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Review 4100: VeniceApartments.org, Querini
2bed/1bath apartment in San Palo, Venice
May 21, 2009 - May 25, 2009, 4 nights
Querini was located in a historic Palazzo in the San Polo area of Venice, between San Toma and San Silvestro. It was a great location and very quiet. I think most of you know it as Corte Tiepolo.
We could walk to everything, but also found the San Toma boat stop very easy to reach. Since we have visited Venice many times, we usually visit our favorite restaurants from previous trips, but all were close to the apartment.
This building is historical and many of you have stayed there, but the names of the apartments change when using rental agencies other than owner, Leila's. For some reason, which I can't remember, I found this particular apartment on the Venice Apartments website and rented through them. I would rent it directly from Leila if we stayed there again. This is a very large Palazzo and I'm not sure how many apartments are there, but we saw at least three others, most of which were not listed with Venice Apartments.
You can view the property directly: Querini.
Our apartment was located inside the garden of the Palazzo and it had a lovely grape covered Pergola with a small table and two chairs. We spent quite a bit of time there in the late afternoons.
The furnishings in this apartment were wonderful. Lovely antiques and very comfortable chair and sofa in the living room. There was also a stereo with numerous CDs to choose from and a nice sized TV. There were only Italian channels, but we did enjoy their game shows at night! Also, a beautiful secretary and another chest where some wine glasses were stored.
There was also a round dining table and four chairs in this same room. We were absolutely amazed with this apartment. We entered through large double doors into a small foyer with a cute little bench and lovely chest, where we kept our keys and other small articles.
There were two large double windows in this room and one small one in the entry area, so plenty of light flooding the rooms during the day.
There was a king sized bed in the master bedroom and two twins in the second bedroom. Each bedroom had a nice double window for light. There was a small closet and chest of drawers in the master and chest of drawers in the second bedroom. Lots of lamps for good lighting at night. All the beds were very comfortable. There were huge closets in the hallway as well as a bookcase with books, which had been left by other renters. There was an iron in the master bedroom closet.
There was one good sized bathroom with a bathtub and hand held shower, but no shower curtain. As usual, this is a bit of a problem for those of us shower takers, but I think I have finally gotten that situation mastered.
The kitchen was so cute, also with a window for light. We didn't do any cooking while there, but I think it would be a great place to cook meals. It had a double sink, small refrigerator and four burner gas stove. There was also a microwave oven and plenty of counter space. It was equipped with numerous pots, pans, dishes and glasses, as well as knives and all kinds of utensils. This apartment really had just about everything and really felt like a home.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise was how nice it was. When I reserved this apartment last year, I had asked about air conditioning. I was told by the rental agency that it did not have it at present, but the owners would make sure it was equipped by the time we visited. Sure enough, we walked in and there were two brand new portable air conditioners, which could be moved anywhere. We kept one in the living room during the time we were there and then moved it to our bedroom during the night for sleeping. Our son used the other one in his room. They were rather interesting. You must open a window and place a big tube like thing through the window to the outside. You then turn on the machine and out comes the cold air. They are water cooled, and after the third night, we needed to fill them and empty the excess water in another drawer. It was all very easy. Thank goodness, we didn't have any mosquitoes or I guess it could have been a problem with those two windows open. We did not leave them running while we were out.
There was also a water door in the main section of the Palazzo, where we took our chairs and watched the traffic on the Grand Canal. You can use this little dock for water taxi's if you wish.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were very happy with Venice Apartments. It never took more than a day to hear back from them when I asked questions and the entire process was very easy. We paid €620 for the three of us for four nights.
Our on site person was Lelia herself and she was wonderful. She was usually puttering in the garden in the late afternoons with her adorable little white Sky Terrier. He also spent quite a bit of time with us when we were sitting outside, which we loved since we missed our pets so much. We asked her many questions about the building, etc., and it was really fun meeting her. She speaks perfect English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay here again in a heartbeat and found absolutely nothing negative about the apartment, owner, rental agency or anything else.
Things to do in this area
We kind of just wander all over Venice, so nothing in particular.
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