Inside the Hotel Where George Clooney Got Married

Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Venice, Italy. © Simon Watson
By M. Elizabeth Sheldon Posted September 30, 2014

George Clooney and noted human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin tied the knot in Venice this weekend, and the most interesting detail to emerge from the weekend's festivities is the location, The Aman Canal Grande Venice.

George Clooney and noted human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin tied the knot in Venice this weekend, and while much attention has been paid to their celebrity guests (who included Anna Wintour, Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford and Bill Murray), the most interesting detail to emerge from the weekend's festivities might actually be the location, The Aman Canal Grande Venice.

Palazzo Papadopoli (the building that houses the Aman Canal Grande Venice) was originally built in 1550 as a private home for Italian nobility—a tradition that continues to this day. As writer Tom Parker Bowles discovered when he visited for Food & Wine, the top floor still serves as the private residence for owner Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and his family (we wonder if the Count sampled some of Clooney's tequila?). The Count leased the majority of the property to Aman Resorts founder Adrian Zecha, who spent years transforming it into the ultra-luxe 24-room hotel that caught Clooney's eye.

It's not hard to see why the actor and Alamuddin chose the resort for their big day; the property was designed specifically for entertaining and features two private gardens (one of which is home to a Japanese kaiseki restaurant in warmer months), a library lined in gold-embossed leather and a roof terrace that offers views of the Alps. Guests arrive via water taxi, which had the added benefit of giving us enough photos of Bill Murray on a boat to last a lifetime. As you would expect, this kind of luxury doesn't come cheap—current rates at the Aman Canal Grande Venice start at $1,458.

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