We stayed one night at Antico Portego [www.bbanticoportego.com] in early September at the beginning of a Peregrine Adventures Tour. It’s relatively easy to reach using the #1 Vaporetto [water bus]. Board just outside Venice’s main train station [Venezia SL] & get off at the 2nd stop [San Marcuola] on the Grand Canal; then it’s a 5-7 minutes walk.
It is a wonderful B & B. We have been to Venice before, are likely to return, and now know first hand of two excellent places to stay. [Our previous stay was at Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo [www.alpontemocenigo.com], also easily accessed by vaporetto.]
In some respects they share similar positive characteristics. Antico Portego B & B’s old buildings, hardly recognisable as a hotel from outside, have been massively renovated yet retain the wonder of the centuries. It is an intimate establishment, with rooms that have been decorated with loving care. From the detailed photo file in our room we noted that each room has its own character, and that its location, shape and size will dictate its features. Similarly the wide, high corridors and public areas are beautifully decorated and impressive.
Our good-sized room had quality bedding and a modern, clean sparkling bathroom. Although it faced into a courtyard this wasn’t a particular problem and had the advantage of quietness - no noise from the busy streets to worry us. The room also featured an intricate frescoed high ceiling.
The staff members are just great: warm, friendly, helpful, welcoming and hugely proud of their B and B as they have a right to be. The breakfast was more than adequate with elegant dining tables featuring quality napery and cutlery.
This hotel is strongly recommended if you enjoy a quiet, homely atmosphere. It has a range of eateries close by, it is an easy walk to major sites in Venice, and its location encouraged fascinating back street exploring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our bed & breakfast is situated in a typical 16th century palace with two internal courts. The whole house is furnished with ancient family's pieces and each rooms has a private bathroom. At the ground- floor there is the "candles suite". At first-floor there are the "yellow room" and the "traders suite" When you are back tired after an interesting day of sightseeing you can rest near the well or under the ancient portico. ... more less
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