Overview: Al Ponte Antico offered us ultimate service, superb location, and simple elegance in gorgeously appointed, small hotel (approx. 10 rooms) within a 5 minute walk from the Rialto Bridge and Rialto Vaporetto stop. From arrival to departure, the service from Owner Matteo and staff including Oliver, Rosalba, and others could not have been more welcoming, helpful, or respectful. Included breakfast has great variety and freshness. Common area and rooms are beautiful. Overall, I can't imagine a more perfect place to stay.
Common Area & Food: Our stay was also a great value with a wonderful, daily breakfast including custom-made omelettes/eggs, an almond cake that I continue to dream of (!), along with superb and fresh coffee/machiatto/capuccino, breakfast meats, and more. The dining area is a comfortable place to eat, drink an afternoon spritz, or have a nightcap. The outdoor patio is an outstanding, comfortable, and (particularly in the evening) a romantic spot to watch gondolas, vaporettos, and other boats cruise the Grand Canal.
Rooms: When you are in Venice, do you want to hang out in the room or eat, drink, and get lost walking around maze of streets and neighborhoods? My wife and I preferred the latter so we didn't bother with a large suite but rather, one of Matteo's modest rooms. Yet, the bed/sheets were comfortable, there was a safe in the room, the bathroom was modern with hot water and terrific shower pressure I'd be happy with at home in the US. Additionally, the furniture and wall upholstery is elegant and perfect for the venue. Mix this with a great common area and we were more than satisfied.
More on Service: My wife and I visited shortly after some heavy flooding in late November and despite apparent damage, Matteo's ultimate care for his property insured we knew nothing of any issues they surely had only days before our arrival. When we arrived, he greeted us by name and introduced himself with a gentle smile, friendly but not intrusive conversation, and perfect English. His staff were similarly wonderful--all remembering our names the whole way, making us feel at home in this small yet regal, former Palazzo with restored original painted ceilings and more. They helped us structure our days, our nights, and travel. Days AFTER our departure, I communicated via email with Matteo, who helped me coordinate with a local gallery owner to initiate an art purchase, which we were unable to make before leaving.
The next time we visit Venice, we would absolutely prefer to stay here again--over another large or small luxury hotel. Matteo owns other hotels and based on this very enjoyable visit, I would be delighted to visit one of his other hotels, if we plan a trip to these locations.
Feb. 2013: Return later as I will post photos again soon as they are not with me now.
This is a small hotel that is worth staying at for the service, value, and location. Unless you are...
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