Al Ponte Antico Hotel
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... tour. I felt like I was in a scene from The Tourist (Movie starting Angelina Jolie). Again, taken around the waterways with a very informative guide. After more exploring on foot, I stumbled across yet another church, as a male choir of voices resounding from within caught my attention. Again, taken back to my time on Music Tour back in school, this group of young men were from a high school on the Gold Coast in Australia! Standing there on the alter of the ...
... t look too appealing. A man walks around with at least 15 hats on his head and 20 sarongs on each outstretched arm trying to sell them.
Today is also the first day we encounter some sleazy Italian men. The best strategy is to keep my mouth closed and pretend not to understand English.
It rains again as we head back to the hostel. So much for a late afternoon dip. Off to Roma tomorrow.
Ciao ciao ...
... are staying on foot or by vaporetto.
After a snack we took a tour of the ghetto which was fascinating. It has 5 synagogues of which we saw 3 each with different features. The first 2 were Ashkenazy, one for German & the other for French Jews & the third was for Greek & Turkish Sephardic Jews & all were on the top storeys of buildings. Apparently the Jews were not allowed to own any property, were confined to certain businesses & were locked ...
... that needed to be seen, and it was so much fun just meandering our way through the canals, turning left, then right, walking over so many quaint little footbridges. We found one little bridge that we sat down next to, watching the little boats and people go by. We met a nice American family who were travelling together for four weeks around Europe, and we chatted to them for a little while.
We ordered spaghetti bolognaise and pizza for dinner at a really ...
Friday morning included one last hike in Tuscany near the inn, breakfast, a quick shower, goodbyes to our guides and onto a bus to Florence. After catching a glimpse of the Domo and saying our goodbyes to the other guests, Susan and I found the ticket window at the train station and waited on line. It took awhile but we got our tickets to Venice, waited a bit and then boarded the train. Along the way I tried to call ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Al Ponte Antico Hotel Venice
We stayed at Al Ponte Antico at the recommendation of Locanda Orseolo, a property that has received rave reviews on this site for its charm and the warmth of its management. What a mistake. I have never experienced such hostility from a hotel manager before as I did from the "director" of Al Ponte Antico and the overall atmosphere is that of stinginess, not hospitality.
This hotel is a real find. Situated by the grand canal yet quiet, beautifully decorated in the Venetian style with period furniture and exquisite attention to detail in the rooms which are styled indidually as suites. The chandeliers in the rooms are to die for! The hotel is spotlessly clean. Our room did not have a canal view but this did not matter as we could sit on the terrace at the end of the breakfast room and watch the world go by. The breakfast service was immaculate, served by a very friendly lady and her assistant. Nothing is too much trouble. We were fogbound at the airport and had to stay at the hotel an extra two nights (a pleasure!) we were treated like old friends. We have stayed at hotels all over Italy and this is by far the best - cannot understand why it is classed as a 3 star - it should be 4* or above.
Great location if you are happy to be in centre and next to Rialto Bridge. Venice needs traffic lights for pedestrians - incredibly crowded. Great to venture afar and explore other districts such as the Ghetto. This was fascinating and much quieter than Rialto - nice change.
Romantic Venice "find"
We found this hotel on laterooms just before we set off for our honeymoon. Our room was small but otherwise perfect - no canal view but quiet and private, sumptiously furnished, Venetial glass chandelier, chic and modern spa shower room, effective air-con!. The terrace overlooking the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal has to be this hotel's main selling point though. It was the perfect vantage point for breakfasting while watching this waterborne city come to life, or sipping champagne by evening candle-light, smiling in romantic conspiracy with the gondola passengers below.
Easy access to the Vaporetto (water bus) and the hotel has a landing for the water taxi if you wish to arrive/leave by private boat.
Staff friendly and helpful.
After trying (and failing) to negotiate our way through Venice to a couple of hotels we'd planned to look at, a friend and I wandered into the nearest hotel to ask the rate - expecting it to be way out of our budgets (being students and all). We're not sure whether it was the backpack my friend had, our age, or our Aussie charm, but we ended up with a double room, breakfast included, for 70 euros per night! No canal view but fantastic location, lovely service and great room/bathroom. We were amazed and somewhat disbelieving until we'd paid and checked out 3 nights later.
Too expensive to be a Holiday Inn but definitely not nice enough to permit the $450+/night room cost (jr. suite). maybe the rack rate rooms offer a better cost per service/ambiance ratio. Tiny tiny bathroom, room smelled horribly of carpet cleaner, no robes, cheap towels, plastic cups in bathroom (come on, even our agritourismo in piemonte had real glasses in the bathroom). And the service was non-existent. Go elsewhere - splurge on the Bauer or something similar or spend less than $200/night for an equally unappealing hotel. The only saving grace was the close proximity to Bancogiro ciccetti bar across the canal and La Cantina on Strada Nova.
My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights in February 2005. We had a vast room (Junior Suite) overlooking the Grand Canal; marvellous fabrics, Venetian glass chandelier, a pleasant seating area with large sofa and chairs, a desk supplied with beautiful note paper, an extremely comfortable and expansive bed, adequate bathroom with shower and WC, nice little touches, such as an antique telephone by the bed. The staff could not have been more obliging and pleasant. We had tea brought to our room both first thing in the morning and when we came in in the afternoon: it came on a silver tray with elegant cups and napkins. Italians do not make much of breakfast as a rule, but the fresh rolls and pastries with orange juice and excellent coffee in the lovely hallway on the piano nobile with the cassetted wooden ceiling made a very good start to the day. The hotel is close to the Rialto, so convenient for the vaporetto, and just a few steps from the Teatro Malibran for opera-lovers. Generally, the positioning is good, right in the heart of things, with the Strada Nuove and the Piazza San Marco within walking distance on the hotel side of the canal and the fish market (a sight to be seen!) just a step across the Rialto bridge on the other side. Good value hotel for this kind of quality and service.
We just stayed in this hotel on May 21 at the end of our cruise. All the furnishings, etc. are new. We did not get a room with a view because none were available. Our room was beautiful with a Venetian glass chandelier. We had a jacuzzi tub and towel warmers. The breakfast terrace is just as it is on the website. It was very cute. The staff was very nice and very helpful. We paid 200 Euros. I also loved the location, close to the Rialto bridge and vaporetto stops.
I highly recommend this hotel for location, cleanliness and beautiful, elegant rooms. It is what you want your hotel room to be in Venice.
Views from Hotel Al Ponte Antico are priceless!
We stayed at the Al Ponte in Room 109 (Junior Suite) 5-7th March 2004 for our 25th Wedding Anniversart. The view from the 3 windows is specatular just a few Meters from the Rialto Bridge. The room is Huge! amazing for Venice. Breakfast is very basic a few rolls and crossant, so don't bother going to the breakfast room have it delivered to the room and enjoy watching the world go by, Gondolas, Buses and the daily life on the Grand Canal, also great for sipping champagne ! I would not stay anywhere else checkout great rates from ratestogo we paid 200 euro's per night for the room. Check out the website for the Al Ponte, the details & photo's are 100% acruate.