À propos de ce logement
Nice apartment at the second floor with good natural light, spacious living room and beautiful view on a Rio (canal).
The apartment is very comfortable, there are nice wooden furnitures and a big library. Ideal for couples. All windows overlook the "Rio De San Francesco de la Vigna" canal.
Accès des voyageurs
Small but well equipped kitchen with window.
Large bathroom with window.
One elegant double bedroom with window and nice and antique wooden furnitures and mirrors.
These are the exact sizes of the mattresses:
1 double bed: 190x160 cm
1 double sofa bed: 195x160
square metres: 65
square feet: 699
Fridge with freezer
Cookware: Pots, Pans, Cutlery
Potable tap water
Floor number: 2
Beautiful view over the Canal
Good natural light
Not so good for children
Ok for elderly guests
Not suitable for people with disabilities
Key sets: 2
Smoking not allowed
CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT
Check-in time: 14
Check-out time: 11
Late Check-in (after 19:30): € 50
Cleaning during stay: On request (Price on request)
Bed linen and towels on arrival: Included (free)
Bed linen and towels change: On request (Price on request)
Water, Gas, Electricity, Heating: Included (free)
Pets (cat, dog, etc.): Not allowed
Child Bed: On request (free)
Air Conditioning: Not provided
Internet: Not provided
Breakfast: Not provided
Local Tax: Not due
Check-in time from: 14
Check-out time until: 11
Flexible: Early check-in is free and possible on request. It depends if there are arrivals the same day. Please ask.
Late Check-in (after 19:30): € 50
Cet hôte applique des conditions d'annulation strictes
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 30 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral. En cas d'annulation au cours des 30 jours précédant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % du prix à la nuit. Les frais vous sont remboursés intégralement.
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Well, let me tell you the story of how I created Airbnb before Airbnb and managed to stay poor :):
In 2001 I was desperate for online money because I wanted to travel hard.
The previous year I had left my export manager position in Italy and went to Australia in search of exotic places, big spaces and everything else which would satisfy my great thirst for freedom.
After 7 months traveling in a van with old and new friends I was kicked out by the Australian immigration (I was selling websites but I was on a tourist Visa) and ended up in Bangkok, then Bali.
Asia opened a new world of possibilities to me.
It was exactly what I was looking for.
Distant cultures and spectacular landscapes were great but what really excited me were the prices: it was really really really cheap.
I just needed the equivalent of 500 € a month to travel.
With that money I could stay in single rooms and eat out three times a day.
But after a whole year traveling I was almost broke so I took my flight back to Europe determined to do “something online” and travel forever.
I tried a couple of things like buying didgeridoos in Australia and handicrafts in Asia to sell in Europe.
It kind of worked but it became quickly clear that it was hard to manage while traveling.
Then it hit me.
I remembered that when in the ’90s I passed through Prague railway station, I was always welcomed by ladies showing pictures of their apartments and offering me to stay there.
I usually did so, and it was always a great deal.
So, one day of March 2001 I took my old Fiat Tipo and, with the equivalent of 2500 € left in my pocket, I went to Prague.
I parked at the station, went in almost elegantly dressed and looked for those ladies.
There they were.
I had prepared my pitch and printed a fake business card with “Italian Travel Agency” or something like that but at the last moment I got the cold feet.
– “What the hell am I doing?”, I said to myself, “this is so stupid”.
But another voice in my head said:
– “You’ve got nothing to lose, and if this doesn’t work it’s the office again”.
“No. I want to go back to Bali”, I thought, so I forced myself, I went to one lady and said:
– “Hello, I am from an Italian travel agency and we’d like to put your apartments online. We’ll send you customers against a commission”.
I handed my fake card and proudly displayed my futuristic digital camera with a floppy disk (most people had never seen one yet).
She looked at me and said “ok”.
She took me to her apartment and I took some (ugly) pictures.
I repeated the process with two more ladies and in a day I set up my first apartment rentals website.
It hit ’s first page pretty quickly and a few days later I had my first customer and my first commission.
It was probably something around 20 € but for the first time I realized that maybe I had found a way to travel forever.
So I went to Budapest, then Krakow, then to work in a hotel in Spain, then Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, then to work in a hotel in Fuerteventura.
Then, in 2003, I was free.
The business made money and it paid for my tickets, meals and accommodations.
I could not ask for more, only pray that it could last forever.
My life routine became something like this: six months in Asia, two months in Eastern Europe to get more apartments, a month in Italy to see family and friends, six months in South America and so on.
In 2004 I took a whole year off.
I asked my brother to run the business, give me some percent of the earnings and I went for a one year trip with a Round the World ticket.
In 2005 I was in China and hired a pretty basic php developer who, for about 1200 €, developed a site where owners could upload their apartments, communicate directly with customers through a filtered message centre and customers could leave reviews.
If it sounds like Airbnb it’s because it is. The only difference is that I never thought of convincing people to share their houses, as in Eastern Europe they had been doing this for decades under socialism in order to get some hard currency from tourists.
The story goes on and it’s too long for this article.
The point is that I had a good idea, a clear goal (travel full time) and it worked.
I didn’t get rich though.
Airbnb came and did very well what I never managed to do properly.
When I tell this story the first reaction often is “you could have been Airbnb”.
Could I? Sometimes I wonder.
But then I realize that I couldn’t have because I did not want to.
Even if I had the abilities, focus and determination of the Airbnb guys, which I doubt, my dream was not to grow a successful big business or change the world with the sharing economy.
I wanted to change my world, only.
The amount of sheer happiness, experience, insights and the deep feeling of gratitude I felt for so many years are worth to me today so much that I simply can’t regret a minute of it.
So, no, I did not miss a chance.
I made the most of it.
We probably won't meet. I take care of making the reservation process easy and fast. Have you noticed the professional photography, the 3d floor plans and the very fast replies? This is what I do and I'm good at.
Check-in is dealt by other people, sometimes the owner, sometimes an agency, according to the apartment.
So if you are looking for the real Airbnb experience where you meet the real owner of the apartment, you should probably not book with me.