The title compound, C36H31N2O 3+,C2H3O2 -·2C2H5OH, the product of a domino condensation of dibenzyl ketone with salicylic aldehyde and ammonium acetate, crystallized as the ethanol disolvate. The cation of the salt comprises a fused tricyclic system containing three six-membered rings (piperidine, dihydro-2H-pyran and benzene). The piperidine ring has the usual chair conformation, while the dihydropyran ring adopts a slightly distorted sofa conformation. In the crystal, there are six (one intra- and five intermolecular) independent hydrogen-bonding interactions: the intermolecular hydrogen bonds link the cations and anions and ethanol solvent molecules into ribbons along . The ribbons are stacked along the a axis.