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Aman Canal Grande, Venice

The Aman Canal Grande faces directly onto the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice, just steps away from the Rialto Bridge.

This regal, 16th century Palazzo is home to museum-quality treasures from gilded ceilings to the leather wall coverings, creating a setting just as romantic as the city itself.

The hotel is a work of art, full of rococo-richness and adorned with the likes of tall gilt mirrors, intricate frescos, delicate Murano chandeliers and full length windows overlooking the Grand Canal.

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Details
  • Rococo richness
  • 24 rooms and suites
  • 2 Private Gardens
  • 2 Restaurants and 1 Bar
  • Private transfers are 30 minutes by car and water taxi from Venice Airport

Guide price 4 nights from £2,070 pp

Including flights, transfers and breakfast

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Overview

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Overview

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This immaculately restored palazzo dates back to the 16th Century and retains its original elegance and lavish opulence. There are tall gilt mirrors, walls lined with silk wall hangings, frescos, delicate Murano chandeliers and full length windows allowing uninterrupted views of the Grand Canal.

This beautiful hotel was the venue for George and Amal Clooney’s recent wedding in Venice. It may have been chosen for its idyllically situated outdoor private garden as well as its location and luxurious interior.

Salon

Rising from the Vestibule is a second staircase that leads to the fourth level of the palazzo. This houses the Salon – a regal, lofty-ceilinged lounge and relaxation area featuring a grand piano. The Salon is divided into two large areas with expansive windows providing commanding views of the Grand Canal.

Library

Situated adjacent to the Salon, the Library enjoys similar views. Lined with ‘Cuir de Cordoue’, embossed gold leather from the 16th century, the walls support the palazzo’s original walnut bookcases which hold the Count’s extensive collection of books.

Roof Terrace

Known as the ‘Altana’ and accessed via stairs and a lift, Aman Canal Grande Venice’s roof terrace is intimate in scale and offers panoramic views of the city’s rooftops. On a clear day, the Alps are visible in the distance. It is particularly pleasant to visit early in the morning or at sunset.

Gardens

Fronting the Grand Canal is the Canal Garden, one of very few private gardens on the canal. Mature trees and a quadrangle of verdant green grass provide the ideal setting for a relaxing hour or two, or an al fresco meal in the warmer months. Aman Canal Grande Venice has a second Private Garden which provides walking access to San Polo.

Restaurants & Bars

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Restaurants and Bars at the Aman

The Yellow Dining Room overlooks the Grand Canal with a magnificent feature fireplace and 19th Century hand painted Cesare Rotta ceiling mural. The Red Dining room features silk wall coverings and views overlooking the hotel’s Canal Garden. Both restaurants serve cuisine from the renowned chef Davide Oldani’s superb renditions of Italian favourites, including locally sourced soft-shell crab and razor clams directly from the Lagoon. Many ingredients come from the region’s farms, while the bread, pasta and ice cream are all made fresh in the hotel’s kitchen.

There is also seasonal al-fresco dining in the warmer months in the Grand Canal Garden area, which is a feature of this hotel as outside gardens are rare in Venice. The quintessential Venetian dining experience of small antipasto plates are served under the flowering pergola accompanied by a traditional spritz of prosecco, Aperol, seltzer and an orange slice.

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Spa & Wellness

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Spa & Wellness Centre

Aman Venice Spa

A haven of peace, the third-storey Spa is home to three treatment rooms, where Aman’s natural products are used in therapies ranging from manicures to massages, wraps and facials. The gym is equipped with aerobic and strength-conditioning apparatus, with sweeping views over the city’s rooftops.

Enjoy body exfoliations and wraps, as well as a range of massages, facials and finishing treatments. Drawing on elements of Swedish massage, reflexology and energy work, the Aman massage soothes body and mind, and can be combined with an exfoliation or wrap.

The spa’s signature foot treatment soothes after a day exploring the canals. A Himalayan salt exfoliation rebalances the circulatory system, followed by a peppermint and arnica foot massage finished with a hot compress.

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Fitness Facilities

The property has a small Gym on the fourth level of the palazzo. The facility offers aerobic and strength-conditioning equipment, an area for free weights and stretching, and commanding views over the city’s roofline.

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The Aman Canal Grande faces directly onto the Grand Canal in the heart of Venice, just steps away from the Rialto Bridge.

Rooms & Suites at the Aman, Venice

There are only 24 rooms and suites available at the Aman Canal Grande and unlike many hotels in Venice the rooms have not been divided up to increase the number of guests who can stay. The en-suite bathrooms are often as large as the bedrooms they serve. Many of the elegant rooms feature protected frescos and reliefs but furniture has been kept simple with contemporary sofas and furnishings.

Palazzo Bedroom

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Palazzo Bedroom

Each Palazzo Bedroom offers a unique layout and design, and all offer beautiful views of the palazzo’s private garden.

Amenities:

Varying in size from 47-77 square metres
King-size bed
Living area with writing desk, sofa or twin lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

Chamber Affresco

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Chamber Affresco

Varying in size from 49-61 square metres with en-suite bathrooms and historical frescoes.

Amenities:

Private garden views
King-size bed
Living area with writing desk, sofa or twin lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

Chamber Luminoso

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Chamber Luminoso

South-facing and filled with natural light and either look over the historical garden or offer partial Grand Canal views.

Amenities:

Garden views and partial views of the Grand Canal
Several rooms feature historic architectural details
King-size bed
Living area with writing desk, sofa or twin lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

Palazzo Stanza

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Palazzo Stanza

Offering exceptional views of the Grand Canal and Garden Terrace, Palazzo Stanzas vary in size from 57-89 square metres (613-957 square feet), and many offer original architectural details.

Amenities:

Spectacular views of the Grand Canal and Garden
Several rooms feature historic architectural details
King-size bed
Living area with writing desk, sofa or twin lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

Maddalena Stanza

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Maddalena Stanza Bedroom

Maddalena Stanza offers tall windows that open to enchanting views over the Garden Terrace and the Grand Canal, with frescoed ceilings, silk wall coverings and a chandelier in the bathroom.

Amenities:

Garden Terrace and Grand Canal views
Historic architectural details
Tall windows, high ceilings, silk wall coverings, chandeliers
King-size bed
Living area with writing desk, sofa or twin lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

Papadopoli Stanza

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Papadopoli Stanza

Boasting high ceilings and frescoes in both the bedroom and bathroom, the 73-square-metre (785 square feet) Papadopoli Stanza is a private sanctuary offering views of the Garden Terrace and the Grand Canal.

Amenities:

Garden Terrace and Grand Canal views
Historic architectural details
Tall windows, high frescoed ceilings, fireplace
King-size bed
Living area with writing desk, sofa or twin lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

Sansovino Stanza

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Sansovino Stanza

The 75-square-metre (807 square feet) Sansovino Stanza features an historic 16th-century fireplace designed by Sansovino, as well as wood panelling, a painted frieze and carved ceiling. Tall windows overlook the Garden Terrace and offer partial views of the Grand Canal from the bathroom.

Amenities:

Garden Terrace and partial Grand Canal views
Historic architectural details
Sansovino fireplace, tall windows, silk wall coverings, chandeliers
King-size bed
Living area with writing desk, sofa or twin lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

Alcova Tiepolo Suite

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Alcova Tiepolo Suite

The 103-square-metre (1,108 square feet) Alcova Tiepolo Suite offers a separate sitting room and bedroom with remarkable 18th-century frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Tall windows overlook the Garden Terrace.

Amenities:

Garden Terrace Views
Historic architectural details
Tiepolo frescoes, tall windows, marble fireplaces
Separate bedroom with king-size bed
Separate living room with writing desk, sofa and lounge chairs
Bathroom with dressing area
Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, safe
Armoire with personal bar

History of the Aman Canal Grande

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The palazzo in which Aman Canal Grande Venice is housed, Palazzo Papadopoli, was built in 1550 by the architect and follower of Sansovino, Gian Giacomo de Grigi, as commissioned by the Coccina family. The Coccinas were wealthy traders and seafarers who had recently moved to Venice from Bergamo. The palazzo was sold to the Tiepolo family in 1718 after the death of Francesco Coccina, the last descendant. Avid art collectors, the Tiepolos built an impressive library and gathered treasures from all over the world which were viewed by many notable figures of the time. The Tiepolos also employed the painter Giambattista Tiepolo to decorate rooms with frescoes which still remain today.

The palazzo changed hands several times between 1837 and 1864 when it was acquired by the Papadopoli family. The brothers Count Nicolo and Angelo Papadopoli moved to Venice from Corfu in Greece, and Nicolo married Maddalena Aldobrandini who came from a wealthy family of intellectuals. The Papadopoli Aldobrandinis bought the palazzo and set about an ambitious renovation. In 1865 they hired architect Girolamo Levi, and entrusted the internal decoration of the piano nobile – the main living area of the palazzo – to Michelangelo Guggenheim.

Guggenheim was a leading exponent of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles, and he reinvented the space, turning the palazzo into one of the most significant examples of these styles in Venice. The palazzo was reimagined as the perfect home for entertaining, with access from the side canal for all services and deliveries. It also featured one of the first elevators in Venice, as well as electric powered chandeliers and an internal phone system. The brothers also bought two adjacent buildings which they razed in order to build two gardens – very unusual features in Venice. By 1882, the Papadopoli Brandolinis were entertaining the highest echelons of Venetian society.

At the close of the 19th century, Vera Papadopoli Aldobrandini married Count Giberto Arrivabene with the palazzo as part of her dowry. Today, the palazzo is owned by her grandson, Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga.

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