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“A dream in Venice”
Review of Charming House IQs

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Charming House IQs
Ranked #4 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 March 2011

The perfect hotel to stay in Venice. Very well located (5 minutes from piazza San Marco), very quiet. Anna at the reception is professional and very nice. You feel like at home. The room/suite was wonderful for a romantic week-end of Carnaval. If I have to come back to Venice, this is in this hotel. Just a perfect remember.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

After an extensive research over the Internet, we came across these stylish suites in the heart of Venice, but far away anything made for tourists. Outside it holds the historical beauty of the city, but inside it is more contemporary than you can ever imagine. It felt right away that we were residents of this magnificent city.
The staff was extremely helpful and proposed all the right places in order to make our stay a loving memory.
Such a Charming hotel, with an IQ way above average...

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2011

Loved this place. Felt like a local in a fabulous well designed apartment. I hate to give it a good review but the owner promised to always have a room for me. I fell in love with Venice, before I even walked outside, because of the hotel, the servie, Anna, etc. A great find and I will make everyone I know stay here. It is not to be missed along with everything else about Venice.!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank RP0101
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

We originally booked a reservation at The Charming House through Orbitz.com. My husband emailed to check on our room location only to find that Orbitz had never sent the hotel our reservation and the hotel was booked! After a lot of frustrating back and forth with Orbitz, the hotel offered to move us to the IQs and give us an extra night if we changed our date of arrival, which we did. They were very gracious throughout the entire experience. Orbitz...not so much. Never using them again.

When we did arrive at the hotel--in the water taxi the hotel organized for us for 100 euro--we were brought directly to the door of the hotel so no frustrating treks through Venice's small streets with our luggage--we had a lot since we were there for 8 days.

The hotel itself is more like a converted series of small apartments with a main area. Anna, our charming host, was there to greet us and gave us the lay of the land. Free wi-fi and breakfast are included. They bring breakfast to your room every morning and you can pick and choose what you like. Our first day we had yogurt, croissants, rolls, juice, milk, and jams. We also used the in-room espresso machine quite a lot. We stopped getting breakfast a few days in because my husband prefers hitting the cafes and pastry shops. Still, a great service for those who want to laze around in the morning.

The rooms were very nice...spacious and modern. There were tons of windows onto the canal and campo, although you could make it very dark by drawing the brown velvet curtains. We had a sitting area, small kitchenette, tres cool dining table in leather with four seats, and a flat screen in the living room. The bed (in the other room) was a low-profile bed with plenty of room for two. Loved the "fireplace" TV, but my favorite part was the sound of the water lapping up against our walls. So relaxing and romantic--especially when the gondola with singers went by.

My only complaint was that the rooms, while very stylish, look a little worn--mainly the places where you can tell they've painted over damage. There were also a few spiderwebs around the room too, but we took care of that with a washcloth. Spiderwebs in an old city are par for the course.

All in all, we enjoyed our stay at the IQs and especially our time in Venice, which is a magical city. Anna was a perfect hostess who always met our questions with a smile and a can-do attitude. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2010

I have stayed in Venice 3 times prior to this visit, including a stay on the Lido and a week at the Danielli. Venice is truly one of the unique places in the world to visit and most of its hotels are unique as well. The general rule for the upper end Venice hotels is pretty expensive, good service, dramatic facades and lobbies, followed by individual rooms that are small, dated and quite uninspiring. The Charming House IQ truly breaks this mold. The unmarked entrance off the canal is picture book, opening to a small lobby. There is no grand lobby or public area. Guests are given a set of keys to the iron gate fronting the piazza and the heavy wooden unmarked door which opens to a private courtyard. We had a two room suite with 2 in each room and a private entry to each room. The larger room contained a small kitchen area and a full sized living room. Sharing this space was the best of all worlds. Furnishings were urban upscale (think W hotel) as a opposed to old and stuffy. Rooms and the bathrooms are huge by Venice standards. The staff was fabulous. Extremely helpful. They set the table each morning in our living room and catered in a nice continental breakfast and brought ice for evening drinks. The lobby is not staffed all day - they are there from 8 -12 and then 5:30 -8. As there are only a small number of rooms, this is all that is needed. We were provided with directions and recommendations for cool spots based on our tastes. I feel we are now friends with the staff. Much more fun than dealing with a snooty concierge. We have a new home in Venice!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2010

We were in Italy on the final stop of our honeymoon having stayed in wonderful apartment suites in Florence and Rome on the way - IQ didn't disappoint. The location is fantastic, just off a picturesque little square the house is less than 5 minutes away from the most famous sites of Venice but still manages to feel secluded and quiet. From the dramatic arrival in a water taxi to the private jetty in the reception to the kind and enthusiastic service IQ is trul delightful. Design is cool and understated and our suite (number 4) was wonderfully spacious with a lovely view over the canal below and the square.

Would definitely consider staying here again on business or pleasure.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

What a find! After doing alot of research on the internet I stumbled across IQ suites and they certainly lived up to the expectation. In a quiter section of Venice in the Castello district but still only 5 minutes walk from all the main sites, the IQ suites is a perfect place to retire in the evening after a long day in the Venetian sun. Entry via a private bridge and then through medieval doors into this tranquil peace of heaven. Our room was large and modern with a beautiful bathroom that had a window looking out to the internal courtyard and the bedroom had a massive window that looked out onto the canal and bridges outside....postcard pretty. Andrea was extremely helpful and efficient as were all the staff. Breakfast is served in the room each morning. These appartments would suit anyone wanting to get away from the big hotel experience and enjoy a modern, boutique and truly romantic experience.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Castello, 4425, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Castello
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#32 Family Hotel in Venice
#39 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range: £206 - £432 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Charming House IQs 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Qs are the latest addition to the Charming House family. It is a place where you will feel like at home, where you can offer yourself the luxury of unique suites, behind Piazza San Marco, with canal view on the famous Rio di Santa Maria Formosa, right where its waters take a turn before meeting the Gran Canal under the Bridge of Sighs. The interior is a Gothic courtyard with a well-curb. Contemporary design and art complete the wonderful location. Whether you are traveling for business or pure pleasure, the Charming House i Qs is the ideal place for you. ... more   less 
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