One of our favorite areas of Venice, Cannaregio is the "local" district, less touristy, the place where resident Venetians live. You can find lots of good food and apparel shops, markets, even the restaurants and bars are reasonable! The Cannaregio canal is the second widest in Venice, and joins the Grand Canal on the south end to the northern lagoon. A lively, interesting area, served by the public transport Vaporetto line n.1 along the Grand Canal, or the so called "Gira Città" routes n. 41, 42, 51 and 52 along the northern end.
The Dolfin house is located in the heart of the Cannaregio district, thus very central, only 3-4 minute walk to the Cà D'Oro Vaporetto stop (particularly recommended if you arrive by train or car) and to the Madonna dell'Orto Alilaguna stop (very convenient direct water transport if you land at the Marco Polo Airport), even if our personal suggestion is to spoil yourself taking a private water taxi that drops you off directly in front of the entrance door of the house!
The Dolfin house has one of the best private gardens in Venice, definitively the best for this price range. It has two entrances: from the street and from the canal. The garden is perfectly maintained by the caretaker, there is also a large metal table with chairs perfect for romantic candle light dinners, it is very spacious and absolutely quiet. This secret garden is shared with the landlord who owns also the noble floor of the palace attached to it, but he is very rarely in Venice and you won't most likely meet him, beside the fact that even if in town he never uses the garden.
Inside, the house is composed of a spacious and very bright living room with high ceilings and wooden beams: here you can find a double pull-out bed and a stunning metal stairway that leads to the attic room which can be used both a s a second bedroom with a large futon bed or as a studio/office room. Please keep in mind that the stairway is quite steep and not very suitable for kids. From the living room you can access the main bathroom and the small but well equipped kitchen. Here you can find dishwasher, oven, 4 burners stoves, kettle, fridge, and a foldable workbench used also as dining table. The main bedroom is also spacious, with a small en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The large double bed is a stunning work of art made with raw wood, representing the renown "bocca della verità".
The equipment of the house includes air conditioning system, Wi-Fi internet connection, flat-screen TV with DVD player, washing machine. We recommend the house to couples, with the only exclusion of small children as the stairway could be a danger.
Additional amenities include: smoking not permitted, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, interconnecting apartment, first or ground floor....Read more
Left on 09/24/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 24, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
Chère Daniela, merci de nous avoir recommandé cet appartement.
il correspondait totalement à nos attentes: Agréable,fonctionnel,avec un superbe jardin et idéalement placé dans un quartier un peu éloigné des touristes.
Seule petite réserve : le salon pourraitêtre mieux aménagé avec par exemple un canapé plus design..
Left on 02/14/2013 for a stay in November 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 14, 2013Stayed Nov 2012
The appartment was fantastic and the garden was lovely for the children to wander around. The appartment is practically detached as it seems to be a converted boat house which extends out the back of the main building just on the ground floor with a mezzanine into the roof. As a result it was very quiet. We had aqua alta when we visited (1.4m) and the water came up to the top of the water gate at the end of the garden only. We liked having coffee round the little table in the kitchen which was very cosy. We felt like real Venetians. The owner is an architect and so the interior was very well thought out.
“A hidden-away apartment in Venice with its own water gate and ex”
Left on 08/07/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 7, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
Apartment constructed in high-ceilinged back extension of a large house on one of fodaminterras (canal sides) of Cannareggio, a residential district North of central Venice but within easy walking distance of vaporetto stops, the market at the Rialto et al. Easy to get to vaporetto stops on the Grand Canal and on the lagoon-side We chose it because it's on the ground floor and had a garden: this was the best feature of the apartment and a great pleasure to sit out in on warm, early summer evenings.
Several local restaurants further along the fondaminterra: all very close by and okay though not distinguished - and then we went to a great local restaurant serving more authentically Venetian cuisine, about five minutes walk away: Vino da Gigio (details in the booklet provided for guests).
One good sized bedroom and another up some stairs from the main room (which could get rather hot in high summer though there's air conditioning below)In the main room there's a large sofa bed. Good for two couples but the upstairs bedroom isn't really separate from the downstairs room with the sofa bed and bathroom off it; would be okay for children but not for a third couple.
Even though we arrived at 10 p.m., we were met where the airport boat docks and oriented to the apartment by Daniella who's in charge of Truly Venice and speaks fluent English. She showed us how to work the tricky lock on the big, antique front door. Door and the hall are shared by other tenants in the building (quiet and discreet; we rarely saw them).
Apartment's comfortable and well appointed though kitchen is small and best suited to light meals or serving up food from the nearby supermarket (which has a good range) rather than serious cooking.
Everything of importance worked, including the WiFi but not CD player. Shutters were a little tricky. One of the best-equipped and maintained places I've stayed in.
Left on 07/26/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | JoanReviewed Jul 26, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
Dont underestimate the delight of having a garden in Venice...It was lovely to be able to sit outside in the evening, especially since we alternated between eating in and eating out.
The apartment is lovely and in a perfect location, convenient to public transport, restaurants, sights, etc., while still being in a quiet neighbourhood.
We travelled in July with 2 adults and our 16 year old son. Weather was hot so air conditioning was a must. The mezzanine bedroom had no air conditioning and was too hot for our son. He ended up sleeping downstairs which was fine. The apartment was very well equipped; we wanted for nothing. I have no hesitation in recommending Dolfin as a place to stay, but max for 4 people during the summer months provided 2 are happy to sleep in very comfortable pull out sofa in living room.
Left on 06/24/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 24, 2012Stayed May 2012
It was a pleasure dealing with the Dolfin apartment people. The best feature of this flat is its enormous private garden. The flat itself is compact but well equipped. It's in a quiet residential area by the canal, only a few minutes walk from Canareggio main street where you will find a supermarket, cafes and whatever you need. One quibble,you need to like very hard beds. In fact, one of us slept on the double sofa bed in preference to the beds. And one suggestion, with all that garden, a herb garden would have been really great.
Left on 01/09/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 9, 2012Stayed Oct 2012
We enjoyed this very much. The place was well equipped and comfortable. The kitchen is quite small, but big enoughh for breakfast. We used the living room quite a lot and this was a good solution since we were on holiday with friends and could relax together in a way that wouldn't have been do-able in a hotel. It's a slight shame that while one room is very spacious indeed, with lots of storage space, the attic room is much smaller and storage is a bit short. So one couple gets the better deal. The garden is amazing, complete with a folly-like structure, and a water-gate of its own. It was winter, and too cold to eat outside, but in spring and summer it must be absolutely lovely. The location was great for us: a few minutes from the vaporetto, as promised.
“Maison accueillante, gaie et bien conçue, beau et grand jardin,”
Left on 01/07/2012 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 7, 2012Stayed Nov 2011
A part quelques petits problèmes de serrure inhérents à l'âge de la maison par où l'on entre, vite résolus par les personnes sur place, et la propreté moyenne à l'arrivée (restes de vieille nourriture dans le lave-vaisselle, salles de bains hum), l'appartement est idyllique, bien fait, pratique, avec tout ce qu'il faut, très coloré et correspond parfaitement à l'idée que l'on s'en fait par les photos du site.
Le quartier du Cannareggio est animée sans être envahi, avec des restaurant vraiment bons et vivants, on y prend vite ses habitudes, et le grand canal tout près.
Bien qu'en novembre nous n'ayons pas vraiment pu profiter du jardin, c'est merveilleux d'avoir cette verdure et des oiseaux tout autour.
Left on 01/07/2012 for a stay in September 2011 | TerreReviewed Jan 7, 2012Stayed Sep 2011
There were 3 of us staying there. We absolutely loved the aesthetics,tilt and turn windows, the green space, and location. The mattresses, none of us found comfortable- the only negative. A quick walk to the vaporetto, unfortunately had to pass by Grom and and fantastic bakery every time! We did not travel w/a phone or phone card and check in would have been easier had we done that. Response from the mgmnt co. was excellent. We would definitely stay there again as it was quiet, yet just a quick ride to the romance of Venice.
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