I booked the Hotel Al Ponte Moncengo for our 5-day stay in Venice after seeing that it got consitently good ratings on TripAdvisor. I must admit that at first I was a bit hesitant that it would not live up to my expectations, however, after a most marvellous 5 days spent at the hotel I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable place to stay in Venice.
The hotel itself has been described accurately by other reviewers so I won't go into too much detail. I will say, however, that our room was in the annex and featured gorgeous high ceilings, a Murano glass chandelier, walls covered in green fabric, two large windows overlooking an internal courtyard and beautiful furnishings including a nice table, perfect for sipping a nice glass of proecco in the evening. The bathroom had heated floors and towel rack, and was quite spacious enough. Importantly, everything was very clean. The only slightly negative comment we have, and which has been echoed by others, is that the beds are very firm. Personally I did not mind this, but my better half at first was not too happy with a firm mattress; nevertheless we slept fairly well despite that.
Breakfast was a delight, with warm, fresh pastries, good coffee and a discrete choice of fruits, juice and cereal; however, if you're into large portions of breakfast this may seem a bit limited. The ladies helping in the morning (as are all of the hotel staff) are cheerful and efficient.
The hosts Walter and Sandro were extremely coridal and their sense of hospitality is fantastic. This friendly atmosphere seemed to affect the staff and the guests as well, who all seemed to be in good spirits and enjoying their stay at the hotel. The owners' pride in the establishment is obvious, and their knowledge of Venice is impeccable so be sure to ask them when you need some help or a recommendation.
This hotel is located in the quiet, residential St. Stae area (5 minutes away from the St. Stae vaporetto stop) and in my opinion, was the perfect retreat after a hectic day's sightseeing. There are a number of restaurants, bakeries and salumerie within a short walk from the hotel. It is only a few minutes away from the Rialto so you're never too far off from the touristy part of Venice (Piazza San Marco, la Basilica, il Palazzo del Doge, etc.). Actually, by staying in a more residential area we managed to explore areas of Venice on foot, which are often overlooked. After all, part of the charm of Venice lies hidden in the narrow streets and alleyways of the city.
For once, forget the star rating, which really doesn't do the hotel justice: this is a first class hotel and extremely good value for money.
We will definitely go back to this hotel when in Venice!
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