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Review 5446: Owner, Malcanton Apartment (p324835)
1bed/1bath apartment in Santa Croce, Venice
21 Sept-1 Oct 2012, 10 nights
The Malcanton Apartment is located in Santa Croce, close to the border with Dorsoduro. It's in a tiny calle between Salizada San Pantalon and the Malcanton Canal, only about a 10 minute walk to Venezia Santa Lucia train station (with only one bridge to cross - the Ponte Scalzi), and even closer to Piazzale Roma. Despite the convenient location, it's fairly quiet most of the time. It's about a five minute walk around to Campo Santa Margherita, and not much further to either Ca' Rezzonico or San' Toma vaporetto stops.
There was a bar for coffee about a 30 second walk from the front door (open the first day we were there, then closed for renovations until our last day, unfortunately, but plenty more options not far away) and a great bakery less than a minute in the other direction (the cannoli are fabulous!). There were supermarkets near Piazzale Roma and Campo Santa Margherita, plus the markets in Campo Santa Margherita (fish and fruit/vegetables) and the fruit and veggie boat near Campo San Barnaba, just a few minutes further on from Campo Santa Margherita.
Plenty of busy restaurants everywhere in this area, especially Campo Santa Margherita, but many even closer.
The apartment was in a typical Venetian building. It was on the ground floor, with direct access to the calle (up a couple of steps). You walk into the lounge/dining area, with the kitchen off to the right, the bathroom on the right of a very short hall, the bedroom straight ahead and a door to the private courtyard and laundry on the left. Nice and compact, and just right for the two of us.
The place next door (which I think is part of a small hotel) has a window looking onto the courtyard on the same level, but there is a trellis of plants partially blocking it, so it still feels private. We could hear talking and other noises from one set of guests, but they were only there for a couple of days. There are apartments above - these have a separate entrance, and although there are windows overlooking the courtyard, we didn't see anyone or hear much at all from them.
Some nights there was music and general noise from nearby restaurants, but nothing obnoxious and closing the front window blocked most of it anyway.
The private courtyard was a real bonus - a lovely small area with nice outdoor furniture (better than in the website photos) where we sat most afternoons before heading out again for dinner.
The apartment was very clean and well-maintained. The furniture was all in good shape.
The lounge/dining room had a sofa which converted into two beds (we didn't use it as a bed), plus a table with three chairs (there was a fourth in the bedroom) and a coffee table. There was also a low unit with shelves and drawers, with a small stereo system which takes iPods etc., and a slighter higher unit with cupboards and drawers where the television sat.
The queen size bed was very comfortable, with nice linen and extra blankets if required (we didn't need them). There were bedside lamps on both sides, a low unit of drawers, and one wall was all built-in wardrobes and shelves, with plenty of hanging space.
The bathroom was very clean and had plenty of room. It contained a shower with a glass sliding screen, a basin with small cupboards under and beside it, a toilet and a bidet. The shower drained a little slowly, but not enough to be a problem - possibly just a quirk of an older building.
We didn't cook meals, but there was a good cook-top and microwave/convection oven, a fridge and freezer, and a dishwasher. There seemed to be plenty of utensils, pots, crockery and so on, but as we only assembled meals, I can't really comment on the quality of the knives, pots etc. There was also a toaster and a stove-top coffee pot (or two).
Problems or Bonuses
The WiFi signal was excellent, the washing machine worked well (and was in a laundry off the courtyard, so we could shut the door on the noise), and the courtyard was a lovely place to sit in the afternoon especially.
There were mosquitoes, but a little hunt through the cupboards resulted in the discovery of mosquito coils (which I haven't seen in years!), and they certainly helped.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Sebastiano, the owner, was lovely, and was at the apartment to meet us as arranged. He was easy to deal with by email before our arrival, spoke good English and was very friendly in person. He provided very clear instructions on how to find the apartment (if you've been to Venice, you know that just an address doesn't always help much!), and marked up a map with restaurant suggestions for us. He was available by phone and email during our stay, but we didn't need to contact him - everything was just perfect!
The website advertisement was very accurate in its description - no surprises, except that it was even nicer when we walked in.
We paid €1040, including a €40 cleaning charge, for 10 nights at the end of September 2012.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again (and hope to do so), and highly recommend the apartment and Sebastiano.
Things to do in this area
Everything is within walking distance (or via vaporetto if you're exhausted from sightseeing). We did a lot of walking and wandering, trying different restaurants all over the place. We particularly liked the gelato at Il Doge in Campo Santa Margherita. On the corner of the calle is a shop called Penny Lane, with vintage clothing and pop/rock jewellery, etc - not traditional Venetian, but lots of fun stuff and worth checking out.
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