Al Ponte Antico

Cannaregio 5768, Calle dell'Aseo, Venice, Italy, 30131

Price from: £172

Al Ponte Antico - view from terrace

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
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Expert review of Al Ponte Antico

The look is sheer extravagance, the ambience all charm in this tiny Grand Canal-side palazzo.

Think Venice in its most extravagant decadence and you begin to get the idea of the Ponte Antico’s original interior décor: from the padded reception desk in its gilt-panelled recess, to the long, narrow lounge/breakfast room where mirror-lined banquettes in gold velvet nestle up against old-rose pink walls with great swathes of brocade curtains.

Location: 

Occupying a little Gothic palazzo right on the Grand Canal, the Ponte Antico has breathtaking views over the Rialto bridge. It’s on the north bank of the canal, in the Cannaregio district – a half-hour hike to St Mark’s through heavily touristed streets but surrounded by minor gems, excellent eateries and a marvellously lived-in area of the city.

Bedrooms: 

If plush brocade and extravagant Louis XV-style antiques aren’t your thing, go elsewhere because they are used in great abundance in the seven good-sized bedrooms, lending a sumptuous boudoir air. The Grand Canal-facing rooms are, obviously, the ones to go for.

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Public areas: 

The gilt-panelled entrance with its reception desk padded in gold leatherette sets the tone for what is an extraordinary exercise in playful extravagance. The first floor bar/salon with its velveteen banquettes is delightful. I can't think of a more charming place for an aperitivo or night cap than the little terrace on the Grand Canal façade of this diminutive 16th-century palazzo with views over the Rialto bridge.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast will truly set you up for the day here, with hot and cold options in abundance: Matteo’s expertise with eggs is legendary. Drinks are served all day in the first-floor reception room, and out on the terrace with its Grand Canal panorama.

Service: 

Perhaps this hotel’s most striking feature is the extraordinarily helpful hospitality of owner-manager Matteo Peruch and his staff. From the time you step off your water-taxi on to the Ponte Antico’s private Grand Canal entrance, or simply enter through the door off the street, you’ll be greeted by name and made to feel like a very special member of the family.

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Who stays there: 

Al Ponte Antico has a dedicated following of predominantly British and American Venice-lovers who can’t get enough of the city and the warm welcome extended here. Return visitors are perfectly happy with the hotel’s slight distance from some major sites. Couples on romantic breaks are particularly numerous.

Price advice: 

It seems worth splashing out here for a Grand Canal-facing room. Then again, Venice isn’t a place where you tend to spend much time in your room – there’s too much to see – and the great treatment by staff is extended to all guests, whichever room they’re in.

Pros: 
If you’re after a rather different take on Venetian baroque excesses and a truly warm welcome with endless helpful advice, then Al Ponte Antico will suit you just fine
Cons: 
If you’re seeking simplicity, you won’t like the décor
If you want anonymity, Matteo and his chatty staff may not be to your taste

More information on Al Ponte Antico:

Price from:
£172
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Cannaregio 5768, Calle dell'Aseo, Venice, Italy, 30131
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Cannaregio

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