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Review 4820: Affordable Apartments in Venice, Regina Elena
1bed/1bath apartment in Canareggio, Venice
October 2010, 2 days
On a quiet side street in the Canareggio near San Marcuola vaporetto stop, not far from the train station.
Lots of restaurants and shops nearby, and the Billa grocery store is just a few bridges away.
This is without question the loveliest apartment I have ever stayed in in Venice.
From the main hallway you walk past a small eat-in kitchen to the "living room", which is a wide area in the hall with a day bed/sofa, TV, and a bookshelf with useful guidebooks etc. Past the living room you have the WC, followed by the spacious bathroom. To the right of the bathroom is the bedroom with a king-sized bed.
The whole place is beautifully clean and well maintained. (100% non-smoking) and so much bigger than I expected. But being on the ground floor in Venice, it is subject to musty Venice air, which if you have allergies will be a problem.
There's a teeny private courtyard off the living room where you could eat in pleasant weather. It was pouring for the time we were there so we didn't pay it much attention.
Everything was in good shape and comfortable (well as much as an Italian mattress can be...) since this apartment is meant for two people (maybe with a young child in the living room) there was plenty of seating. If you wanted to have someone stop by you can fit four people around the table in the kitchen, but the living room is really a two person space.
The bathroom is insanely big - bidet, double sink, and a jetted tub to relax in after a hard day of tromping through museums. Oh there's a CD player and I think a TV in here as well to help you relax.
The WC is a bit tiny, but perfectly clean and what do you really need in there...
The bedroom has a king-sized bed, which is not as hard as most Italian mattresses, but still not as cushy as an American one. There is a large armoire, writing desk and yet another TV (with a small selection of DVDs for your entertainment.
We did not actually cook, just ate breakfast and had coffee/chocolate, but the kitchen seemed well supplied. I did not look at the quality of the pans or knives.
There was a clothes-washer in here as well, which we did not use during our short stay.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised at how spacious and lovely it all was for the price.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners were so nice and they bent over backwards to be helpful to us. They were totally honest and warned us about the must issue in advance. We chose to risk it, and although the must did in fact end up bothering my husbands allergies that was our informed decision, so no blame to them.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If you don't have any allergies, I can't recommend this apartment highly enough. If you do, you need to stay someplace less charming.
Things to do in this area
Just up on the Rio Terra was a nice mask shop: Ca'Macana Atelier. We ate further away purely because we were revisiting old favorites on this super short trip...
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