Known as a mecca of fashion, the northern Italian city of Milan combines cutting-edge style with a rich history. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the city is home to a number of hotels that feature both unique design elements and interesting historic backgrounds. Here, we take a look at the top 10 hotels in Milan.
The Gray is a reflection of Milan’s identity as the fashion capital of the world. This boutique hotel has just 21 rooms, and each one is unlike any of the others. The stylish designs of The Gray are accomplished through a blend of ultra-modern lines and natural tones, as well as playful lighting. Relax and enjoy a delicious breakfast or candlelit dinner on the Aria, the hotel’s outdoor terrace.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia is another Milan hotel with an interesting history. Since its opening day on February 29, 1932, it has been one of the most prestigious hotels in Italy. Construction of the hotel was completed in its current location in 1927, back when the area was countryside on the outskirts of Milan. The Excelsior certainly has its defining features, such as its signature dome and its façade, which is illuminated by night.
With its sleek and simple features, Hotel nhow Milano offers cosmopolitan lodgings in the design district, a great place to explore the city. The iconic building that houses the hotel was designed by renowned architect Matteo Thun and was formerly the home of General Electric. Each of the 246 rooms is uniquely decorated, with different colors and chic furniture, some of which was designed especially for the hotel.
Château Monfort is the stuff of fantasies. The hotel goes all-out on its imaginative concept that is inspired by fairy tales. Each room creatively evokes childhood memories through its design and décor, from Alice in Wonderland to Cinderella. Guests who choose to stay at Château Monfort can expect to feel like the princess or the knight in shining armor from their favorite tale growing up!
Housed in a renovated 18th-century palazzo, the Bulgari Hotel Milan is located in the cultural and commercial heart of the city. The hotel’s history has been traced all the way back to 1305, thanks to the discovery of a document that mentions the original layout of the garden on its premises. The Bulgari’s décor incorporates materials from near and far, such as marble from Zimbabwe and stone from Vicenza. As for the exterior, the building’s white stucco façade is quite enchanting to say the least.
Designed to incorporate stunning 15th-century architectural details, each one of the 118 rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano is unique. The impressive Fresco Suite features high ceilings and walls decorated with stunning frescoes that were painted centuries ago. On the hotel grounds, guests can enjoy the courtyard, with its absolutely beautiful landscaping that is reminiscent of a royal garden.
In 2013, the Grand Hotel et de Milan celebrated its 150th anniversary. With more than a century and a half of history, this historic hotel has seen its fair share of prominent figures walk through its front doors. Among the most prestigious guests were two opera greats, the composer Giuseppe Verdiand tenor Enrico Caruso. The Grand Hotel was one of Verdi’s favorite spots in the city for many years – in fact, he passed away here on January 27th, 1901. Throughout the years and even today, the hotel has preserved all the charm of an old Milanese home.
Principe di Savoia hotel | Courtesy of the Principe di Savoia hotel
The Hotel Principe di Savoia treats guests to the best of both worlds by seamlessly combining old world elegance with modern touches and technology. The landmark hotel, located in Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica, has been attracting travellers from across the globe since the 1920s. The Mosaic rooms overlook the piazza and feature three distinct styles: Venetian (gold and turquoise details and a Murano glass mirror in the bathroom), Florentine (azure and gray accents) and Neoclassical (chandeliers, lamps and ruby tones galore).
A new addition to the hotel scene in the city, Hotel Milano Scala was inaugurated in September 2010. The hotel offers excellent dining at Restaurant La Traviata, which dedicates itself to healthy eating principles and using ingredients that are sourced from nearby areas. The panoramic terrace on the eighth floor provides guests with striking views of the city and, during the summer months, a classic Milanese aperitivo. The 14 suites are appropriately opera themed and are decorated with props and pictures from important performances.