We spent 4 nights in the Residence Palazzo Odoni with our 2 kids aged 7 and 9 in April 2013 in an apartment.
Service/accommodation: Michele (the Residence manager) was there on the first morning to accommodate us and was always available to answer our different requests, even if he doesn’t live on site. Michele's wife was also very kind when we had to organize a taxi transfer to Murano (included in the price of the room). To illustrate their sense of hospitality, Michele lent us rain boots as we had to face “acqua alta” (flood) on the first day - a special experience for tourists but a nightmare for Venice as water is literally going everywhere. Hope a robust solution will soon be met for the Venetian to avoid those situations. Globally, we felt very welcome at the Residence.
Location: The Palazzo is located in a very nice neighborhood,5 minutes from the Piazzale Roma and also 5 minutes from the Basilica Santa Maria Dei Frari, it is away from tourist flow but very convenient to join the centre (you can catch the Vaporetto at the San Toma station). The neighbourhood is really nice as not being "touristic" while close to everything. You enter into the Palazzo through a very nice courtyard that make you feel a little bit like a Venetian.
Room/flat: our flat consisted in a one bedroom and one living room, including a kitchen and a large table in the middle of the living room, which was very convenient. Kitchen was well equipped and daily service includes washing dishes. Bathroom was a little bit small and old fashion even if the bath was equipped with Jacuzzi. The atmosphere is pretty "Venetian vintage" with some beautiful wood furnitures, everything is very clean. We are used to go to much modern and luxury places but all in all we found the Residence very practical and charming. It is to notice that the place is also very quiet at night. There is no breakfast but you can go to a restaurant that has an arrangement with the Residence, breakfast is 5 EUR and consists in a very simple buffet. We went there 2 times and we found then a very good bakery near the hotel ("Barozzi"): lot of good and fresh things you can take back to the Residence and enjoy a royal breakfast in your flat, that was our preferred solution.
To summarize, we wanted something special in Venice and we found it in the Palazzo. I would specially recommend this place for family, as the flat is very practical and you feel welcome.
Near to the Palazzo, go to the “Osteria ae Cravate”, an excellent and typical trattoria (it is preferable to book), and buy Italian and Venezian bakeries at “Barozzi”. If you want to buy beautiful masks, go to "Marega", there are 2 shops nearly.
It was our third time in Venice and we were a little bit selective in our visit but things not to miss in Venice are Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco, Santa Maria Dei Frari, Museum Correr, La Giudecca and San Maggiore Campanile, a visit of la Fenice plus of course getting lost at night in the small streets as you will then fell all the magical of this fantastic city ! Do not hesitate to buy a pass to take the Vaporetto, this is very convenient and in the same time a very nice way to always enjoy exceptional views of the city. Get a museum pass to avoid the queue in Palazzo Ducale and a “skip the line ticket” for the Basilica San Marco, both can be purchased in advance on internet.
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