Husband, friends, and I stayed at Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo for 3 nights at the end of October. It's located away from the busy, touristy San Marco area and just a block from the San Stae vaporetto.
We needed a place that had no bridges to cross, as we were on a cruise with lots of luggage. This hotel was perfect. With an almost 1-hour Alilaguna boat ride from the airport (14 euros paid in advance online) we only had four stops before reaching San Stae. Directions: From the vaporetto stop, walk straight down the street to the first TINY alley on your left. Really, it's so tiny you will think it's not a place to walk down. There's a hotel sign on the wall before you make that left and located high up (it should be a little lower). Walk down and ring the doorbell at the second door. There is a hotel sign there. If you walk too far, you end up at the small side canal. The other direction is if you go to the left of the vaporetto stop ou need to cross two bridges (the second one into the hotel building). (See photos included in my review).
Our room (#21) was in the annex. It had a nice sitting area with a couch, chair, small table, tv, and armoire. Inside the armoire is a safe. There's complimentary wifi in the room and hotel area, which worked fine. The bedroom had a queen bed with a mini frig; small table and chair. The bathroom had tiled floors and walls, a bidet, a hose-type hair dryer, and a small shower, but not as small as other hotels I've been in in Europe.
The rooms were elegant with Venetian style furniture. The windows in both rooms face the street, so it can get noisy at night. Bring earplugs or keep the windows closed. We were there without any a/c so we need the windows open for fresh air.
Breakfast was in the lovely little courtyard. Typical breakfast of breads, pastries, fruit, cheese, coffee, tea, juice, etc. Just enough to get the morning started.
Both Walter and Sandro were lovely hosts, who helped with dinner reservations and good conversation. The staff that served breakfast were all friendly and cheerful.
Just down the street or a very short walk away are several good restaurants, a COOP (grocery store) and even a sfuso wine shop (fill your empty water bottle with locally made wine - you can buy bottles there too for about .30 euros. The Pinot Grigio goes for 2.20 euros for 1.5 liters!!! Best deal for wine in Venice).
I would recommend this hotel to anyone that wants an enjoyable stay and away from the crowds. Venice is doable on foot but you'll need a vaporetto ticket to go to Murano or Burano.
Lastly, for those going on a cruise, we took the vaporetto to the Piazzale Roma, and then walked to the people mover, which cost just one euro. Not a bad way to go. I know two couples used a private taxi that went directly to the port but that's very expensive.
Overall, a wonderful hotel!!!!
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