Milan is the fashion capital of the world - a city where all the rich and famous descend to explore the fine tapestry of haute couture, art, cuisine, and culture.
Glamour is prominent in this famous Italian city. Her inhabitants, her restaurants, her luxury hotels – all quite bellissima!
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Milan:
Four Seasons Hotel Milano – 9/10
One of the world’s most unique and acclaimed properties, the Four Seasons Hotel Milano is housed in a restored fifteenth century convent which was transformed into a delightful Four Seasons’ urban sanctuary in 1993. With 118 rooms including 50 suites – set over five floors - the hotel features centuries old frescoes, columns, and vaulted ceilings with a delightful, landscaped courtyard garden in the former cloisters.
The Spa opened in 2012 - designed by Patricia Urquiola - and features seven treatment rooms including a manicure/pedicure or massage room, a wet treatment room and a VIP couples’ suite. Other facilities include the Rossano Ferretti Hair Salon and a 14 metre lap pool. The Fitness Centre spans 160 square metres of space and is equipped with TechnoGym equipment, circuit training from Arke, a free weights area and a Kinesis Personal Heritage System. For chocoholics, the hotel’s Chocolate Room – the hotel’s best kept secret - will be a draw whilst for more mainstream sustenance, there is Restaurant Zelo and Camino for all day dining and the hotel’s bar, Stilla and Stilla Garden.
Park Hyatt Milano - 9/10
Nestled within an 1870s palazzo is the Park Hyatt Milano – a grand hotel oozing with Italian charm. Featuring 106 elegant guestrooms ranging from king, queen, deluxe and premium, enjoy expansive windows and outdoor terraces that offer sweeping views of the Milan skyline, including the famous Duomo Cathedral. There are also 25 luxurious suites. The 56 square metre Park Hyatt executive suite boasts a private bedroom with plush king bed, desk and an Italian marble bathroom with a rain shower and deep soaking tub. The sitting area has a 102-cm flat-screen television. The suite is decorated with Tai Ping carpets, Jim Thompson fabrics, and handblown Murano lamps. Mio Lab is one of the most renowned cocktail bars in Milan where mixologist Oscar Quagliarini prepares the hotel’s signature drinks.
Dehors is a stylish outdoor lounge to enjoy the view with an aperitif in hand while La Cupola is an al fresco all-day dining outlet. The Park Hyatt welcomes pets with a pet bed and designer bowls upon arrival. The Sisley spa features steam rooms, aromatherapy showers in two private treatment rooms and a whirlpool adorned with a precious gold mosaic. There’s an “emotional” shower that releases cold mist combined with eucalyptus essences. The Dermolift body treatment improves skin elasticity by using radio-frequency technology, for a natural bamboo and rose massage where warmed bamboo canes are gently rolled over the face and body.
Hotel Principe de Savoia – 9/10
Principe de Savoia has been an iconic landmark in Milan since 1927. Part of the Dorchester Collection, the hotel boasts 301 rooms and 44 suites spread over ten floors, this is an ideal hotel for a leisure or business trip. The Principe Suite is one of the best guestrooms in Milan. It’s a stunning apartment furnished with a 1930s art deco palette spanning 90 square metres. Inside the lavish bathrooms are Lasa marble baths and showers with handmade glass mosaic backsplashes, Acqua di Parma toiletries and an art deco mirror.
The hotel boasts a raft of Italian restaurants. Ancanto by Alessandro Buffolino presents an à la carte menu of signature Italian dishes. Il Salotto – located in the heart of the bustling hotel lobby – is an ideal locale for people watching. Find a secluded corner of the restaurant if you want more privacy. For the ultimate intimacy choose Tavolo Cristallo where you have your own private table for six, surrounded by a glittering veil of Swarovski crystals After a delicious meal, guests meet the chef and then retire to the Principe Bar to enjoy cocktails and canapés. A serene spa experience awaits at Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Centre where you can indulge in facials, massages and fitness in a penthouse spa offering incredible views across Milan’s skyline. There is also a Turkish bath and five treatment and massage rooms, an open-air solarium and bar.
Mandarin Oriental Milan – 9/10
By combining Italian design flair with a touch of the Orient, it is evident that the four elegant 18th century townhouses house something very special. The “east meets west” inspired Mandarin Oriental, Milan, enviously sited at the very heart of Milan. Designed by award-winning architect Antonio Citterio, there are 70 elegantly appointed guest rooms and 34 spacious suites showcasing the best of Italian interiors enhanced by feng shui with a subtle touch of Oriental influence.
Dining options include the two Michelin starred restaurant Seta run by acclaimed Chef Antonio Guida, the more casual Mandarin Bar & Bistrot. They both enjoy access to two internal courtyards with al fresco dining options and a private dining room seating up to eight guests. The 900-square-metre Spa features six treatment rooms including two couple suites and a dedicated Thai massage room; a spacious VIP suite; a hair salon; a manicure and pedicure studio; a fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. There is also a Spa Boutique for those fitness essentials, a jogging station for those heading out to explore the city, personal trainers and yoga instruction on request.
Armani Milan – 9/10
The Armani is a hotel synonymous with one of the leading designers in Italy. It can be found in the chic Quadrilatero della Moda – the central Milan fashion district. Offering 11 choices of room, each feature elegant and timeless Armani fixtures and fittings. The magnificent Armani Ambassador suite spans 112 square metres - with a spacious dining area and a sophisticated living room along with a guest lavatory. The elegant bedroom features a magnificent ensuite marble bathroom, all designed to the classic lines of Armani. There are also Armani signature suites with their own gym and cinema. The duplex gym suite measures 190 square metres - offering a spacious living room with dining area, private kitchen, and walk-in wardrobe.
On the seventh floor, sits the Michelin-starred Armani Ristorante and the exclusive Armani Bamboo Bar. Both are refined locations to feast upon outstanding Italian gourmet cuisine. Spanning 1,000 square metres across the eighth floor is the exclusive spa which reflects the lifestyle and design offered by Giorgio Armani and his unique philosophy. Choose from MU - an exclusive collection of soft and delicate touch treatments designed to induce a deeply relaxing sensation, Fluidita - purifying treatments to rebalance and harmonise the mind and body and finally Liberta, which allows you to dip into the relaxation pool or sample the saunas, steam baths and ice waterfall. Indulgent hot teas, cold infusions and fresh fruits await your treatments.
The Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa is housed within a magnificent 17th-century private palace owned by architect Paola Giambelli. This hotel is pure class. From its dazzling marble floors to its sweeping staircase every inch of this shining building impresses. And all this is just a few steps away from Milan’s fashion district. Choose from one of the 54 rooms and 41 suites, in either a Milanese or Parisian style. The penthouse suite offers sensational views of the sunrise from the floor to ceiling windows and the large terrace.
The stylish Caffé Parigi is a convivial space to casually enjoy snacks with friends. For a romantic meal choose the Gastronomical restaurant. Here you can dine amongst rare 17th to 19th-century artwork under hand-painted ceilings as you sink into the finest leather seats for a fine dining experience. Alternatively, partake in Afternoon Tea or dine al-fresco in the lush greenery of the outdoor garden. The Grand Spa of Palazzo Parigi Hotel is the perfect tonic away from the fast city pace, offering seven thematic treatment rooms, a Finnish Sauna and Hamman ‘emotional shower, icefall and relaxation room. There is also a large swimming pool with counter-current technology and a fitness area with modern machines.
SINA The Gray – 8/10
Sina the Gray is a five-star design hotel, synonymous with style, elegance, and eclecticism. Its Art Nouveau façade is just a taste to what lives inside this art-filled hotel. The 21 boutique rooms each have a wonderful bed hanging from the ceiling like swings. Choose from one of four options of which the Gallery rooms offe a wonderful view of the iconic Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. Inside are king-size beds, wenge wooden floors, cultural furnishings, a splendid bathroom with dual sinks and a circular Jacuzzi and Travertine walls with Macassar wood.
Dine at the decadently dark Le Noir restaurant for a refined experience on tables of black lacquer as you sink into the black velvet upholstery. Alternatively, graze under the open-air canvass on the enchanting terrace at Aria. Later savour an exotic cocktail at Il Bar where the bar itself is made of white glass. Sina the Gray welcomes pets. There is no spa at this boutique hotel, but guests can use the facilities at its sister hotel Sina De La Ville, which is just around the corner. It has a spa, a gym and a swimming pool. It is just a short stroll from the grand opera house "Teatro alla Scala". Simply put, no visit to Milan can be complete without a visit to La Scala.
Grand Hotel et de Milan – 8/10
This grand dame hotel opened in 1863 and was built by Andrea Pizzala, who created the Galleria De Cristoforis in 1831. Grand Hotel et de Milan has always been a magnet for artists, celebrities, and politicians. With a gothic façade and operatic & artistic interior, this classical hotel has always been at the forefront of the arts. Towards the end of the 19th century, it was the only one in the area to have postal and telegraph services, making it an important place for diplomats to meet. Maestro Giuseppe Verdi was a special guest who lived there for 20 years and wrote “Othello” and then “Falstaff” under this roof. Serving as an “annexe” to La Scala, the hotel has been the inspiration for many performers. The original splendour of the Grand Hotel et de Milan remains the same as in its heyday as a noble, 19th century Milanese residence. Its 72 rooms and 23 suites are full of period furniture with parquet floors and Italian marble within bathrooms.
Named after its most famous patron, the Verdi suite showcases an original period chimney and furniture as well as a bedroom and two bathrooms. Another is named for Maria Meneghini Callas, a loyal guest at the Grand Hotel et de Milan between 1950 and 1952, when she performed in Aida. But the most beautiful of all suites is the Duke and Duchess of Windsor which has hosted the highest officials of the Italian State during their institutional visits to Milan. The Caruso restaurant features big Corinthian columns with two Murano chandeliers dating back to the 1920s. It is a wonderful space to eat Italian, while The Don Carlos pays tribute to Verdi. Food is prepared by Mauro Moia under the light of its antique silver chandeliers. The fitness room is a place to work off the stresses of the city and you can hire a personal trainer or request a massage service in the privacy of your own room and one-to- one yoga sessions.
Château Monfort – 8/10
Château Monfort is an urban castle boutique hotel located in the heart of Milan which features just 77 rooms. This fairytale-opera-inspired 20th century Art Nouveau chateau was designed by architect Paolo Mezzanotte. An oriental garden filled with blooms greets guests in the Hibiscus Executive Suite. The bathroom vanishes behind a LED-light curtain and the walls are adorned in shades of blue that blend with the light wood of the parquet – giving an enchanting atmosphere. For the big kids the Schiaccianoci Deluxe is a fun and colourful room which satisfies childhood dreams. Discover a closet hidden in the walls beneath the sloping roof, an original antique music box and a stunning four-poster bed beneath the large and luminous skylights. In the morning, the Sala del Dolce Risveglio serves up a splendid breakfast among rows of cups and teapots that transform into little lamps, to conjure up the wonderland of Alice and the Mad Hatter.
Discover the Sala del Rubacuori and its intimate Alcova for a romantic dinner or enjoy a light lunch in the Sala della Caccia hunting lodge. Spa Amore & Psiche is a serene environment with enveloping aromas. Unwind under a romantic emotional shower, discover a hidden swimming pool, and indulge in a sauna or Turkish bath, surrounded by a sea of gold and blue. Château Monfort overlooks Piazza Tricolore in the stylish Monforte district not far from the boutiques of the famed fashion district. The hotel is a short walk from the Duomo Cathedral, Palazzo Reale, Teatro La Scala and Via Montenapoleone.
Hotel Magna Pars, Milan – 8/10
Magna Pars is known in Milan as the Hotel à Parfum. It offers its guests a unique sensory experience in a former perfume factory. The hotel’s trees, flowers and fruits are set within a hidden garden in the Via Forcella, in the Tortona district. Each of its 60 suites are infused with signature scents that denote the history of perfumes. With nine suite options to choose from, ranging from junior deluxe to grand presidential, guests are spoilt for choice. 19 suites are dedicated to flowering trees and bushes such as the Gardenia, Jasmine, Neroli and Magnolia, nine are devoted to woods such as Vetiver, Sandalwood and Patchouli, 12 are inspired by fruit trees such as the Loquat, Cherry and Fig, and 20 are dedicated to aromatic shrubs like White Sage and resinous plants such as Myrrh and Styrax.
All are luxuriously furnished with Italian textiles from the Lombardy region. Liquidambar is a sophisticated lounge bar with a long counter made of white onyx. It commands views over the enchanting garden serving delicious Italian food. The executive chef at Restaurant DA NOI IN Via Forcella 6, offers modern creative local cuisine best enjoyed in the enchanting garden setting. For the ultimate escape, the excellent spa also has a garden view to inspire true tranquillity as you surrender your senses to its powers. The hotel has a gym and spa – for exclusive use by hotel guests.
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