My self and my partner stayed at Palazzo Odoni Residence bewteen 1st March 2013 - 5th March 2013 as a birthday treat from my partner to me. Wow what a birthday present Venice and Palazzo Odoni were. From the initial booking process to arriving and finally (and sadly) leaving the owner Michele and his wife Ema were friendly and ultra helpful but also professional.
On arrival at Marco Polo airport we got the aerobus No 5 to Piazzale Roma. I had pre-booked a multi day travel pass online which I collected at an automated machine at the airport - very very easy. The bus stops at the airport were clearly marked and easy to find. This dropped us at Piazzale Roma and with the directions provided by Ema and we'd looked it up on Google Earth prior to arrival we found Palazzo Odoni very easily - not bad considering we both have a lousy sense of direction. It took us under 10 mins with suitcases and though you do have to go up and down some steps on the bridges was not a difficult journey.
On arriving at Palazzo Odoni and entering the courtyard through the main front door (just on Canal Gaffaro) it was just as beautiful as the online photos - took my breath away. The courtyard setting is really gorgeous and even more so at night when they put candles out on the steps...... truly gorgeous and so romantic.
Michele came out to greet us by our first names and helped us up the stairs with our luggage - a really nice personal touch.
Michele and Ema had given us the Caravaggio suite at a very reasonable price. The suite is stunning with views over the Gaffaro Canal from both the bedroom and the living/dining/kitchen room. Beautiful high ceilings, huge spacious rooms and decorated in traditional Venetian style with beautiful chandeliers in both rooms. The bedroom was just stunning with a gorgeous canopy over the king sized comfy bed and plenty of storage/wardrobe/chest of drawer space for a short stay.
The kitchen/dining/living room was also huge with a sofa and tv (if you really want to look at TV whilst in Venice..!!) a good sized dining table and kitchenette area with hob, microwave,kettle, fridge, freezer and sufficient crockery, glasses etc for a short stay. Also in this room was a small safe located in the dresser. Big enough to safely secure your spare cash, passports and maybe a small camera in. Not big enough for storing say a laptop or large camera.
Bathroom was more than adequate with a wc, corner shaped bath with shower and all towels provided. Also some miniature toiletries provided.
The wifi coverage was a bit patchy and I had to ask for the router to be reset on a few occasions but this was done with no complaints and also this is free - not something that is offered in all establishments.
As it was my birthday whilst we were there we came back on the day of my birthday to find birthday greetings from Michele & Ema along with a bottle of Prosecco and glasses beautifully presented in a decorative basket left on the table. Thank you.......
On the last night there was had to move to the next door apartment (Tiziano) - we had agreed to this prior to arrival as Caravaggio had been booked for this night. This was not a problem and we had everything moved and were still out and about by 11am enjoying our last day in Venice. Tiziano has a different layout to Caravaggio - you enter onto a small kitchen area with a window overlooking the back of the building and the top of a nearby church. There is a huge living room with yet another beautiful chandelier and decorated again in traditional Venetian style. This also looks over the Gaffaro Canal. The bedroom and bathroom in Tiziano were up a pretty steep set of stairs which could be a problem if you have mobility issues. The bedroom is small but adequate with a double/king sized bed and small wardrobe and a side view window. The bathroom has a corner bath/shower/wc. Tiziano was also a gorgeous apartment but maybe not quite as gorgeous as Caravaggio because of the stairs and smaller bedroom.
There was very little noise at night so you're not disturbed by hoards of passing tourists and it was lovely in the mornings to watch the comings and goings on the canal and people passing by.
The location of Palazzo Odoni is great as it is only a very short walk from Piazzale Roma which is a main transport hub for buses and the water buses (Vaporetto).
We took full advantage of our multi day passes to use the Vaporetto for getting around - only one stop down on the No 1 Vaporetto is the main train station. I highly recommend taking the No 1 vaporetto as it travels the entire length of the Grand Canal and if you have never been before (as we hadn't) is a fantastic way to see Venice and get your bearings.
Just by the Vaporetto stop is a Co-Op supermarket where you can stock up on your essentials for your stay.
Venice was everything I had hoped for and along with Palazzo Odoni completely exceeded my expectations. We were very sad to leave both Palazzo Odoni and Venice.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Palazzo Odoni as a fabulous place to stay whilst visiting Venice and Michele & Ema were very welcoming hosts. I can't wait to return to Venice and hope to stay at Palazzo Odoni again.
Caravaggio is stunning
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