Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 78: Venice Rentals, Venice Rentals
2bed/2bath apartment, Venice
In December 1999, we stayed in an apartment with Venice Rentals, after reading about them on the Rick Steve’s Graffiti Wall. We were very pleased with our fabulous apartment, the excellent service, and the value of the apartment. We stayed in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, large, bright apartment just behind St. Mark's for one week. It had views from every window and a private upstairs terrace overlooking a famous landmark. We paid $1200 for a week (2 adults and 1 baby).
The owners, Denise and Maurizio, are American and Venetian (both speak fluent English), therefore great for language help and knowledge of the city. They made all types of reservations for us at theatres, restaurants etc, and even sent over a great English-speaking babysitter ($12 per hr.) one evening when it was too cold to bring the baby out. They included everything in their prices such as utilities, taxes, and pickup. Denise even showed us around the neighborhood when she took us to the apartment, brought us to the closest supermarket, and then called us that evening to make sure all was to our liking. They were like having a private concierge, and I can't say enough about them and Venice Rentals.
Regarding pricing: I found that other companies sneak in little fees when the final bill comes. And Venice hotels add 15% tax on top of their already astronomical prices. I would never stay in a hotel again after this wonderful experience.
P.S. Don't forget to ask for the weather update before you go. It was absolutely freezing in December and luckily they told us to bring heavy clothing (it still wasn't enough).
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