We stayed here in November 2011 and had a good time. The location is wonderful, the price was fair and the breakfast was tasty. Lorenzo was helpful, albeit stiff compared to some of the other b&b owners we encountered on our trips through Italy. My boyfriend laughingly and ironically refers to Lorenzo as "Mr. Charm." He was nice, but kind of awkward. My only small suggestions:
Lorenzo RUSHED to the b&b when he picked us up at the vaparetto stop. I could barely keep up or get ahold of my bearings with how quickly he marched us to the b&b through the twisting streets. I was lugging a huge suitcase as well, and it was a stressful journey. Wish he would have been slower so we could catch our breath and let our brains soak in the layout. I didn't expect him to carry my ridiculous suitcase, and wouldn't have let him, however I was surprised he didn't even offer.
The rooms could be a little brighter with some stand-alone lamps. The overhead lighting was very dim and yellowish, and it was not pleasant. The room itself is bare, clean, and decent.
We had an AWFUL experience on the first night though and I caution others. It was very rainy and very late, and we could not find the door to the B&B for the life of us. It took us 2 hours in the rain to find the place again, even though we were in the right area and literally steps away from it. The problem was that the place does not have a sign on it (at least a visible one), and we walked past it at least 10 times before stopping a lady, who graciously let us call Lorenzo to come out and find us. If we didn't take his business card, we literally would have slept outside in a puddle. We are college-educated, and self-reliant travelers and we're pretty good at navigating around cities, but this was ridiculous. I don't blame Lorenzo for this at all, but it would help to have a light or a distinguishable sign on the door. We were so desperate that at one point we were just putting the keys in random doors, hoping it would work.... o_0
You can't beat the location however and while I wouldn't stay here again, I would recommend to a friend.
On another note: Traveling to Venice in the winter is definitely eerie and I imagine, a very different experience than if you go during spring or summer. It felt isolated, abandoned, lifeless, especially at night when the throngs of tourists leave and you realize the city has very few inhabitants. At some points while walking around at night, we felt like we were in an apocalyptic Twilight Zone zombie movie. Venice, in our well-traveled eyes, is not the gem it must have been centuries ago. It was actually rather sad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The apartment Ai Tagliapietra is just 5 minutes off St.Mark's Square and is easily reachable from anywhere in town thanks to the nearby San Zaccaria's stop (public transportation). The strategic position allows you to reach on foot museums, shops, restaurants or Rialto Bridge in a short time. Double rooms of the apartment are warm and joyful and offer a complete bathroom (shower, basin and bidet). You will also find an hair dryer, soap and shampoo. Free wi-fi available! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ai Tagliapietra Bed And Breakfast
- Ai Tagliapietra Hotel Venice