Arrive by water and step out onto the quays in time to catch the copper sun reflecting off the Grand Canal. Enter through the porta d’acqua, the same way merchants and traders did centuries ago, to a soaring rose marble salon. Murano chandeliers hang from the frescoed ceilings. Gilded stucco cornices rest above silk draped walls, adorned with rococo mirrors.
You have entered the Aman Venice, an erstwhile palazzo-turned-hotel, free of any trace of the sterile anonymity you may encounter in other resort spaces. There are no signs and no front desk. The staff is elegantly available and the layout is intuitive. This is a place of beauty as rich as its history, as storied and remarkable as the city it has stood in for centuries.
In the 16th century architect, Giangiacomo dei Grigi was commissioned to design what would eventually become the Aman Venice. A century later, painter Tiepolo moved in and transformed the structure into a prized piece of art, adorning the walls with stunningly ornate frescoes. Thereafter, the Greek family Papadopoli assumed its ownership, turning the adjoining buildings into remarkable green spaces.
For the last hundred years, this prized palazzo has belonged to the family of Count Giberto and Countess Bianca Arrivabene. The esteemed couple resides on the uppermost floor of the Aman Venice, providing it, perhaps, with the charm and flush of life that makes it feel so much like a home to its guests.
Since opening its doors, the hotel has won numerous plaudits ranging from “Best Over-the-Top Hotel” by CN Traveler to “The Best New Sensation” by Vanity Fair and a coveted spot on Travel + Leisure’s “It List: The Best New Hotels.” The intimate 24-room hotel’s exquisite dining venues are the Red and Yellow Rooms, overseen by Michelin-star chef, Davide Oldani, and the Bar and Garden Terrace, for smaller, lighter fare. The rooms are immaculate, unique, and grand, resplendent with marble fireplaces and stunning sights of the Grand Canal.
Should you find yourself in Venice, you’d be wise to book a room at the Aman Venice. It is the ultimate stay, and for some the only stay, to soak up rich Venetian History, bask in world class art, indulge in sumptuous Italian cuisine, and lose oneself in breath taking vistas.