Locanda & Residenza Art Deco
San Marco 2966, Calle delle Botteghe, Venice, Italy, 30124
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- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Art, History, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Locanda & Residenza Art Deco
Hotelier Judith Boulbain is gradually extending her empire: as well as the one-star San Samuele and Salieri, and the ever-popular Locanda Art Deco, she now offers self-catering apartments at her Residenza Art Deco. The Art Deco properties are chic and simple, with the occasional 1930s and ‘40s touches in the Locanda, and pleasant surprises such as computers and DVD players in many of the rooms in both locations.
The locanda and the residenza are 50 metres apart in the warren of quiet streets north of bustling Campo Santo Stefano in the San Marco district. I can spend hours browsing in the antique and fabric shops in this area; it’s handy for the Palazzo Grassi contemporary art gallery too. But it’s also just a short walk to St Mark’s and (across the bridge) to the Accademia gallery.
Rooms in the locanda (six) and the residenza (five) are decorated tastefully but simply; all have computers in them, which is virtually unheard of in Venice. In most, too, there’s a DVD player on which to watch your selection from the little library of Venice-themed movies and documentaries kept at reception, where there are also many travel guides. Touches like this, for me, set the Art Deco apart. In the residenza, the loft apartments are great fun but the clamber downstairs to the bathrooms may put some guests off. Still, the kitchenette in each apartment and the possibility of renting combinations of suites makes this ideal for larger groups or families.
The hub for these two locations is the locanda, where the reception staff are founts of local knowledge. There are DVDs and books to borrow for free, and tea- and coffee-making equipment is available for guests. The locanda and residenza both have small private gardens.
Breakfast for both locations is served in the locanda, though many residenza guests go for the breakfast-served-in-rooms option. There’s no restaurant.
The Art Deco has an arrangement with Venice’s only female gondolier, Alex Hai, who lays on strawberries and bubbly for clients to consume as she negotiates the canals.
Friendly and well informed.
The Art Deco residenza was commandeered by the staff and security crew of an A-list film star when the Depp-Jolie vehicle The Tourist was being shot in Venice in spring 2010. But mostly guests here are a laid-back crew seeking comfort at affordable prices not too far from the city’s heart.
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