Oltre il Giardino
San Polo 2542, Fondamenta Contarini, Venice, Italy, 30125
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Escaping the crowds, History, Romance, Sightseeing
Expert review of Oltre il Giardino
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.
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.
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.
The garden is the focal point of this beautifully kept hotel. The ground-floor sitting room is also inviting.
Eating (the excellent) breakfast beneath the canopy in the garden is a sheer delight.
Owner-manager Lorenzo Muner and his staff will make you feel wonderfully coddled, and are always happy to dispense advice and information.
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.
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- San Polo 2542, Fondamenta Contarini, Venice, Italy, 30125
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