Fabulous choice on the island of La Guidecca. We are a family of 5, and their largest apartment worked perfectly for us. Only 2-3 vaporetto stops from the Piazza San Marco, these accommodations would cost you triple if they were on the well-beaten tourist path. We stayed in late April, which can be cold, and since Italian law prohibits heat from being used after mid-April, our rental apartment was rather chilly at night, and could have used more comforters. Beyond that, we were thrilled ... with the view, the modern and chic decor, fabulous bathrooms, fully stocked kitchen and flat screens in every room. Take the Palanca stop on the vaporetto if you're willing to take a slightly longer walk to see the local shops (bakery, restaurants, etc) available to you; go the extra stop to Al Rendentore if you want the shortest distance.
Exceeded our expectations. Sensational location, Impeccable service and facilities and Good breakfast buffet. We asked the concierge to organise our transfers to and from the hotel and we were impressed with the royal treatment. Excellent drivers and sleek private water taxis. Wow!!
When you stay at a B&B, you are staying in someone's home, and you can never forget that. They always have more restrictive atmospheres than hotels. That said, the longer I stayed at Ca' Isabella, the more I liked it. It has the kind of plumbing that is unique to Venice, and it takes some getting used to, but it makes up for that by having an excellent location. It is not located on the main islands, it is on the island of Guidecca, just south of Venice proper. Because of that, it does not have the hoards of tourists roaming the sidewalks and alleys. Guidecca is more relaxed and comfortable. Hotel doesn't have a lift (elevator), and the rooms are not on the lower floors. They served a full breakfast every day, including meat. The people are pleasant, especially the older woman. The beds were comfortable. There is a public laundromat two bridges away, beyond the Palanca waterbus landing. Look for a "T" sign over a shop. That is a tobaccoist (cigarettes), and they sell waterbus tickets, each good for a set amount of time. We bought one-way tickets to get to the hotel 7.5euros each, two-day tickets for 30euros each, and one-way tickets to return to the train station.
From Palanca pier, take waterbus 2 to get across the lagoon quickly, or waterbus 4.1 to take a slower route to one of the San Marco piers. Make sure waterbus 2 is going in the direction you want. The list of stops and the direction is posted in every pier, but some piers have separate waiting covers.
Traveller from Maui
The Bed&Breakfast Ca' Isabella is located in Venice, along the Giudecca's canal, three minutes walk from "Palanca" water-bus …More
The room was clean and very comfortable. I stayed in a 16 bed mixed dorm and it was easy to sleep, even with so many people in the room, because the bunk beds have walls on one side to block the light. It was a bit tricky to get to by boat since its across the water from the main attractions, but that also meant that there weren't a lot of tourists and people trying to sell you things. I would stay there again!
We had a private triple room. Walking distance to water taxis, grocery stores, easy access to all parts of Venice. The room was clean, sunny, and way more modern than I expected. Check in was hassle free, staff was friendly.
A lovely apartment in a quiet location away from the crowds. Very friendly welcome from Luca who provided everything we needed for out stay. The apartment was a good size for the three of us and was well equipped for a short stay in Venice.
Traveller from Hertforshire, England
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Best thing about the Stucky apartment was the location - but I wish I'd paid the high cost of staying at the Stucky hotel!
Disappointing accommodation and overall experience. At check-in I was asked for cash up-front and didn't have enough so had to be walked to the nearest ATM. (Was there for business and couldn't make myself available at any other time).
Apartment was clean and comfortable but let down by dull decor, no shower and non-functioning TV and oven.
Daniella, the host's representative was helpful when I met her at check-in and helpful in arranging water taxi.
Ten minutes by waterbus from Piazza San Marco, the quiet residential island of Giudecca, is the place to escape the crowds. The only monument of note is Palladio’s church Il Redentore, focus of a major festival in late July. The atmosphere is typically Venetian and there are a handful of restaurants.
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