We stayed at Al Ponte Antico from June 9 - 13. We stayed in their regular rooms, we were assigned room 104 in the second floor. The room was spacious for Europe and specially venice standards. The bathroom was also spacious. I have read that other rooms don't have spacious bathrooms but ours did. There was only one complaint about the room. The shower. There was a bathtub (i guess that the bathtub was there in order to help "hide" the plumbing system) so when you were standing in the bath tub my head was actually touching the roof. For someone taller than me that might end up being a deal breaker. I guess if they took out the bathtub and put a regular shower it would become more spacious.
Now the hotel is only 9 rooms, 3 in the first floor and 5 in the second floor. Breakfast was included and cooked to order by Mateo, the hotel owner, every morning. We were greeted by our first names as soon as we arrived, and all the hotel staff addressed us by our first names during our entire stay, which made the experience incredible.
Two years and a half ago we stayed at their other property in venice, the Locanda Orseolo. You could say both hotels are very similar, but the Al Ponte Antico hotel has a feature that sets it apart, not only from the Locanda but from any other hotel: The Balcony on the second floor overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. Now the view to the Rialto on the left hand side was obstructed by a construction taking place in the next door building, but the sights were still amazing. We actually found ourselves returning to the hotel to have a drink at the balcony. Whit that view, that you are not going to find at any bar or restaurant in Venice, you will find yourself returning to the hotel to have a drink and enjoy the incredible view.
During our stay we were able to enjoy breakfast every day in the balcony (there are 9 rooms and only five tables at the balcony) which was an amazing experience. And at night there is no better place in venice to enjoy a drink and just watch life go by. You could actually se people from gondolas and Vaporettos taking pictures of us and other guests in the balcony. It is that amazing.
My only suggestion to the hotel is that with that incredible view they have at the Balcony, we would have love to have the option to enjoy our drinks with some snacks at night. That way you could arrive at night, enjoy a drink in the balcony and pick up a snack or something similar. They could even use the "honor" system were they could leave a book and you would write down what you took.
For those of us that need to be connected 24/7 the hotel had wireless wifi and also a 21" IMac in the second floor, were you could check your email.
The attention to detail in the hotel was amazing, helping us with concert tickets, reservations at restaurants and suggestions about were to have lunch or dinner. All the recommendations were on target, the restaurant A Beccafico was a very good choice and also a pizza place they recommended. They also recommended a place to buy italian wine that was just steps away from the hotel, it was called Milli Vini, and we were able to find a great selection of great italian wines to take back home.
The location of the hotel is also a great plus. You are basically steps away from the Rialto Bridge and about a 10 minute walk to St, Mark's Square, which makes the location extremely convenient.
If you are planning to go to venice, this is the place to stay. After our stay at this incredible hotel we would not consider another option.
If you want to sleep later, ask for a room in the second floor on the back of the property. Room 104...
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