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An elegant, restored Venetian residence
This intimate hotel is opulently decorated and reminiscent of its past life as a palazzo. A lovely, shaded terrace with a handful of tables overlooking the Grand Canal is a pleasant location for the cooked-to-order breakfast or a late afternoon cocktail. Classic Venetian architecture, including exposed beam ceilings, provide character. With just seven rooms, the hotel has a feeling of exclusivity and staff greets each customer by name.
In the heart of Venice, near the Rialto Bridge
The Al Ponte Antico Hotel is located on the edge of the Grand Canal, down a quiet street. The Rialto Bridge is a couple of minutes away by foot; all other main attractions are within easy walking distance. St. Mark's Square, Venice's tourist heart, is an eight-minute walk. This restored palazzo is near a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops.
Huge rooms with traditional furnishings and big bathrooms
This restored palazzo has seven tastefully decorated rooms, all huge with plush lounge areas. Some of the rooms have Grand Canal views, and one suite is on water level, providing even more striking views. Modern touches include free Wi-Fi and big flat-screen TVs, and bathrooms are big and bright. While elegant, rooms are packed with patterns -- from the wallpaper to upholstered furniture to bedspreads.
A shaded terrace overlooking the Grand Canal
The highlight of this hotel is the shaded terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. It is a welcoming place to watch the water traffic pass beneath the nearby Rialto Bridge -- particularly over the hotel's quality breakfast, which includes homemade pastries, crepes, fruit, and eggs. There is a grand lobby with soft lighting and a private jetty for water taxi arrival or departure. This refined property is family-owned and run, and its intimate size means guests get plenty of personal attention. The cozy bar has cushy tufted-back booth seating.
A seven-room residence on the Grand Canal, Al Ponte Antico Hotel is an elegant restored palazzo with a lovely shaded terrace overlooking the Rialto Bridge. Located on a quiet street in the heart of Venice (and just an eight-minute walk to St. Mark's Square), this hotel has huge rooms with flat-screen TVs, gilded-edge headboards, and traditional decor (wallpaper, upholstery, and bedspreads are all patterned). Guests get plenty of personal attention at this intimate, family-managed property, and the free breakfast includes homemade pastries, crepes, eggs, fruit, and cold cuts.