Milan might be known for its designer clothing, sophisticated residents and the Duomo cathedral, but a visit to this powerhouse in northern Italy doesn’t have to break the bank. Top-quality, inexpensive hotels will let you do everything on a shoestring, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ to window shopping on Via Monte Napoleone.
Aparthotel Casa Mia is a trendy hotel in the heart of Milan, steps from Piazza della Repubblica. The hotel has stylish and tasteful decor, with fashionable monochrome wallpapers, authentic exposed beams, and unique and colourful finishings. The guest rooms feature a colour palette of grey and brown and come in different sizes, accommodating everyone from solo travellers and couples to large groups.
If you’re looking for a luxury aparthotel complex at a budget-friendly price, then Zambala Luxury Residence is the place to be. This stylish hotel features a bright-white palette in a contemporary, minimalist space and lies in Porta Romana, the former city gate of Milan. The small classic studios are perfect for solo travellers and couples, while the large family apartments sleep up to five. You can also use the fitness suite and have a hearty breakfast that includes a wide selection of pastries.
Hotel Bogart is a welcoming accommodation just a short walk from the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. A breakfast buffet featuring bagels, cereals, eggs and more is available daily, and you can pick up snacks in hotel lobby shop. The modest yet modern rooms are suitable for individuals, couples and families (children stay for free). Located in the sophisticated area of Porta Garibaldi, the hotel is close to historical landmarks and attractions such as the Arco della Pace and Corso Como.
Hotel Bogart 2 is a traditional guesthouse in Porta Garibaldi, the perfect area if you want to soak up the vibrant cultural scene of Milan. The family-friendly hotel allows children to stay for free, and you can enjoy a breakfast buffet at an extra cost. Besides a garden, the hotel also has an on-site bar and lounge, a computer station and a deli. While some of the decor has a rustic feel, the 15 rooms come with minimalistic interiors, with yellow walls and wooden floors. Surrounding attractions include Fiera Milano City, Arco della Pace, Teatro alla Scala and Castello Sforzesco.
Hotel RossoVino (Hotel Red Wine) greets guests in a fitting manner – with a free glass of red wine upon arrival. The pet-friendly lodging is situated in Porta Vittoria, where the eastern gate of Porta Tosa of the Spanish walls of Milan once stood. Some rooms have views of the sun-drenched garden and terrace. And if you’re bringing your own wheels, there’s free on-site parking.
This family-run hotel lies in Città Studi, a budget-friendly and popular neighbourhood known for cafes and parks. While rooms are on the smaller side, they provide a comfy space designed to make you feel at home. The decor is bright and colourful across all 10 guest rooms, which boast views of the city and are great for everyone, from solo travellers to families. One child stays for free, and pets are also welcome at no extra charge. A breakfast buffet is available daily at an extra cost, and there’s tea and coffee in the common area.
Hotel Star is just a two-minute walk from Piccolo Teatro Grassi and Piazza Cordusio, in a charming 19th-century building with period features such as a fireplace in the lobby. The small hotel has an eccentric style with bold animal murals and rich wood panelling. There are 30 rooms available, from economy to superior, all of which include a complimentary breakfast buffet.
This traditional and authentic family-run hotel lies in the heart of Milan, steps from Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo Da Vinci painted The Last Supper. This historic 19th-century stately home has high ceilings, pretty tiled floors and rooms decorated in a modest yet traditional style. The picturesque terrace is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast among the flowers, and the bar-lounge area is a great spot to unwind after a day of exploring. A central location means you’re close to some of the most popular attractions, including the Duomo di Milano and Teatro alla Scala.
Starhotels Ecological Contemporary Hotel (E.c.ho) is elegant and stylish with an ecological ethos. Beautifully designed and flawlessly finished with a delightful garden and terrace, the hotel also has a fitness centre, restaurant and bar. Eight room and suite types cater to different group sizes and budgets, while all guests can enjoy an American breakfast buffet for a daily charge. E.c.ho is also home to the Orto Green Food & Mood by Eataly restaurant, which serves organic, vegetable-based dishes. Located steps from the Milano Centrale station, the hotel is within easy access of numerous bars, restaurants and attractions, including Piazza del Duomo, Pinacoteca di Brera and Museo del Duomo.
Hotel San Francisco is a smart 28-room hotel in the budget-friendly area of Città Studi. Inside, the modern hotel features glossy, stone floors and grand metallic four-poster beds in some of the bedrooms, and some also have terraces overlooking the pretty private garden. Start your day with the complimentary breakfast buffet, which features fresh fruits, meats and cheeses, and hot dishes. Then head over to Corso Buenos Aires (a major shopping street) and Porta Venezia (a historical gate from the 19th century) for your day’s adventure.
Ellie Hurley contributed additional reporting to this article.