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Al Ponte Antico Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle dell'Aseo | Cannaregio 5768, 30131 Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)   |  
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Brugg
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“Perfection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We recently stayed for six nights at the hotel. Everything worked out as described by Tripadvisor: smooth transport by watertaxi (pricey, but what isn't in Venice?), wonderful first impressions on arrival, as our luggage was whisked to our room. From then onwards everything went like a dream: a nice breakfast with eggs cooked to my specifications, restaurants booked, all our cares looked after in the nicest and politest possible manner. On my wife's birthday a bunch of beautiful flowers was organized; and a bottle of prosecco, together with rose petals and a card, materialized! And everyone congratulated my wife. In the course of forty years' travelling, one of our best hotel experiences. Impeccable standards of excellence.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at ponte antico during carnival 2013 and had the best experiences we've ever had at a hotel. The hotel is so beautifully decorated. The rooms are big and decorated beautifully too. The staff is so friendly and helpful which is a reflection from the amazing owner Matteo that gave us a tour of the hotel the second we arrived. The location is perfect, right in the middle of everything and the views are great of the Rialto bridge and grand canal. In the morning breakfast is amazingly prepared fresh for you with a huge selection of what you can eat. I would recommend this hotel to everyone I know. Thanks again Matteo for making our venice stay unforgettable.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I agree wholeheartedly with all the reviews of al Ponte Antico posted here: this is a beautiful boutique hotel; the rooms and bathrooms are spectacular; the sitting areas are calm and serene; the overall design and architectural feel, superb. The staff members are charming, professsional.

I will never forget the time that we spent there
This hotel is excellent.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

We only had one night in Venice and so wanted it to be something special - and this place delivered on all counts. It's in an old building that has been beautifully restored in a style very fitting with this amazing city. The location is ideal with water taxi access on the Grand Canal and just minutes walk to Rialto Bridge. With only 9 rooms the staff can truly focus on providing amazing service and we we found the recommendations for things to see and do and places to eat to be perfectly suited. Thanks Oliver and Mateo !! We'll be back one day ...

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The location of the hotel is superb and the staff were excellent, however, the room we had was right next to the landing platform which was pretty noisy at times, especially first thing in the morning!! Considering we had paid extra for a canal view, we feel we should have been accomodated on an upper floor. The room itself was excellent, however, the shower could probably benefit from an upgrade. Given the short nature of our stay (4 nights) we did not raise these fairly minor issues with the owners and in fact we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Venice and would most definately go back

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Pros: 1. Location, location, location--between the Rialto Bridge and the Rialto market on the Grand Canal, five minutes from a vaporetto stop. 2. Extremely friendly and personal service (Oliver's resturant suggestions over a six-day period were spot on). 3. Facility is a beautifully restored palazzo that shrieks "expenses be damned." 4. Spacious terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, perfect for boat watching over breakfast or before-dinner drinks.

Cons: 1. Al Ponte Antico is, in fact, not really a hotel. With only nine rooms, it's a tarted up b&b of your dreams. Personally, I like the relative anonimity that a hotel offers a traveler. At Al Ponte Antico, like it or not, you're part of an extended Ventian family.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

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.

Room Tip: This is a small hotel that is worth staying at for the service, value, and location. Unless you are...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle dell'Aseo | Cannaregio 5768, 30131 Venice, Italy
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Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
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#4 Luxury Hotel in Venice
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Hotel Class:4 star — Al Ponte Antico Hotel 4*
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