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Review 3318: Venice Rentals, Scala de Bovolo
2bed/1.5bath apartment in San Marco, Venice
December 2007, five weeks
Described as "San Marco apartment with large terrace," it's in the sestieri di San Marco, across from Scala Contarini del Bovolo, a few minutes to Piazza San Marco.
Just a few minutes to Campo San Luca with plenty of shops, eateries.
The building is old but in pretty good shape. Even though, there are a lot of tourists checking out the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the apartment is pretty quiet.
The apartment is on the third floor (American). It has two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, sitting/dining room, separate kitchen plus two foyers/doors.
The apartment has a lot of windows. The view of the Scala is great from six of the windows of the apartment.
There is a large terrace one floor above the apartment with table and chairs but since it was winter, we didn't use it.
There are two sofas (could be sofa beds) with a coffee table in between - one is too soft and uncomfortable; the other one is comfortable but had to be covered because it was itchy. There is a dining table with four chairs with pads that kept falling off. The ties were mostly broken.
The problem of this room is the floor - it dips so much that we had to put 1-inch paperback books to level the dining room chairs (a hassle).
There are two bedrooms - one with a queen-size bed, the other twin beds. The twin-bedded room is the newer of the two bedrooms. The beds were on the soft side so we used it for drying clothes, ironing, etc.
The queen-size bed can use a new mattress. It's musty and dips where it was most used. There are built-in cupboards. The cupboard with the extra blankets, bed covers, etc. smelled, which meant that the bedding needed washing (yuk!). The towels and extra sheets were in another cupboard, thankfully.
There is a full bathroom (toilet, bidet, sink, tub with shower head and washing machine) and a WC (toilet, bidet & sink). We didn't bother with the second toilet - the toilet seat is too small for the toilet rim. The full bathroom needs updating or deep cleaning at the minimum.
But the biggest problem is the water pressure. The water flow/pressure was so low that you cannot control the temperature - very critical for the shower. It was either too hot or too cold. I actually had to buy a bucket to have enough warm water to wash my hair (another big hassle).
This apartment has a decent size kitchen with big refrigerator (not one of those under the counter refrigerators), stove with oven, microwave and we were provided with a toaster. There were plenty of dishes but mainly mix/match. The coffee/tea cups were mostly stained inside. The kitchen can also use a good cleaning - back splash, cabinets, window sills were grungy.
Problems or Bonuses
For an apartment that rents for €1600 a week, although we only paid €3600/month, we expected a much better kept apartment. The location is great. This could be a great apartment if it is renovated and kept clean. The apartment actually looked clean enough when we first arrived until one looked closer - ledges, corners, crevasses, etc. The apartment also smelled musty in places. We used deodorizer and plenty of candles.
The water pressure is the biggest hassle.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Denise and Maurizio are very nice. One day we lost the hot water. Maurizio came to check it out and found out that a part needed replacing. We were put up in the pensione across the calle for the night. Denise mentioned that they maybe dropping this apartment as the owners (three siblings) could not/would not agree to renovations.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
At the current condition, we will never stay in this apartment again nor can we recommend it to anyone.
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