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Ca' Barba Apartment
Ranked #270 of 386 Hotels in Venice
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Huge apartment in the heart of Venice, great host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

We stayed at the Ca' Barba B&B for seven nights in December 2011. My husband became ill and we were not able to travel on to Rome, as we planned, so Alessandro, the B&B owner, rented us this three-bedroom apartment in Dorsoduro. The apartment was huge, beautiful, and extremely clean, large enough for five people (six if one person sleeps on a foldout foam chair), and we felt like royalty as we had all that space to ourselves. The views from the upstairs bedroom were lovely.

The kitchen and bathrooms have not been updated recently but they were well equipped with everything we needed. Unlike the previous reviewer, we did not have any problems with the water pressure or the hot water supply. The upstairs shower was a bit variable in temperature, but not uncomfortably so. There are a lot of stairs both up to the apartment and within the apartment itself, so this would not be a good rental for anyone who has trouble with stairs. The previous reviewer mentioned the dark stairwells in the building. We noticed those too, but once we located the somewhat obscure light switches we had no trouble. The television works well -- not that you go to Venice to watch television, but I like to watch the news to practice my Italian.

The apartment location is perfect, very close to a sizable (for Venice) Co-op supermarket as well as restaurants, an internet bar, and, right next door to the apartment, what Alessandro assured us was the best pastry shop in Venice. (He was right.) There was no internet access in the apartment when we stayed there, but we found that the bar's internet access extended to the apartment, so no problem! The Frari church and the nearby Scuola Grande di San Rocco contain unbelievable masterpieces of art and are worth multiple visits. We loved the not-as-touristy neighborhood and especially enjoyed strolling and stopping for a pre-dinner drink as the Venetians do. It was an easy walk to to the vaporetto stop and to a number of other lovely campi and churches.

Alessandro is a gracious host and did everything possible to make us comfortable. He checked on us by email to make sure everything was OK, and we also had his mobile phone number and the B&B phone number in case we had any problems. We loved this apartment and would not hesitate to rent it again the next time we are in Venice.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in apartment Ca' Barba. Alessandro was attentive upon our arrival, but we did not see him again after that first day. But, we had his phone number if we needed him. The apartment is about a 20 minute walk from the train/bus station and is in the Dorsoduro District, central to everything. It is a very safe and quiet area with shops of all sorts just outside the apartment downstairs door. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large living room on the upper floors of a building. The apartment could comfortably accommodate 5 or more persons. It is very secure, behind 3 locked doors, though the neighborhood is very quiet and safe. The kitchen is small, but has sufficient pots, pans, dishes, and glasses, a medium refrigerator, stove and range. The air conditioning had been off for 8 days prior to our arrival, so it was uncomfortably warm and took about 8 hrs for the apt to cool. After that, the ac worked fine to make it comfortable. Good views from the upper bedroom. Everything was clean and no odors. Hot water was an issue, as the water heater only supplied a short supply of hot water at a time; insufficient for even one shower. So, mostly cold showers were taken. The upstairs shower head needed replacement and the flow was only a dribble at best, so we used the downstairs bathroom for bathing. The lighting was sufficient, though not bright in any areas of the apartment. There are two flights of steep steps to reach the apt, and it is dark in the stairwells even during the day. And, in the apt itself, there are steps up to the lower and upper bedrooms and to the lower bathroom. This was tricky for us at night visiting the bathroom, being unfamiliar with the layout. But, it is a nice property and would serve a larger group very well. For our group of 3, it was a luxurious space. A larger group would also divide the expense better than a smaller group, as it is mid-priced. We had a good experience and were comfortable and safe.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Ca' Barba Apartment
Address: Dorsoduro 3763, 30123 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Dorsoduro / Accademia
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Ranked #270 of 386 Hotels in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ca' Barba Apartment is arranged on two floors: on the first floor, there is a large comfortable and elegant lounge and Murano glass light-fittings, a traditional kitchen with 19th century furniture and beamed ceiling, a bathroom, a double bedroom and a study, which can also sleep two people.On the floor above, the second double bedroom boasts splendid views of the Frari Church and San Rocco; there is a second bathroom here. ... more   less 

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