Oriental Bar, Hotel Metropole (VE)
Located a few minutes away from Piazza San Marco, the Oriental Bar of the 5-star Metropole Hotel is a very unique spot immersed in a fabulous colonial déco set reminiscent of the “Around the World in 80 days”. Here, guests can enjoy the bar’s signature tea ceremony or the amazing cocktails artfully prepared by a skillful bartender. Its historic rooms inspired the most important artists of all time, including Vivaldi, who here composed The Four Seasons, and Thomas Mann, a devoted regular, who wrote its book Death in Venice.
Every afternoon, from October to March, the Bar offers a selection of fine teas by Dammann Frères, one of the oldest Parisian “Maison du Tè”. While in the evening, the Bar Manager Bruno Iaconis delights its guests with fine cocktails, such as the famous Vivaldi Martini, to be sipped by candlelight while admiring the Grand Canal or in the recently renewed secret garden.
The Metropole Hotel has a truly fascinating history that began around the 16th century, when the building was part of the important Santa Maria della Pietà Children’s Institute. In around 1690 the structure was enriched with a small church and it is right in the oratory, to whom the ancient columns behind the bar counter belong, that Antonio Vivaldi taught his music lessons to the young girls of the Institute, composing some of his most famous pieces of music.
At the end of the 19th century the building was converted into a hotel, frequented by very illustrious guests such as Sigmund Freud, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, until 1943 when, due to the war, it was turned into a military hospital. In 1968 it was finally purchased by Pierluigi Beggiato and his wife Elisabeth who decided to restore and share with their guests their passion for collecting antiques and fine artcrafts.
A tradition that is now perpetrated by their daughter Gloria who continues enriching the hotel with rare and fine art. In 2017 a neon-art work by artist Joseph Kosuth has been permanently installed inside the Oriental Bar, a tribute to Sigmund Freud, one of the famous regulars of the Metropole Hotel.
The Metropole houses more than 2,000 important antiques, including the original collections of trunks and suitcases, fans, business card holders, Belle Epoque bags and evening bags, toiletries, corkscrews, nutcrackers, crucifixes, and bed headboards, each housed at a different level of the building. A real museum, all to be discovered.