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Review 4454: Venice Rentals, San Angelo
2bed/2bath apartment in San Marco, Venice
December 22, 2009 - January 12, 2010, 3 weeks
This apartment is very conveniently located in the San Marco district, just between Campo Sant'Angelo and Campo Santo Stefano. I loved the location, having spent extended time in this same area in the past. From this location, it was easy to get everywhere and for times we did not want to walk, there are two vaporetto stops nearby, the Sant'Angelo and San Samuele stops.
We had everything we needed a short walk away. The fabulous Rialto markets are a quick trip across the Grand Canal and around the corner from the apartment is a well-stocked food store, which also had some produce. There is a vino sfuso store in that same street as well as a small hardware store. For our stay, we had no problem getting all of our supplies nearby. In each direction from the apartment there are so many little cafès to choose from and also a good selection of restaurants.
This apartment is a gem! It's located on the third floor (American) I believe. There are approximately 50 steps, I forgot to count! It's very spacious and extremely comfortable. A nice-sized combined living room and dining room, an eat-in kitchen, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, which are both tiled with gorgeous and colorful tiles. One of the bathrooms had a shower and the second one (where the washing machine was located) had a tub and shower, though the shower was "open" in that there was not a curtain or enclosure. It was fine and there was plenty of hot water for the three of us. The apartment is quiet and really well insulated. We were there during some very cold days and all it took to warm the apartment up was to turn the heat up a few notches.
No outside sitting area, but some of the apartment windows overlook a neighbor's balcony, which was lovely to see. Very peaceful.
Everything was in good shape and the large dining room table was a great place where we could eat together, work on our computers, write postcards, etc. The TV has some English-speaking channels via satellite, but we hardly turned it on. Plenty of chairs and an L-shaped couch in the living room. The apartment was spotless when we arrived and while we did not have a cleaning person while we were there, that was an option for an extra nominal fee.
The beds were comfortable and at night, there was complete silence. I would say we all slept really well. The second bedroom can be made into two single beds or one double bed. We asked in advance to have the second bedroom made into the double bed. The two bathrooms made the stay comfortable and that was a convenience for all of us.
The kitchen was great! I think we used every pot and pan that were there as we cooked all of the Christmas/Santo Stefano/Epiphany holiday meals in the apartment. Simple plates and glasses, cutlery and a large selection of pots with lids! I loved cooking there and there was room for the others to sit at the kitchen table while I cooked.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was just as it was described, both by Venice Rentals and our friends who had previously stayed there.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Venice Rentals is great to work with! Maurizio answered my emails immediately and two days after booking our airfare, we had the apartment confirmed. Maurizio is Venetian and speaks excellent English. He personally met us on the day we arrived and gave us the introduction to the apartment. Everything was as described. He also very kindly lent us an Internet key (Vodafone) so that we could connect to the Internet. We asked about this ahead of time and he had the key waiting for us and helped us to install it on our computers.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! I have personally booked it again for next year, even though it's an apartment I could very happily live in year-round.
Things to do in this area
Some of our favorites near the Campo San Luca were the Caffetteria Doria, a corner coffee bar and spirits shop. We also loved Al Volto Restaurant (review forthcoming), which is tucked back behind the City of Venice's Offices. Towards Campo Santo Stefano, we love the Ristorante Santo Stefano but were disappointed that they close over the holidays. And literally around the corner in calle delle botteghe is the Bacaretto, a pleasant surprise. It's a good place for a drink and some snacks. They had homemade mini arancini and polpette for those enjoying drinks at the bar. We went there a handful of times and also to Da Fiore (not the fancy one!) for drinks and cicchetti snacks. It was such a great vacation!
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