My husband, my adult daughter, my adult son, and I all traveled to Italy on a family trip and decided we would break it up with a short 4 day, 3 night stay in Venice. Rather than staying at a hotel where we would need 3 rooms or 2 rooms with "girls" together and "boys" together, we thought it would be nice to share a 3 bedroom apartment so we could enjoy each others company while still maintaining our own separate bedrooms. Unlike some of the other comments, the set of 3 keys and stairs were a non-issue, however, the bedrooms or lack thereof definitely was a problem. The master was a nice room with a double/king bed and adjoining bathroom. The second bedroom had a double, thin mattress (no box spring) on the floor with an odd horizontal wooden bar under or within the mattress that was quite a painful surprise when you sat on that part of the bed. The bathroom for this room was nice but the water system for the shower was so complicated no one in our family could figure it out. The 3rd bedroom is actually a "hot" loft with a futon-like chair, no bed at all. My son had to sleep on the couch in the living room. The bathroom in the loft worked fine once the water pressure was turned on.
Maybe I should have been more thorough in clarifying what this apartment was like before reserving it. We eventually managed just fine once we turned on the AC full blast and shared our bathrooms.
The one thing however that no one was ok with was the pathetic Wifi. It took almost on hour of setting and re-setting to have it work at all and when it was on we could not all be on at the same time. Free Wifi in the middle of Venice is far better. We ended up using our phone's roaming feature when it was necessary to get on the internet.
If you've never been to Venice, this is convenient location, a short walk to just about anything but it's an apartment best suited as a one bedroom or a two bedroom if they would just "splurge" on a decent bed for that second bedroom.
This Rialto apartment is spacious, stylish and well-situated. But like Venice herself, it requires some flexibility to fully appreciate.
MANAGER: Silvia responds quickly and with all the information you need. She asked us to call after we boarded our water taxi; I was a little concerned with the success of my foreign cell phone, but all I had to do was dial the numbers Silvia gave me and voila, she answered. Silvia had us meet her colleague at the water taxi landing near the Rialto bridge, and everything went exactly as planned.
Later when we discovered a problem with the heat, we called Silvia and she came over immediately to resolve the issue for us successfully.
LOCATION: Can’t be beat! You’re off a quiet alley-way of a street, just steps from the major hub of the Rialto. This makes life very convenient, as all the vaporetti stop here, and all signs lead to Rialto. Once you learn your visual cues to get to the apartment from the Rialto, you’ll never get lost again.
APARTMENT: We were impressed by the size of this place; it’s even bigger than it looks in the photos. Somebody who understands design worked their magic here.
I have to say, however, that the apartment wouldn’t be a great fit for the very old, very young, or physically disabled. First of all, you have to climb to the 4th floor (the stairs are good, however.) The glass staircase inside the apartment, while gorgeous, is a little tricky and requires care when using.
There are no fewer than three keys you’ll need to stay here: main door to the street, door to the apartment itself, and a bonus--a big metal gate just before this apartment alone. We weren’t sure why this apartment had the extra gate security, but we mostly liked it, though it did cause us a little concern since you also need a key to leave through the gate (I’m thinking fire safety.)
The upstairs loft, while cozy and warm, is open to the downstairs--there is no door to the upstairs, and that includes the bathroom up there. While there’s a frosted glass wall partially obscuring that bathroom, ANY noise in the upstairs bathroom would be heard in the main room downstairs. Because of this, I would advise not having anyone but very close family members stay in that space upstairs. This is pretty intimate living stuff.
Since we were here during an usual snowstorm, we didn’t get to make use of the decks, but they were lovely to look out at. You also have two windows overlooking the small canal (way, way down!) behind the apartment.
KITCHEN: Well-equipped and supplied. Nice to have a few breakfast goodies on-hand to get us started.
WATER: Our only real problem was the low water pressure. But we figured that this may just be a part of staying in a very old building in Venice on the 4th floor. The good news is that there seems to be plenty of that very slowly flowing water. So just be patient filling the tub or taking that shower--it’ll be fine.
And yes, the shower looks confusing. Just ignore all the extra buttons--do you really need a light, radio and alarm in the shower, and the alternative jet options--especially with the low flow? Nope, just go with the slow and steady regular trickle of hot water and all will be well.
We were happy to see that the apartment has a washing machine (though no dryer, but you can hang socks and stuff on the heated towel rack to dry.)
OVERALL: If you can afford this splurge in Venice, you should go for it. Sure, it’s a little quirky and not entirely practical, but like Venice itself, it’s a temperamental beauty that you’ll never forget.
With my family we spent some days in this wonderful apartment. Thisi rental vacation experience was fantastic. Silvia met us at boat stop. The apartment is elegant and fully equipped. Absolutely recommended. Thank you Silvia fot this lovely stay. We will return
Five of us (4 adults, 1 child) stayed here for 4 nights recently. The location was perfect for being in the center of a lot of Venice attractions (though definitely a crowded and touristy area if you are trying to avoid such things). The penthouse itself is quite beautiful with a definite Asian motif. The kitchen is well equipped and we enjoyed eating meals in the apartment and on the terrace. We were happily surprised to find a canal view from the living room windows and really enjoyed watching the gondolas and water taxis going by.
Now for the quirks. We were met at the Rialto station by an assistant who seemed to be in a hurry and rushed ahead of us during the crowded and winding route to the apartment. She also was not very knowledgeable about the area and was unable to answer our questions. The stairs leading up to the apartment were definitely challenging for some in our party, and the inside staircase, while beautiful, was pretty treacherous (and not child safe if you are traveling with children). The wifi was pretty much non-existent, the hot water was not working in the shower downstairs, and there was no heat despite chilly temperatures. The management was not very responsive to my requests (had to text a couple of times over two days in order to get a response). All in all we had a wonderful stay in Venice but wished that we were made to feel like valued guests.
We stayed at this apartment for 4 nights in September for my dads birthday. The apartment is beautiful, really spacious and plenty of room for 5 adults. There are 80 or so steps to the apartment but we knew this on booking. Silvia met us from the boat stop at the Rialto bridge and brought us to the apartment. I just had to text when we were leaving the airport and she was there when we arrived.
The terrace was lovely for relaxing after walking around for the day.
There were a couple of snags, the wifi didn't work but as we had our phones it wasn't much of a problem.
The other issue we had was there was no cold water in the second shower so we couldn't use it. I did text Silvia on the first day but I didn't get a reply.
We had to use the bathroom in my parents room which was a bit inconvenient.
We were able to leave our bags in on the stairs on the last day though so that was helpful.
This apartment was at a great location near the Rialto bridge with lovely furnishing! It's a top floor apartment with no lift so challenging with luggage. We booked ensuring that it had air conditioning and wifi, however when we arrived the air conditioning wasn't on and it took 2 days to cool the apartment and the wifi worked at 2G rate so had very poor reception. The keys for the door at the front of the complex were also a bit dodgy.
We stayed here for a week. It is as elegant as the photos suggest -- just beautiful, really. A luxurious place to escape the crowds of Venice!