My husband and I stayed at C'Biennale for5 nights in September 2014. It was our least favourite of the 6 apartments we stayed in in Italy.
Pros: 1. Location: Ca'Biennale is located a 15 - 20 minute walk away from the noise and crowds around St. Mark's. We enjoyed the walk along the Grand Canal and living in a quiet neighbourhood where Venetians live, adjacent to a large and beautiful park. 2. Workable kitchen and spacious bathroom. 3. Information provided by owner Beatrice and her rapid response when we had trouble with the internet.
Cons: 1. The apartment is at street level and is extremely dark, with inadequate lighting. The drapes are dark brown and the only way to have privacy from people walking by the windows was to close them. The lights over the bathroom sink were broken, making the room dim for shaving, etc.
2. A general sense of barrenness and lack of comfort. There was no welcoming bowl of fruit or bottle of wine as we experienced at other apartments in Italy, few staples (pepper, olive oil, garbage bags,etc), burned out light bulbs, very uncomfortable armchairs with lighting too inadequate to use for reading, no waste basket in the bathroom and the only waste container in the apartment was under the kitchen sink, without even a plastic bag in it. We were requested to separate our recyclables, but there was no container to put them in. Before we could throw anything out, we had to go to the grocery store to buy bags.
3. The bed is extremely hard! after one night of sleeping on it, I awoke with back and joint pain and had to resort to folding quilts to put under me for the rest of our stay.
4. Internet. When we took the internet connection (Wind) out with us, it worked extremely well. But it was both weak and unreliable in the apartment, even when we place the Wind device in the window.
5. We were sorry not to ever meet Beatrice as she was recovering from surgery and unable to get to the apartment. Some of the neglect we encountered probably resulted from her inability to be present to ensure that things were up to par.
6. Inability to cancel one night of our reservation. When, more than a month before our arrival, we learned we would have to shorten our stay by one night, Beatrice was very flexible but the booking agent was not. Hence, we ended up paying for one night more than we used.
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My wife and I have stayed in Venice many times over the years and have seen it in torrential rain and blazing sunshine, snow and ice, crowded with tourists and nearly empty of visitors.
But whatever the weather or the crowds the ca'Biennale apartment in the Castello district is the perfect place to stay. This was our 8th stay in the apartment in five years and the neighbours are beginning to recognise us so that we really feel at home.
The apartment is only about 10 minutes walk from St Mark's Square yet it is in an area largely devoid of tourists (other than those visiting the Biennale - art or architecture in alternate years) and inhabited by real local people. Living there is fun, shopping with the locals in the vast array of small shops and supermarkets in nearby Via Garibaldi is an experience that is well worth having.
All the tourist spots are within easy reach of the apartment (Venice is a small city) and if you are tired of walking the vaporetto stop is only a few steps away.
The apartment itself is homely and comfortable, with a very well equipped kitchen, a large comfortable bed, heating for the winter and air conditioning for the summer, WiFi access, and a television (but only with Italian programmes - but then who wants to watch television on holiday?)
Venice is an expensive city but the apartment ca'Biennale is very good value for money. It is run by Bea, a delightfully charming and helpful Italian lady who speaks excellent English. It's not that easy to find (we know our way so had no problem) but arrangements are made for guests to be met and let in.
We will certainly go there again - and as soon as possible!
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My wife and I have just enjoyed our seventh visit to Ca'Biennale and once again have been delighted with the comfort of our stay. We are beginning to feel really at home when we go through the door of the apartment in the Castello district.
The owner, Beatrice, could not be a better host. She is attentive without being intrusive, and friendly without being overbearing. She takes a real interest in the lives of her guests and is constantly looking for ways to make them feel more at home and at ease. The latest welcome addition to the facilities of the apartment is a microwave to make home catering easier.
Staying in Venice can be expensive but this apartment is excellent value for money and shopping at the local supermarkets and cooking in the well appointed and equipped kitchen instead of eating out every night makes it very affordable.
We stayed in June when it was very hot but the air conditioning is effective and ensures comfort.
I was even able to keep up with my emails during our stay as the apartment's wifi connection us good, strong and fast.
I have reviewed the apartment several times before and am running out of superlative! This really is a great place to stay. It is quiet but within a quarter of an hour's walk of St Mark's Square (younger visitors could make the walk in less time!)
I traveled with my wife and my 23 months old son. We love the house, facilities are clean and everything works perfectly. The location is a very best alternative for staying outside "San Marco" area. Castello and Biennale are certainly not bad at all. Perfect location to avoid the busy and crowd San Marco. The full address need to be mentioned in the website, because the location is labeled wrongly in the websites' map. Its Calle Pedrocchi 1606.
We have stayed in Ca'Biennale for five nights with our two kids (10 and 13) and are leaving tomorrow. We where greeted at the Vapareto stop and brought to the lodging. The apartment is a wonderful oasis of peace in a very nice and calm, neighborhood of Venice (only 10-15 minute beautiful walk to St-Mark). It is fully furnished, with a small but very comfortable kitchen where we saved money by cooking excellent meals every evening. (There are many markets nearby, including a Coop). We also had access to the laundry machine which is certainly a plus when staying six nights. Internet access is in the works. Our hostess brought us a 3G internet cell connection which works fine. (you need to be near the window) We recommend this lodging without reservation. You will feel like your a part of Venice and will get excellent sleep as a bonus.