Magical Venice, the Aman Canal Grande Hotel

The Clooney’s famously chose the exquisite 16th century canal-side Palazzo Papadopoli for their reception and wedding night – and understandably so. The Aman Canal Grande Hotel is the epitome of Venetian elegance, Italian contemporary style and refined hospitality.

The Canal Grande Hotel is a glorious mix of 16th century Venetian art & architecture, with signature Aman minimalism.

Guests arrive in style by water, a memorable transfer from Venice’s modest Marco Polo airport aboard the hotel’s ‘Casino Royale’ luxury tender, a stunning custom-built, polished wooden vintage boat in 1930s style.

This sumptuous palace, named after the Greek family that owned it in the 19th century, is right on the Grand Canal, in the San Polo district, a short walk to the floating city’s fascinating markets, and the iconic Rialto Bridge. One is in the heart of this lagoon city, within easy reach of Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, and the Venice’s world-class galleries and museums.

The exacting minimalist aesthetic of Aman Hotels is the perfect foil to the Rococo and Neo-Renaissance flourishes of the palazzo. The beautifully restored trompe-l’oeil grand staircase will take you to the extravagant piano nobile, a floor of the hotel that sparkles with Murano crystal chandeliers and gilt mirrors. Here you will discover the glittering ballroom, dining rooms, a smart bar, as well as library.

At this time of year the palace is even more captivating, with elegant festive decorations.

There are 24 guest suites, including five signature suites that boast museum quality features. Book the Alcova Tiepolo Suite for its unique Chinoiserie sitting room, and 18th-century frescoes by Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

Alternatively choose the Sansovino Stanza suite with 16th-century fireplace designed by Sansovino, wood panelling and carved ceiling. One of the best suites is number 7, the Grand Canal Suite with views of the Grand Canal. It can also connect with room 6, a Palazzo Stanza room, to create an ideal family suite.

After exploring the cultural attractions of Venice, indulge in some pampering in the hotel’s intimate and serene spa. Try the Aman Spa’s signature foot treatment; a facial; or a relaxing massage.

Dining is a relaxed yet refined affair. Breakfast can be taken when and where you wish. In your suite, in the large canal-side garden, or why not in The Red Dining Room with its Tiepolo painted ceiling. The Yellow Dining Room with its luxurious silk covered walls offers tables overlooking the water.

Dinner is a part of the day to truly savour at the Aman Canal Grande. Michelin-starred chef, Davide Oldani has designed the menu of Mediterranean and Venetian dishes, which Chef de cuisine Andrea Torre and his team produce with genuine attention to detail.


Andrew Forbes was a guest of the Aman Canal Grande Hotel, where rooms are from 950 euro per room per night including breakfast and in-room minibar.
Palazzo Papadopoli
Calle Tiepolo 1364, Sestiere San Polo, Venice, Italy
Tel: +(39 041 2707333