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Monday Design Daydream: Aman Canal Grande Venice

(Photos courtesy of Amanresorts)Leave it to the aesthetes at luxury hotel group Aman Resorts to give us a doozy of a Monday Daydream. Venice may be sinking, but the Aman Canal Grande is quickly rising on our list of places to go right now thanks to its old-school Italian grandeur. Seriously. Just look at this gorgeous guest room.

(Photo courtesy of Amanresorts)
Set in the historic San Polo neighborhood, most of the 24 suites feature centuries-old frescoes, modern wenge-wood furniture by B+B Italia, and large glass windows that provide a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canal. But no two rooms are alike: the most striking feature in the Sansovino Stanza is a 16th-century mantel; in the Alcova Tiepolo Suite, the walls of the sitting room are painted with chinoiserie by 18th-century artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (the bedroom ceiling itsn't bad, either); and the Maddalena Stanza has silk-covered walls and a crystal chandelier—in the bathroom. 

(Photos courtesy of Amanresorts)A residential feeling prevails in the hotel's public spaces, housed in the 16th-century main palazzo. On the third floor, there's the grand piano nobile, with its two dining rooms and bar area; upstairs, a cozy library is stocked with tomes on design and history, and a lounge is furnished with chess and backgammon boards and card tables for those who want to take "game night" to a whole new level.
(Photos courtesy of Amanresorts)But what truly impressed me: few—perhaps no—hotels in the city offer as much outdoor space as you'll find at Aman Canal Grande. You can sip drinks just above sea level, in a private garden shaded by towering trees in the back of the building, or up on a terrace overlooking the terracotta rooftops of Venice. Until I can have one just like it, this place will have to do.

(Photo courtesy of Amanresorts)
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