“Nice to meet you, Justin and Lauren! Follow me.”
We met with the representative for Warm Hospitality Apartments at the Campo di Sant’ Agnese piazza, a quiet square that we unknowingly would grow quite fond of over the coming days. We followed the man, who we identified in the piazza by his red satchel, down a narrow cobblestone road.
We were still awestruck by Venice having arrived to Dorsoduro by vaporetto moments earlier. There were the neighborhood homes with laundry hanging from the windows. There was the small drinking fountain with water streaming endlessly from a gargoyle’s mouth. There was the short bridge we crossed overlooking the calm waters of the canal. All of these sights were so familiar to the residents, but I was fascinated by everything. We turned a corner and walked down the narrowest street that I’ve ever encountered in my life.
“We’re here,” the man announced. We entered through the door and he helped us with our luggage up a flight of stairs. We arrived at our new home for the next three nights at the Giglio Apartment of Warm Hospitality Apartments.
Each apartment at Warm Hospitality Apartments Venice bears the name of a flower: Iris, Viola, Rosa, and Giglio. The Giglio apartment was beautifully decorated, bright and cheery, so I can see why it was named for a flower. After a really long, overnight flight from Toronto to Venice, we were ready to settle in at our apartment. The living room area was quite spacious with a couch, multiple tables, reading lamps, and a bookshelf stocked with many books (including photo books and ones in multiple languages about Italy).
I loved the decor: the exposed beams, the old bookcase, and even a typewriter on a shelf. On the kitchen table, we found a bowl of fresh fruit that was kept well stocked each day. There were also maps and information about attractions in Venice. Also, there was a washing machine located inside one of the closets. Although we had just arrived and didn’t need to do any laundry, this would be a great feature for any long-term travelers. We were also happy that the apartment had extremely fast Wifi that made it easy to connect with our loved ones back home.
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
One of the best aspects of renting an apartment while traveling was having our own kitchen. We had the option to buy groceries and cook our own meals. Though we didn’t fully utilize the kitchen in Venice, it was great to be able to prepare breakfast in the morning and buy a few things at the store. This helped to save us some money as one meal a day could be eaten at the apartment. This kitchen was very spacious with lots of space to prepare meals.
Across from the kitchen was the bathroom. It was stocked with amenities like soap and shampoo, though we brought some of our own toiletries. There was a walk-in shower with lots of room. The bathroom was newly renovated – it was very clean and modern. Another perk of staying at Giglio: the apartment was cleaned every day while we were out!
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
The bedroom was located next to the bathroom. There was a large bed where we both enjoyed some incredibly restful nights. We had plenty of room to hang up our clothes in the large wardrobe that also had a small safe to store our valuables. The bed was really comfortable and like I mentioned, we both felt like we slept really well here! I think one reason why we slept straight through the night each evening was due to the fact that the apartment was incredibly quiet. You could really enjoy the silence here as Giglio was nestled in a quiet neighborhood down a narrow pathway in Dorsoduro. We were away from the touristy places, yet within walking distance (or a short vaporetto ride) to all of them. When walking around during the day and the evening, we really got the impression that mostly locals frequented this area. Dorsoduro was very charming, and the Giglio Apartment was no exception.
AN OUTDOOR OASIS
Our favorite area of the apartment was the balcony. Beyond a curtain and a window in the living room was a small balcony overlooking a residential courtyard. We were surrounded by other buildings similar to ours. When looking over the balcony railing, we could see many potted plants all lined up. Even our balcony had a small planter bursting with succulents. There were two chairs on the balcony. It was perfect for Justin and I to sit outside and have a coffee. On one occasion, we brought pizza back to the apartment and enjoyed our meal in the comfort of our own private view of Venice. I liked sitting outside and writing in my journal, reflecting on the days that we spent there. It was absolutely ideal.
Warm Hospitality Apartments truly lived up to its namesake. The apartment was warm, inviting, and we received great hospitality while we were there. The apartment was always clean and comfortable, a great place to return to after some lengthy days of sightseeing and traveling around Venice. It was a peaceful oasis in a bustling touristy town. We highly recommend booking this apartment if you love living like a local in your own place.
I highly recommend that you stay at Warm Hospitality Apartments when you travel to Venice.
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Disclaimer: We were guests of Warm Hospitality Apartments. In exchange for our review, we were provided with a discounted stay. Our thoughts and opinions, as always, are completely our own.
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