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Oltre il Giardino–Casaifrari

Oltre il Giardino-Casaifrari, San Polo

At a Glance

    Pros

  • a peaceful, gracious, and convenient setting
  • walled garden

    Cons

  • a beautiful but not particularly Venetian, ambience

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Oltre il Giardino–Casaifrari Review

It's easy to overlook—and it can be a challenge to find—this secluded palazzo, sheltered as it is behind a brick wall just over the bridge from the Frari church, but the search is well worth it: airy, individually decorated guest rooms face a large garden, an oasis of peace (especially in high season). The prevalent white-and-pastel color scheme gives an understated, nearly minimalist, touch to the decor, creating a fresh and relaxed ambience rare in Venice, although antiques and period pieces complement the contemporary furnishings. The owner's service and professional attention is as conscientious as the renovation. As for pedigree, the house was once the residence of Alma Mahler, one of the most famous femme fatales of the early 20th century (she lived in the house in the 1920s, while she was married to author Franz Werfel).

    Hotel Details

  • 6 rooms
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 11-13-2013

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    Oltre il Giardino—Casaifrari Review

    Lovely old house converted into a gracious, elegant, small hotel. Decorated in simple, sophisticated style, the Ivory room where we stayed had a super-comfy bed, beautifully fitted bath, a walk-in closet, and two windows that looked onto the garden. Open the windows to hear the bells of the nearby Frari church. Breakfast is wonderful--a generous buffet of excellent pastries, cakes, fruit, cereals, and yogurt; ham and cheese are served separately. The service here is exceptional--nothing seems to be too much trouble for the guests here, and everything is done is a very easy, friendly way, setting the tone for a great visit to this remarkable city. The location is ideal for someone seeking a quiet retreat in a historical/residential neighborhood.

    by annbeaton, 11/27/09

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