I have read hotel reviews before, but have never booked a holiday based on them, or indeed never written a review on my return home. However, after our experience at the Al Ponte Antico from 15th to 19th March, I had to share with future travellers to Venice the extraordinary welcome and attention you receive from the owner Matteo and all his staff. The comments written by previous guests at the hotel are entirely true and like us, you just have to book to experience this rare atmosphere for yourself.
Our room was a 'Classic' and although we did not have a canal view, it was nicely furnished, quiet and comfortable. We were able to sit out on the main terrace at any time we wished to enjoy the view of the Rialto Bridge. As the hotel is so centrally located, we could pop back in the afternoon to sit on the terrace in the sunshine with a cold Spritzer (or two)!
Breakfast is plentiful with a generous buffet rounded off with a delicious omelette or pancakes cooked by the owner, Matteo.
As previous guests have commented, you are greeted from the outset by all staff using your first name and this contributes to the warmth and hospitality.
Nothing is too much trouble and advice is always readily given to enable you to enjoy the best that Venice has to offer, from the best places to pick up a Gondolier ride, finding fine local restaurants to the best advice of all which was just to wander off the beaten track to sample the quieter canals, narrow alleyways and small squares.
We have stayed in many luxurious hotels before, but the AL Ponte Antico is truly a rare gem where you arrive as guests and depart as friends.
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- Also Known As:
- Al Ponte Antico Venice
- Hotel Al Ponte Antico