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Review 464: Venetian Apartments, Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment in Dorsoduro, Venice
September 21-28, 2002, One Week
This beautiful apartment is located directly on the Grand Canal, on the Dorsoduro side, between the Accademia Brige and the Guggenheim Museum. The living room windows look our directly on the Grand Canal, and there's a small terrace with a table and chairs for 4 to eat outside. Since it's on the canal, you will hear lots of boat traffic noise all day & night. However, if you want to be right on the canal, you can't do better. The location is great - you are a 3 minute walk to either the Accademia bridge or to the traghetto stop to cross the canal. I can't think of a better location in Venice!
The building in which the apartment is in is entered from the street which runs just off of the Campo Accademia, and runs parallel to the Grand Canal all the way to Campo San Vio. There is also a private dock (quay) for the building, so you can have the water taxi pick you up or drop you off there.
There's a restaurant directly across the street from the front door (Ai Cugnai), which serves typical Venetian food. We ate there 2 nights. You can walk to many other places nearby, or to restaurants in adjacent districts.
The nearest grocery store (Billa) is along the Zattere. It's a good 15 minute walk, but what a view! You walk across Dorsoduro to the Giudecca canal side, then down the Zattere along the canal.
There's also a small food shop or two right on the street which the apartment is in.
The building is very historical. The original was built in the 16th century, and it's been added onto since. You walk in off of the street into a pleasant and quiet courtyard, which is open to the Grand Canal at one end. There are several other apartments in the building (one other rented by the same agency), but it was very quiet.
The apartment itself was in great shape. It was comfortably furnished. The living room has a table & chairs, a sofa and a some cushy chairs, and a TV. One bedroom has a matrimoniale, the other two twin beds. Both have a dresser with drawers, and there's a large armoire in the hallway.
The kitchen was fully furnished, and there's a washing machine in the kitchen as well. The dining room has a large table & sittting for 4. There were plenty of plates, glasses, cookware, etc.
Do be aware that this apartment is on 2 floors. You enter onto the ground floor, where there is 1 bathroom, the kitchen and dining room. You then go up a staircase (with a railing, not steep) to the level with the living room, 2 bedrooms and another bathroom.
Other than the terrace, reached from the living room, there is no other outside sitting. The owner has a private garden off of the courtyard, which you can see from the bedroooms.
The furniture was in good condition, and it was very comfortable. There were plenty of chairs and/or couches for everyone. There were seats for all at both the dining room table and the kitchen table.
The bed was very comfortable. There are two bathrooms (one is upstairs, the other downstairs by the kitchen). They were clean and modern, and we didn't have to fight much with the shower doors!
The kitchen was fully usable and up to date. 4 burner gas stove, refridgerator, pots & pans, etc. Quality was OK, we managed just fine. There's a manual Melitta coffee maker (a bonus!) which has the brown filter holder over the pot. The hardware store down the street sells filters if you run out. We cooked breakfast only. The one thing missing was a toaster of some sort - we used a long fork to spear the bread and hold it over the gas burner.
Problems or Bonuses
Being on the Grand Canal was fabulous! This apartment was a splurge (we were 2 couples), due to it's location, but I would come back any time. If you're looking for a romantic location for 2 couples in Venice, this is it !
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt with Venitian Apartments directly, from the USA. I emailed to set up the rental, faxed the rental agreement back & forth, and then phoned with my credit card information. They couldn't have made it easier. I dealt with Esther Sandercock, and she was always helpful and professional. No problems at all dealing with Venetian Apartments. Highly recommended.
The pictures and floor plan on the website accurately show the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Would I stay here again....in a heartbeat!! I'd recommend this apartment to anyone and everyone. Yes, I know it's not cheap, but as I said, it was a splurge. Was it worth the money - every euro!
Things to do in this area
Ai Cugnai is right across the street. It's run by 3 women who are somehow related ("Cugnai", I'm told, is Venetian for the relationship of in-laws to each other). It's very casual and relaxed. About 5 minutes away is the San Trovaso, which was very, very good (it's in the "Great Eats in Venice" book).
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