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 Hotelier Expert
A habitable work of art on the Grand Canal
By Tonia Vassilopoulou

Aman Venice is one of the city’s most illustrious residences. Built on water, it is surrounded by vaporetti, gondolas and gracious buildings between 200 and 700 years old. Most of the guests are high society members or Hollywood stars – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Andrea Bocelli, Lana del Rey, Bono and Cindy Crawford, to name a few.
Aman Venice is housed in Palazzo Papadopoli, which was built in 1550 by the architect Gian Giacomo dé Grigi. Upon their arrival, guests are lead to the palatial Reception Hall, adorned with Gothic-style iron chandeliers hanging from the soaring ceilings, historic frescos, and sculptures that create an ambiance more reflective of a royal residence than a hotel. The astonishing grand staircase, with trompe l’oeil murals, leads to the elegant piano nobile, designed by Michelangelo Guggenheim, a leading exponent of the Neo-Renaissance and Rococo styles in the mid-to-late 1800s. From the main hall there is direct access to the Canal Garden, one of the few private gardens on the canal.
As Arthur Symons has said, “A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.” Would you miss the chance to be part of this change?

The hotel offers 24 rooms as well as the Palazzo Stanzas and Palazzo Chambers. The staff says enthusiastically that Papadopoli Stanza is the very best. Not only the spectacular view, but also the glided stucco, the crystal radiators and the king-size bed, along with the fireplace and the large tub in the spacious bathroom are inviting guests to an unforgettable experience of luxury and comfort.


If you are ready for a special gastronomic experience, the Red Dining Room and the Yellow Dining Room overlooking the Grand Canal and the garden are the right choices for you. An afternoon tea, coffee or aperitif is available at the Altana, a roof terrace where the view will take your breath away.


Two of the hotel’s hot spots are the great Library and the salon. The Library is the perfect retreat with historical books, magazines and newspapers. The salon is a stylish lounge with a huge piano, where you can take a break and enjoy the outstanding view of the Grand Canal. Last but not least, there is also a Spa on the third floor.


Tonia Vassilopoulou is the author of “Suite Home Escape”, out now by Fereniki Publications, www.suitehomesc.com