

Location

The Apartment Gritti location is fantastic. It sits directly on the Grand Canal. The apartment Gritti is in the Santa Croce area of Venice however a better location reference is the Rialto Bridge, as its only about a three-minute walk to this well know landmark. The apartment is only a one-minute walk from the San Silvestro vaporetto stop making getting around Venice a breeze from this apartment.

Nearby Amenities

From the apartment it was an easy one-minute walk to the nearest coffee shop and various cafes. The Riva Del Vin is also a one-minute walk away with its numerous tourist shops and restaurants. A small grocery store is about two minutes away in the San Silvestro Square. Within a five-minute walk was every other kind of shop and restaurant you can imagine including a wonderful outdoor food market.

The House/Apartment

The Gritti is located in a wonderful old Palazzo. It has beautiful plaster detail on the ceilings, terrazzo floors and spectacular views of the Grand Canal.

This is a big apartment. My estimate is that its well over 1000 square feet. Four of us stayed here very comfortably. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The living room has two sofas (one is a sleeper sofa), two tables and numerous chairs. Views are of the Grand Canal.

There is also a large separate dining room with big dining table that we never used. This is the room you enter from the front door. Its a bit dark. Views are of a very narrow alley.

Being located directly on the Grand Canal this apartment is not quiet. Gondoliers ride by singing "Volare" all day and you can hear the vaporetti pulling into its nearby stop all night. For us, this was part of its charm.

Garden

There is no garden, no outdoor sitting area and no pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furnishings were in pretty good shape, many appearing to be antiques. The apartment has ample seating, in fact more seating then most would ever need. The sofas and beds were comfortable and the apartment was clean.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The master bedroom is very large with a comfortable double bed and separate seating area. The seating area has a sofa, two upholstered chairs and a coffee table. Views are of the Grand Canal. This is a pretty room.

The second bedroom is small with a low, very old, beamed ceiling and twin beds. Its all white and a bit boring. A tiny window looks down into a shared foyer below.

The apartment has two bathrooms. Both bathrooms have a toilet, bidet and sink.

The master bathroom is accessed through the master bedroom and includes a good shower.

The second bathroom is accessed through the dining room includes a tiny bathtub with no shower. There is also a combination clothing washer/dryer in this bathroom.

Kitchen

The kitchen is good, not great, with a large refrigerator and the usual appliances. There is also an iron/ironing board and a couple of rolling basket carts available to help with shopping.

Problems or Bonuses

Bonuses

  • Fantasic Location
  • Big Apartment
  • Beautiful Views
  • Hearing Gondoliers sing "Volare" every day.

The apartment did not really have any problems but the following should be noted:

  • This is truly a self service apartment. At all of the vacation apartments I have used the owner/manager meets you at the apartment ... not here. The key pickup for this apartment is in an office over 1/2 mile from the apartment itself. Because we arrived after office hours we retrieved the key from a lock box located in front of the office and then made our way to the apartment using written directions provided with the key. We never saw an owner or manager and never received the usual overview on how everything in the apartment works. We were still easily able to find the apartment however getting around Venice can be somewhat unusual if you dont understand it and how it works. Consider this to be a bit of an adventure and you you wont have any problems.
  • This apartment did not have a working phone.
  • There is no Internet access.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency, Italy Accommodation was very good. As per above, there was no on site person. The apartment was very accurately represented on the website. We felt this apartment was a bargain based on location and size. Our cost in November 2007 was 325 per night.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would recommend this apartment to others and I would stay here again. I think anyone who rents an apartment in Venice should keep in mind that Venice is old and this apartment is old ... hundreds and hundreds of years old. It's not the Ritz but it's no dump either. Expect a big comfortable apartment in a great location and you wont be disappointed. On a 1-10 scale with a 10 being perfect, I call this apartment a solid 7.

Things to do in this area

This part of the review is easy. Venice is a compact city and from our apartment we did everything. We saw all the big sights, ate fantastic food and drank to our hearts content. Unfortunately I cant remember a restaurant name to save my life but I do remember the name of my favorite drink, Belini!

Fun Tip. This apartment is located directly next door to a famous Venetian Palazzo (I dont remember its name but it's only 10 feet away). As such, all of the Gondoliers point it out to their customers who all look in the direction of this apartment. When you are in the window they all wave to you. Buy a Venetian mask and wear it in the window. Every tourist on every gondola will take your picture.

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