I read the reviews of this hotel and was worried it sounded too good to be true. It wasn't.
My wife and I arrived for a 3 day stay in Venice to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary having stayed on Lake Garda with friends for a few days beforehand. We had booked a junior suite with canal view and were shown to a suite with garden view. I pointed this out to hotel reception and within 5 minutes we were shown to a canal view suite and offered the choice. We chose the garden room suite with its own balcony overlooking the lovely inner courtyard. The hotel sent complimentary prosecco and strawberries as a "Happy Anniversary" welcome. This hotel is wonderful. I had read some adverse comments regarding breakfast but it was absolutely fine for us. My wife enjoyed the yoghurt and commented that this can be a big disappoinment but at Ai Reali, the yoghurt was delicious. Coffee was always hot and a good start to the day. The staff were outstanding and made the stay memorable. We enjoyed the inner courtyard as a late evening haven for relaxing drinks and were served by attentive, efficient and friendly staff. I shall remeber our waiter fondly and his sambucca on ice with coffee beans is a lasting memory! The staff combine high quality service with a friendly, welcoming manner that makes you feel at home (a very grand and glamorous home) from the moment you arrive until the sad moment you leave.
The location of the hotel is fabulous - 2 minutes from Rialto and a short stroll from St Mark's square. If you want to arrive and leave in style there is a mooring with water taxi access. Get lost down a side street and it's not a problem. Simply look for a Rialto sign and hey presto back on track.
I did read that this hotel is in the top ten of Venetian hotels. It is easy to see why. Would we go back? Without hesitation. Would I recommend it? Without hesitation. In summary, this is one of the best hotels going. There is some "work in progress" such as an ice machine that is not yet functional, but this is a hotel to recommend and visit. Thank you so much to all the staff
- 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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