For us, the highlight of staying at the Charming House IQ was the concierge, Anna. Right when we walked in the door, she greeted us when genuine hospitality and helpfulness. She made herself available each morning to answer any questions that we might have had, providing information and guiding us in our plans to enjoy Venice. We are very thankful and appreciative of Anna's assistance during our time in Venice. It was as of this hotel came with it's own tour guide.
The hotel itself was just shy of one star in perfection. The location was ideal - far enough away from St. Mark's Square to avoid the crowds but an easy walk to most locations. Finding the hotel wan interesting adventure as we decided to take the public transportation boat from the airport to the closet stop to the hotel (rather than spending 130 EURO on a boat taxi). Walking through Venice for the first time, finding the hotel - was interesting but yet fun. One caveat is that the hotel does not have a sign ....... we were standing in front of it wondering where it was .... only later realizing that we were standing in front it. It does have it's own little private bridge (adorable - see picture) with an awesomely large wooden door.
I should add that if we decided to take a boat taxi, we would have taken it right into their lobby (check out picture).
Our room was one of the smaller ones ...... but it still seemed quite large to us, given that rooms in US cities (i.e. New York) are much smaller. The bed was gigantic ..... but the mattress was a bit too hard for us. I did wish the bed was more comfortable - but nevertheless we slept well having walked and doing too much each day in Venice.
The bathroom rocked - best shower ever! A two-person shower that felt like rain ..... I loved it!
The breakfast also rocked. Anna literally brought us breakfast to our room each day, that included a selection of cereal / granola, croissants, rolls, yogurt, juice, coffee / tea, etc. It was a great way to start each day. While dropping off the breakfast, Anna would check in with us to see if we needed any assistance for our plans for the day in touring Venice. Did I mention that Anna was awesome?
Would we stay there again? Absolutely!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Qs are the latest addition to the Charming House family. It is a place where you will feel like at home, where you can offer yourself the luxury of unique suites, behind Piazza San Marco, with canal view on the famous Rio di Santa Maria Formosa, right where its waters take a turn before meeting the Gran Canal under the Bridge of Sighs. The interior is a Gothic courtyard with a well-curb. Contemporary design and art complete the wonderful location. Whether you are traveling for business or pure pleasure, the Charming House i Qs is the ideal place for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iqs Charming House Hotel Venice