We just stayed here (early September), and it was absolutely wonderful, like a perfect, peaceful oasis! Amazing, for the price!! Lodging in Venice is expensive, but the Istituto is a much better price than most, and a great value!!!
WARNING: Google maps does NOT accurately show the location, so do not use Google to find it!!
LOCATION: Wonderful, at the corner of a canal / bridge "Ponte della Guerra", and only about 4 minutes' walk from San Marco square, or 6 minutes’ from Rialto Bridge. Little shops, restaurants, etc. all around.
STAFF: The Istituto is a Convent, staffed with nuns. All we met were extremely kind and helpful, also spoke English so no communication problems.
FACILITY: * The Istituto is a very safe, charming building with all sorts of interesting little nooks and crannies.. It has long, cool, quiet halls, and a couple of little courtyards. * Has a GREAT kitchen area for guests that includes: tables/chairs, microwave, hot water pot, fridge, sink, TV, DVD player -- and also a PC and wireless router. * Main hall has a snack machine with chilled bottled water and snacks at low rates (lower than grocery store – for example, a bottle of water cost ½ Euro). * Across the hall and up a short flight of stairs is an additional indoor "terrace" for guests, with wicker chairs, plants, and a sort of solarium roof that also has good wifi connection. (NOTE: wifi connection may not work well in rooms, especially if far from the ground floor router). Finally -- ***there is a small elevator / lift available to go to the upper floors -- much appreciated***
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The Istituto has an 11:00 pm curfew. Has a quiet atmosphere, and probably not best for a group wanting to party.
ROOMS: We had a triple room, it was simple, but very clean, also bright with plenty of windows. (Note – windows have shutters that can be closed at night if desired to make the room darker). Room also has plenty of light fixtures to keep it bright at night. Room was very quiet, even with windows open. (We were on the 4th floor, however . . . ) Our room contained three single beds, three bedside tables, a wardrobe, and a desk with two chairs. Also three sets of towels and bars of soap. Bathoom was spacious and included two sinks. Shower was great. NOTE: one previous reviewer said there was no air conditioning – I also thought so the first night until my teenage son pointed out that in fact there WAS an a/c unit in the room that I hadn’t noticed!! So, there IS individual air conditioning in the room, with a wall thermostat -- we found our a/c unit very effective and it kept us cool and comfortable at night.
We felt like we were staying in a safe, peaceful oasis, far from the crowds, at a great price and location -- we were completely delighted with the Istitutio, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended!!
- Also Known As:
- Istituto San Giuseppe Hotel Venice