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.
Contained within a stunning 15th-century convent the Four Seasons Hotel Milano is a deluxe 5 star hotel in the vibrant heart of the city’s fashion district. Located just 250 metres from Montenapoleone Metro Station, the Teatro Nuovo Milano, La Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele are all within easy reach of the property.
All of the hotel’s 14 suites and guest rooms have been designed for their guest’s ultimate comfort in mind. Airy and stylish, they come furnished with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air-conditioning and a full marble bathroom with lavish vanity, deep European soaking tub, bidet, walk-in shower and heated marble floors.
Proudly showcasing the gastronomic vision of Executive Chef Fabrizio Borraccino, the Zelo restaurant offers a fabulous selection of Italian fine dining cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also provide a delivery and takeaway service too. For those preferring to dine out, a number of excellent cafes, bars and restaurants are within the immediate vicinity of the hotel.
A prestigious destination for weddings and events, the hotel possesses a large ballroom. In addition it has a terrific swimming pool, an outstanding spa and wellness centre, which includes a Mediterranean aromatherapy massage, a fully-equipped fitness centre and the wonderful Hair Spa Rossano Ferretti that will help you look and feel your best.
Renowned for its world class service and intoxicating charm the Hotel Principe Di Savoia is a fabulous 5 star hotel situated right near the Stazione Centrale. Part of the Dorchester Collection, the Piazza Gae Aulenti, the Brera Art Gallery, Sforzesco Castle and Duomo Milan are all within easy reach of the property.
Providing a range of deluxe guest rooms and suites which have been decorated in a style that honours the spirit of the city, rooms are equipped with a selection of impressive amenities including a king bed or twin beds with luxury designer linen, a Samsung flat screen TV and an en-suite marble bathroom with complimentary Acqua di Parma toiletries.
Four excellent restaurants and bars including the Acanto Restaurant, Il Salotto, Principe Bar and Tavolo Cristallo are available onsite. All of which serve an exceptional menu of gastronomic delights, wonderful cocktails and the finest wines. Many other fantastic dining choices, including Michelin star restaurants, are available in the immediate surrounds of the hotel.
The Club 10 Fitness & Beauty Center offers a superb range of gym facilities, as well as treatments like facials, nailcare, massages, waxing and body treatments, while the luxury Spa includes a sauna, Turkish bath, and pool with frescoes and spa packages for men and women. The hotel also has a business centre, laundry service and sun terrace.
Owned by a family of perfumers, the Magna Pars L’Hotel à Parfum is luxe hotel accommodation in the Tortona district of Milan. Close to Via Savona, MUDEC and Darsena, the hotel is also not too far away from the Sforzesco Castle, the Museo Del Novecento and the Palazzo Reale.
Overlooking a stunning garden, each of the property’s stylish suites are decorated in relaxing tones and to a special fragrance that defines its name and character. Beautifully appointed, they feature fine leather sofas and chairs and wooden furnishings, as well as a flat screen TV with Sky channels, a marble bathroom with complimentary amenities and a small library.
Offering a modern menu of creative Italian cuisine the Da Noi also boasts a signature Special Truffle dinner menu. While the Liquidambar is a sophisticated, relaxed lounge bar, that offers 600 bottles of wine in a beautiful open plan wine cellar. Guests can also order from a full room service menu.
The hotel features an onsite gym with Technogym machines, as well as a plush spa and wellness centre, a fully equipped business centre and meeting and banquet facilities too. It also has an airport shuttle service, as well as a concierge, 24 hour front desk, multi-lingual staff and a ticket booking service.
For almost 160 years the Grand Hotel et de Milan has shone like a beacon on the city’s luxury hotel scene. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, this 5 star deluxe hotel is situated in the heart of the Milan City Centre – in close proximity to many of the city’s main tourist attractions.
Fitted out with 18th century furniture, the 95 rooms and suites at the hotel convey city or courtyard views. Classically styled, they feature king or twin beds and a host of excellent amenities including both air conditioning and central heating, a flat-screen TV, minibar and an Italian marble bath with en-suite telephone, exclusive toiletries and cosmetics by Etro.
The Restaurant Caruso, replete with a gorgeous ‘jardin d’hiver’, serves modern interpretations of traditional Milanese dishes in a sophisticated, fine dining setting. While the Don Carlos Restaurant, showcases traditional Italian cuisine in a setting that pays homage to the composer Giuseppe Verdi, who stayed at the hotel for 27 years. Gerry’s Bar provides another great option.
A state-of-the-art fitness centre and massage service is just one of the wide range of guest facilities the hotel offers. Others include a fully equipped business centre, outdoor fireplace, multi-lingual staff, a concierge and 24 hour front desk. The hotel can even organise walking tours, or book tickets to an event or many tourist attractions.
If you are looking for a 5 Star Hotel Luxury with a bit of a ‘WOW’ factor, then look no further than the Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa. Located right in the heart of the Milan City Centre, this palatial style property welcomes you with dazzling marble floors and a grand sweeping staircase.
Designed and managed by the owner/architect, Paola Giambelli, the 95 rooms and suites at the hotel offer an opulent retreat. Created in either a Milanese or Parisian style, they feature original artworks and lavish fabrics. All wonderfully furnished rooms also have balconies or terraces – many of which offer superb views of major city landmarks.
Boasting one of the best restaurants in Milan within its confines, the Gastronomic Restaurant dazzles with a menu that includes Oriental style lacquered codfish and Veal osso buco with gremolata sauce. For those with a sweet tooth, Caffè Parigi is a patisserie where you can indulge in typical Italian sweets. There is also a fantastic in-room dining option too.
The Grand Spa of Palazzo Parigi Hotel is the largest spa in the city, offering bespoke treatments and some of the leading spa facilities in the whole of Milan. A lovely indoor swimming pool and business centre is also available for guests to enjoy, while a hair salon and private yoga/pilates classes are onsite too.
Nestled right in the heart of the city centre, the Château Monfort is a fantastic choice of 5 star luxury accommodation. Adjacent to the cathedral and within the famed fashion quadrangle, the hotel serves as a great base to explore the region. The Villa Necchi Campiglio, Palazzo Reale and the Duomo Milan are all within easy walking distance.
Inspired by fairy-tales and operas, this classy art Nouveau hotel is decorated in a retro-chic style. Rooms feature elegant parquet floors and pastel coloured walls with floral patterns and butterflies. Their 77 allergy-free rooms are appointed with amenities like LCD TV with Sky channels, tea and coffee maker and antique furniture.
Part of the Relais & Châteaux family portfolio of luxury hotels, this property houses the wonderful Restaurant Rubacuori, which serves up classic Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting. It also presents the Mezzanotte Lounge Bar and La Cella Di Bacco wine bar. Both of which offer an excellent range of fine wines and premium spirits.
A renowned venue for weddings and events, the hotel offers the romantic Amore & Psiche spa experience, including a fabulous range of beauty treatments for the mind and body. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool onsite, as well as multi-lingual staff, a concierge and a ticket service that can book excursions or theatre shows for you.
Located in the Stazione Centrale, the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, is a 5 Star Luxury Hotel that has been wowing guests since 1932. Part of the Luxury Collection Hotel, the property enjoys an excellent location close to many of Milan’s major tourist highlights including Bosco Verticale, Brera Art Gallery and Arena Civica.
Offering 235 deluxe guest rooms, including 53 suites, each one is a celebration of the city’s association with fashion and creativity. Featuring handcrafted and modern elements designed by local ateliers, rooms are beautifully appointed with exclusive Italian designer furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and a plush, private bathroom with complimentary Trussardi toiletries.
A mix of onsite dining options are available to guests including the Gallia Restaurant which offers an epicurean breakfast menu, and the rooftop Terrazza Gallia Bar & Restaurant which serves meals inspired by the finest Italian ingredients. The Gallia Bar tempts with delicious snacks and exquisite Arabica coffee, while The Wine Cellar showcases an extensive range of fine wines.
The 1000-m² Shiseido Spa is a major centrepiece of the hotel’s services. Spread across 2 floors it houses an indoor, asymmetric pool, as well as a jacuzzi, Hamman, hydro massage and a range of rejuvenating therapies. A state-of-the-art fitness centre, virtual golf, and conference centre that can hold around 430 people are just some of its other facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.