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Review 3778: Owner, St Mark's Terrace (#151184)
2bed/1bath apartment in San Marco, Venice
September 2008, 6 nights
This apartment could not be in a better location. Two minutes walk from the bustle of Piazza San Marco, the apartment in a quiet little courtyard by a canal.
Though surrounded by other buildings, the apartment was very private as it was the only one on that floor and one of the highest in the locality; the view was amazing!
There are lots and lots of cafes and restaurants in the area, within a few minutes walking from the apartment. The closest grocery store was about 10 minutes walk, there were also several pastry shops, a fruit and vegetable shop and a 'deli' type shop within close walking distance. The Rialto market is also about 10 minutes walk, depending on the route one takes.
I have no idea how old the building was, it had an elevator thank goodness as the apartment is on the fifth floor (European). It was generally very quiet and the other units seemed to be used by doctors and architects so no one else seems to live in the building. One could not be more central and yet have peace and quiet as, except for the general hubbub of the street below, it was very quiet and peaceful.
The apartment was a decent size and much and we didn't feel cramped in the least there.
One can hear the bells from the clock tower and the bell tower ringing every hour even through the night!
There were two terraces/balconies. One was the length of the front and had doors from the living room and kitchen, with seating area and views of Venice and the bell tower. The other was accessed via the bedroom and also had seating area and views of Venice, the clock tower and the domes of the basilica. Both were very private.
The apartment was generally comfortable and clean. There was a decent sized couch and four chairs at the dining table in the living room, though we were told that two were broken and would be fixed, they weren't fixed while we were there but that didn't affect us as we were two. The furniture was a mix of old and new pieces. The lighting in the living room was awful and one could not see well enough to read a book.
Bed was a good size as was the bedroom. I found the bed comfortable though foam type mattresses aren't for everyone.
The bathroom was a decent size and recently remodeled. Only gripe I had is that the water pressure was poor( possibly a problem all over Venice) and that the hot water was very intermittent, seemed like the hot water heater was a bit temperamental. This wasn't a problem as it was summer but in winter it might be an issue to have the shower go from hot to cold to hot and back to cold all the time.
Also, we were given only two towels, not normal 'terry' or 'Turkish' towels but more like textured dish towels and rather small and rough. This is no good when you have hair to wash. I had to take the towel from the kitchen to use as a hand towel in the bathroom. There was no curtain on the clear glass bathroom window. We found a piece of plastic in a closed and stuck that up for privacy.
One other small point: the bed cover/spread was not washed between us (and presumably before us) and the next occupants. I know this as we had left the luggage in the apartment and the bed was already made up when we went back. I know that this occurs in hotels but when people are staying a number of days, it would be nice to have the bed cover/spread washed between guests.
The kitchen was adequate though it has not been remodelled. The 1950s cabinets are quaint though. However, the work surfaces/counter tops were minimal and the 'table' top was wobbly and almost impossible to chop vegetables on as it shook too much. Dishes and pots were of the Ikea variety and we had adequate for light cooking, though one or two more pots would not go amiss. The stove could use a good scrub as, thought it was basically clean, there was some ground in grease in the corners and edges. Am I picky? Yes.
Problems or Bonuses
Took us ages to find the hairdryer and iron, tucked away up high in a closet in the hallway. The A/C was one unit in the hallway so not 'central air.' While this was not a problem for us, as the weather turned cool and we didn't need it, it could be an issue during hot weather.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners were Italian and American and so spoke English just fine. We had no problems with contact or getting email responses to questions prior to arrival. The information and photos seem to have been accurate representations of the apartment. I guess Venice is expensive and we were probably paying more for the convenience of being in such a central location and having the luxury of balconies. We paid €170 per night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! Only reservation would be for those who are claustrophobic as the elevator was tiny!
Things to do in this area
It's the center of Venice! Everything to do there!
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