Guests usually arrive at Aman Canal Grande Venice by boat, docking at a landing that leads directly into the palazzo’s Reception Hall. With its soaring ceilings and historic frescos and reliefs, the hall provides a sense of bygone luxury, as well as direct access to the hotel’s private gardens and a small Boutique. This specialises in Murano glassware designed by Count Giberto Arrivabene, the owner of the palazzo.
From the Reception Hall, a sweeping staircase rises through two levels to the piano nobile, traditionally the grandest floor of a palazzo. At the top of the stairs, guests are welcomed into the Vestibule, which leads to an elegant lounging area in the Ballroom. This offers a balcony and beautiful views of the Grand Canal. From the Ballroom, the Bar and dining rooms are accessed. The Bar provides a cosy setting with canal views, as well as an impressive fireplace.
Adjacent to the Bar on the piano nobile lie the Red Dining Room and the Yellow Dining Room, both of which serve Italian cuisine. The Yellow Dining Room features a magnificent fireplace and a ceiling painted by renowned 19th-century artist Cesare Rotta. It offers views of the Grand Canal while the Red Dining Room looks out over the hotel’s Canal Garden. Aman Canal Grande Venice also offers a seasonal al fresco dining venue.
Rising from the Vestibule is a second staircase that leads to the fourth level of the palazzo. This houses the Salon – a regal, lofty-ceilinged lounge and relaxation area featuring a grand piano. The Salon is divided into two large areas with expansive windows providing commanding views of the Grand Canal.
Situated adjacent to the Salon, the Library enjoys similar views. Lined with ‘Cuir de Cordoue’, embossed gold leather from the 16th century, the walls support the palazzo’s original walnut bookcases which hold the Count’s extensive collection of books.
stanza del tiepolo & stanza del guarana
Also on the palazzo’s fourth level is Stanza del Tiepolo, the hotel’s games room, and Stanza del Guarana, the meeting room. Stanza del Tiepolo offers elegant chess and backgammon boards, as well as card and jigsaw tables. Along with the Salon and Library, these rooms are only accessible to guests of Aman Canal Grande Venice, and provide a sanctuary from which to view the daily life of the city on the Grand Canal.
Known as the ‘Altana’ and accessed via stairs and a lift, Aman Canal Grande Venice’s roof terrace is intimate in scale and offers panoramic views of the city’s rooftops. On a clear day, the Alps are visible in the distance. It is particular pleasant to visit early in the morning or at sunset.
Fronting the Grand Canal is the Canal Garden, one of very few private gardens on the canal. Mature trees and a quadrangle of verdant green grass provide the ideal setting for a relaxing hour or two, or an al fresco meal in the warmer months. Aman Canal Grande Venice has a second Private Garden which provides walking access to San Polo.
The Spa is located, almost secretly, on the third level of the palazzo. Access is via stairs and a lift which lead to a discrete reception area. Dimly lit with low ceilings, the Spa has the atmosphere of a sanctuary, and provides three single treatment rooms, each with a private dressing area and bathroom. One of the treatment rooms has a soaking tub.
The property has a small Gym on the fourth level of the palazzo. The facility offers aerobic and strength-conditioning equipment, an area for free weights and stretching, and commanding views over the city’s roofline.