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Review 5241: Truly Venice, Alba d'Oro
1bed/1bath apartment in San Polo, Venice
January 2012, 7 days
We booked a bit late, so our usual apartment near Ca’Rezzonico was already full for the last week of this year's Venice trip. Feeling a little adventurous (!) we decided to move out of our comfort zone of between Accademia and San Toma and booked this apartment which is located on the corner of Calle dei Botteri and Riva de l’Ogio, just near the fish market.
The Truly Venice website is excellent, really easy to navigate and with well laid-out information about the apartments. The booking process was all online and very straightforward. You pay a 40% deposit by credit card (or bank transfer) on booking – with the balance paid in cash on arrival. You also need to provide a credit card number on arrival to cover the security deposit.
Once you book you’ll receive details of where to meet with their onsite person – usually a vaporetto stop - but they’re happy to meet you either at the apartment or somewhere else nearby as well. As is usual in Venice they ask that you phone a bit ahead to confirm your arrival time.
The apartment is very accurately described on the website. It is wonderfully spacious, with lots of room in the sitting room – two sofas, coffee and side tables, a dining table and chairs and four windows - two that look across to Ca d’Oro and two onto the calle. Both overhead and side table lights are good.
The bedroom is equally spacious: king sized bed with a doona, a six-drawer dresser and large wardrobe. The bedside reading lights are excellent and there are two windows.
The bathroom is also large and newly fitted with a Jacuzzi bathtub (sorry – but I didn’t try it) and a shower over. There are some good shelves, a hairdryer and the towels were good quality.
The kitchen is galley style along one wall, and very well equipped with a good range of pots, utensils, plates and glasses. They do advertise a coffee ‘machine’ – which I tried but after waiting 15 minutes for it to reach the appropriate heat I gave up and went back to the faithful Mocka pot! There’s also the best washing machine I’ve ever struck in Venice. A large capacity front-loader with a ‘rapido’ cycle that does a load in 35 minutes (bliss!). A nearby cupboard holds a drying rack, iron and vacuum cleaner.
Everything was spotlessly clean, fresh and modern.
There’s good wireless Internet via the apartments own modem, Italian cable television and a DVD player.
The apartment is on the 1st floor, and this is, as far as I am concerned, the only negative. Ten of the 15 steps up to it are very steep. Much steeper than a standard staircase. I was most definitely stepping down one careful step at a time and manhandling the suitcases up was a challenge.
It’s a great location, really close to the market, the Mercato vaporetto stop (only one bridge), a good range of nearby restaurants and bars.
Would I stay here again? Yes probably – but the stairs would make me think twice (my balance not being what it used to be). I'd most certainly recommend it for anyone who didn't mind a few steep stairs and I’d certainly happily book through this agency again as they were very helpful and professional at all times.
You can view the property directly: Alba d'Oro.
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