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“A beautiful hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oltre Il Giardino

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Oltre Il Giardino
Ranked #114 of 386 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh
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56 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A beautiful hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2009

I loved this hotel and would return without hesitation. There are only 6 rooms in a converted house entered through a small walled garden beside a canal - you get a key for your room and the garden door.

Breakfast is in the garden when warm enough - there is a buffet of cereals, yoghurt, various cakes and pastries; coffee, cheese and hams are brought to the table separately.

We had the turquoise room, a small suite with a large bathroom. This was very comfortable and I would recommend it. Pictures are attached to this review. The bathroom is supplied with Bulgari soaps etc. The shower gel was only replenished once during a 4 night stay though. The bed and pillows were on the hard side - I found this fine but it may be an issue if you like a big marshmallow bed. There was free internet access in the room via ethernet cable (we brought our own) - wireless access was not available. There was also A/C.

The staff were very pleasant and helpful. The main public room was a nice quiet place to take shelter during hotter parts of the day and has bookshelves sticked with books on Venice and guidebooks left by past guests. There is also a small table of bottles here.

The location of the hotel is ideal, a few seconds form the Frari and very quiet. The best hot chocolate in Venice is about 10 minutes away in Vizio Virtu and the Trattoria San Toma is a great lunch spot.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank smk007
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2009

Booked this hotel after reading the reviews on TA and we were not disappointed. It is in the centre of Venice away from the most touristy areas but within easy reach of anything you need to see either on foot or on the vaporetto which stops nearby. I cannot recommend the Oltre il Giardino too highly. It is a haven of peace in a very busy city. We went in August when the place was hot and coming back across the little bridge and going through the gate into the hotel gardens was like passing from one world into another. Our room was spacious, spotless and cool. Breakfasting outside in the garden under the awnings was just perfect. However possibly the best thing about this hotel is the staff who are all friendly and attentive to ones every need.

I will definitely return there if we get to Venice again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank HEATWAVER
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Birmingham
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2009

We arrived at the airport on a delayed flight from Sicily at midnight and found that there were no water taxis waiting and so caught the ferry and vaporetto to San toma. It was quite a stressful journey as my plan was to step into a water taxi and step off at the hotel door we had no clue as to which direction we needed to go. The lovely guy at the hotel guided us there and waited for. He let us in and took our suitcases upto the top floor.
The hotel is lovely. Our room was very nice and the staff are very helpful. One was very apologetic about being so enthusiastic about venice which was so refreshing. He obviously loved his city and we thought he was a really great guy.
The location of the hotel is great - a 5 minute walk from San Toma vaporetti stop and close to a couple of squares with nice restaurants. Also, close to Frari Church which is amazing inside. The breakfasts at the hotel were very good.
If you want an elegant, personal hotel away from the very touristy areas then you can't go wrong with Oltre il Giardino. We will most likely visit Venice again but when it's cooler - it was a bit hot in August to walk around all day. We shall go back to this hotel - it is lovely.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank faye92
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Glasgow
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2009

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.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MsCathO
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2009

You couldn't ask for a better base for your Venice trip. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, clean and modern; the hosts are very friendly and helpful; the breakfasts -- which are served outside in fine weather -- are modest but satisfying (i.e., lots of fruit and breads/pastries); the location is convenient; and it's really quiet.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bk1949
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2009

A brilliant place to stay. This was our third trip to Venice but our first staying at Oltre Il Giardino and we would now not stay anywhere else in the future.

Great room, with a lovely bathroom. Breakfast in the garden was a real treat and the choice and quality of food was excellent. All the staff were incredibly helpful - they organised restaurant reservations (at some fabulous restaurants); let us use the hotel's computer to complete on-line check in for our return flights; carried luggage a couple of streets to the water taxi collection point, etc.

Very much looking forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mr&MrsWilko
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Montreal
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2008

Everything you could ever want in the heart of Venice. Very kind staff, a lovely room, and a fine breakfast.

  • Liked — Very fine after walking all day: the room was very comfortable and beautiful
  • Stayed November 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank YetiBear
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Property: Oltre Il Giardino
Address: San Polo 2542 | Fondamenta Contarini, 30125 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Polo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#31 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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