My review contains both praise and some reservations.
We arrived in Venice on a cloudy afternoon and were met by a smiling and helpful Francesco from the Casa dei Pittori. He led us to the apartment and gave us some good hints about the local restaurants and shops. Even before we arrived, we got answers to our questions through e-mail.
The apartment met all our expectations, and we had everything we needed there. It was fun to watch the gondolas and boats on the canals from our window. The house was definitely not so easy to find on your own, but we quickly learnt our way. The whole house is impressive, and particularly the doors towards the canal were exotic!
The apartment was clean and spacious and we even had a lovely fresco on the ceiling. It was nicely renovated, with warm wooden floors in the bedrooms. It was better heated than we expected and there was always hot water, which was nice as the weather was not very warm. However, I felt a bit cold in the night, and there were not too many blankets available. The bed wasn't so great but I slept rather well nevertheless. The rest of the furniture was ok but a bit shabby. There weren't any English channels on the tv but that was not necessary either. We could also find all the necessary services and shops nearby. The Campo S. Giacomo was our favorite place as we could see local families shopping and spending their leisure time there with their children.
My reservations about the place are not related to any problems within the apartment, because everything was just fine. They are related to getting to the apartment. I had not expected the walk from the vaporetto to be quite so long and with so many bridges and steps - I travelled with my elderly mother, and she had trouble with all the steps, and having to carry a suitcase didn't help. The closest vaporetto stops are about a 10 minute walk, but with an older person it all takes longer. Also, I would not recommend this apartment for those who need to push a baby's tram or who sit in a wheelchair - but the whole Venice is challenging for these groups anyway.
All in all, I'd recommend this place warmly to people who have no problem walking and who do not carry heavy luggage.In either case, staying here may be a bit challenging, and you'd be more comfortable staying closer to a vaporetto stop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa dei Pittori is a late eight century palace, located in the hearth of Venice. The building consists of seven amazing apartments, every apartment is top class certified and results ideal for both short or medium-long stay. ... more less
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