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Housed in the 16th century Palazzo Papadopoli, the Aman Canal Grande is a real jewel in the crown of Venice. Located in one of the oldest districts in Venice, San Polo, overlooking the Grand Canal, this renaissance building is perfectly placed for exploring the ‘floating city’s’ infamous sights.
With only a handful of rooms, this Aman feels like your very own private residence. There are 24 suites at the hotel, almost all of which overlook the Grande Canal, with the rest looking out over the stunning gardens. The décor of the property falls nothing short of what you would expect of an Aman; combining the original rococo and neo-renaissance styles and Aman resorts' trademark brand of contemporary-classic. The suites are all elegant and contemporary while at the same time in-keeping with Venetian tradition with frescoes and reliefs which reflect the building's history. Many suites have living areas and all are fitted out with mod-cons such as ipod docks.
Food is served in three dining rooms - the main dining area, which is housed in the old gilded ballroom and decorated with mirrors, frescoes and chandeliers; the Yellow Dining Room; and the Red Dining Room. All serve Italian and Asian cuisine and the main and yellow room overlook the Grande Canal, while the red room has views over the gardens. In the summer months be sure to have an aperitif on the rooftop whilst the sun sets - dangerously romantic - but hey, this is Venice!
Aman is within walking distance of the Rialto Bridge, the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto (supposedly the oldest in the city) and the Campo San Polo, amongst many other infamous sights. At the hotel itself, there is a spa and gym with views over the city's rooftops.
The private garden is a good respite from the city streets and canals.
Tom, Original Traveller