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“Gabriel Bella is truly bella!”

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the spectacular canal view of the Gabriel Bella apartment
the spectacular canal view of the Gabriel Bella apartment
welcoming dining room with balcony on the canal
welcoming dining room with balcony on the canal
enjoy the most picturesque canal view from the balcony
enjoy the most picturesque canal view from the balcony
dining room with nice kitchen and murano glass chandelier
stairway to the living room downstairs
bathroom with shower on the 1st floor
welcoming double bedroom
welcoming double bedroom
welcoming twin bedroom
welcoming twin bedroom
living room at the ground floor
living room at the ground floor
bathroom with shower and washer at the ground floor
bathroom with shower and washer at the ground floor
third bedroom with built in wardrobe at the ground floor
the queen size pull out bed is very comfortable and there is also a single pouf bed
can be used also as a second living room
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Veneto

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“Gabriel Bella is truly bella!”
Reviewed 3 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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The apartment is as beautiful, artsy, clean and comfortable as the photos depict. I had been able to only find one review (and not a very good one) and so hesitated on chosing this apartment. But the size, location and style was everything we had wanted for our stay in Venice, and as the rental company had overall good reviews from various sources, I emailed specific questions about the apartment and received reassuring answers. We all absolutely loved the apartment (4 women in our late 40s, early 50s).

The kitchen is well equipped with quality items. The bedrooms are quite large with tons of storage. Both bathrooms are super clean and new and without quirks. The management has operating information in a handy notebook and on line (but the washer/dryer combos are so confusing...we still had to call to get help: someone was easily accessible to help us.) The beds are firm and comfortable with quality linens. There were plenty of towels and linens and pillows for us all. There is also an iron and board, computer (with movies available), drying racks, umbrellas, TV, American coffeemaker and a Moka. There are some food staples such as balsamic vinegar, olive oil, spices, paper plates. There was no need to run out for paper towels and TP immediately (like we have for other apartments) as there was a good supply.

I am a reader and was delighted with the quantity of books on Venice, its churches, sights, gardens, architecture etc. The beds had decent reading lights (a first for any apartment I have rented) and it was fun falling asleep reading about Venice. Also, there was a surprising amount of electrical outlets for recharging cell phones, cameras and using hair appliances.

The location is on a good sized canal with a fondamenta on either side with 4 bridges crossing it and it is a very attractive neighborhood. And quiet at night. There is a full service grocery on the Zattere about a 10 minute walk away and the apartment has a good sized wheeled shopping bag for renters to use. Much easier to transport wine bottles that way! (The grocery is a Billa, west from the apartment, walking towards the train station.) On the weekend there were shopping kiosks set up on the Zattere with fresh produce, bread and other items for sale. These were less than 5 minutes away.

There are many shops, touristy and not, in the area, as well as restaurants, coffee bars, and major sights. It is located about 2 minutes from the Accademia and 5 mins from the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. For those who have a Bank of America account, the BNL is 1 minute away and very easy to access money with your ATM card. Rick Steves had given a nice review for the Pizzaria Accademia Foscarina on the Grand Canal at the base of the Accademia bridge: go and eat the pizza there! It is actually excellent and with the house wine, unbelievably affordable (and not much else is in Venice.) The people there are so pleasant as well. To view the canal and the interesting traffic going by is delightful and relaxing. There is also a couple gondolas right there and one at the north end of the canal (in front of the apartment) although we did not do our gondola ride with either.

There are 2 traghetti that will get you to the other side of the canal very quickly for 2 euros, one that takes you very close to Harry's Bar (to the west of it) and one that takes you right to Saint Marks Square (it is a longer walk, past the Guggenheim, but saves alot of walking time). With the Accademia bridge right there, however, you can walk to the other side and be in any area very quickly. There is a vaporetta stop at the bridge, too, so depending on how your feet feel, you can do as little or as much walking as you wish.

We have been staying in apartments in Italy more so than in hotels, and I must say that Truly Venice is great. Professional, organized and informative. If you spend any time on their website, you will learn alot about the area and services available close to whichever apartment you choose. We have only stayed at this one apartment with them, but now that we have seen in person how accurately it was represented in pictures and in print, it seems this company has a stable of high quality apartments.

It was difficult picking out a 'perfect' location to base ourselves out of, and I think this was a good choice. It was easy to get to the major sights by walking or by traghetto or even by vaporetta. And although it was close to all the touristy things, it didnt have a touristy feel. It was a great choice and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Liked best: The size and decor and cleanliness of the apartment.
Liked least: More bathroom storage would have been nice. The kitchen has all the dishware and trash neatly concealed behind cabinets which is attractive but inconvenient to access (we just moved the trash containers out). But I'd have to say there wasn't really
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Reviewed 21 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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Reviewed 8 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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“Great location... very nice apartment...plenty of space”
Reviewed 2 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012

We spent 6 nights in this apartment. The location is fantastic. The water taxi from the airport dropped us off at our door step. There are plenty of options for food, drink and even gondolas within a few hundred feet. The area is very quiet at night, yet very close to everything.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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Reviewed 28 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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