Located in San Polo, midway between the Rialto and Accademia Bridges, the centerpiece of the Aman Canal Grande is the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli. Originally commissioned by the Coccina family of Bergamo and designed by architect Gian Giacomo dé Grigi, the palazzo was named for two brothers—Nicolò and Angelo Papadopoli Aldobrandini—who bought the property at the beginning of the 19th century.
The brothers entrusted the palazzo’s internal decoration of the piano nobile—or the main living area—to Michelangelo Guggenheim, who championed Neo-Renaissance and Rococo. Under his guide the palazzo became one of the most significant examples of these styles in Venice.
In this city of canals, it is only fitting that guests will arrive to the new Aman hotel by water, alighting at a landing that leads directly into the resort’s Reception Hall. With its soaring ceilings and historic frescos and reliefs, the hall should offer an elegant welcome, and set the tone for the Aman experience.
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A sweeping staircase rises from the Reception Hall through two levels to arrive at the Dining Room on the piano nobile. The restaurant comprises of three distinctive rooms overlooking the canal, and its menu is designed on a mix of Italian and Asian cuisine.
The resort’s fourth floor contains the Salon, where guests will find light refreshments in a relaxing setting, Stanza del Tiepolo (an elegant game room) and Stanza del Guarana (a private events space), as well as Library. An elevator provides access to the intimate Roof Terrace, blessed with wonderful views over the rooftops of the city, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Aman offers 24 suites, furnished in a contemporary, yet of a simple aesthetic style. Many rooms feature original frescos and reliefs—some authored by the most famous Venetian names.
For example, the Sansovino Suite has an original fireplace designed by Jacopo d’Antonio Sansovino, one of Venice’s most important architects in the early 16th century; and the Alcove Tiepolo Suite has a bedroom ceiling by the great 18th-century painter and printmaker Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
The property has two gardens, both exclusive to hotel guests. Fronting the Grand Canal, the Garden Terrace is one of very few private gardens on the canal, where Aman guests can opt to dine alfresco during the warmer months of the year. A second hidden Private Garden with soaring trees offers a more laid-back experience.
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The resort’s spa treatment rooms are discretely located on the third floor and are accessed via a small stairwell. Dimly lit with low ceilings, its three single rooms—each with a dressing area and bathroom—exude the atmosphere of a sophisticated sanctuary.
The City of Canals
“Seductive, glorious, decadent and absolutely unparalleled”, Venice is celebrated throughout the world for its art and architecture, a destination with something for everyone: from gourmands to historians. We especially love the magical atmosphere of a hundreds upon hundreds of years, enchanting within moments of arrival. The floating city is one of those timeless places we love to come back to.
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