May 11, 2018
The Hotel Metropole has an impressive history. Once an orphanage church in which Vivaldi gave music lessons and composed many of his major works, it was converted into a hotel at the end of the nineteenth century. Illustrious guests have included Thomas Mann, Sigmund Freud and Marcel Proust. The style is ornately baroque, with intricate trompe l’oeil paintings, period furniture and sumptuous fabrics. Flickering candles and a spicy, pepper-spiked fragrance created especially for the hotel add to the sense of bohemian romance, and nowhere more so than in the hotel’s deeply atmospheric Oriental Bar. Paying homage to the city’s links with Constantinople and the spice routes, the bar’s interior is lavishly decked out in red velvet and dark woods – creating the perfect setting for tucking yourself away in a quiet corner with a perfectly mixed drink.The well-stocked bar can serve up more than 30 variations on the famous Venetian Spritz, from the Classical – based on Aperol, Campari and Select – to the Fancy, featuring pomegranate, ginger or Billecart-Salmon Champagne. The extensive cocktail list also features more than a dozen Martinis. A simple but exquisite menu of finger foods and snacks, with a focus on seasonal produce, is provided by the hotel’s Met restaurant.