Oltre il Giardino

San Polo 2542, Fondamenta Contarini, Venice, Italy, 30125

Price from: £140

Oltre il Giardino - exterior

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

I write for CSMA Magazine, Departures, .... Read more
#10 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Escaping the crowds, History, Romance, Sightseeing

Expert review of Oltre il Giardino

Enjoy the delightful walled garden in this country house-like hide-away by the Frari basilica.

Seen from across its own leafy walled garden, this eight-room hotel not far from the Frari basilica looks more Veneto country hideaway than Venetian palazzo. Once home to Alma, widow of composer Gustav Mahler, Oltre il Giardino is a haven of pale neutrals, with the occasional eye-catching detail and splash of colour.

Location: 

It’s no easy task finding this pretty place behind its high garden walls, tucked around the corner from the Frari. But though the neighbourhood is quiet, it’s only 15 minutes’ stroll from the Rialto, and it’s a great area for restaurants and bars.

Bedrooms: 

The six rooms and suites in the main house – all of which look out over the garden – are large by Venetian standards, and decorated in delightfully restful pastels. A mix of simple contemporary style with beautiful antique details works well. After the rigors of a day’s sightseeing in relentlessly urban Venice, I love the idea of retiring to the ground-floor green suite which opens on to its little private patio in the garden. On the top floor, the grey suite has three picture windows looking out over surrounding rooftops. Note that there is no lift.

Two brand new suites, in an annexe right outside the garden walls, offer wonderful accommodation options for travellers who like plenty of space, or for families with children. The Ecru suite, with four large windows overlooking a canal, can be extended with a second bedroom and bathroom; the whole annexe can be taken to accommodate large groups.

Check availability and compare prices for Oltre il Giardino

Public areas: 

The garden is the focal point of this beautifully kept hotel. The ground-floor sitting room is also inviting.

Eating and drinking: 

Eating (the excellent) breakfast beneath the canopy in the garden is a sheer delight.

Service: 

Owner-manager Lorenzo Muner and his staff will make you feel wonderfully coddled, and are always happy to dispense advice and information.

Check availability and compare prices for Oltre il Giardino

Who stays there: 

More mature travellers love the sense of calm and discreetly friendly service, but honeymooners are just as happy here, as are families who can be accommodated in suites or in a nearby apartment which sleeps five.

Pros: 
Wonderful garden
Quiet hideaway, but not far from the Rialto
Delightful classic-contemporary décor in large rooms
Cons: 
Far from vaporetto stops, though water taxis can arrive at the hotel’s private entrance
No lift

More information on Oltre il Giardino:

Price from:
£140
Type:
Hotel
Address:
San Polo 2542, Fondamenta Contarini, Venice, Italy, 30125
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
San Polo

Have you been to Oltre il Giardino? Would you recommended it?