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“Just as Gorgeous In Person!” 5 of 5 stars
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San Polo 2542 | Fondamenta Contarini, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 380 Hotels in Venice
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“Just as Gorgeous In Person!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I have stayed at Oltre Il Giardino twice now. It made our trip to Venice both times. Venice can get so crowded, it's nice to stay in a small B&B that's away from the crowds, and near the quieter restaurants.

The hotel is perfectly decorated and immaculately maintained. The breakfasts are what you'd expect to find in the nicest 5 star hotel. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed for four nights as part of a "Grand Tour" of Europe and a first visit to Venice. It's a perfect, relaxing place to stay, well located for the sights without being on top of them - in fairness, Venice isn't that big, but it's possible to strike out in all directions to find the sights. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was lovely and at a good time as well, lie-ins perfectly possible. The room we had was quiet, overlooking the canal and the garden with separate areas for sitting and sleeping. Bed very comfortable. All in all, we could highly recommend and if/when we return to Venice, this is where we will be staying.

When we arrived at Venice Train Station (we didn't fly) we took the water bus around to St Tome but if you could get a map then it would be as quick and easy to walk as I'd put the hotel about halfway between St Lucia station and St Tome stop. Either way, you'll be wheeling or carrying your luggage. If you can't manage it, then if I remember correctly, from St Tome, there is only one bridge to cross rather than the 3 or 4 from the station.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

My wife and I spent a long weekend at this b&b in July and thought this place was just beautiful. I actually picked this B7B due to it being No. 1 on TripAdvisor at the time.

A perfect place to stay if you want to get away from it all. Our room was clean and nicely air conditioned, the bathroom was a little small but of a high quality. Bed was soft which was perfect for us both. Breakfast was simple but plenty on offer and it was just lovely to be sitting in the Garden.

We will be back. Well worth the 5 STARS.

Andrew.

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  • Stayed July 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We were very pleased and happy to stay in this very nice small hotel, it is a bed and breakfast really, very quiet, private, and such a lovely haven, in busy Venice. The staff make you very welcome and at home, nothing is too much trouble. Family and staff are there to help you all the time, breakfasts were typically european but very good and delicious, their suggestions for restaurants were very good, nothing is cheap in Venice, but there is so much to experience, we had a wonderful stay and thank al at Oltre il Giardino very much

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 November 5, 2012

We spent 7 days at the hotel in October - our third visit - and have already booked our fourth stay for this coming spring. The service is impeccable, the location cannot be beat. You will not be disappointed. Kudos to the entire stay who go out of their way to make you feel a most welcome guest. Advice - book early!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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 October 28, 2012

My wife and I spent three nights here 10 days ago and really enjoyed or stay. We had a characterful room, plenty of space and very comfortable with a nice view over the garden and the palazzo opposite. The garden is charming and it was great to be able to breakfast outside in late October. We felt we were in a little private world with the bustle of Venice outside. The location is great and it was an excellent base for visiting the city. We followed two of their restaurant recommendations, both of which were really good. Friendly staff, lovely surroundings, well worth a visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights in October 2012. A special treat for my wife and I (no kids!), we had no regrets re our choice of hotel.

Before talking about the hotel, if you can afford it and fly in to Marco Polo I'd thoroughly recommend pre-booking a private water taxi. Not cheap (return fare was 190 Euros) it was well worth it. We flew in at 11pm and still managed to get to our hotel in 45 mins. The great thing is that the taxi dropped us off only 20 metres from our hotel. And the return trip in daylight was pretty special.

The hotel is lovely and the garden as rrerlaxing as other reviews have stated.

Rooms are functional but ours was not luxurious. The bathroom was excellent although the shower cubicle was small. We stayed on the top floor in a junior suite so had plenty of space but it was perhaps, not as luxurious and as special as I'd envisaged. What was nice was the fridge with a generous number of bottles of water that were free of charge.

The breakfast was excellent - lots of breads, cakes, ham, cheese, and copious amounts of fruit. Certainly no complaints there - and to be able to eat in the garden (in late October) was a real treat for someone from the UK.

Finally, the advice given re restaurants was good, and they even made reservations for us which was brilliant. Food in Venice is not - in my opinion - world beating (apart from the costs), but we enjoyed the places we went to and had no complaints.

In summary, the hotel is perfect for a restful break. But there's little to do in the hotel apart from sleep and breakfast. Even getting a drink in the evening was tricky (eg no tonic).

I'd certainly stay there again if I had the opportunity of visiting Venice again...

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: San Polo 2542 | Fondamenta Contarini, 30125 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > San Polo
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#15 Best Value Hotel in Venice
#37 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The house, which once belonged to Alma Mahler, the composer's widow who lived there in the 1920's, lies next to a small canal just a stone’s throw from the Church of the Frari, has now been turned into an exclusive but homely retreat. This enchanting place in the hearth of Venice offers something unique to those visiting the city. Our guests will feel that they have really found a home away from home. ... more   less 
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