Oltre Il Giardino
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... carton of iced coffee for the morning like we can in NZ as leave too early for breakfast - no luck :-( [I think the Italians respect their coffee too much]. First stop the square of S Giovanni e Paolo - we were there a bit early - I had coffee at Rosas - she deserves her rep for good coffee that I had read online. Waited seated under shade outside the coffee bar for the nearby shops to open - Anne had seen some stuff she liked the ...
today was an adventurous day, today we were going to murano island famous for exquisite venetian glass. our tour guide for the day met us at port Venice. we took a peaceful boat ride up to murano and then begun our tour. we started with a workshop were we got to see how to blow the glass which was absolutely amazing and we lernt the tricky process of glass blowing a truly ...
... T&L were getting off at Bologna then catching a train to Modena, while LG & I continued down to Florence. The day was very emotional for Mom and I since we knew it was going to be our last day together till I get back to the states. We tried our best but ended up breaking down and crying on the train leaving each other. It was soo hard (and still is...I'm crying writing this paragraph) letting go of her hand & letting her get off that ...
... market 3 times before we figured out we were walking in a big circle. Many of the local Venetians use their own motorboats to get around. There are parking places all along the canals. We were curious to know the rules of where and when you could park your boat and if only a privileged few obtained a parking place. Never did find the answer. A great many of the motorboats were beautiful wood crafted boats that looked like the old Chriscrafts. Did you know ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Oltre Il Giardino Venice
Ouah ! Quel bel hôtel, calme, raffiné mais sobre malgré tout. Vivement recommandé. C'est un vrai bonheur de retrouver le calme de l'Oltre il Giardino après une journée passée à visiter la ville dans le bruit ambiant, et de se réveiller le matin dans son grand lit confortable avec l'odeur du petit déjeuner.
Très bien tenu, service discret et attentionné. Tous les restaurants que nous a indiqué Lorenzo étaient merveilleux. Je crois que c'est vraiment l'hôtel où aller à Venise.
KPC de New York City
If you want a small 6 room boutique hotel within 10mins of the Rialto bridge, front garden by the canal, plenty of charm and 5* service then this is the place for you.
Much more relaxed than the large hotels on the grand canal and about a third of the price. all the rooms are immaculately done and are all en suite. the rooms have LCD TVs and internet access points. all the rooms have climate control.
every morning there is a full continental breakfast and complimentary newspapers laid on.
the other advantage is that they will happily advise on the best non-tourist local restaurants as well as booking them in advance to avoid disappointment.
we arrived by water taxi from marco polo airport (90 Euros total, booked from the desk in front of the exit as you depart customs). the advantage of this is that you get to see venice and the canal in a way you can't in a vaporetto. when we left the city at the end of our trip, we had a 8-10 mins walk to the piazalle roma, where we caught a bus (they leave every 20mins) to the airport. the journey by bus is about 25 minutes and costs 2 Euros per person. we could not justify the expense of a water taxi in both directions!
We were there for 3 nights and sampled 3 different restaurants:
Osteria Vivaldi - 25 Euros per person - Amazing Carpacio of Beef, well worth a look.
La Zucca - 35 Euro per person - alternative Venetian cooking, I had an excellent sirloin steak and my wife had a lovely veal casserole.
Antiche Carampane - 65 Euro per person - we had one of the best 4 course meals we have ever had (almost as good as a recent trip to Ramsay's on Royal Hospital Road, chelsea). They serve mainly fish but of the highest quality. I had grilled scallops, squid taglitelle, soft shell crab, chocolate fondant.
It was nice to finish with the best restaurant on our last night, the food got better every night. obviously if you are not on a budget then try Da Fiore, 1 michelin star and meant to be the best Venice has to offer.
When wandering around the place, we found that we got quite tired and regularly stopped for coffee! Quadri's Cafe, in St Mark's Sq, have chairs outside and for 8 Euro for a Mocha you can sit for ages and watch the world go by. thousands of pidgeons give the square a real charm and atmosphere
During the evenings we found that it was nice to have a drink somewhere before supper. There is a new bar/restaurant called Nuovo Veneziano in Campo Cesare Battisti (approx 5mins from Rialto on San Paolo side) and this place is perfect for an evening drink. it is quite busy and has a good vibe. it is adjacent to the fish market.
Other notable things to do:
Vaporetto No 1 - 6 Euro, Tour of Grand Canal
Campanile, St Marks Sq - 6 Euro, Escalator to the top to get best views of Venice
Doge's Palace - 7 Euro, worth paying the extra 5 Euro for the audio tour because gives the visit so much more meaning
Ca Pesari - Modern art museum
Stunning home - hotel!
After reading all of the reviews about this hotel I emailed them for a price. The response was quick, detailed and so friendly I booked up right away.
Lorenzo & staff did everything to make our stay perfect. Staying here feels like staying with family. We had a Junior suite which was spacious and beautifully decorated. The service and amenities at Oltre Il Giardino was exceptionally superb. We also have to say that the best part about Oltre Il Giardino is the wonderful personalized service...we particularly enjoyed a lovely breakfast, which was delicious and beautifully presented. We also really enjoyed the area that the hotel is in.
We can't wait to come back for another visit. +++
Un hôtel extraordinaire, où l'on se sent comme chez soi
Après avoir lu tous les commentaires sur cet hôtel, je leur ai envoyé un email pour leur demander le prix de la chambre et ils m'ont répondu rapidement, en détail et avec tant de gentillesse que j'ai réservé tout de suite.
Lorenzo et son équipe ont tout fait pour que notre séjour soit parfait. Quand on est à cet hôtel, on a l'impression de faire partie de la famille. Notre suite junior était spacieuse et joliment décorée. Le service et les aménagements de l'Oltre Il Giardino sont absolument exceptionnels. Nous devons aussi ajouter que ce qu'il y a de mieux à l'Oltre Il Giardino, c'est le merveilleux service personnalisé. Nous avons particulièrement apprécié le petit délicieux et joliment présenté. Et le quartier de l'hôtel nous a beaucoup plu également.
Nous avons hâte de retourner les voir -:)
A most inviting and wonderful boutique hotel
Oltre Il Giardino CasaiFrari in the San Polo sestieri is a very elegant place, and the service is outstanding! It's in a very picturesque and residential part of Venice, and yet also very conveniently located: water taxis can stop right outside the hotel; by foot, it took us less than 10 minutes to get to all of the following -- the San Toma vaporetto stop, the train station, and the restaurants Da Fiore and Antiche Carampane; and there are all kinds of cafes, osterias, pizzerias, pastry shops, old bookstores and other small galleries etc. nearby. The public spaces consist of a charming garden with magnolia and olive trees and sage bushes, and a light-filled living/breakfast room with stylishly inviting furnishings and lots of interesting and useful books. We had the Turquoise Suite and the Green Suite, both of which are fabulously spacious, elegantly decorated without being pretentious or overwrought, and the beds with fine linens and the sofas are so very comfortable ...... The bathrooms in both suites are wonderfully huge and luxurious by all standards, European or American or Asian.
And the service is truly outstanding: everyone on the staff, including the owner, could not have been any more gracious, informative, responsive, and helpful. Breakfast is a very civilized and beautiful affair, and the staff helped steer us to some of the best dinners we have had during this most recent trip to Italy (which included very delicious stops in Emilia-Romagna). Meals in Venice do not have to be a sad tourist experience!
Oltre Il Giardino added immeasurably to our appreciation of Venice, and I am recommending it heartily and earnestly to my sisters and families who are planning their own trips to Italy soon. We ourselves hope that there will still be room at this wonderful hotel for us when we return to Venice! We have benefited much by reading reviews contributed by other travellers and want to be sure to share this gem with you.
Loved Il Giardino
We stayed our last 3 nights in Italy at Oltre Il Giardino. It was a wonderful ending to a fantastic 2 weeks. The house is decorated with great style and the attention to detail in the rooms (bath robes, chocolates, fresh flowers, fine linens) made our stay even more pleasant. Great location in a residential neighbourhood, walking distance to shops, restaurants and the train station. Great breakfast in the sitting room. Lorenzo was a great host and his staff was warm and very helpful. Definitely going back. Highly recommended.
This is such a beautiful place. I found out about it through Conde Nast Traveller magazine. We stayed in the Turquoise room which was lovely with the most stunning bathroom - huge shower and a clawfoot bath. Breakfast in the garden each morning was bliss. Highly recommended and superb value for money considering the average cost of accommodation in Venice.
We just came back from Venice where we stayed 4 nights at Oltre Il Giardino in the Green suite on the ground floor. The hotel is very quiet and peaceful but still in central location which is great after the hustle and bustle of the tourist attractions. Our suite was very spacious with separate sitting room and lovely bathroom with both shower and bath, all very clean. Breakfast was also very good and served in the lovely garden. Staff were very attentive and helpful. Would definitely go back!
We stayed at Oltre il Giardino for four nights at the beginning of this month. Before we ever arrived we were very impressed with the excellent service we received in making the reservation.
The location is fantastic. We arrived by train from Nice and walked from the station. It is located in a residential neighbourhood. We had a drink in the adjacent square one evening and watched as people came home from work and kids played football on the square. We used the San Toma vaporetto stop which was a short stroll away.
We simply loved the house and everything about it. It is decorated with great style and good taste and is a welcome contrast to the typical Venetian palazzo decoration. We stayed in the Ivory room. It is one of the smaller of the six rooms in the house. It met our needs perfectly as we were out all day. There is a lovely sitting room and garden terrace to spend quiet time in any case. The bathroom was very well appointed, complete with robes and slippers, an unexpected treat. There were beautiful fresh flowers in our room.
Breakfasts were a pleasure, enjoyed in the garden. Lorenzo and all the staff were warm, friendly, efficient and very helpful.
I could go on and on...........we would most definitely return and happily and wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful sanctuary if you are planning a visit to Venice.
Like a dream
We had a wonderful stay at this hotel in January 2006.
My husband and stayed for 3 nights in the Turquoise suite and it was lovely!
The rooms are beautiful, very spacious, staff extremely helpful and friendly.
We would definately stay in this hotel again!