San Polo, Venice
A grand palazzo infused with contemporary design
What it is
Modern-day luxury in a Renaissance palazzo.
What it isn't
A socially minded hotel with a lively scene.
What we think
If you’re surprised that Amanresorts—the hotel brand whose staunchly minimalist style helped redefine modern expectations of luxury—has opened an outpost in resolutely anti-modern Venice, you’ll be even more surprised to see how well the pairing works. The contemporary furnishings (chrome tables, squared-off leather seating, a color scheme defined by its avoidance of color) take a back seat to the impeccably restored—and decidedly maximalist—details of this 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal. Murano chandeliers, ornate crown moldings, Rococo mirrors, frescoes by Tiepolo—all are testament to the history of a residence owned by several wealthy families (including Tiepolo’s) over the centuries. Most notable are the public spaces in the piano nobile, decorated in the mid-19th century by Michelangelo Guggenheim. There are only 24 luxurious suites, their sleek grey and white furniture offset by the gilded ceilings and period art pieces. All but a few rooms have sweeping views of the canal. Unique features include one of the only private gardens along the Grand Canal (perfect for an afternoon glass of Prosecco) and an intimate rooftop terrace.
You're here because
You want to look up at a 16th-century ceiling while lying in a 21st-century bed.
Your water taxi drops you on the hotel’s landing dock, and you’re whisked into the grand reception hall, with its checkered marble floors, elaborate plasterwork and wood-beamed ceiling.
Restaurants & Bars
Red Dining Room - Italian and Asian cuisine
Yellow Dining Room - Italian and Asian cuisine
Naoki - Japanese restaurant serving French-inspired kaiseki cuisine, open during the summer months
Piano Nobile Bar
Ride a water-bus
Piazza San Marco
Directly on the Grand Canal in San Polo, one of oldest districts of Venice. You’re not too far from the Rialto Bridge and market, but well removed from the throngs of San Marco.