Al Ponte Mocenigo
Santa Croce 2063, Fondamenta Rimpeto Ca' Mocenigo, Venice, Italy, 30135
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Escaping the crowds, History, Romance, Sightseeing
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Al Ponte Mocenigo
The first time I crossed the private footbridge and entered the quaint garden-courtyard, complete with ancient columns, of Al Ponte Mocenigo, I wondered whether I’d come to the wrong place. For though this ten-roomer has just two stars, it comes across as a hotel with a couple more. From the charming attentiveness of hosts Walter and Sandro to the surprising size and good taste of bedrooms, this spot can’t fail to please.
Handy for the station, and a very short (though not step-free) walk from the San Stae vaporetto stop, Al Ponte Mocenigo has the rather romantic advantage of being accessed across a lovely private bridge over a small canal. It’s a fair hike, however, from most of the major sights so be prepared to walk or spend a lot of time on public transport. The upside of this is that the quiet residential neighbourhood is refreshingly far from tourist crowds.
Decorated in rich reds, greens and golds, the junior suite and nine rooms in the hotel itself are mostly spacious, with views either over the courtyard or the quiet Rio di San Stae canal outside. (Room two, on the ground floor, is a bit of an exception: it’s small, with a dark alley outside.) I much prefer the superior doubles with their high ceilings, but facilities are of a similarly high standard in all. The one junior suite has its own tiny balcony overlooking the courtyard – not to mention a four-poster bed and whirlpool bath. The hotel's overspill ends up in an eight-room annexe, in the same palazzo but entered by a different door. The rooms there are superior standard, with exposed beams and brocade-lined walls, and, of course, access to facilities in the hotel proper; but I would tend to opt for the more 'communal' feeling of the main part wherever possible.
The flower-filled courtyard with its ancient columns is a lovely place to recoup after a hard day’s sightseeing.
A good buffet breakfast is served in the courtyard, weather permitting. The bar is staffed through the day, serving drinks inside and out in the courtyard.
When you’re suffering from sightseeing overload, book a relaxing session in the hotel’s Turkish bath.
Walter and Sandro are excellent hosts, with their charmingly laid-back informality and great knowledge of local sights and eateries.
Honeymooners, couples, singles and families all appreciate Al Ponte Mocenigo.
In low season, the price for a double room is astoundingly little given the standard of this hotel.
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