While somewhat of a challenge to find...along with everything else in Venice...the Ai Reali is a beautiful hotel with a stellar location near the Rialto Bridge. The property is a refurbished 17th century palace with unique and well-adorned rooms. We enjoyed a large veranda in one of our rooms. The other boasted a large and very comfortable modern bathroom. Both were very comfortable.
The bar is well-manned with live music on certain days of the week. It has a fitness facility (so rare in Italy) along with lovely reading and wine rooms. There is an ICE MACHINE on the third floor...which is total unicorn in Italy.
Breakfast was pretty average for Italy hotels...coffee, juice, cured meats, lots of baked goods, etc. Staff was very helpful, although some of their recommendations for food are the product of reciprocal relationships so do your own research.
Airconditioning, while functioning, didn't quite do the trick in May. May be a little warm in the summer. But, welcome to every other hotel in Italy.
If you can afford it, hire a private water taxi from the train to take you to the hotel. It has its own private dock which opens directly into the lobby. Talk about arriving in style!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ai Reali is located in Campo della Fava, a small quiet campo, few steps away from Rialto Bridge and only 5 minutes away from St. Mark’s Square. It’s a fantastic central location for who wish to discover the most real Venice. Experience the thrill to visit the old fish market early in the morning or have a cappuccino staring the Rialto Bridge, walking only moments from your hotel.The palace has been the residence of family Reali, a noble family who became rich with the trade of the sugar. The seal of the family is a double crown, the same crowns you find in the hotel logo. The Hotel is overlooking a canal and it has its own water entrance. Customers can easily arrive or depart by private transportation. In case you prefer to user the public transportation, the ferry stop of Rialto is only 150 metres away. Ferry line “Alilaguna” arriving and departing from the airport also stops in Rialto.The Hotel Ai Reali is a 4 stars hotel S offering all the services you normally find in a 5 stars, including the restaurant “Alle Corone” serving Venetian food with home-made pasta and pastry, a comfortable bar, a bar in the garden (open in summer),A wine cellar, a gym, a great “Reali Spa” with Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, emotional showers and a massage center. The products used in our Spa are provided by Vitalis a brand “total nature” well known in Italy.Regarding business, Ai Reali, offers a congress center with a big salon for 75 people, with wifi internet connection and if your dream is a great wedding in the most romantic city of the world, don’t miss the chance to ask our assistance, we are ready to arrange the wedding of your dreams, including the ceremony in the beside church, reception, gondola or boat transportation, lunch of dinner in any style, wedding make up and spa treatments. The decoration of the hotel and the rooms is classical Venetian with a lot of antiques and all bathrooms are full marble in different and elegant colors. The floors have been totally restored, you will really feel like to be in the 18th Century. ... more less
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