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Review 861: Sleep in Italy, San Rocco


Review by Joelle from IA

1 bed/1 bath apartment near Campo S. Margherita, Venice


May 24 - 26, 2004, 3 nights


This is an apartment near Campo S. Margherita, away from the big crowds in Venice.

Nearby Amenities

We never found a grocery store, but it was easy to find eating places.

The House/Apartment

The website describes the building: "The apartment is on the 3rd floor of a 16th century building, called "Castle Forte". There's no lift. I probably wouldn't do that again. It's actually 4 flights of very steep steps.

(Pauline's Note: In Europe, what they call the 1st floor is what we call the 2nd, and so on.)

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was very clean and in good shape. The double bed in the bedroom is actually two beds pushed together. There's a daybed with a trundle bed underneath it in the living room. The livingroom and dining room are the same.


Beds were comfortable. Bathroom was fine, a little small.


There was a stove, small refrigerator under the stove, no freezer, no oven, but there was a microwave and an American style coffee maker. Plenty of dishes and pots and pans but we did not cook.

Problems or Bonuses

My daugher locked herself in the bathroom but the owner did send someone out to get her out as soon as possible. She ended up breaking the handle to try to get out and they did not take that off our deposit.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The onsite person was very nice but not helpful. We got no recommendations or suggestions for eating places or anything. I asked about getting a taxi when we left - there's a canal with enough room for docking right outside the door and I bet the taxi could have come right to the door, but she didn't even have a telephone number so we had to drag our suitcases to the bus station (not real far, but it did involve taking suitcases over two bridges) to find a taxi.

It was 155 Euro per night, 3 night minimum, I gave them a cc # before we came, but they want cash upfront, 200 Euro deposit.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I don't think I'd stay here again, because of the stairs and the fact that we preferred being in a busier area. But for someone looking for an inexpensive quiet apt, and in shape for the steps, it was clean, decent and everything worked.

Things to do in this area

This place is not far from two places recommended in the guidebook Chow Venice that we enjoyed - Tratorria San Toma - where we stayed for hours and got the works, from antipasto, dolce and caffe and chicollata for my kids, and the best Chinese food I ever had at La Perla D'Oreinte.

It's not far to walk to San Marco from here and the closest vaparetto stop is San Toma.

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