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Al Ponte Antico Hotel
Ranked #1 of 385 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We found this charming hotel on Trip Advisor and it was betterbthan we had been led to believe. The location is perfect (right next to the Rialto Bridge), the dining area is beautiful, the food (at breakfast) is very good, and the rooms are comfortable and well-appointed. But what makes this hotel special is the staff. We had our whole family there in a couple of rooms, and they always knoew wgere everyione was. When you come to the dining room, you are greeted by name and everyone remebers when you have chosen on past mornings. In fact, everyone knows your name, and everyone does all they can to make the visit perfect. From maps and directions to reservations and recommendations,the staff made us feel like family. There are surely grander hotels in Venice, but I'm not sure there are any that are as welcoming. We'll be back.

Room Tip: The room on the Canal is really spacious and quite nice, but our family was spread across several ro...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed at this beautiful Hotel in December, 2012 for 5 nights in a Junior Suite that was right on the Canal. My husband, teenage son and I had plenty of room in this enormous room. Beds are firm, but we like it that way so we were very comfortable. Our son slept on the sofa bed so he could lie in bed and look out at the Canal and watch the world go by. It was a fantastic experience, it's in a great location as out the back door of the Hotel is the busy back streets of Venice. There are many shops and restaurants very close by, you are spoiled for choice. The shopping in Venice was fabulous also. We could not fault the staff, they always greeted you by name and were genuinely interested in what you had done that day and were also very keen to offer advice if you asked for it. The breakfasts were wonderful and everything was extremely fresh, especially the gorgeous coffees made to order! It was very cold in Venice in December, so the room was lovely and warm. I would love to return in warmer weather and sit out on the 1st floor terrace. I think this would be a fantastic place to sit and have a drink and watch all the action on the Grand Canal. Highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: Junior Suite, canal level. Huge rooms and brilliant view.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank BrisbaneDearie
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I had a lovely stay here on my trip to Venice. A water taxi took us right to the waterfront of the hotel near the Rialto Bridge. Mateo is a wonderful chef who cooks you any breakfast item with products from his family's farm and garden. It is exquisite. The evening receptionist David is so nice and friendly, I had a wonderful time sitting in the cafe they have chatting about Italian life. I can't wait to visit again.
p.s. I only rate the sleep quality lower because, as is common in most of Europe, the beds are terribly firm.

Room Tip: some offer a view of the canal and the Rialto bridge.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Located on the Grand Canal you must arrive at this hotel by boat. Our first time to Venice and we wanted it to be special. You are greeted by first names and made to feel very welcome on arrival. This is not a big Hotel (circa 10 rooms) but the style of the place just makes you feel as if you really have arrived in Venice. It costs extra but if you book the suite at Grand Canal level, you have big opening doors out of your room where you can sit drinking champagne with the canal literally 2 feet below you and all the hustle and bustle of the boats going by - an absolute must! This hotel for us was the "way" to stay in Venice - superb!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank teeee444
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

After the wonderful Foscari Palace last trip profound disappointment at arriving here for my 50th. Very expensive to have hard bed on grand canal next to noisy Rialto water taxi platform Ground floor onto canal means cold and noisy stone floors and sound of furniture being dragged over our heads upstairs. Not like the brochure. Argument over request for tea in evening as no tea/coffee facility in room. Can hear our kids through wall to their room. Ruined planned 50th birthday.

Room Tip: Don't bother unless your idea of a luxury suite is a bathroom so narrow you have to squeeze thro...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights, it went far too quickly. Arriving tired after our flight we were greeted, by name, by Matteo as soon as we walked to the hotel door. We were shown around, given some handy tips and left to relax. After dinner we sat on the little terrace and watched the Grand Canal, drinking a superb Spritz or two with other guests. Everyone was enchanted.
The room was a blessed relief after exploring Venice in the boiling heat. The air-con was fabulous.
Breakfast was a pleasant, plentiful buffet, or Matteo would cook you eggs in his lovely copper pan.
The staff really set this place apart. Every member of staff knew our name and were always pleased to make you a drink, show you a route, or sort out a good, non-tourist trap restaurant for dinner but the service was never intrusive.
We were quite sad to leave. One of the nicest short stays we have had.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

We recently returned from Venice and our third time at Al Ponte Antico. We have stayed in Venice numerous times in our past at the more famous and luxurious properties, but trust me when I say this is the place! Matteo is the consumate hotelier and has a loyal and courteous staff (Oliver, Rosabel, Armando, etc) who go above and beyond to make you feel like you are their most important guest. I can only reiterate what others have said - rooms are Venetian in style (we like room 108), convenient arrival and departure by water taxi and a close walk to all the sights. I can truly say our favorite all-time memory of Venice is simply sitting on the terrace of Al Ponte Antico enjoying our morning cappucino's and freshly made crepes as Venice awakes. Watching the "rush hour" traffic on the grand canal is fascinating and you literally have a front row seat. It's hard to leave the pretty little terrace to go out and explore Venice, but remember when you return in the late afternoon, the terrace awaits, along with Matteo and a Venetian spritz or a Bellini! We hope you visit this hotel and leave with the same fond memories as we have.

Room Tip: Book a room with the canal view!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank HomDel
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Address: Calle dell'Aseo | Cannaregio 5768, 30131 Venice, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Venice > Cannaregio
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Venice
#4 Romantic Hotel in Venice
#8 Family Hotel in Venice
Price Range: $288 - $594 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Al Ponte Antico Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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