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Please help me choose my Venice apartment

Oct 5th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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My concerns about the Gritti would be the possible noise. It appears to be just on one side of the San Sivestro vaporetto stop. However as you're only in Venice for 3 nights - I'd take it - you absolutely can't beat that view.

There are heaps of restaurants in the area, as well as food stores - and of course the Rialto market is very close. It is quite a busy area, but if you head towards the Dorsoduro area (rather than the Rialto) you'll be out of the crowds within a couple of minutes.
I've rented from this agency before and found them excellent.

If you want an apartment in San Polo - close to Dorsoduro and in a more residential area, you could contact Denise at www.venicerentals.com about this apartment (http://www.venicerentals.com/apartme...artments60.htm) we stayed here for a month and it was fantastic. It's close to the San Toma vaporetto stop. No canal views though!
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Oct 6th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Ok, I am now leaning towards the Gritti. But now there's another contender - the Corte Grimani. I seem to like the idea of a serviced aparment where someone comes to make the bed daily. Be patient with me guys... I am one confused person. So many good choices.. I will definitely update you soonest (Monday is the deadline I've given myself). So its now apartment Gritti vs. Corte Grimani..

TravelsWithStDavid, you mention 2 bathrooms? The website of Corte Grimani says 1 bedroom with double bed, 1 bedroom with single bed, 1 sofa bed in living room and 1 bathroom.. I have yet to check if they will accomodate 6. Did you use the kitchen? We don't intend to cook full meals, just prepare a few quick meals if needed.

I like the serviced apartment concept of Corte Grimani. Have stayed at The Ascott in Singapore and Oakwood in the Philippines and it's like being in a hotel with kitchen facilities. The Oakwood in the Philippines felt like a 5 star hotel.

Though for the view and decor, the Gritti is so Venice!

Maryk, thanks for that comment about the possible noise issue. I will write the agency and ask about this.

I'm getting there guys...

Thanks again to all.

Bailey, are you still there? please check my post on "parisattitude.com". I had a question there for you. Thanks!
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Oct 6th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Hello ryokousha,

Trip planning can be such a joy, yet so exasperating! For me, sometimes I feel like I'm on brain overload. There are just so many good options!

We stayed at the Corte Grimani in March, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. So much so that we've just booked it again for next April! The service is impeccable, extremely friendly and helpful. The apartment was superb. The location great!

Choices, choices, choices!

Good luck!
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Oct 6th, 2006, 10:07 AM
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My my my...what a tough choice to make! I sure wish I was in your current position!

I'd say if this is most everyone's first trip to Venice, go with the views of the Gritti. If everyone's been, then go with the Grimani. You can't go wrong with either.

Enjoy!
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Oct 6th, 2006, 10:37 AM
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Dear Ryokousha,

The Corte Grimani has classic apartments and deluxe apartments. The deluxe has a second bathroom with a shower stall.
We did not cook except to use the electric pot to make water for tea. There is no charge for cleaning the kitchen unless you use the pots and pans and stove top. There was a little breakfast bar around the corner where my son went in the AM and got rolls for us to have with our tea. They keep a lovely bowl of fruit in the lobby, so we just had continental breakfast.
I assume you could have six in the apartment if someone shared the sofabed with your brother. One of my sons and his wife had three teenagers with them and found the accomodations spacious and adequate. Have a great trip, where ever you stay. Venice is a magical city!
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Oct 6th, 2006, 04:09 PM
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I'm here...I went to Paris Attitude & didn't see any 'chat' forum.....
Here's my e-mail:
[email protected]

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Oct 8th, 2006, 06:14 PM
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Bailey, sorry for the trouble, I wasn't clear. My post about parisattitude.com is in this board. Click on my name or search for parisattitude.com under the Europe forum.

Many thanks.

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Oct 9th, 2006, 05:29 AM
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Ryokousha,
Help!!
When I click on the site it just goes to a page with NO listing for any type of forum. It just has links to apartments.
It may be my MAC...it needs updating.
Please just drop me an e-mail!!
Thanks!
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Oct 10th, 2006, 01:22 AM
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Hi Bailey, I will email you later for minor querries if you don't mind but I thought I'd post this question here for everybody's info too..

I had posted this here in Fodor's, I did not realize that by typing parisattitude.com I was providing a link to it.. What I meant was to search this forum (Fodor's) for parisattitude.com I apologize for all the trouble I put you through and thank you very much for your willingness to help.

Here was my post about parisattitude.com

Author: ryokousha
Date: 10/06/2006, 11:42 am

My family's planning to rent an apartment (in Paris) from this rental agency. Does anyone have any experience with parisattitude.com?

For our upcoming trip, I've booked apartments in Madrid direct with the owner and in Rome through an agency (sleepinitaly.com). I am about to book our Venice apartment also through an agency(veniceapartments.org). So far, all bookings have gone smoothly. We'll see about our final stay, I will try to post reviews.

For our Paris apartment, it seems Paris Attitude has a different way of doing things. After they replied about apartment availability and I confirmed I wanted to book the apartment, they emailed me 2 contracts, 1 in English and 1 in French. I'm supposed to sign the French version and fax it back to them together with my credit card details, photocopies of passport, and authorization to debit the "agency fee". (Total rental = agency fee + rental rate direct to the owner as stated in the contract: the french one I'm supposed to sign). No problem with the figures because the initial price quoted for the apartment includes the agency fee. Its just a different way of doing things (as compared with my previous experiences with apartment rentals) because we're splitting the total rental cost between the agency and the owner, and its the first time I have to sign a lease contract with the owner - and in a foreign language.

It states in their email that after they receive the signed contract, credit card authorization and details, together with clear photocopies of our passports, they will send us a confirmation of our apartment rental.

On top of this,the contract states that before check in, I have to pay a refundable deposit equivalent to the total rental for the period of our stay (so I pay them double initially). The contract doesn't state when the refundable deposit will be returned. I am assuming at the end of the stay.

I am prepared to trust them and just sign everything especially given that they seem to be very nice people, by email and on the phone. And I really like their apartment and the rate is reasonable for a week's stay. But I learned long ago not to put my signature on anything I don't understand completely.

I would appreciate any feedback and experience booking an apartment with parisattitude.com.

This board has been so helpful in my planning of our much awaited Europe trip. Thank you.

P.S.

BAILEY, are you still there? You gave me some good advise regarding my Venice apartment selection and I LOVE your photos. I saw your old post inquiring about parisattitude.com. Did you get to book with them? Experiences? Thanks again..



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Oct 10th, 2006, 01:34 AM
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I have finally decided to book the apartment GRITTI for the view, the location and according to the agency "it is a piece of history". Although I also like the Tiepolo (larger) and the Corte Grimani(serviced apartment), I will probably try these 2 later if and when we go back to Venice for a longer stay.

I would like to thank everyone who provided links to different apartment websites and gave me valuable advise.

We are so looking forward to this trip. I will post apartment reviews when I get back.

Thank you once again to all of you.
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Oct 10th, 2006, 09:57 AM
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Ta da...I'm back. Congrats on your Gritti apartment rental. I adore rooms/apartments with views!! I know, I know...we aren't in the room all the time. But I love waking up & running to the window first thing in the morning or sitting by the window late at night. Dreaming!!

I haven't rented an apartment in Paris with ParisAttitude. I keep returning to the Hotel Mayfair (in the 1st)....but my next trip to Paris, I will definitely rent an apartment! My only concern would be the double pre-payment. Seems excessive!
I have found that every country has a different set of rules regarding rentals.
Feel free to e-mail me any time!!

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Oct 12th, 2006, 08:34 PM
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We've decided to proceed with our apartment rental with ParisAttitude on the basis of: they are very nice to talk to and and seem sincere in their service. Plus we really liked the apartments we were renting with them since we needed 2 apartments beside each other (another family will meet us in Paris) and there were very few of this kind available.

I will surely post a review when we get back next year for everybody's info. I hope all goes well

Once again, thank you to all.

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Jan 4th, 2014, 01:51 PM
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I know this thread is rather old but would love to hear about experience staying in the Gritti apartment. We are looking at renting it this coming summer. Thank you.
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Jan 4th, 2014, 06:32 PM
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Hello , I have stayed in the Gritti apartment and it was a wonderful experience.
I adore the San Polo area, everything you need is within a 2 block area (bakeries, cheese shop, La Cantina wine store - my favorite bar in the world; Bancogiro )
The exterior walls of the apartment are so thick I would sit in the windowsill in the morning with a cup of coffee and watch the city wake up.
In early evening I would again sit on the windowsill with a glass of wine. Several gondoliers kept their vessel at a dock just under our apartment - it was fun to watch them return from their days work and converse with them about their day
I would definitely stay here again
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