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We had a great night's rest at Apostoli Palace and awoke to a beautiful breakfast at the Inn. Cappuccinos, espresso, fresh croissants, juices, pastries, cereals, yogurt – it was all delicious! Over breakfast, we planned our day.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsApostoli Palace Venice
Arriving in Venice by train, we were worried about finding Apostoli Palace along the complex net of small streets, but we found it without making one wrong turn along the way (we made lots of wrong turns during the rest of our stay). From the train station, it took us about 25 minutes to walk with our backpacks (we stopped to enjoy the view along the way). We were welcomed by Giuseppe at the front desk, who gave us a great map of Venice (the one we used every day), shared lots of tips, and showed us to our room, #103 the San Filipo room.
Later in the day, Andrea or Paolo may also greet you with a warm welcome and lots of help at the main desk.
The room was absolutely wonderful, with Florentine furniture, a small fridge, huge bed, desk and chair, and the largest bathroom we had yet on our journey through Italy.
Best of all, there was also a small bottle of red bubbly wine with two wineglasses there to greet us, which we wasted no time in pouring and sipping while we unpacked and celebrated our arrival in the beautiful city of Venice.
While most of Venice bustles with dense crowds of tourists, the Apostoli Inn was off a very quiet side street, and when we slept at night we heard absolutely no noise and were able to sleep well.
The air conditioning worked really well, and we needed it as there was a fall heatwave during our whole stay. It never rained during our visit.
Apostoli Palace offers Wi-Fi for Internet and you have to pay for it, but it was cheaper than the local Internet Cafés and we were able to get on from our room without a hitch.
The inn also provides a fantastic continental breakfast, hosted by the lovely and sweet Desmaline, who greeted us each morning with a quiet smile and as many fresh cappuccinos and espressos as we wanted to go along with hot croissants and buns, paté, cheese, yogurt, cereals, pastries, fruit and juices.
Each morning at 10 am, the inn offers a free one-way shuttle to Murano, the nearby island that is famous for its glassmaking.
When we left Venice, we flew home at 7am from its airport, and were worried about how to get to the airport at such an early hour. We were very relieved to find that Apostoli Palace is literally a 5-minute walk to the airport water shuttle service, where we caught it at 4:19 am in plenty of time to catch our flight.
We would absolutely stay at the Apostoli Palace Inn again!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Apostoli Palace Venice
My wife and I visited Venice ofr 3 days in late May 2005. The icty and the weather were great. The hotel was just as good: 1) service: cannot ask for better service than that!, 2) location: central but some streets away from the tourist path, very quiet area! 3) rooms: very good startd and nicely decorated. We will definitelly go back and will recomend it to all of our friends.
What a great find!!!
This hotel is in a quiet neighborhood of Venice, not far from the Rialto Bridge. It was recently redone and the furnishings are lovely. The bath is large and has a full size tub. The service was outstanding. It was quite a find for the price. The staff was very attentive and helpful. The manager, Joseph, was always there and willing to answer questions. The hotel is a little difficult to find but well worth the search.
What a great little hotel!
Having obtained a very very reasonable rate via another website, we had not much idea about what we faced upon checking into this as this had only a few reviews. Well, I can assure anyone that unless you are a 20-stone Foreign Ambassador, this will suit everybody down to the ground.
We stayed 2 nights, the 23rd & 24th March just before Easter and having found the hotel using an excellent map from their website we fell in love with the area of Cannaregio walking from Fondamenta Nove waterbus stop, and our heart was stolen within minutes of arriving at the hotel. The management are charming, helpful and - thankfully for poor Italian speakers like ourselves - spoke excellent English.
Our room was Matteo, was cosy but utterly delightful - charming and welcoming. Open beamed ceilings, with an ornate decor throughout, Satellite TV is available via a 14" portable TV in the corner. Our double bed was, like most Italian rooms, two singles pushed together but was very comfortable. The en suite bathroom was a delight - recently refurbished, the shower was excellent, and the new fittings were contemporary but tasteful.
Breakfast was a real treat! Warm apricot-filled croissants were a highlight, although for those who wanted to indulge in the rest of the Continental buffet, there is plenty available to stock up on for the rest of the day. No bacon and eggs though - but as they say, when in Venice........!!! Coffee here is excellent.
Cannaregio is, in my opinion, perfect. A fruit stall and a newspaper kiosk are literally metres from the hotel. The area is like most of Venice, shabby chic, and dripping with character - with the centre of nearby Strada Nova occupied by market traders where great bargains can be had (Ties & bags in particular!). This has more locals than tourists which for us was a big big pluspoint. A nearby well-stocked Co-Op, leads onto the main drag in this area - which is full of anything you want. Great wine bars, restaurants, snack bars and shops are all walkable from the Apostoli; in fact, we were recommended a restaurant by the manager which was 2 minutes away and served fantastic seafood and pasta at only £40 for two, including drinks. In fact, we found the horror stories of Venitian dining and socialising in Venice to be over-alarmist - we were pleasantly surprised by what we spent, although Americans may rightly disagree because of the current weakness of the dollar v the Euro.
Oh yes, it's only 10-15 minutes walk from the Rialto, and 25 minutes walk (With big bags!) from the San Lucia train station. We walked everywhere - to and from San Marco - and had no need for waterbuses or water taxis.
I know that Stateside, room sizes here across the pond are considered to be too small for those expecting rooms capable of hosting baseball matches. If 'cosy' puts you off, stick to the Hilton et al. Otherwise, this will suit you to the ground.
Upon checking out, we were sincerely told that we should consider this our home in Venice. Such things are often said, and taken, in a glib and emotionless context. On this occasion, he was right - when we return to Venice, we will not consider any other place to stay, after all we have a home waiting for us.....!
Really impressed by this place - the superior double was excellent and the staff were very helpful. Very quiet and nicely furnished. It's a ten minute walk from Rialto bridge and 20 mins from San Marco.
Great Hotel, Great Hospitality
We have stayed in many hotels, and few if any come anywhere near to providing the hospitality that was provided to us during our stay at Apostoli Palace. We landed at Marco Polo (where we met a lovely couple from Devon who stayed at a Hotel in St Marks square, and we later met again to visit the island of murano) and took a boat to Fondamenta Nouve (5 mins from the hotel) and after getting lost we experienced the Venetian hospitality, we showed pin pointed our destination to an elderly Venitian man who was just about to enter his house, he smiled, closed the door and walked us to the Apostoli.
Andrea one of our hosts is one of the nicest and most pleasant, and most charming man that I have ever met in my entire life, Andrea's cousin Giuseppe also provided help and assistance from theatre tickets, and directions to allways making sure my mini bar was fully stocked. The rooms were fantastic and flawlessly clean and we benefited from a lovely balcony and really felt the Venetian vibe as the hotel although 5-10 mins from St Marks square, is unknown and unseen by the majority of tourists as it is hidden in a quiet non tourist part of the city. Apostoli provided the boat free of charge to murano island) We will definately visit Venice again and we will be stayng at the Apostoli Palace. We stayed from 23.11.04 to 25.11.04.
Maybe not Palatial But Charming
As another reviewer wrote, it is NOT a palace. However, it is a charming brand spanking clean tiny little hotel tucked away in a neighborhood that you would most likely miss if not staying there.
And what a shame that would be. This place is a find. The rooms are lovely with Venetian chandeliers in each room. The linens are very high quality and the beds are comfy. The capuccino served at breakfast was amazing! The staff is charming, welcoming and very helpful. -DO NOT miss walking down the Strada Nova near the hotel - wonderful shops and restaurants and you'll see more locals than tourists. The little coop grocery near the hotel is so much fun. ENJOY!
Charming off the beaten path
I visited Venice for the second time last summer (July, 03) and was looking for a more "Italian" experience. Apostoli Palace is it! We wandered a while to find it, and found ourselves among locals heading home with the groceries, stopping to pet the neighborhood cat, or sitting in a square catching up on gossip. This is exactally the kind of experience we wanted in Venice. The staff was very helpful, rooms good size and nicely done.
Jewel in the rough
A little difficult to find, the Apostoli Palace is tucked away down some small streets; but it is worth finding. It is newly rennovated and very clean, with all the comforts of a major hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was substantial compared to other continental fare. The rooms are elegantly furnished and the baths are large and modern. We had a front room with a small walk out balcony, utterly charming. The Apostoli Palace is away from the tourist crowds, in a delightful neighborhood, yet accessible to everything you want in Venice. We especially enjoyed eating at the Osteria Da Alberto. Our 3 nights in November cost 115 Euros a night. Well worth the stay.
A warm, cosy retreat
The Apostoli Palace does not have a grand frontage as its name implies, in fact, it is tucked down a narrow alley and has no grand view from its windows. Inside however it is light and airy. The decoration is understated Rococo, if that isn't a contradiction. A simple and elegant use of wood, stone and fabric is the setting for pleasant pieces of decorated furniture that enhance this historic building. Our room had a large bed, floor to ceiling curtains, a wide, comfy armchair and built-in wardrobe, all very clean, light and attractive. The four days and three nights we chose to stay in Venice were exceptionally cold and we were very grateful for the warmth and cosiness of our room. Our large bathroom was heated to oven temperature! The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and although the area for breakfast is a bit small the service was good. Our room, the Giacomo, led straight onto the breakfast area which was very convenient as long as you didn't forget yourself and wander out in your pyjammas. The Cannaregio area is not far from the Rialto and has a village atmosphere with its local shops and restaurants. There is even a small Irish pub nearby - well, isn't there always? There are both reasonably priced and more expensive restaurants within a short walk of the hotel. The vaperetto stop (water bus) at the Ca'Doro is the nearest stop if coming from the railway station or the P. le Roma. By the way, do not get herded onto a water taxi at P. le Roma. Walk a little further along, to your right, to the water bus stop and pay a fraction for the trip than the greedy taxi sharks will fleece you for. If you are catching a late Ryanair (UK) flight from Treviso, the Apostoli have a 'restorative' room apparently and they will look after your luggage after you check out. Oh, and the last bus for Treviso goes from P. le Roma at 19.00. (We missed it!)Venice needs to be savoured; stop and stare and do not try and do too much art in one day. The Apostoli is a good base from which to enjoy this city and I recommend it. We paid $288.27 for three nights, inc. taxes, through ... Bon voyage!