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Istituto San Giuseppe
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All reviewsthree single bedscommunal kitchenquiet place to stayperfect locationrialto bridgecoffee machinethree nightsabsolutely stay here againgood sizequad roomother guestsst markssingle roomquiet at nightthe air conditioningconventnuns
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Reviewed 3 February 2010

This monastery's location is perfect. The cleanliness of their bedrooms, not so perfect. The bathroom's shower was not cleaned. Upon our first night, we woke up with 'moskito bites' on our forehead and arms. We found these bites very funy looking, but we didn't think anything of it. The next day, again, more 'bites' over our body. Again, they were very strange looking bites. Upon our return to Canada, we found out that these were not moskito bites. They are bed bugs' bites. Apparently, Italy doesn't have pest control to stop the infestation.
Upon contacting our service provider, they simply stated that they did not know anything about bed bugs. When they visited this monastery, (don't know when) every thing was in good condition. We contacted the monastery itself, and they said they never received any complaints. Furthermore, they clean everyday!!! Cleaning has nothing to do with it. Of course, we are the first one to complain, who will complain about bed bugs to sisters. The fact that we were the first one to complain does not mean that there are no bed bugs. It's just means we were the first one to tell them! Be aware!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Cauclau43
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Reviewed 14 October 2009

The Istituto is located in the perfect spot, about halfway between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. It is a truly unique opportunity to sample a slice of real Venetian life. The Istituto is an elementary parochial day school, and the nuns who run it do not speak English. Between 7:30am-7:30pm they have an English-speaking staff member managing the front desk who provides friendly and helpful assistance when needed. Payment is made to mother superior in cash only. We stayed in a large room with three single beds and a clean, updated bathroom. There is no air conditioning, but a room fan was provided. No breakfast is served, but don’t miss out on the 40 cent coffee/cocoa machine that offers a number of tasty options to get you started. There is a grocery store very close by, and be sure to look for the delicious Bar Al Campanile (a walk-up Panini extravaganza). For the price, location, historical value, and local color, the Istituto takes the cake in Venice. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank agzterlina
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

Location: It is situated just off San Marco Square, and is actually quite easy to find by Venice standards.

Room: We stayed in a Triple Room. Quite basic, but it is a convent! Cleanliness was very good. Bathroom was large, good shower. Bed was very firm and comfortable.

Service: They have English speakers who answer the door during the day, and the friendly nun's at night (10:30pm curfew).

Value: Overall its a very good value, cheap by Venice standards. It's always a pleasure to stay at the convent. Remember to pay Mother Superior!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Fandangledan
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

The Instituto was a fine place to stay for my wife and I for three nights in June. In fact we seriously considered staying an additional night. The rooms are typical of convents, basic but clean. And the convent was very quiet even though it was very centrally located between Rialto and St. Marks. Breakfast would have been nice but it is not offered and course we knew this when we booked. Everyone was very friendly and helped us out any way they could. The price was very good for the central location. And the kids in the school/daycare added a little fun to our stay. We would definitely stay here again if travelling to Venice in the future. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank arkitkt
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Reviewed 12 November 2008

Having read the other reviews about San Giuseppe, which I found very helpful, I set off to spend a week there. It was just as the other reviewers said. San Giuseppe is clean and comfortable, safe and welcoming. I was surprised to find the room I occupied so comfortable. It was not as sparse as I expected. There are no televisions in the rooms or come to think of it , no breakfast on offer but one can get around those things. The proximity to St Marks Square is amazing, this was probably the thing I liked most about my stay at SG. I will certainly return there asap.


Mary Byrne, Leeds, England

November 4th - 11th.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled solo
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3  Thank PatriciaMitchell
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