One of the world’s fashion capitals, Milan was also once the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Its Roman ruins sit easily among today’s ultra-modern city under the bright blue Lombardy sky. Style and substance blend seamlessly in Milan, where you will see Lamborghinis and Ferraris parked outside medieval Gothic cathedrals, and svelte models parading designer clothes past your street café table. Milan’s five star hotels take their design motifs from both modern and traditional Italian influences, with Venetian stucco and Murano glass sitting easily alongside trendy ethnic and vintage Seventies stylings.
With luxury hotels styled by famous designers such as Georgio Armani, and intimate B&Bs set up in old family homes, Milan’s range of accommodation has something for every budget and taste. You can be “professionally good-looking” at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or grab a snack at Caffè Cova, Milan’s oldest café. Take a walk through the Quadrilatero d’Oro, Milan’s fashion quarter, where some of the world’s most exclusive boutiques will tempt you to spend up large, or just sit at a street café and watch the beautiful people go by. We’ve designed a list of Milan’s most chic and stylish hotels for you to consider.
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Radisson Collection Palazzo Touring Club is right at home in Milan. This new luxury hotel is based in the old home of the Touring Club, an organisation founded in 1894 to promote cycling and travel. Please be aware that the hotel doesn’t open until 30 August 2021.
While the hotel is in a great location in Milan, the courtyard will make you feel like you’re immersed in your own world. The hotel blends its contemporary design with traditional touches such as columns in the lobby to give the hotel a timeless feel.
The hotel is remaining firmly in contact with its heritage. The restaurant is named after the Touring Club’s founder, Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli, and the club’s library remains available in the bar. If you’re in the city on business, there are teleconferencing and office facilities available here too.
After work, you’re in a great location to enjoy one of the largest cathedrals ever built, Duomo di Milano, and the Teatro alla Scala opera house. There’s also luxury shopping in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. If you want to take it easy, then there are bakeries and traditional coffee shops close at hand.
Park Hyatt Milano is a luxury hotel in the centre of Milan. While this is a beautiful location, this luxury hotel is unfortunately closed for renovation until 31 December 2021. Once the hotel opens again, it’ll be interesting to see its unique take on timeless luxury in the heart of the rich cultural city of Milan.
This hotel already possessed a clean design with rooms enriched by Italian marble baths, Tai Ping carpets and Venetian stucco, hardwood floors. These presented a rich blend of luxury and comfort in a hotel determined to abstract away life’s cares. Hopefully, the renovation will enhance these features.
If the renovation should preserve anything, it’s the nine metre glass cupola above the La Cupola Lounge. The level of natural light this granted made this a natural choice for breakfast and small meetings. Hopefully, the cocktail expertise in the Mio Lab will remain firmly in place too.
There was luxury curated shopping on-site, but there are yet more options available within walking distance. If you want to slow the pace down afterwards, the Piazza del Duomo by the nearby cathedral offers Italian cappuccinos. History lovers could make the short journey to Civic Archaeological Museum.
Bulgari Hotel Milano lies at the very heart of Milan. The luxury hotel is on the site of an 18th century palace, so its luxury has real heritage behind it. And speaking of heritage, the 4,000 m2 garden can be traced back to 1305 and provides a rare enclave of calm in a city.
The hotel strikes a balance between modern design and timeless luxury. So while a modern architectural design studio ensured nothing was left to chance in detail, they paired this with beautiful materials: black marble, teak and oak. The suites even feature small collections of art and books.
The hotel offers multiple restaurants and bars featuring contemporary Italian cuisine. You can have afternoon tea in the garden and there’s even a chocolatier in the hotel! You can pamper yourself in the spa and the Bvlgari Suite features a rooftop garden with 360 degree views of the city.
This hotel is an art lover’s dream. From here you have easy access to Pinacoteca di Brera (an art gallery in a palace once used by Napoleon, the Royal Palace art museum, and Sforzesco Castle which holds art by da Vinci and Michelangelo. The Teatro alla Scala opera house is also close at hand.
Milan is the city for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. However, the lavish lifestyle extends much further than your luxury hotel, so make the most of your trip to Milan by checking out these city highlights.
1. Eat breakfast at the most elegant pastry shop in town.
Start your trip as you mean to go on by visiting the historic Milanese pastry shop, Cova Montenapoleone. This elegant yet cosy cafe boasts old fashioned, classy decor with silver tableware and waiters sporting tuxedos. They serve a vast array of cakes and pastries alongside Italian classics such as Tiramisu. Whichever sweet treat you choose, be sure to wash it down with one of their excellent cappuccinos.
2. Go shopping in the Golden Triangle.
Milan is the global capital of fashion and, therefore, offers a unique and luxurious shopping experience. The Golden Triangle is where you will find Milan’s most exclusive stores. It consists of three streets, Via Monte Napoleone, Via Della Spiga, and Via Sant’ Andrea. Here you will find all the most prestigious brands, including Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Versace, and Armani.
3. Take a walk along Naviglio Grande.
The 30-mile long Naviglio Grande canal is one of the most charming parts of Milan. The stretch closest to the city centre (in the historic district of Navigli) is lined with restaurants and bars. There is always a fabulous atmosphere here; however, the ambience is different during the day and at night, so I recommend visiting during both times.
4. Pamper yourself at QC Termemilano.
QC Termemilano is an upscale spa housed in a former tram depot south of the city centre in Porta Romana. It’s a unique underground water wonderland with thermal baths, geyser pools, whirlpools, and a jacuzzi waterfall. In addition, there are outdoor pools in a lush garden setting, saunas, and relaxation rooms for massages and treatments. It’s the ultimate way to relax after a long day of shopping before heading back to your luxury hotel in Milan for a blissful night’s rest.
5. Partake in Milan’s “aperitivo” tradition.
Milan is where the Italian pre-dinner ritual known as an “aperitivo” began. Today, it is still a closely followed tradition for many. From 5 pm onwards, you’ll see the city’s restaurants and bars fill up with groups of friends and colleagues unwinding after work with a pre-dinner drink and nibbles.
Although an aperitivo was traditionally a Campari cocktail used to whet the appetite for dinner, the ritual has evolved over the years. It now consists of various drinks and a full buffet spread of light finger foods. Fonderie Milanesi on Via Giovenale puts on one of the best buffet-style aperitivos in town. This trendy restaurant has a large garden for alfresco dining and a lively atmosphere with upbeat music every evening.
6. Dine with a view at Radio Rooftop Bar.
Once you have successfully whet your appetite, head to one of the city’s upscale rooftop restaurants and bars for dinner and drinks with a fabulous view of the city skyline. One of my favourite rooftop bars in Milan is Radio Rooftop Bar. Here, expect 5-star hospitality, high-quality food, and a fantastic atmosphere.
7. Wander around an art gallery
Milan is renowned for its thriving art culture, so naturally, you’ll find many fantastic art galleries here. One of the top galleries is Museo Novecento, which houses 20th-century art focusing on Italian artists. Plus, Novecento is right opposite the famous Duomo, Milan’s enormous white marble cathedral.
8. Take a day trip to Lake Como
Ninety minutes north of the city centre lies the stunning Lake Como, the third-largest lake in Italy. If you’re in Milan for a couple of days, take a private day tour here and sail around the waters admiring the beautiful lakeside villas and gardens.