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April 2014 - we had a wonderful time, great weather and apartment exactly as described. It is a lovely retreat from the crowds of Venice to return to Guidecca island to the comfortable apartment where you can watch the boats go by from the window. Good advice forwarded in advance from the owner re arrival details. We were met as agreed and shown round the apartment which was very clean and well maintained with a chilled bottle of Prosecco and milk awaiting us. The block itself is quiet and conveniently located next to the Hilton. Palanca is the nearest vaporetto stop, about a 7 minute walk away from the apartment. We would happily stay there again.
We absolutely LOVED Ivana's Venice apartment. Check in was simple (even though we were a bit late - no problem for Angelita, who patiently waited for us, with pleasant demeanor - bless her heart), the apartment was impeccably clean, warm, and inviting. The windows in the living room and bedroom were my favorite part of the apartment. It was so nice in the evening, just before dark, to open the windows, listen to the ships passing by and the waves. A perfect way to end the day and settle into a peaceful night after a busy day of touring Venice.
Wonderful kitchen - well equipped. Bathrooms were spotless and a hair dryer was provided which was very much appreciated. Great water pressure in the showers. The bed was comfortable.
Ivana is well-organized and explained everything very well, even offering recommendations for restaurants, etc.
Ivana was so kind to allow us to store our luggage in the apartment, after checkout, on our last day there, because our train didn't leave until late that evening. It allowed us to enjoy one last full day of Venice, without worrying about carting luggage everywhere.
A wonderful stay in Venice. Thank you Ivana.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ivana's "Charming Retreat". The quiet location off the beaten path suited us perfectly. Access to the peak tourist locations is easy via the Hilton shuttle or the public water bus. Best of all is returning to the quiet residential area and enjoying the various bars, restaurants, and shops filled with local residents and their families. The apartment itself is lovely....quiet, charming, and well equipped. Thank-you, Ivana!
Beautiful, elegant comfortable apartment, with a wonderful feel. Serene with the ships & cruise liners slowly drifting past. Away from the chaos of the main island. Was perfect for us. Free Hilton shuttle vaporetto, running frequently was ideal, stopping at the quieter Zanette stop, then a short walk into San Marco & the Rialto bridge, Rialto market etc and also a direct stop at San Marco if you prefer. Easy handover of keys on arrival and departure. Ivana is very organised having sent through exactly what you need when you first arrive at a new location, where to buy groceries, suggested dining options, which we found to be wonderful, and the vaporetto timetable. The complimentary Prosecco a lovely thoughtful touch. Highly recommend a stay here. Thank you Ivana.
Lovely apartment with a beautiful view of Venice (and giant cruise ships!). It was nice to be slightly away from the crowds on the mainland, the hilton shuttle and the vaporetto were easy to use. Ivana also gave us great help with finding the apartment after arriving late at the airport and also with great recommendations for dining on Giudecca and in Venice. We'd love to return!
She is very well organised, the place was fantastic - thanks for everything . She has A taste ! I will certainly wish to stay once more.
She was so kind ; we'll never forget her gesture ' the chilled prosecco' at the fridge upon our arrival just on time the sun set in Venice . It was a very good welcoming ! Thanks a lot.
The location is fantastic and we loved being away from the crush of the crowds. The Hilton water shuttle was easy and free. The location allowed quiet dinners along the canal. We ate at a different Resturant on the canal each evening and they were all very good. What a joy to enjoy a glass of wine, as the sunset lighting reflected on the buildings across the canal. If TV is important to you, note that there was no BBC channel.
Ivana's place was beautiful. it is quite, wonderful views and very well appointed. It is very close to the water taxi services which are required to get around. I recommend you get to know the water taxi schedules prior to you arrival to ease your movements around the area. It's not a big deal just may help a bit. We would recommend to anyone visiting Venice who wants to enjoy the area and have a bit of elegance to stay here.
This is an incredible apartment situated on the island of Guidecca it is a 5 star residence in Venice, out of the noisy tourist locations yet still in a great location to get to all the best spots the views of the ships entering and leaving port from the apartment are amazing.
Great apartment. Very easy to get to initially upon arrival (does take nearly 2hr by public water bus from airport, so long, but easy, trip). When you see all the other tourists dragging luggage through the tangle of streets in Venice, you appreciate the easy arrival! Location was great overall -- the free hilton shuttle to the main part of Venice runs 1-2 times per hour depending on the location and runs for decent hours so that for most of the trip, I didn't need to use the expensive public transport system (only did when going to outer islands and when I needed to be at the train station too early for hilton shuttle). Also very safe location since right next to Hilton on waterfront -- no wandering around dark narrow streets if coming back late at night. Apartment itself was also great. Lots of space, comfy bed, nice bathrooms (although a tad musty smelling, and no bathtub if you care about that). Having a kitchen and laundry is a life-saver on a long trip, and it's near a grocery store. It is along a canal with a lot of boat traffic, which you can hear a bit even with the window closed, but it was not loud or bothersome (might have been a bit with the window open though). Price was no more than for a regular hotel room, and you get far more for the money in the apartment!! I highly recommend and would absolutely stay here again if I go back to Venice.
Sono stato nello splendido appartamento di Ivana a Venezia, in occasione della ultima Biennale di Architettura, alla quale ho partecipato con Moleskine.
Il posto è strepitoso e spettacolari sono la vista mozzafiato dalle due finestre, quasi due preziosissimi Canaletto!
Ma quello che più mi ha colpito è l'amore e la cura da parte della padrona di casa per ogni dettaglio, dalla scelta dei mobili ai quadri alle pareti.
Il ritorno a casa alla sera era un sollievo per lo spirito.
In assoluto, il nido più accogliente e ospitale dove abbia mai riposato a Venezia.
Great location! I've known Ivana's son for years and when we were backpacking through Europe we were fortunate enough to stay there for a few days and rest our backs. It's beautifully decorated and still feels comfortable, a superb place to hang your hat. Next door there is a hotel with luxury spa, rooftop pool/bar. Sunset up there, overlooking the lights of the city with a cocktail in hand is a wonderful experience to be had. And if you have too many, all you have to do is stumble next door and you're home.
Sono stata ospite nell'appartamento di Ivana in occasione del Festival del Cinema ed ho passato lì dei giorni veramente speciali. Tutto quello che si può desiderare è in questo appartamento: il calore, lo charme, il silenzio e la vicinanza al cuore della città. E' assolutamente adorabile,la cura e la raffinatezza che Ivana ha ha messo nell'arredare questa casa e nell'accogliere i suoi ospiti, ci si sente coccolati e liberi nello stesso tempo! Spero proprio che ci sia al più presto l'occasione per ritornare per godere di nuovo di una meravigliosa vacanza
We had the incredible good fortune to find Ivana's apartment and we immensely enjoyed our experience from beginning to end. The apartment is luminous with light reflected off the water and the view is just beautiful. Ivana herself is very kind and she looked after our every need. The rooms are luxurious and so elegant, decorated impeccably in classic Venetian style. I can truly say that we will remember the time spent in Ivana's apartment as one of our most treasured memories, and I am jealous of her next guest....
...non esiste posto più accogliente, caldo e romantico di questo! Arredato con il gusto della padrona di casa! Elegante, pratico, fuori dalla confusione delle vie affollate di turisti, che puoi raggiungere facilmente, ma dalle quali scappi volentieri per goderti un momento di relax. E' come essere a casa tua, in un contesto raffinato ma semplice, con l'atmosfera e le comodità che fanno del tuo soggiorno una vacanza speciale, E intorno puoi trovare le botteghe di una volta dove fare fare la spesa, bar e ristorantini caratteristici, o locali più eleganti come il vicino Hilton....non vedo l'ora di tornare!
Ivana and I have been friends for over 30 years. She is a multi-lingual woman of impeccable taste, worldy sophistication (having traveled a few times around the globe herself) and great style. Her apartment is breathtaking - its cleanliness, style, sparkle, view, space, the convenience of the Hilton close by, soaring ceilings, and every modern appliance. I highly recommend her apartment to any discerning traveler for a top drawer holiday experience in one of the world's most beautiful cities.
I"ve known Ivana for a long time and over the years she has graciously let me stay at her Venice apartment. It is the most beautiful, warm and elegant apartment. It's location is perfect because it's part of Molino Stucky which also houses the Hilton, so you have all the hotels amenities at your finger tips. Staying at Ivana's place is a dream. I definitely recommend staying at Ivana's she'll make sure you have a first class experience! J.J.
..I would recommend Ivana's retreat more than I would recommend any other hotel I have been to, beside obviously the four season in Bora Bora.
Speaking of traveling, she is the quintessential traveler: with more than 30 years under her belt as T.W.A. hostess I think is needless to say that she would know how to accommodate even the most demanding globe-trotter out there.