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Today, we went to the Rialto bridge and then walked around the streets of Venice, over lots of bridges. Didn't have a clue where we were. It's just like one of those mazes where you have got to find your way out. Luckily, Aaron seemed to know where we were or else Tom and I would have been completely lost.For all those Richmond fans, Tom saw Jack …
Venice just like you imagine., Lots of canals, lots of bridges over canals lots of walking, lots of shops and lots of tourists. Caught vaporetta to San Marco and then another to the island of Murano, famous for glass blowing. Weather still perfect. We'll probably cxome home with a suntan. Hotel pretty basic but clean.
Where does one start... there are too many superlatives already describing Venice! However, we would like to say that we absolutely loved it, and would return in a heartbeat.
The Al Ponte Antico, our accommodation in Venice, was sublime, and is located right on the Grand Canal, adjacent the Ponte di Rialto, and central to everything! We …
... center of high-end commercial shops and cafes. Of course, there is St. Mark’sBasilica with its Byzantine onion domes and odd mix of East and West architectural styles. The clock tower is fascinating, with a large blue clock dial showing 24 hours, the zodiac symbols, and phases of the moon. It is also the world’s first digital clock, changing time every five minutes.
We arrived at San Marco just after the ...
... factories and have to find our way with a map to the right water bus stop, which surprisingly we do easily. Kelvin has gone to sort out his flights so we are only six, and all of us keep looking around all day for the extra person. Coffee stop first at Murano then we go into every glass shop on the island, buy more stuff of course, then have a lovely lunch and make our way back to bus stop. We were going to go to Burano to see the lace and fishing village but ...
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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.