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Review 4439: Venetian Apartments, Grand Canal Palazzo - Accademia Apartment II
1bed/1bath apartment in Dorsoduro, Venice
December 2009, 1 week
It had been a long held wish to stay in this particular apartment – the large ‘luna’ terrace had captivated me on many a vaporetto trip along the Grand Canal. A significant wedding anniversary was the perfect excuse – so we booked it for the 1st week of our fourweek stay in Venice. (Anything more than a week was beyond our budget!). At €2050 per week, this was by far the most expensive apartment we have ever rented in our six trips to Venice.
We booked over the Internet with Venetian Apartments, and they were very easy and professional to deal with. Payment is made prior to arrival via either credit card or bank transfer. We received detailed directions, both the key-holder’s and an emergency contact number, as well as lots of information about Venice that would be very useful for first time visitors.
Our arrival went as planned and we were met at the apartment by the owner who showed us around the apartment.
The apartment is as shown on the website – although there aren’t any photos of either the bathroom or the kitchen, which is in a small cupboard just inside the entrance.
There’s a large living room with comfortable sofa and two armchairs as well as a dining table and five chairs, small TV and sideboard. One door opens out onto the terrace with its spectacular views along the Grand Canal. The terrace has a somewhat shabby table and four plastic chairs.
The bedroom is large with a wardrobe and large dresser, so there’s plenty of storage space. The bed however is where the entire experience is somewhat spoiled. The current picture on the website shows twin beds, but explains that the bed has been changed to a double. It has – but it is the hardest, most uncomfortable bed I have ever tried to sleep in. A very thin hard mattress is on a solid base meaning that it is like sleeping on a board. A total of two very hard thin pillows are provided. The sheets were fine (albeit old and not really good quality) – but the blankets were very old, dusty, and thin. The bed was so bad I spent several nights trying to sleep on the foldout couch.
The bathroom was (despite my fears as there aren’t any pictures online) good. A large bath with both a hand-held and overhead shower had lots of hot water and reasonable water pressure. There’s also a large hand basin and new toilet and bidet.
We hadn’t planned to cook much more than some toast and coffee, so were not concerned about the lack of kitchen. However anything more than this would be a struggle as there is absolutely no bench space anywhere. Behind a pair of folding doors is a four burner hob (aka stove) and sink. There’s a microwave on a stool nearby and a small refrigerator underneath. Glasses, china (nice) and cutlery are in a sideboard. There was a very small and ordinary selection of pots and cooking utensils – but honestly you’d struggle to cook with what is provided and the lack of space. Other equipment consisted of a toaster and two of the smallest available single-serve moka coffee pots – again not really up to standard.
The view and the location are absolutely splendid and despite it being cold we spent a lot of time enjoying the passing parade from the terrace.
The apartment itself is exactly as described, however the bed and bedding and the lack of even a decent sized coffee pot is a real problem.
I realise that you are paying for the location – but this apartment was less comfortable and less well equipped than any apartment I have ever rented or visited in all our trips to Venice and because of that I’m afraid that I can’t recommend it.
You can view the property directly: Accademia II.
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