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Al Ponte Antico Hotel
Ranked #1 of 388 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Yes, the staff is wonderful, clearly proud of the boutique hotel they have created from a grand palace. It would not be as spectacular a place if it were not for the incredible location and the cozy terrace. The pictures do not do the location justice, as it is the sounds of the gondoliers, water taxis and water buses making their way down the Grand Canal that add the character a photo cannot capture. If you are lucky, you will even see an "ambulanza" speeding down the canal, leaving rocking gondolas and taxis in its wake.

Breakfast is served (weather permitting) on the terrace, with gorgeous views of the Rialto Bridge. Matteo whips up a delicious omelet (ham, cheese and tomato was our favorite) accompanied by made-to-order coffee and a buffet of fruits, juices, breads, meats and cheeses. A wonderful way to start the day.

The location is also great because there are signs everywhere guiding you back to the Rialto Bridge, so when you get lost (and you will get lost) it is easy to find your way back to the hotel. There are many shops, bakeries and restaurants right out the front door. Very easy walk to St. Mark's and the water bus stop that takes you to Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Drinks are served on the terrace any time of day, but after a long day of touring this spectacular city, a glass of vino bianco is a great way to end the day. My only suggestion for improvement might be some simple afternoon snacks of cheeses and antipasto of some sort.

As for the room, we stayed 3 nights in room 102, very comfortable and the best location in the hotel, 10 steps from the terrace. With the shutters closed, very little noise from the canal is heard. It was nice to have the extra space that the suite provides, but at 490 euros per night, I would probably not choose the room again. Most of our time was spent on the terrace so a smaller, less costly room, would have sufficed. The bed is pretty firm but we certainly were not miserable sleeping on it. There is a TV in the room but we never turned it on. Wifi worked fine. Shower is very small indeed.

I would not hesitate to stay here again. The terrace alone is worth the price.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Number 1 for hospitality anywhere in the world!

Matteo, Alex, Tomas, Oliver, David & Rosalba were our charming hosts for three of the loveliest nights we have ever experienced
staying in a hotel. On our first trip to beautiful Venice they made us feel at home from the moment we stepped through the entrance doors, discretely located down a quiet alleyway away from the frenzied daytime tourist crowds of Rialto. Yet the Al Ponte Antico is so close to everything!

Everything about this boutique hotel came together in a harmonious blend of timeless opulence and romance.

We have travelled quite extensively and stayed in many upmarket hotels over the years, and we would rank Matteo's family-like warm but still very-professional team as number one for hospitality anywhere in the world. We definitely hope to return one day.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stayed at the Al Ponte Antico hotel for 2 nights in April 2014. This a a very small hotel with under 10 rooms. Very intimate and personal. Its like staying at a friends house for the weekend but with all the luxuries of a hotel. we had a double room adjacent to main eating area and it was quiet and lovely. Breakfast is included and its lovely to sit on the balcony and look over the grand canal as you sip your coffee and eat a freshly cooked breakfast made by the owner...Matteo. The staff makes you feel at home here and a special thank you to Rosalba who looked after us every morning. Look...Venice is expensive ..so its not a budget stay...but you will not be disappointed if you choose this hotel...unless of course you prefer larger hotels with bars and restaurants. We felt that it was perfect. Who needs a restaurant in house when you step out on to the cobbled streets of Venice and there is an array of good places to eat all day long. We booked the Classic double room with no view of canal ...it was fine as the breakfast balcony was perfect for canal viewing! The decor is beautiful and the atmosphere is just perfect for your stay. Would we return...most definately.... YES!

Room Tip: Only 7 or 9 rooms - they are all good!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Extraordinary in every regard: rooms, location and especially the staff. I could write a long review on how great this place is but many others have already done that. I'll just say that that I would happily return to Venice if for no other reason than to stay here!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Hugh U
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This was our second visit to the Al Ponte Antico hotel in Venice. Everything was perfect with our recent stay just like the previous trip. Top service from a great staff and family who truly care about their guests. There is nothing better than a made to order breakfast on their balcony overlooking the grand canal, just sitting and watching the boats drive by. I could sit there all day.
The food is fabulous, the rooms beautiful old Venetian charm, and the best location available. What else could anyone ask for?.
Matteo you have it all figured out, and know how to welcome a guest and keep them coming back. Thank you for a wonderful stay, love your staff as always ! Until our next trip to Italy.......

Room Tip: I love the room that overlooks the balcony, big room, great bed and with a view of grand canal. I mu...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Firstly we have to say Hi and and a big Grazei to Matteo and the amazing staff at Al Ponte Antico who made our stay with them very special for us and our friends as they do with all their guests. We stayed for 4 nights in this boutique hotel where everything was thought of by the staff to make our stay perfect.
Great location, typical Venetian and spacious rooms with comfortable bed and beautiful quality linnen. The shower in the bathroom was very low and hard for my husband to fit under but hey, it's Venice and the rest of the bathroom was ample room.
Great breakfast buffet on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal with a view of Rialto Bridge.
We would go back to Venice just to stay here again.

Room Tip: All the rooms a good as there are only 9 rooms and each has it's own special quality. Arrive by...
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Arrived at the hotel to be greeted by Alex - manager in most exceptionally professional, fiendly and nice manner and introiduced to owner.
Told we had been updraded to a suite and asked if we would like to see the terrace area whilst our bags were put into our room.
Terrace overlooking Grand Canal by the Rialto bridge - Stunning. Room with priivate terrace - Stunning. Decor, Stunning. Breakfast area - stunning. Service - Stunning.
Nothing was too much trouble.
Basically one of the best small personal hotels I have ever stayed in in Europe.

Room Tip: Suite 09 is superb,
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Address: Calle dell'Aseo | Cannaregio 5768, 30131 Venice, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#4 Romantic Hotel in Venice
Price Range: £214 - £370 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Al Ponte Antico Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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