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IQs Charming House
Castello, 4425, 30122 Venice, Italy (Castello)   |  
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Ranked #40 of 382 hotels in Venice
San Francisco, California
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“A jewel among jewels!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

I have stayed in Venice 3 times prior to this visit, including a stay on the Lido and a week at the Danielli. Venice is truly one of the unique places in the world to visit and most of its hotels are unique as well. The general rule for the upper end Venice hotels is pretty expensive, good service, dramatic facades and lobbies, followed by individual rooms that are small, dated and quite uninspiring. The Charming House IQ truly breaks this mold. The unmarked entrance off the canal is picture book, opening to a small lobby. There is no grand lobby or public area. Guests are given a set of keys to the iron gate fronting the piazza and the heavy wooden unmarked door which opens to a private courtyard. We had a two room suite with 2 in each room and a private entry to each room. The larger room contained a small kitchen area and a full sized living room. Sharing this space was the best of all worlds. Furnishings were urban upscale (think W hotel) as a opposed to old and stuffy. Rooms and the bathrooms are huge by Venice standards. The staff was fabulous. Extremely helpful. They set the table each morning in our living room and catered in a nice continental breakfast and brought ice for evening drinks. The lobby is not staffed all day - they are there from 8 -12 and then 5:30 -8. As there are only a small number of rooms, this is all that is needed. We were provided with directions and recommendations for cool spots based on our tastes. I feel we are now friends with the staff. Much more fun than dealing with a snooty concierge. We have a new home in Venice!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

We were in Italy on the final stop of our honeymoon having stayed in wonderful apartment suites in Florence and Rome on the way - IQ didn't disappoint. The location is fantastic, just off a picturesque little square the house is less than 5 minutes away from the most famous sites of Venice but still manages to feel secluded and quiet. From the dramatic arrival in a water taxi to the private jetty in the reception to the kind and enthusiastic service IQ is trul delightful. Design is cool and understated and our suite (number 4) was wonderfully spacious with a lovely view over the canal below and the square.

Would definitely consider staying here again on business or pleasure.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

What a find! After doing alot of research on the internet I stumbled across IQ suites and they certainly lived up to the expectation. In a quiter section of Venice in the Castello district but still only 5 minutes walk from all the main sites, the IQ suites is a perfect place to retire in the evening after a long day in the Venetian sun. Entry via a private bridge and then through medieval doors into this tranquil peace of heaven. Our room was large and modern with a beautiful bathroom that had a window looking out to the internal courtyard and the bedroom had a massive window that looked out onto the canal and bridges outside....postcard pretty. Andrea was extremely helpful and efficient as were all the staff. Breakfast is served in the room each morning. These appartments would suit anyone wanting to get away from the big hotel experience and enjoy a modern, boutique and truly romantic experience.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

This hotel is probably on of the nicest I've stayed in for some time. The staff was extremely helpful from before we even checked in. I got a call as we were arriving in Venice to let me know they were sending us a private water taxi to pick us up. Once we arrive at the dock it was like our own little private slice of Venice. The front desk made us dinner reservations at a couple of places which were excellent. Breakfast was delivered to our room and was a much bigger spread then we expected. The room was really modern with everything you could need from an expresso maker to free wifi, and huge (separate living room, dining space, kitchen, big bedroom, nice shower). This hotel has a very bed and breakfast homey feeling. Highly recommended...

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

My husband and I has chosen to stay in the Charming House IQs as attracted by its website and its great location (near San Marco). Upon our arrival, everything lived up to our expectations or even better when we went into our room (although we got a bit lost when trying to find the hotel in the first place but normal for all tourists in Venice).
We stayed in a suite and the room is extremely big, nicely decorated and everything is perfectly placed and the staff is just super friendly. Breakfast is great (if you go, remember to ask for ham for breakfast which comes for free too)
Everyday after our long day of walking/touring in the beautiful city, it just feels like going back to a home of our own in Venice.
This hotel just makes our first Venice trip perfect.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2009

Only 4 rooms; very close to Saint Mark's. We stayed just two nights here. The rooms are very trendy, spacious and comfortable. Three cutting edge TV sets, IPOD player and other gadgets. The bathroom was not very big. The IQ is more an appart-hotel than a true standard hotel, in fact, the reception is opened between 8.00 AM and 8.00 PM, at other hours services are provided by the related hotels (which are located 30 minutes away). Anyhow, we felt as having our own trendy appartment in Venice. A special remark for Michelle (at the reception) always eager and ready to assisting us,
If we return to Venice, we would stay at the IQ again.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

Hotel was ideally placed, easy walking access to St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. Rooms very comfortable and clean. The staff were wonderful - especially Joseuf, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are very dark - but that combined with the very effective air conditioning, ensures that they are lovely and cool when it so incredibly hot outside.

  • Stayed July 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Castello, 4425, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Castello
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#32 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#105 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Qs are the latest addition to the Charming House family. It is a place where you will feel like at home, where you can offer yourself the luxury of unique suites, behind Piazza San Marco, with canal view on the famous Rio di Santa Maria Formosa, right where its waters take a turn before meeting the Gran Canal under the Bridge of Sighs. The interior is a Gothic courtyard with a well-curb. Contemporary design and art complete the wonderful location. Whether you are traveling for business or pure pleasure, the Charming House i Qs is the ideal place for you. ... more   less 
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