I stayed at the 'Oltre Il Giardino' for about a week in early September, for my honeymoon, and loved it ! It is nicely tucked away, with a secluded, private garden at the front - even though you are right in the heart of Venice, it feels very peaceful, and yet is only a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of all the bars and restaurants nearby. The room we stayed in was very nice and clean, as were the communal areas (lots of lovely antique furniture and old paintings - all beautifully put together by the owner/manager's mother). Breakfast was served in the garden - a good choice of different types of bread, cold meats and cheeses, cakes, fruits, cereal, and brought to you by very attentive and friendly staff. There are only 6 or 7 rooms (I think), so the atmosphere - even when all the rooms are occupied - seemed very relaxed and friendly, and certainly very conducive to a romantic holiday. The staff generally were very helpful, particularly in recommending places to go to (we had a couple of lovely dinners on their recommendation - no mean feat in Venice, which isn't necessarily known for its cuisine, at least compared to other Italian cities). All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and one that I would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a lovely place to stay in Venice !
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Oltre Il Giardino Venice