I read the Tripadvisor reviews for hotels in Venice and was swayed by the ones written about the new Hotel Ai Reali. The last time I visited Venice I stayed at the most glamorous Gritti Palace with a view of the Grand Canal. Could not get much better than that. However, this time I was traveling with my 17 year old son so wanted something a little less grand. Well, I have to say, I may not have had a view of the Grand Canal but boy did I get "Grand!"
The Hotel AI Reali was absolutely beautiful (and about 1/3 of the price of the Gritti Palace). I booked a Junior Suite with a Canal view and was very impressed. The room was spacious, beautifully decorated with the most beautiful mosaic floors I have have seen in a hotel room. The hotel is "tucked away" but surprisingly close to all of the main attractions such as the Rialto Bridge and St. Marc's Square.
The breakfast area was lovely with a nice assortment of items to choose from. I loved the views of the canal as the restaurant is on the first floor (canal level) and watching the gondolas pass by as I enjoyed my morning breakfast.
The only things I can say that were lacking was a fitness center which I learned was opening up in April of 2013 (I missed it by a month) and the fact that you are charged 20 euros to use the jacuzzi (a surprise to us). Other than those two MINOR items I would highly recommend that you book this hotel because I am sure once the word gets out on this hotel that the rates are not going to be as reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ai Reali is located in Campo della Fava, a small quiet campo, few steps away from Rialto Bridge and only 5 minutes away from St. Mark’s Square. It’s a fantastic central location for who wish to discover the most real Venice. Experience the thrill to visit the old fish market early in the morning or have a cappuccino staring the Rialto Bridge, walking only moments from your hotel.The palace has been the residence of family Reali, a noble family who became rich with the trade of the sugar. The seal of the family is a double crown, the same crowns you find in the hotel logo. The Hotel is overlooking a canal and it has its own water entrance. Customers can easily arrive or depart by private transportation. In case you prefer to user the public transportation, the ferry stop of Rialto is only 150 metres away. Ferry line “Alilaguna” arriving and departing from the airport also stops in Rialto.The Hotel Ai Reali is a 4 stars hotel S offering all the services you normally find in a 5 stars, including the restaurant “Alle Corone” serving Venetian food with home-made pasta and pastry, a comfortable bar, a bar in the garden (open in summer),A wine cellar, a gym, a great “Reali Spa” with Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, emotional showers and a massage center. The products used in our Spa are provided by Vitalis a brand “total nature” well known in Italy.Regarding business, Ai Reali, offers a congress center with a big salon for 75 people, with wifi internet connection and if your dream is a great wedding in the most romantic city of the world, don’t miss the chance to ask our assistance, we are ready to arrange the wedding of your dreams, including the ceremony in the beside church, reception, gondola or boat transportation, lunch of dinner in any style, wedding make up and spa treatments. The decoration of the hotel and the rooms is classical Venetian with a lot of antiques and all bathrooms are full marble in different and elegant colors. The floors have been totally restored, you will really feel like to be in the 18th Century. ... more less
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