My wife and I always try to stay in apartments when traveling abroad, and for a long stay in Venice in September-October 2016 we selected the Melodia Apartment from TripAdvisor-reviewed properties. We were NOT disappointed. It was an absolutely perfect place to stay for our 18 days in Venice.
All the reviews will tell you what a welcoming host and guide Guido is, so I won't repeat those favorable comments, but will add that he went above and beyond what others have described. He made a special trip in to Venice to unclog a slow shower drain, even though I told him it would be OK to wait until his next scheduled trip the following day. Also, he offered to give us the wonderful guidebook in the apartment -- more about that below.
First, Melodia is one of two apartments Guido has in a building near the San Stae vaporetto stop. He showed us the other apartment (next door) and it would be a good place to stay, too.
Melodia's style is Ikea -- in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if all the furnishings came from there. The pictures on TripAdvisor are true-to-life. The apartment is well-furnished and -stocked (except we missed having a frying pan -- don't Italians fry eggs?) and there were enough expendable items (toilet paper, dishwasher soap, coffee, etc.) for someone staying for a long weekend. Of course, for our stay of more than two weeks, we needed to stock up, and the Co-op supermarkets (OK, forget the "super-) were relatively close and reasonably priced. Guido showed us another store just a couple twists and turns away from the apartment, but it turned out to be a "health-food store" with limited selection and high prices. Go to the Co-ops!
In addition to Guido's neighborhood tour mentioned in most reviews, he also gave us a map (better than any other map I saw for sale) and marked it up with the locations of several restaurants he recommended and a few points of interest and stores, including two Co-ops. By the end of a few days we needed to mend our map with bandages, but one never wants to leave home without it!
The location of The Melodia is great for someone (like us) who wants to see Venice beyond what the two-day tourists see. It is centrally located, just 100 feet from the Grand Canal, and easy (if the word really applies in Venice) to get to other areas of the city. It's also far enough away from the hordes to allow a visitor to get a feel for non-tourist life.
This apartment has a dishwasher and washing machine; when in the booking process I asked if there were a clothes dryer, Guido replied "an Italian dryer -- a clothes line" -- see photo, and there was an indoor drying rack, too.
The bathroom has the usual appointments (including, to Americans, a "foot bath" or "doggie drinking bowl") as well as a double shower large enough to wash a Fiat 500 if you could get it up the stairs. For the winter guests, it has a heated towel rack. The bathroom has a window and, like the other four windows in the apartment, it opens two ways -- from the side to get to the clothesline, for instance, or just at the top for ventilation.
In September-October the steam heat wasn't on, so no heated towel rack for us, but that brings us to a really important positive point for the Melodia Apartment -- it has two electric combination air conditioners/heaters. We needed that! Some days were very warm and a couple nights were cold enough to use the heat. We've heard reports that most Italian apartments or hotels turn the air conditioning and heat on and off according to the calendar instead of the weather: no such problem at Melodia -- you're in charge of your own temperature!
Finally, the apartment was stocked with several guidebooks and other tourist information. One of the English-language books was the best (by far) guide Venice I've ever seen -- "The Treasures of Venice" (see photo). We looked for a copy on-line and in Venice, and Guido told us where he had gotten his, but when we couldn't find a copy, he offered to give us the one from the apartment. Luckily, we happened upon a store in Venice that carried "The Treasures of Venice" in four different languages. So if you book Melodia apartment, the copy will still be there -- if you're lucky!
Guido was a fantastic host. First, he gave detailed instruction from the train station before we arrived. Upon arrival, he met us at the vaporetto stop and walked us to the apartment where he had a light snack ready for us. After we were settled in, he walked us around to help us understand how best to navigate the most unique roadway on the planet! The apartment is tucked away from the tourist traffic, yet it is only a <5 minute walk away from a vaporetto stop, 5-7 minute walk to the Rialto Bridge and a 15-20 minute walk to San Marco with plenty of shops, markets, and restaurants along the way. The apartment was nicely furnished with a full kitchen and a washing machine that we made use of. There was a queen bed in the bedroom and a queen pull out sofa in the living room that was great for my teenager. This was the last leg of our trip to Italy and let me say that THESE WERE THE MOST COMFORTABLE BEDS (including the sleeper) we slept in on our entire trip!!! Also, the shower was large with 2 heads. Other pluses were the air conditioning, cleanliness, English speaking channels, and laundry soap and coffee was available for us. Guido was available by text and was very helpful. He also gave us detailed information on how to get to the airport at the end of our trip. For me, the availability of the host and the comfortable beds are the best reasons I can give in this recommendation. Don't hesitate!
First of all, our host (Guido) was wonderful. He met us at the vaporetto stop and showed us to the apartment. After, a light snack that he had ready for us, he took us for a stroll to help us understand how to navigate our way around in a city with the most unique "roadway" in the world! He was also available by text when I needed tourist information. The apartment is centrally located in a quiet neighborhood away from the crowds. Within a 5 minute walk to a vaporetto stop, shopping, and food. The apartment has a full kitchen, spacious bedroom with a queen bed, a living room with a pull out full sofa bed. Both beds were extremely comfortable. These were actually the best beds we slept in on our entire trip! It was nice to come "home" after the long days of sightseeing. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back!
My husband and I had a nice stay here. The process went smoothly Guido was informative and helpful.
The only downfall for us was the noise from locals packing groceries every morning around 6am. Although we are both light sleepers.
We had a fantastic stay in this lovely Venice apartment! Guido met us at the local waterbus stop, welcomed us to the apartment with a bottle of prosecco and cake, and then gave us a tour of the area, all of which was greatly appreciated!! The apartment is well equipped and spacious, and while it is well located, it is best suited for people who are happy to do plenty of walking. Thank you Guido for your hospitality!
This Appartment was everything we needed in Venice and Guido is a very good host. We were welcomed, guided to the Appartment, provided refreshments and then a quick tour of key locations. Location might not be for all of you don't like walking to the sites, but we found it fine for our needs on a long weekend.
Would definitely recommend.
We had a brilliant stay at the Melodia apartment!
Guido was extremely friendly and helpful, meeting us from the Vaporetto stop and taking us to the apartment - which may have been a little difficult to find by ourselves! He greeted us with a delicious cake and bottle of wine and after showing us around the apartment took us on a short guided walk to the Rialto bridge and back.
The apartment was very clean and had everything you would need while you were on holiday. The only slight grumble was that the bed was very soft - although some people may prefer this! It is in an ideal location, just off the Grande Canale and very close to San Stae vaporetto stop. Central enough for you to walk anywhere you want (Rialto, St Mark's Square, Doge's Palace). There was a brilliant little shop just around the corner to buy food from and large Co Op's not too far away.
Being vegan, we were a little worried about eating but the Rialto Bio Centre (health food shop) was just around the corner and the Co Op's had a great selection of vegan ice cream, veggie mince, cheese-less pastas etc. We also had amazing vegan pizzas from Pizza L'Angelo (Calle della Mandola 3711, San Marco, Venice) where they use rice milk mozzarella. Also had delicious vegan fruit sorbets from Grom ice cream chain.
We would definitely stay here if we were in Venice again.
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