Casanova ai Tolentini

Fondamenta del Gafaro, Venice, Veneto, 3515, Italy

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Casanova ai Tolentini
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  • Families94
  • Couples81
  • Solo60
  • Business66
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    1. This is not a true B&B, no windows, little amenities. You actually get much better value accomodation for the same cost in better areas.

    Eg. I found a nice 3 star right in San Marco which served a buffet breakfast and had good service and standards

    2. When I turned up Alberto (his wife is Monica) was threatening and oppressive. Be very careful. They are nice if there are no problems for them no complaints etc but Id rather feel safe and in a professional courteous environment when travelling

    3. Breakfast is paltry

    4. Location is not that great, away from tourist areas, quiet at night-

    Unique Quality: Owner Alberto speaks very good English but is domineering so be careful.

    Directions: Cross Ponte Rialto then turn right, and have to go along various streets, bridges to get there

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Superb Stay!!!

by TripAdvisor Member thelittlefish

I'm just returned from Casanova ai Tolentini with my wife and my daughter and I'm in full accordance with the previous review. Quiet place, great location, excellent breakfast, and a very kind B&B owner. PERFECT.
We will return.

Awesome Stay!

by TripAdvisor Member sarahgurl00

Loved this charming b&b for our honeymoon! We booked the hotel through and was immediately contacted by Alberto, the b&b owner, through email about finding our way to the b&b once we got to Venice. He said he and his wife live a short walk to the b&b and to call him after we get to the airport so he can meet us.

We flew into the airport around 10:00pm and got a hold of Alberto, very nice man who speaks very good English (no small feat by Italian pay-phone standards, we asked a cab-stand guy to help!). Alberto told the cabbie to take us to Piazzale Roma, the end of the line for any cars into Venice, and after 20 minutes and 20 Euro we were there. Now, we're wondering how to call him again since we didn't know how to use the phones, but he just appeared out of nowhere in great spirits and helped us with our bags as we walked for about 3-5 minutes to the b&b. We realized what a great location Casanova ai Tolentini had because it took us just minutes from Piazzale Roma if we ever needed a cab or to get on the Vaparetto (the boat-bus), and we were leaving from the train station and realized it was just a skip and a jump too!

Anyway, Alberto brought us into the Casanova and eventhough we told him we didn't need the canal-view honeymoon suite because we were on a budget, he gave it to us anyway! It was a beautiful huge 2 room suite with a great view. Alberto told us about the city and gave us a little overview of the room and how the breakfast works (there is a little cafe just 2 doors down where you tell the barista you are with the Casanova and you sit down and are served the ever-European croissant, your choice of cafe, cappucino, etc. and choice of juice, and the accompiniments) . Very cute and efficient way to get out of the hotel and have a great experience for breakfast!

Everything in the room was perfect, no complaints, good size bathroom with a large shower. Huge bedroom with a television that you can switch the languages back to English... we watched a couple of episodes of Friends!

We paid Alberto the cash on the spot the day after since he doesn't have a credit card machine, we saw him at the little cafe doing his business. He is very nice and welcoming, everything you'd want in a B&B owner. Being in the hotel industry as my husband and I are, we tend to be service "snobs" anywhere we go, but Alberto was above and beyond what great service is! One tip we gave him was that he is very accessibe, giving his cell phone number and telling us to call him whenever we needed, but there is not a phone in the room, so I suggest if you need to call him for any reason, to go to the little cafe and they will probably let you. He said installing a phone system to the three rooms in his b&b would be VERY expensive and he's looking into what he can do to improve that aspect of his B&B.

Very impressed with everything overall.

Highly Recommended

by TripAdvisor Member trollhop

We couldn't have found a better place to stay in Venice. The room was very large, clean and spacious - overlooking a pretty canal. Breakfast was included, served in the little patisserie next door. Alberto was very friendly, accommodating and helpful from the very beginning, meeting us at the bridge near Piazzale Roma to show us the way. He also gave us great advice on local prices, neighboring islands, etc. The bottle of Prosecco upon our arrival, and morning chocolates on our pillows were a nice surprise. The bathroom was spotless, and the free internet connection was an added perk. The location is perfect as it is just off the beaten path, yet all the sites and areas we wanted to visit were only a short walk away. And last but not least, the price is right! You definitely won't regret it.

A little piece of Paradise

by TripAdvisor Member Winterrose

Nova Scotia, Canada
Don and Rose Clark

My husband and four friends stayed here from Sept. 3 - 5 (not nearly enough time)! My husband and I arrived very late that night as our flight was delayed. Managed to get in touch with Alberto to let him know the change of plans and he was waiting (with his little dog) well after 1:00 am. In spite of this, he was happy to see us and helped us to our room. It was as if we were arriving home that is how comfortable we felt.

Next moring, we discovered that Alberto had planned a get together with the rest of our friends. The table was set with a lovely bottle of red wine and heart shaped chocolates decorating the plates. Too bad we missed it!

We finally had a chance to see the view, breathtaking. It was so exciting seeing the water taxis and cargo boats right underneath our window. Great place to watch people and water traffic.

The rooms were very clean and comfortable.

I can't say enough about this B & B, and would definitely go back again if the opportunity ever arises.

We're giving a Casanova stay as a wedding present

by TripAdvisor Member Koermendi

-- to one set of friends, and we've already booked our parents in for a stay at the end of their cruise to Venice. Yes, we enjoyed ourselves that much!

The Casanova is in an uncrowded, not-too-noisy part of town, immensely convenient to the rail and bus terminals; and just far enough away that you'll never be reminded of them. Your choice: A canal-side room with big, high windows and balconies -- or, if you think that pedestrian traffic and chatter might bother you, a room that looks over a quiet little courtyard. Big, comfortable beds, TV with all the channels, Internet access. Good restaurants and wonderful gelato less than five minutes' walk away. And, in the morning with your croissant and bread roll, you can have a caffe corretto grappa -- no extra charge! -- to really kick-start your day!

The only problem with telling everyone how much we liked it... will we be able to book a room here once people know about the Casanova?

Amazing B&B

by TripAdvisor Member RRT

This was our first trip to Venice, and when we come back we will definitely stay this B&B. It was a little hard to find from the train station, but Alberto gave us directions from the train station when we called him. He spoke perfect English and gave us his phone number if we ever need help.

We had a second floor room, and Alberto helped my wife with her luggage up the stairs. Once we got to the top he had a bottle of sparkling wine for us (for our anniversary). The room was huge. With a king size bed and a couch and love seat.

The location was fantastic and close to everything. We had an early flight out of Venice, and it was so handy just having to walk a few minutes to get to the bus terminal (which is a very cheap way to get to the airport from Venice).

The place was very clean with a nice bathroom.

Excellent -We loved it!

by TripAdvisor Member Squirl66

My fiance and I would return without question to this charming B&B. Great location just a few blocks from the noise and mayhem of the grand canal and about 8 minutes walk to the train station. The rooms were nicely appointed with a real American style shower, comfy beds and sat TV. The view of the canal was perfect and a fairly quiet location. Great area for dining and cocktailing.......
We called Alberto from the train and even after his simple directions to the B&B we still got lost...( but thats Venice!) Alberto went in search of us and guided us back to the adorable building with my luggage in hand. He spent much time with his concierge hat on givng us all kinds of good tips and highlighting good restaurants on our map. He also ensured we had his cell number for anything we needed. Breakfast was served canal side at a quaint pastery shop just next door with good coffee and good quick service.
Be sure to eat at La Bitta and L' Incontro near the Campo Margherita. Book this B&B you wont regret it !

Nice quaint B&B convenient to the San Lucia Railway Station and Bus depot.

by A TripAdvisor Member

Many of the hotels and B&B's were already booked up due to the European May Day holiday. However, we certainly happened upon a gem in this beautiful city and decided to take it due to its high rating on Alberto was very helpful in setting up the two-night reservation and even tried to give me directions from the San Lucia Railway Station to the B&B, a mere 10-minute walk. However, Venice is a laberynth of walkways and canals so it is easy to get lost. We finally had to call Alberto and ask him for more directions. Instead, he met us where we were and led us to his B&B. The room is located in a typical style old Venician building along side a canal. There is a store on the first floor, and the rooms are located above it. The room was spotless and nicely decorated, and the bathroom and shiny and bright. There is a small refrigerator in the room (inside the armoire) and Alberto has stocked it with beverages that you can buy at a nominal cost. There is also a TV in the room. The size of the room is small, but very adquate and normal by European standards. The continental breakfast, included in the room price, is served next door at a cafe and you can sit at a table along the canal to eat it (cafe opens about 8:30 a.m.). The breakfast consisted of a roll, a croisant, butter, jam, juice, and coffee. The only downside of this B&B is the 30 to 45-minute walk (if you don't get lost) to St. Marco Square, but the whole city is a museum and you can take the water taxi if you wish located by the bus depot or the railway station. The definite upside is its close proximity to the railway station (10-minutes) and the bus depot (5-minutes). The bus depot comes in very handy if you have an early morning flight (our flight departed at 7:10 a.m.). We took the green airport bus to Marco Polo Airport from D-2 platform at the bus depot for only 3 Euro per person at 5:50 a.m. It is a 20-minute bus ride to the airport.

Clean and Comfortable B&B

by TripAdvisor Member joanna345

We booked this B&B after reading the great reviews and looking at their website. It was a little more expensive than some of the others we looked at, but we thought it would be worth it as the reviews were so good. We booked through Venere and Alberto emailed straight away and suggested we book direct with him and he would upgrade us to a junior suite, so we did this. I asked him if the room would have a canal view, he told me that none of the rooms have a canal view - this doesn't seem to be the case after reading the other reviews - however, the room was large, clean and very comfortable, although a little dark because it was at the side of the building over looking a fairly noisy alley way. We had hoped to be overlooking a 'courtyard'. We also had to get in through 3 locked doors, so 3 keys which was a little irritating.

A few points about the room, firstly there was no full length mirror which we found slightly annoying (especially for women) and they also charge extra if you wish to have your towels changed daily which is annoying.

According to their website, a home made breakfast is served in their dining room overlooking the canal, we never saw a dining room and breakfast was in the cafe next door which consisted of one roll, one croissant, juice and coffee, meaning we were hungry about an hour later (every other place we stayed on our travels through Italy offered unlimited breakfast)! Also there is no internet connection, as per the website, we asked and Alberto gave us directions to an internet cafe nearby.

In general, although Alberto was friendly and helpful he made us feel like he was in a hurry to get on with his day and was always quite rushed with his answers. We actually felt it was a little like he was on autopilot as the second morning he seemed to ask us the same questions as well as introducing his wife to us on 3 different occasions which felt a bit impersonal.

The quarter bottle of Prosseco and chocolate on arrival was a nice touch, and Alberto pointed out that there is more in the minibar at 2 euros a bottle which we found amusing!

I would recommend this B&B on the basis that it is clean, Venetian, a nice location and 10 minutes walk from the railway station, but don't get too excited, some of these reviews are a little over the top. and it's debateable whether you get your money's worth - a lot of the reviews seem to be written by Americans who can go slightly over board on things they like (no offence, I'm half American myself).

If you do book the Casanova, just be sure you know what you are getting with regards to your room (canal view etc.) and be wary if you are upgraded at no cost, this cost us our canal view.

PS: DO be sure to get restaurant recommendations, it's very hard to find value for money in Venice, avoid at all costs dining alongside the Grand Canal, location lovely, food awful - we found anywhere with dressed up waiters and material napkins was a sign of low rate food, try eating off the beaten track even if you have to sit inside.


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 Casanova ai Tolentini

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Address: Fondamenta del Gafaro, Venice, Veneto, 3515, Italy