Posted by raffa On February - 2 - 2014

Some hotels have such high quality and luxury standards that, in the tourists’ mind, they embody the very essence of a journey.
Just take a look at the pictures of some famous hotels to understand how true this is: imagine you are passing through their main hall, walking along their majestic corridors and resting in one of their splendid suites. Isn’t this already a travelling experience to a parallel dimension?

There is a hotel in Venice that perfectly corresponds to this description: it is the Aman Canal Grande exquisitely located in Palazzo Papadopoli, a 16th-century palace in Sestriere San Polo, overlooking the Grand Canal.

Some of the most beautiful details of this building date back to that period and still remain, for example the splendid gardens that have now be turned into relaxing areas for the hotel’s guests.

To tell the full story, before being transformed into a luxury hotel, the Palace was is quite a sorry state, as it were: but thanks to a meticulous restoration, architects have brought it back to its ancient splendour.

Let’s take a virtual tour inside the hotel.

The reception is located on the ground floor and can be reached only from the Canal Grande. That means that guests can arrive exclusively by boat just like VIPs.

entrance aman grand canal

All rooms here have a dedicated name, not numbers, and bathtubs look more like huge pools.
There are 24 different suites, all of them provided with an elegant mini lounge and a spacious walk-in closet. Some have a private garden, others have magnificent frescoes decorating their walls: indeed, a breath-taking show for sure. Otherwise, people can select those rooms directly overlooking the Grand Canal. Not to mention some ancient and precious pieces of furniture that can be admired at very corner.

On the first floor, you can find the Dining Room, divided into 3 halls: here guests can enjoy the majesty of the Italian cuisine as well as exquisite recipes coming from foreign cultures. Every single dish is accurately prepared by the best international chefs that can satisfy the needs of the most demanding palates.

Do you need to organize a special private dinner? Staff at the Aman Resort will be glad to reserve the Stanza del Tiepolo or the Stanza del Guarana for you.

The highest point of the building is the Roof Terrace: from there, guests can enjoy one of the most evocative views in Venice.

Also, the resort provides guests with a modern Spa and a fully-equipped gym.
For intellectuals, there is even a historic library.


Having saying that, please do not think that you will find yourself in a restored old and sophisticated 16th century palace without modern amenities, instead everywhere in the building you can  enjoy the modern technologies of an high standard.

It really looks like a dream. “What is the only dark side in such a lucid dream?”. You are probably thinking.
Well, I am afraid it is going to be the price which is not at all affordable. Here you can have a look at the rates.

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