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“Best kept Secret in Venice!” 4 of 5 stars
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Istituto San Giuseppe
Ponte della Guerra | Castello 5402, 30122 Venice, Italy (Castello)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 152 Specialty lodging in Venice
sydney,australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Best kept Secret in Venice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Wonderfully placed close to Srt Marks and spotlessly clean, our double room with twin beds and modern en suite was on the first floor at the rear of theConvent/kindergarten serviced by a lift . Hospitable nuns,quiet and efficient, even Mother Superior came out to farwwell us at 4.15am as we caught a water taxi to the airport! Now that IS service! Check out the prices, it is unbelievable value,even a cenrtral spot close to everything.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

This is a monastery, extremely spacious and brilliantly located. I can guarantee that you won't find so much space in Venice at so affordable a price. San Marco Piazza is less than 5 mins away!
But ofc, you have to be ok with the curfew of 11 pm in summers...it worked for us :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

To be greeted by a nun in white is not what you would expect of the place you would be staying at in Venice, but this is exactly what will happen. And a very friendly, welcoming nun she will be - as their description states: they are the hospitality sisters. This is not a hotel; it’s an hospitality house set in the Palazzo Papafava, a perfect location just behind the St Marcus Square, just a short walk from the Vaporetto stop. It is a convent and a school. Don't expect any luxuries or breakfast; this is simply a place to spend the night, with the minimum required. You will get a comfortable, though simple room, absolutely immaculate, with a complete bathroom. Nothing else. And indeed, nothing else is needed. Very convenient, and the price/quality relation is very good for Venice standards. Loved it, would definitely stay again.
Note: there is an 11pm curfew in the summer.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London, UK
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

I couldn't fault this place - the room was simple but warm and comfortable, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the location could not be better - a short walk to San Marco, Rialto and Cannareggio. The building had a lot of character and there was a school downstairs so it was fun watching all the little Italian children with their parents (and during their singing lessons). Great value for money for Venice - I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

The common story on accommodations in Venice is high prices for very small rooms. We rented two rooms for three nights ( a double and a single) through Monastary Stays in late September 2010 for 348 E. Cash only. Pay the evening before you leave. Both rooms were large. Both had shuttered windows, tiled floors, a closet, private bathrooms with showers, no facecloths. The double room had four single beds in it while the single had one bed. Thr rooms were comfortable, quiet and a very reasonable price. Location is within easy walking distance to the Realto Bridge ( although the map we got via Monastary Stays was a bit confusing) and to St. Mark's Square (in this case the map was excellent). The place is actually an elementary school, so it might be a bit noisy during the day (we were not around to find out); the doors are locked at 2330; you hand in your room keys when you leave and pick them up when you return. You ring the front door bell when you want to get in. Some great art in the upstairs classrooms ( the Sisters will show you, but be aware, they do not speak English). The first night we were there we kept our windows open. Bad news. Mosquitos were everywhere. Got bit several times..killed more in the morning. Also on Rick Steeves website is a suggestion to go to 0800 Mass at St Mark's...out at 0830 and the place is yours until the tourists come at 0930. Not so. We went to 0800 Mass and then were promptly ushered out. You need to line up. Do it early and the place really is yours. We didn't find any good resturants close by.

  • Stayed September 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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Clayton, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

great, gentle service. Stayed three nights. room clean and very nice. the location very quiet and was just 5 minutes from Piazza San Marco on the main route to the Rialto Bridge, and you can't beat that.

  • Stayed November 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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Melbourne
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

The location is wonderful, the accommodation is great value for money but it was sometimes difficult to make it back in time for the strict 10:30 curfew. My biggest problem was that my passport 'disappeared' from my room on the second day there. Don't be complacent just because you feel in a safe environment! I certainly don't suspect the sisters...it is quite possible that in my exhausted state I didn't lock my door and another 'guest' poked about in my room. Whoever took it is beside the point, being overseas and without a passport with the embassy closed over the weekend is daunting. I nonetheless refused to allow this incident to spoil my holiday. I was obliged to spend an extra two days in Venice as no hotel will take you without 'documento' (and fortunately they had the room for me) and I enjoyed those extra two days enormously!

Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Address: Ponte della Guerra | Castello 5402, 30122 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Castello
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Ranked #18 of 152 Specialty lodging in Venice
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