Casa de Uscoli
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Unique Grand Canal location
this is a place for great travellers. I will never think to stay there if will only look for very origianl venetian entrance. The view is really breathtaking and hosts very prepered.
Faded grandeur meets modernism
The Casa de Uscoli is in a fabulous location on the Grand Canal, within walking distance of the Academia, San Marco and the Rialto, but with water buses close at hand. The views from the bedroom windows are just like the ones you see on all the postcards, looking down the canal towards the Santa Maria del Salute from the Academia bridge, with the colourful poles in the water just outside. You are situated between the bustle of the main tourist areas, and the relative peace of the Dorsoduro.
The unprepossessing and rather neglected entrance hall contrasts with the newly modernised hotel area. The owners have created a light and luxurious sitting room in which you can relax whilst you breakfast and take in the breathtaking architecture across the canal. It is decorated with contemporary works of art and photography which reflect the owners' preoccupations.
The welcome was friendly and helpful, with useful advice on restaurants and getting about, helped by the linguistic abilities of the owners, who between them speak a number of European languages. The rooms were quiet and peaceful, and leaning out of the window to observe the water traffic, like people have done for five hundred years, felt like a real privilege.
The owners are planning further changes to the accommodation, which will make it even more luxurious, in keeping with its history.
Palace at the Grand Canal
Booked this place as a birthday present for my boyfriend. What can I say? Lovely room with a window directly facing the Grand Canal, lovely hosts, having breakfast in the salon with a perfect view on the Grand Canal - thats all you need for Venice. When we arrived we were given the choice between on room to the backside wich was bigger and had an ensuite bathroom or one room facing the canal but with bathroom just across the hall. Of course we choose the latter. The hosts were very nice and helpful with ordering the pick up from the airport and taxis etc. The best thing is - your taxi just delivers you and picks you up right from the front door of your palace (the front is always facing the canal in Venice). Its not really cheap to stay there - but then, what is cheap in Venice? I liked staying there and especially I liked the fact that this hotel has only 4 rooms - so its rather like staying with friends than staying in a not so personal hotel. If you need TV in your room and a minibar and room service - you should stay somewhere else. But if you prefer the unique venezian experience - this is your place to stay. (I noticed that people are mentioning the condition of the entrance, well - that just the way Venice is. Its beatiful decay...)
Dreaming place on the Grand Canal
I am French designer living in USA and sure that Americans not every time can understand our European lifestile and hospitality. What we have in Europe are: Paris, Rome, London, Madrid and Venice. All of them very rapresentative citys of our coountrys. Casa de Uscoli in Venice is a place giving all of these places, offers a very European hospitality because the mangering people they are travelling and they know how to propose this particular place on the Grand Canal. I will recomanded this livefull palace on the Grand Canal to the traveler with taste. This is not a hotel; don't expect reception or waiters. You have all service very personalised and comfortable: from gondola to restaurants etc... from glass of wine on the salon of piano to private guides. For me it was a wounderful experience and for sure this place makes your dream be next to you.
Original and pleasant atmosphere! Very recommendable place.
This place is located really in the heart of Venice, a 100 metres from the Gallery of Accademia, among prestigious boutiques and arts galleries of Santo Stefano and what is the most important is a view. You can have the same view only in Gritti or Bauer or others but not for this price. Just wake up in the morning and see sun raising having the breakfast. For us it was a great deal staying in this small but very elegant palace. A cordial atmosphere and an accurate service puts us and other guests at ease, making their stay pleasurable. We had also a boat trip with the "owner" or "manager" who show us the other face of the city. Very very recommendable place for people who prefer stay in original atmosphere and really love to see a place through local eye.
Charming European and really studied hospitality
I am very often in Europe and very often in Venice. Sleep in dime of different places but this one is smthg excellent: international staff speaking different languages, the best location of Venice ( just perfect triangle between Guggenheim-Accademia-San Marco), breakfast simple but served directly on the Grand Canal, if have Apple you have wi fi connection in all the place. The owners ready for every kind of help and really charming. Boat trip and gondolas arriving under a palace. The unique bad what I can say is the entrance on the ground-floor: but also this is part of Venice that you can't change. I think this is ideal place for intelligent travelers and with open mind.
HORIBILE....AVOID at all Costs
The entrance is so dark and dingy, you get a bad feel from the getgo...horrible dirty staircase...like a whorehouse. The rooms ok, but the service is unconscienably bad. No change of towels the entire 9 days..no change of linen...NO COFFEE SERVICE as promised.....STAY AWAY FROM CASA de Squaller
A delightful apartment in Venice
I was a little uncertain of booking this B&B after reading the reveiws on this page. However the place came highly recommended by friends who we trust to inform us of good places to stay. Venice is a VERY old city, and a lot of the buildings along the Grand Canal are in need of restoration. The entrance to Casa de Uscoli is one such place, however it is part of the charm of the building. On the third floor is the B&B, which has been well restored and is very clean, comforatble, and warm.
The rooms are very minimalist but have all the conveniences that you would need. There are only four rooms and on our visit in January there were not many other guests. It was like having our own apartment on the Grand Canal, with spectacluar views.
You are left very much to come and go as you please, with the reassurance that the owners, who are charming and courteous are available in their apartment, should you require any assistance. This is not a place to stay if you like a box room, in a purpose built international hotel where you could be anywhere in the world, its not you Hilton or Holiday Inn, it has charm and character and is very central. We enjoyed our stay very much.
The pictures are misleading! The photos are of a bedroom we never saw, and we stayed in 2 of the 4 rooms during our 3 night accidental stay...we were set to stay in their partner B&B (Alm Aviva) but they gave our room away (!). We arrived at the other place and were led by a "helper" who couldn't communicate at ALL (not even in Italian) and had a similar shocking experience being led through the back alley to the door. The 1st room was horrible...no light, no lock, and the "bed" was a couch with a sloping awful mattress. The next room was slightly better in appearance, but even with the key, we were walked in on by the "helper" in the middle of the afternoon. Worse still, after walking in while we were lying in bed reading, he came over to within 2 feet of the bed to continue with his conversation (which we couldn't understand). It was an awkward, awful, uncomfortable situation. Not a good place to stay. I hate to be so negative, but it put a huge damper on our stay in Venice. We also tried to find a new hotel, but unfortunately no rooms were available anywhere that we could find.
I was suspicious of this place to begin with because I couldn't seem to find any online reviews however I chose to make reservations based on price , availability and the photos on their website . What a mistake ! Upon arriving in Venice on 9/22/04 at 10 pm we were told to call the owner and he would send someone to meet us to help find our way to the place , which we did . We were escorted through a dark back alley to what looked like an abandoned building . When we entered the building it wasn't much better but up the stairs we went and into the place ( I'm not sure what to call it , b&b or hotel - whatever ). It looked better from the inside but it gave off the uncomfortable feeling of being in someones house while they were away because the house was being restored . When we were shown our room (which wasn't exactly clean) we were told that there was no key to the door and therefore it couldn't be locked . Begrudginly we left our bags and told our escorts we would be going out for a bite to eat .We quicky ran around to look for another hotel , and finally we found one for twice the price . We returned to 'Casa de Uscoli' grabbed our bags and left the keys to the building on our bed and ran . We seriously felt that if we stayed here that we may have been kidnapped or had body organs removed - please for your own safety do not stay here !
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