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“Simply incredbile - Hotel Ponte Anico is a once-in-a-lifetime experience” 5 of 5 stars
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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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“Simply incredbile - Hotel Ponte Anico is a once-in-a-lifetime experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2009

Summary: Words cannot describe the charm of this hotel (see photos of the gondola and Rialto Bridge taken from our room). Matteo (the owner) and his staff (especially Oliver) run a tight ship, with no detail spared. They go out of their way to learn your names and to do whatever they need to make your stay wonderful. Our room (we had a junior suite – room 108) was fabulous. Highly, highly recommended.

Pros: Good location, incredible views, wonderful breakfasts (with eggs from Matteo’s 98-year-old grandmother’s farm), certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience (though we hope to go back – and soon).

Cons: Small hotel (9 rooms) so no big hotel services (i.e. room service – though they will bring drinks, tea and snacks to your room). This really isn’t a con as there are, by definition, no large hotels in Venice. Some rooms have an interior view.

Review: My wife and I stayed here as part of our honeymoon, it was simply unforgettable. We arrived in Venice by train from Rome, and took the Vaparetto (water bus) from the train station to the Rialto stop, and walked a short distance to the hotel. Venice, at first, seems like an impenetrable maze, so we had a small difficulty figuring out exactly how to locate the hotel from the Rialto stop. Luckily, we spotted the hotel from the water bus and knew which direction to head (see our photo so you’ll recognize it too). If you have bags, you may want to consider taking a water taxi from either the airport or the train station, because the streets of Venice are not friendly for bag dragging (they are narrow, sometimes crowded with tourists and you’ll encounter a couple of small sets of stairs between the Rialto stop and the hotel). The hotel has its own dock for the water taxis. Once we arrived at the hotel, Oliver (Matteo-the-owner’s right-hand man) greeted us. We went into our room and a bottle of champagne was waiting (see picture).

We stayed in the junior suite, room 108, with a canal front room. And, as my wife says, we definitely had the best view in all of Venice (I agree). The room, the view and the experience was simply incredible, and unforgettable. Our pictures from and of the room (attached), do not do it full justice. The junior suite was very large, with a separate canal-front sitting area, with a huge, opening picture window. As our photos show, from the room you can watch the main street of Venice (i.e. the grand canal) and see the boats, Vaparetto, and gondolas all passing under the Rialto Bridge. The room was very clean and well appointed. You feel as if you are staying in a Venetian palace of yesteryear. The only negative was that the bathroom and shower were a bit small (see photo), but by no means did this detract from the overall wonderfulness of the room, the hotel or Venice.

The hotel is centrally located, only a couple of blocks to the Rialto bridge. It is easy to walk from the hotel to St. Marks square as well. We recommend walking around on the back streets of Venice (i.e. away from the tourist areas) with the locals. You’ll see an entirely different, and much quieter Venice. We also recommend taking a gondola ride (you are in Venice) and spending a couple of hours riding the Vaperetto through all of its stops (it’s the best, and cheapest, way to see all of Venice from the water). For the gondola, we recommend interviewing a couple of different ones to find one that’s to your liking, and picking one that is in a quiet area.

The hotel is close to many wonderful dining options. Matteo, Oliver and the others are also willing to recommend non-touristy restaurants and make reservations for you. One night, we ate at a wonderful seafood place (as you’d expect since Venice is on the water), only to find out that the owner was a fisherman with two of his very own boats, and is the president of the Venice Fish Market to boot. If you want wonderfully fresh and local seafood, make sure to ask Matteo or Oliver for a reservation.

Matteo and his staff made us breakfast each morning, including wonderful coffee, cappuccino, pastries and eggs from Matteo’s 98-year-old grandmother’s farm. See the attached photos of the breakfast area and Matteo in action making omelets. Off the breakfast area is a great terrace area overlooking the grand canal and the Rialto Bridge. If the junior suite is booked, or is too pricey for your budget, sitting on the terrace for breakfast, afternoon tea, or a pre/after-dinner drink is also a good way to appreciate the incredible location of this hotel.

In conclusion – we highly recommend the Hotel Al Ponte Anico in Venice. We especially recommend requesting the canal-front, junior suite, room 108, for view and an experience you will never forget. Though we get first dibs.

If Rome is in your travel plans, check out our review of the Hotel Artorius In Rome, which we also highly recommend.

If you stay at the Hotel Al Ponte Anico, make sure to say “hi” to Matteo and Oliver for us. Ciao.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 26, 2009

Its a beautiful, warm and charming Hotel. The service was fantastic, the guys Bruno, Gigi and Alesio were fantastic host, asking you every minute if you were okay, and took the time to call every guest by your first name as you walk into the reception.
The room we had was the one overlooking the Canal. You could nearly touch the Rialto Bridge from there. I highly recommend this hotel to whoever is going to venice. Your memories will not be complete without staying here.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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 21, 2009

My husband booked a romantic break in Venice for our 10th wedding anniversary. Using Trip Advisor, he decided on Al Ponte Antico. This hotel has got to be one of the best we have ever stayed in. Set on the Grand Canal overlooking the Rialto Bridge, the location was perfect. We found it central to most things and could easily go further afield using the nearby Vaperetto. The thing, for us, that set this hotel apart from others were the staff. The owner, Mateo, his wife, Barbara and every single member were excellent. Hospitable, knowledgeable, and so friendly, nothing was too much trouble. They used the first names of all the guests and became indispensable for their inside knowledge. I would not hesitate to return here or recommend it to anyone. Yes, you can get luxury at many hotels but this kind of service is a rarity. It was simply 'perfecto'.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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, 2009

Took my girlfriend for a weekend away in January (both in our 20s) and thought I'd book this hotel on the back of the reviews I read on this website.

The most likeable thing about the hotel is definitely the service, the people were lovely and eager to socialise, made us feel comfortable (without being over-intrusive) and their knowledge of the city was actually useful, and not the general tourist routes that one usually hears about. How they manage to remember everyone by name is beyond me! Also some points are given as I heard 2 members of staff switching between perfect English, French and German between guests.

They also arranged a free water taxi ride to Murano, telling us it was to be the sort of thing where someone meets you and gives you a quick tour of their shop/factory in the hope you'll spend some money. So we thought why not...

Someone met us as the taxi docked, so friendly! He gave us a lengthy and informative tour just for the two of us and put no pressure on us, not even a hint. We almost felt embarassed he was so nice there and the tour was probably my favourite thing we did in Venice!

Anyway back to the hotel, our room was very nice, Venetian-style and ornate and beautiful. The bathroom was even better. If I could make any criticism, it would be that given that our room being off the lounge/dining area, perhaps it was not as private as it could have been.

On the Sunday we got to the airport and our flight was cancelled, giving us a 8-9 hr wait for the next one back to London - we headed back into Venice to make use of the time and the hotel looked after our bags and treated us very warmly, making us spritzes and coffees and allowing us to relax in the lounge and kill some time.

Breakfast was as good as the other reviews say here, quality and substantial with a view to die for over the canal. The staff are professionals who do a great job and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Venice.

  • Liked — Service, breakfast, location
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2009

We stayed at the Al Ponte Antico the second week of January with our college age daughter. Originally, we had booked at their sister hotel Locando Orseolo, but were given the choice to "upgrade" to the Al Ponte Antico, which we gladly accepted. We were given a junior suite overlooking the Grand Canal. Our room was beautifully decorated, and our daughter enjoyed the view from the windows in our room. Matteo and his entire staff were very gracious and made us feel very welcomed. As others have posted, breakfast was delightful, from the fresh eggs to the crepes. I would not hesitate recommending this charming hotel to anyone. Thank you to everyone at the Al Ponte Antico for a truly delightful stay!

  • Liked — Everything!!
  • Disliked — Absolutely Nothing!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2009

The reviews are true - you will not be disappointed.

The service from everyone was excellent. The staff knew all the guest by name, wanted to know what you were up to that day/night, and were willing to share their favorites of Venice.

The location was ideal. Right on the Grand Canal. The only bad thing is that there is no clear signage of the hotel location from the street so you can easily walk down a street and miss it. If arriving for the first time, I suggest the water taxi as this hotel has their own dock.

Breakfast - is fab! There is the regular cold items - cereal, cakes, fruit, crossiants, breads, cheese, cold cuts, crackers, yogurt, etc. And there are also warm items - ham and cheese stuffed crossiants, sausages, etc.
And then there are made to order hot foods such as pancakes (crepes) and omlets. A perfect start to the day.


While i loved this hotel, the staff, the breakfast, the location, there is only 1 issue I had with this hotel.....The bathroom ceiling was low and when in the shower (standing in the tub), I had to duck down a bit to wash my hair. There was 1 night when the hot towel rack was rattling. But I stopped this noise when i turned down the heat on the rack. This is after all a converted palace so these issues are really small compared to the other great things this hotel offers.

Would I be back: you bet!

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  • Stayed November 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

When planning our trip to Venice we consulted 'TripAdvisor' to
decide on our accommodation. At the time of planning Hotel Al Ponte Antico was under renovations and so based on reviews, we decided to book Locanda Orseolo. As our departure date approached, we were informed that Locanda Orseolo was closed for the duration of our stay. However, Bruno (one of the proprietors of both establishments) offered us an upgrade to Hotel Al Ponte Antico- gratis.

Venice is of unparallelled beauty and likewise Hotel Al Ponte Antico stands alone. We have travelled widely and have had the privilege of staying in some of the world's best hotels. However, most pale in comparison to Hotel Al Ponte Antico and none match the personalised approach that make this hotel such a special experience.

Firstly, there is the location- Right on the Grand canal with a view of the Rialto Bridge, it offers the quintessential Venetian experience.

Secondly, the furnishings and decor have been meticulously done to replicate an opulent and beautiful Venetian Palace and are a visual treat.

Thirdly, the breakfast served (included in the rate) was superb. We also enjoyed many delicious cocktails while our children (x3) sipped on hot chocolates. We were very pleasantly shocked that the bill for these extras matched the reasonable room rates rather than the usual inflated prices for such luxuries in other similar hotels.
Although the hotel does not offer dining for other meals, the
recommendations provided by staff were fantastic and we felt like they carefully listened and put thought into these. Its location meant that a wide variety of dining was available virtually on the doorstep.

Finally and most importantly, what made our stay at Hotel Al Ponte Antico so enjoyable was the Hotel staff. Bruno (and his family) were obviously born to be in the hospitality industry. He has assembled a team who exude genuine warmth and who are attentive without being sycophantic. Their willingness to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to make your stay enjoyable is evident from the moment you make email contact with them. Everything was done with care, thought and pride. We truly felt like a Venetian Noble family!

  • Liked — The thoughtful, caring personalised service
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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Hotel Class:4 star — Al Ponte Antico Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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