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Hi all,

I'm having a hard time deciding on a Venice apartment. We'll be renting for 4 nights in August. (I know it'll be hot and crowded, but with school schedules, this is when we can go.) There will be 5 of us, me, my husband, my mother and my 2 children, ages 7 & 9. I know so many people are fans of the Dorsoduro sestiere, but I focused on the San Marco area because I thought between my mother and the children I would rather closer to the sites we would like to see. But then I read so many fodorites talking about how small Venice is, I'm wondering if I should reconsider. I also have read how easy it is to get lost and it worries me that a 1/2 mile walk could turn into something much longer. So I have really gone back and forth on this.

My absolute requirements are 3 bedrooms (no pull out couches) and air conditioning. Other things I'm looking for are wifi, washer, elevator if on an upper floor, comfortable looking couch, and altana, terrace or balcony would be nice. As an aside, these are all really way more than I wanted to spend. Our average for the other apartments we have rented thus far on this trip is about 250 euros. But this is the first 3 bedroom we are renting as my mother is just joining us in Venice, so of course that would raise the price. And while these are higher than I had hoped to pay, I'm obviously willing to pay any of these prices or I wouldn't be asking you about them!

I want to say thank you in advance for looking at these! I posted asking for advice on Paris apartments and I felt guilty, but someone actually said they enjoy looking at other people's apartment options. I don't want to be a burden, but I'm really at a loss at this point!

My top choice right now, based on having an altana:

Option 1: http://viewsonvenice.com/our_properties/two_bedroom/ca-regina.html

In San Marco sestiere. Has an elevator, a/c, washer, wifi, tv, nice view, and the aforementioned altana.

Option 2: http://www.trulyveniceapartments.com/jsptruly/apartment.jsp?id=22&tiziano

i'm not positive this is available. I emailed last night and while their website says I should give them 24-48 hours to respond, everyone else I have emailed along the way has responded to my availability requests within 12 or so hours. So that makes me think this may not be available, but I will give them another day.

Has altana, a/c, wifi, washer, tv, elevator, all the same things as the previous apartment, but the single bedroom, which I would like my mother to use, has an unusually low ceiling. She is only 5 feet tall, but I want her to be comfortable! This is much less expensive than the first option, but I moved the other to first place since I'm not optimistic that this is available.

Option 3: http://www.trulyveniceapartments.com/jsptruly/apartment.jsp?id=85&angelo-raffaele

Small balcony off kitchen, shares washer with 1 other apartment, on 1st floor, so no elevator but that's ok, a/c, wifi, canal view, comfortable couch. More expensive than Ca' Regina (option 1), but without altana, which I would pay a premium for, so I'm not sure this makes sense unless the location is amazing or there is something else I'm not thinking of.

Option 4: http://www.trulyveniceapartments.com/jsptruly/apartment.jsp?id=30&fenice-premium

2 apartments together, I believe we could close an outside door and leave the 2 inner doors open. Again, more expensive than option 1 and if I'm paying a premium, I'd like the altana, but this has all the other things we are looking for. It would be very spacious and perhaps would be nice for my mother to have her own space. But at the same time we do want to spend time together so it might almost be odd for her to have her own space.

Option 5: http://viewsonvenice.com/our_properties/large_apartments/ca_cerchieri_mezzanine.html

The only option I have in the Dorsoduro. It seemed like it would be easy to walk to a lot of the sites we'll want to see from this apartment (the typical touristy things as this is our first trip to Venice). Again, I wish this had some outdoor seating or a canal view. It has a lovely garden view though and seems like it would be comfortable. Gets great reviews. In price it is on the lower end of what I am looking at but not so much lower that it makes it a must do.

Option 6: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p447209

This is the cheapest option, probably because it is not through an agency. It is another situation where 2 apartments are combined with one outer door. A review mentions a balcony and you can sort of see it in one of the pictures, but it must not be large or impressive since they didn't feature it in any pictures. A review also mentions canal views which would be nice. This has everything else I have been looking for and listing for the other apartments. This is a different area from some of the others, still listed as in San Marco but closer to the Rialto.

I'm sorry for listing so many options, but if you'd like to have a go at it and give me any opinions, I'd love to have them! I know Franco mentions that you can't choose based on neighborhood, that you really have to pinpoint an exact location, so if Franco or someone with that sort of knowledge has location input, that might help eliminate some options. (I have read the 300+ Venice apartment thread in its entirety!)

Finally, if someone finds this thread and they are looking for an apartment, I thought this one looked great, but it is not available for our dates. It gets amazing reviews and was only 220 euros for over 1600 square feet which I thought was a good deal.

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p252390

Grazie!

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