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“Fabulous Hotel in heart of Venice” 5 of 5 stars
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San Polo 2542 | Fondamenta Contarini, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 384 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Edinburgh
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Fabulous Hotel in heart of Venice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We stayed at Il Giardino for a long weekend in October. It absolutely lived up to the reviews we read on Trip Advisor! Our room was large and very comfortable. We had a room on the first floor which overlooked the garden. The bed was really comfortable and the bathroom was really nice with a large bath and shower attachment. All very modern! There was hairdryer, tissues, cotton wool pads and lovely shampoo and conditioner etc.

The breakfasts were fantastic. Plenty of fresh bread, croissants, cereals, eggs and fruit. Lovely coffee and happy to make lattes or cappuchinos and refills! The staff were so friendly and attentive, particularly the night manager who went out of his way to book lovely restaurants for us on a busy Friday and Saturday night. Both restaurants were excellent. Don't take a water a taxi unless you have lots of luggage - it is only a 10 minute walk to the hotel from Piazzale Roma. Ok, it wasn't cheap but I have stayed in cheaper hotels in Venice which were awful. I'd love to stay again when it's warm enough to breakfast in the lovely garden.

Room Tip: We were on first floor overlooking garden - large from with a sofa.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
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41 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We have stayed here five, perhaps six times and have reservations for next Spring. Can't say enough good things about the staff, service, and location. Kudos to all and thank you for all of your kind care and hospitality. Mille grazie!

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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
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Santo Andre, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for 4 nights last year. My husband and I had a wonderful time! The room was extremely clean and breakfast was great! The staff was very attentive and helpful. Ilaria was the greatest one! She booked some restaurants for us and gave us such nice tips about the city and places to go! I would strongly recommend this hotel and hope to stay there again one day!

  • 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
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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Reviews really help when booking a hotel in a city you've never been to. Wanted a quiet spot to finish our Italy tour in and this was definitely the right choice. Couldn't wait for breakfast every day - it was a treat. only 6 rooms here. Had a great suite on the top floor. Was a quiet spot (construction happening next door but was finishing as we were leaving our trip). Didn't bother us as we were up when that started. Staff treated us fantastically. Nice to have a bar fridge with free still + sparkling water on hand. Folks have stated this place is tough to find, but what place isn't in Venice? Had no issues finding it thanks for the directions given in advance.
Would surely recommend this place to friends/family, and would stay here again if making the trip back to Venice.
Did I mention the breakfast? I miss it already :)

Room Tip: Suite on top floor was nice. doubt there is a bad room in the place though.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Wayne NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed here for our first trip to Venice in May. I chose this area on the advice of a co worker who advised me to stay away from the crowds, where I would be able to hear the church bells ringing.

We were not disappointed.

This hotel is wonderful, we had a suite on the top floor with a view of the canal. The room was very spacious for myself, husband, and 22 year old daughter. Our room overlooked the garden where the most amazing breakfasts are served. The staff are great, Lorenzo the owner makes you feel right at home and has answers to all of your questions. He sent us to a great restaurant Birraria la Corte in San Polo.

We had the best gondola ride with Sebastian our gondolier, He works right around the corner from the hotel, in front of Frari church.

I can't imagine staying anywhere else and we will be back. Thanks to the staff at Oltre il Giardino for making our trip to Venice, the best!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Vienna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Small hotel, you feel like at home, excellent service. Beautiful decoration and very spacious room (we had the suite). Great location, very central and quiet place. The staff made our stay unforgettable. They even provided a kettle and mineral water free of charge in the room so we could prepare our babies bottle in the room. We all enjoyed our stay including Alma!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Nothing to add to what everyone else appears to have written.....excellent and spacious rooms (we had a mini suite), personal but never intrusive service....will be recommending this to lots of friends. A hidden oasis in an amazing city.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Oltre Il Giardino

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:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Venice
#9 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#48 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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