We had very high expectations of Oltre Il Giardino, having read the positive reviews left by others, and we weren't disappointed. We had a junior suite (the 'blue room') on the top floor and throughly enjoyed the space and the delightful view over the garden. The staff could not have been more helpful and the breakfasts, served outside under a canopy, were delightful. I enjoyed the real silver cutlery and the superb linens and it was a pleasure to have a quiet drink at the end of the day in the relaxing living room. I particularly enjoyed crossing the small bridge over the canal and slipping through the private garden door of the hotel - it really felt like living in Venice rather than staying at a hotel. The location is great - quiet, but within easy walking distance of all the major sites. We found a couple of good restaurants nearby and the hotel staff gave us some very helpful recommendations.
A couple of tiny drawbacks. Our room only had a shower and not a bath. The air-conditioning unit in our room was noisy and I made the silly mistake of turning it off and opening the windows instead, resulting in a few annoying mosquito bites. I also found the bed rather hard, although this does seem to be a general Italian preference, rather than a feature of this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The house, which once belonged to Alma Mahler, the composer's widow who lived there in the 1920's, lies next to a small canal just a stone’s throw from the Church of the Frari, has now been turned into an exclusive but homely retreat. This enchanting place in the hearth of Venice offers something unique to those visiting the city. Our guests will feel that they have really found a home away from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oltre Il Giardino Venice