Ai Tagliapietra is in a good location - a 10-minute walk from the dock at most, and just a short stroll to the Rialto, San Marcos / Doge's Palace, and interesting piazzas. BE SURE you take water bus 5.1 as Lorenzo says - we were herded onto 4.2, and they both go to San Zaccharia, but to different docks - and there are a number of docks at San Zaccharia. Because of this, Lorenzo was unable to find us, since we were not where we were supposed to be. Fortunately, there IS a Tourist office just off the 4.2 line dock, and the gentleman was able to show us on our map the short walk to the B&B.
Lorenzo was helpful and accommodating. He offered a number of suggestions for activities and dining (one place, Mamo's, gave us 10% off when we showed them his card and recommendation), and as we had to leave quite early on the morning of departure, prepared for us a "take-away" breakfast of juices and rolls since we would not be there for the scheduled breakfast time, 8:30-10am.
The building is safe and the rooms are behind three locked doors: one from the street, one to the floor, and the third to your room. They have the standard toilet, sink, bidet, and European shower - all clean and up-to-date. Our room in particular looked over the street and had both windows and shutters that could be used to close out the light and noise, if necessary. Venetian streets can be boisterous in the late evening, and the night before we left, we closed the shutters to get to bed early, and this effectively closed out any distracting street noise.
Sleep quality was good - the beds comfortable, clean, and well-presented.
The floor has 3 or 4 rooms which share a single kitchenette and three/four breakfast tables. Lorenzo makes available to his guests the refrigerator, tea, tea cups and saucers. He told us simply leave our cups in the sink and he washed them in the morning.
All in all, a good place to stay in Venice. Getting back to the airport that early was a concern at first, but there is a Blue Line Alilaguna bus (NOT run by the same system as the vaporettos) that left the dock as early as 3:44 am, so it was not a problem!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The apartment Ai Tagliapietra is just 5 minutes off St.Mark's Square and is easily reachable from anywhere in town thanks to the nearby San Zaccaria's stop (public transportation). The strategic position allows you to reach on foot museums, shops, restaurants or Rialto Bridge in a short time. Double rooms of the apartment are warm and joyful and offer a complete bathroom (shower, basin and bidet). You will also find an hair dryer, soap and shampoo. Free wi-fi available! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ai Tagliapietra Bed And Breakfast
- Ai Tagliapietra Hotel Venice