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“Great place to stay in Central Venice” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Casa Petrarca

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Hotel Casa Petrarca
Ranked #105 of 385 Hotels in Venice
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Essex
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35 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in Central Venice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights for my husband's birthday. Location is great - directions provided by the management were perfect in guiding us from the Rialto water bus stop to the accommodation. We had the smallest double room, looking back I wish I had paid the extra for the bigger rooms - however it was clean and functional for a short stay.

Breakfast is a nice touch and they are accommodating for early arrivals/late departures. Would recommend for those looking for a good base in Venice.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Great central location. Clean, bright room. Large clean bathroom. Lovely breakfast. Best of all - the hospitality of Valentina who runs the hotel - great service - she made us feel really at home. This hotel is perfect if you only have a few days in Venice due to its super location. If you plan on being out and about enjoying the sights of Venice then this hotel is perfect, the rooms was basic but very clean and welcoming. Comfy bed to rest in after sightseeing. Would definitely stay here again.

Pros: Fantastic staff - they couldn't do enough to make you feel welcome and special.

Cons: Due to the hotel's central location it can be a little noisy but given that you are right in the middle of Venice this is to be expected.

Location: Hotel easy to find with map. 5 minutes from St. Mark's, 10 minutes from Rialto. Ask the hotel from restaurant recommendations. Fantastic location!

Room Tip: Our room overlooked a small canal...cons - it was bit noisey but pro you can watch gondolas going pa...
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  • Stayed July 2014, 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stayed at Casa Petrarca in the beginning of our trip and honestly, without Patrizia, our time in Venice would not have been as amazing as it was. She simply went completely above and beyond in order to make us feel at home, send us to wonderful restaurants, and make suggestions for what to try when having dinner and drinks. She booked a tour for us to see Murano, Burano and Torcello and helped us to get to all the places that we wanted to see. More so, she was personable, fun and really friendly. Patrizia is a shining star! The hotel was nice; very cozy and perfect for a couple. Our room was air conditioned and looked out over a small canal. The bathroom, which was attached to our room, was small, but perfectly clean and met all of our needs. We checked in quite late and were made to feel at home and welcomed. The breakfast was wonderful and staff were very attentive. Patrizia even helped us with a wonderful (and strong) porter, Fabio, who moved our massive pile of luggage in one trip, through considerable people traffic and heat. I simply cannot describe my appreciation for Patrizia and her wonderful nature. if we come back to Venice, I know where my hotel will be!

Room Tip: The room off the kitchen is perfect!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Melissa G
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West Palm Beach, FL
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Visited for 3 nights, July 16-19, with husband and daughter. Pros: Excellent location between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge area; good value price-wise for this popular area; owners emailed a map and directions so unlike others we had no problem finding it; had a decent room with a private bathroom; they serve breakfast. Cons: The biggest con was that at times no one from the hotel was onsite. They tell you upfront that no one will be there from 7 pm until the next morning, however, on our final night, no one was available after about 3:30 pm. Another guest had a minor emergency and had trouble reaching the owners. Frankly, this left me uncomfortable. Luckily we handled our own arrangements getting to the airport but not having anyone around to assist us on our final day/evening could've been a problem. Another con is that breakfast is served from 8:30 - 10:30; we had to leave around 7 am to get to the airport so there was nothing available. If you are okay with being left on your own, require simple accommodations, want a central location, and don't want to spend a fortune, this property is fine.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

A nice B&B that is perfectly located in Venice half-way between San Marco square and Rialto bridge. Although a little bit challenging to find due to the manner that Venice is designed, its well worth booking here as the you don`t have to drag your suitcases across any bridges if you take the water-bus from the Airport to Rialto bridge and then walk to the hotel. There are only a few rooms in this Inn and it is very clean and has a decent complimentary breakfast. The staff is very friendly and will accommodate your every need. We had the room adjacent to the kitchen and it was big and had a very nice bathroom. We thought it would have been noisy in the morning as the staff was preparing the breakfast, but surprisingly, it wasn`t. The room overlooked the canal and we could see gondolas going by all the time which was great. The room had all the required amenities although it didn't have a TV - but who has time to watch TV in Venice. WIFI was strong and AC worked well. We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Ask for room with canal view, its a must in Venice. The room beside the kitchen was very good.
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  • Stayed July 2014, 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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Chico, California
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30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

This is a quite, unpretentious B & B in a great location, very close to everything you might need or want to see. It's a bit difficult to find, as are many things in the narrow "streets" of Venice. The owners were very nice and welcoming, the rooms simple but clean. We had a room with shared bath but that was no problem for us. The breakfast was great and in a nice sunny room on a canal. We got a recommendation from the owners for dinner at a friends restaurant with garden seating and it was wonderful. Cada Petrarca is a great base to walk to most of the sights as well as walk to the Vaporettos on for Murano or the Lido. A great way to see the "real" Venice is to head out for an early morning walk (6:30ish). Everything is practically deserted and you can wander the back streets away from the tourist attractions.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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63 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

The title of my review says it all. Venice, along with the main cities of Italy as a whole, is overpriced. I paid EUR 380 for 3 nights for a small double room with its own bathroom, and this was the special advance prepaid and non-refundable rate. I have been able to stay in 4-star hotels in Vienna (Mercure) and Munich (Eurostars Book) for less than EUR 100 per night, but this is not possible in Italy, at least not in Venice and Rome (see my review of Venetia Palace Hotel). The 3-star Best Western hotels in Venice, for example, charge close to EUR 300 per night, a rate which will get you a 5-star hotel even in some parts of Paris.

My wife and I were supposed to travel to Venice in mid-April, but had to cancel at the last minute. Valentina was very kind to allow us to rebook our stay at the hotel subject to availability, even though we could not have the amount refunded. When we were able to push through with our trip, however, the only room available according to Valentina was the double room without a private bathroom. As we had no choice, we proceeded under this arrangement. We therefore overpaid for the double room, but at least we were able to push through with our trip. I can imagine other proprietors telling other people in the same situation that they would simply have to forfeit their booking as it is non-refundable and the cancellation had been advised at the last minute.

The room was tiny, with just enough space for a small double bed, tiny side tables with bedside lamps on either side of the bed. Good thing Venice was our only destination, so we only had two pieces of cabin baggage. We originally intended to go on a 10-day trip through Italy, and therefore would have had one check-in luggage in addition to the two pieces of cabin luggage. Even with the cabin baggage, however, one had to jump over the open luggage on the floor in order to leave the room. There was a ceiling fan over the bed that could be controlled with a remote. We were in Venice at the end of May, so fortunately it was still relatively cool and the fan was sufficient. Once summer starts in earnest, however, I can imagine that nothing less than air-conditioning will do. In addition, without air-conditioning, it is necessary to leave the window open, and this lets in noise and mosquitoes, so we did suffer numerous mosquito bites. The window of our room was over the front door, so it was not so noisy, although we could hear music from a nearby restaurant at night which fortunately did not persist beyond 11 p.m.

I never like having to share bathrooms, but our experience was not too bad. The bathroom was clean, but of course this depends on whether you use it right after some other guest had used it.

As other reviewers have pointed out, breakfast is served in a lovely small room with a view of the canal. The waitress has a very sunny disposition and was always so gracious. I was pleased to see some slices of meat served in addition to hard-boiled eggs, cheese, and cereals. A bread basket is served at your table with regular and sweet bread, and you indicate whether you want coffee or some other hot drink. I dislike sweet bread, and the regular bread rolls were not sufficient for my big appetite, but the waitress cheeringly obliged when I requested for more bread.

Please note that this is not a place for kids though, as the breakfast room is very cramped, and I can imagine that having kids around will lead to broken glasses and other tableware.

As also pointed out by other reviewers, you will simply be hard-pressed to get accommodation as well-located as this within its price range. It can be difficult to find the hotel, but Valentina does her best to provide instructions by email. In this day and age of smartphones, do yourself a favor and download a map of Venice before you travel that can track your location without requiring you to use data roaming. I use the Maps 2 Go app on my iPhone, which I believe is also available on Android devices and is free to download.

Valentina is very nice and helpful, without being overbearing or noisy as was our experience with other small family-run "pensione"-type accommodations.

As long as it is clear to you that Venice is a ridiculously expensive place and you simply cannot expect the same amenities you would get at equivalent prices in other parts of western Europe or the US, I would recommend this hotel as a place to leave your bags, to sleep in and have breakfast at before you go off sightseeing each morning. If you expect more from your hotel, and are willing to pay more (around EUR 200 or more per room per night) to get it, then look elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Casa Petrarca
Address: San Marco - 4386 Calle de le Schiavine, 30124 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Marco
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in Venice
#75 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#148 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Casa Petrarca 1*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Petrarca is a small 'locanda' (inn) located in a corner of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city, in an ancient building of 14th century, half way from the fabulous San Marco square and the Rialto bridge. ... more   less 
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