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Palazzo Contarini della Porta di Ferro
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Palazzo Contarini is in the northern end of the Castello sestiere, the easternmost region of the city. Although only a 15 minute walk from the Piazza San Marco, this area is much quieter than the more Westerly sestieris. The hotel itself is a little difficult to find, but of course since the entire city is one big labyrinth it's all relative. We took the Vaporetto to the Celestia stop and after a couple of calls to our Hostess for guidance, wound our way through the narrow streets to the outer door. Greeted with an array of buzzer buttons, I used a little deductive reasoning to guess that I needed to press the one polished smooth to alert the desk clerk that we were outside the outer door.
Pushing open the door we stepped into a lovely courtyard which we crossed to enter the main hotel. We were greeted by a very friendly desk clerk/manager who announced that we were upgraded to the "penthouse". The reason for this was never really explained, but after a stop to visit the enormous and beautiful sitting room on the 2nd floor, we rode the elevator up several more flights where she led us to the most amazing guest accommodations we've ever experienced. Totally renovated, with massive wooden beams in the ceiling and a marble staircase, the penthouse consisted of an enormous living room, small kitchen, and full bath on the first floor. On the second was a sleeping loft that looked out over the living room and a master suite with full bath.
It was a little dark due to the sloped roofline which limited the window height, but everything else was wonderful. We chose to sleep in the loft as it had a window on the canal side that allowed you to look out over the nearby rooftops and off into the lagoon.
Oh, and the lobby has an entrance on the canal side where a water taxi can drop you off if you're willing to shell out the money for door-to-door service.

Room Tip: We were there in October, but I'm guessing the penthouse would be uncomfortbly hot in the summer. When booking, the relatively low price per night (for Venice) had us questioning our choice, but it turned out to be by far the best value on our two week Italy trip.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Relatively easy to find from the Celestia Vaporetto stop, this hotel has a beautiful courtyard and wonderful main reception room. If I had been there with several friends , we would certaibly have used the shared sitting room to meet up.

Our room was huge as we had a full kitchen and lounge area. The kitchen, however, needed to be better stocked with utensils and perhaps a dishtowel with you really want to cook something. Our room backed onto a canal and it was reatively quiet except for one night when it felt like there was a party right outside our room. The sound really carries up the canals. Also, the church bell plays a loud jingle at 7:30 am, we were awake by then but it could be annoying for some people.

It is a wonderful and easy walk through the neighbourhood to get to San Marco or Arsenale. Because of it's location you get to explore parts of Venice that you may not normally go to which was most fun for us.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank NatalieClaire
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

It was difficult to find but well worth it. It was stunning, spacious and quiet. The street livened up in the morning with the fruit seller, butcher, baker, grocer etc. We went every morning and got ham, cheese and fresh rolls and croissants. The bar next to the corner bar was great with lovely seafood tapas and friendly service. Beatrice was helpful and friendly- a great asset to the business. It was fun getting a taxi from the hotel's landing platform to the airport. We soon got to know our way around and had a great 4 days.

Room Tip: Two bed apartments on 5th floor were a great space with lovely views.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

This refurbished jewel is located in a quiet area of Castello, and gives you a rare opportunity to stay in palatial rooms for a fair price in Venice. We read other reviews, and were fully prepared to get 'lost' but it was easy to locate from the Vaporetto stop (Celeste). One tip is to look for a 'Campo' or square and work your bearings from there. From the Central Train station, walk out and look on your left for the vaporetto stops for lines 4.2 or 5.2 (the .1(anti-C) or .2(Clockwise) indicates whether the vaporetto moves anti clockwise or clockwise around Venice) which are beside the bridge across the canal. Then hop on, tell the crew to stop at 'Celeste' and on disembarking, just walk straight to the nearest 'Campo' which is a lovely church square (St Francesco della Vigna) and look/ask for Salizada St Guistina. The hotel is at the corner marked by a small statue on the corner of the wall.
The other (more stylish) alternative is to hail a water taxi and get to the 'front' door from the adjoining canal.
The place is full of character, and we loved the spaciousness of our apartment room. The view of the canal from the large windows made sure that you knew that you were in 'real' Venice. My only gripe was that the beds were too firm (for my slight frame) although we did sleep well. There was no kitchenette but a fridge with complimentary water (for the first day) and a kettle for a cup of (instant) coffee or tea. We ordered breakfast and it was worth it, just having a meal upstairs in sybaritic surrounds. Huge common sitting room with an adjoining smaller room allowed for some privacy.
There were a few shops and a mini market nearby. Lots of decent restaurants within 10-15 minutes easy walking. We felt safe, even in the evenings, walking in the alleyways of Venice, happily getting lost and finding ourselves again. The great thing was having the feeling of being in a less touristy part of Venice, yet St Mark's Square was only an easy (~20minutes) walk away. A jewel of a place if only the beds were a tad softer (for me)...

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We had a nightmare finding this place even in day light. From Rialto bridge it is a maize to get to this place for the first time. In hindsight we should have got to the hotel from a closer boat stop and when we left the hotel, we did this and it was quite simple.
When we arrived at the hotel we rang the bell a few times but no one came for ages.
The apartment does have charm and character but the rooms are quite large and basic with sparse furnishings.
The apartment was away from the main drag but easily walkable and definitely quieter.
Bed was comfy and the shower nice and powerful.
As this is self catering there is no tea or coffee making facilities or safe. Providing these would be a nice touch.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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