Very well located not far from the Riva degli Schiavoni and just a bit north of the Hotel Metropole (highly recommended for drinks and dinner) and the Chiesa San Giorgio dei Greci. The apartment is as it appears in photographs, a comfortable, sun-drenched, well-appointed space. The water pressure is great, the AC is sufficient even in the blazing heat, and the service amenities (dishwasher and other kitchen appliances, laundry in the kitchen pantry, ground floor sauna and additional laundry, and the much-appreciated lift to the top floor) are all in perfect working order. The various rooftop terraces would be a pleasure to use in cooler times than July and August. This is a lovely apartment to which we would (and will) happily return.
Palazzo Alighieri was a wonderful home base, indeed an oasis, for my entire family during our stay. We rented all 4 apartments, A, B, C, and D. Apt A was a wonderful and modern equipped efficiency apartment, great for a single or couple. Apt B was grand and beautifully furnished, with a large bedroom and huge en-suite bathroom, a semi-private second bedroom area with additional bath, huge dining room and living room, and substantial kitchen, with gorgeous views looking over the Rio San Lorenzo Canal and surrounding area. We originally had assigned the beautiful and historic corner bedroom to my mother (our 84 year old matriarch), who then decided to switch rooms with her niece because mom prefers a shower to a large bath! The kitchen was thoroughly modern & equipped, and the kitchen and dining/living room of Apt B was my family's main gathering area. Apt C was a two bedroom/two bath apartment with its own self contained kitchen and dining area. Apt D was again two bedroom/two bath with a half bath in the hallway, with an additional loft for teenagers or an additional couple. It had a lovely kitchen with living room around a central island bar. Each apartment could operate autonomously if you are traveling with a group of friends, or you can rent them all for a large family gathering. A double decker terrace off of the central hall linking all 4 apartments provided exceptional views of the Castello neighborhood rooftops, as well as a great gathering place for adults to take an aperitif after a hard day of tourist visits. We were 15 people, 9 adults and 6 children, and we fit comforatbly with plenty of private space and no crowded effects.
The air-conditioning was a delightful comfort when returning home during the heat wave of our days there. And each unit provided exceptional privacy, but also a collective gathering place for all 15 of us. It is a delightful set of suites which I will happily recommend to everyone I know who may want an exceptional stay in Venice. I would love to return on my next visit to La Serenissima!
Thomas provided us with a wonderful welcome and superb orientation to our neighborhood. At his recommendation, we had Gelato at our neighborhood Gelato store almost everyday, and were able to navigate the vaporetto system easily.
Thanks again for the professionalism and excellent service of Truly Venice. I hope to use you again.
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