The second biggest city in Italy, Milan is a cultural and financial hub known for its sophisticated ambience that attracts millions of fashionistas, culture vultures and history buffs every year. As a mecca of fashion and design, the city’s hotels often feature unique architecture, interiors and interesting historic backgrounds. Here are some of the most interesting and inspiring hospitality venues Milan.
In Milan’s Chic District you’ll find an equally chic hotel: the four-star Sina De La Ville. The hotel boasts 108 rooms styled with grand drapes, patterned wallpaper and plush furnishings. The highlight of Sina De La Ville is the hotel’s rooftop pool, giving guests the chance to soak up some summer sun while taking in views of the city’s rooftops and spires. This secluded and elevated terrace is a unique area of serenity above this bustling city. Guests can dine at L’Opera Restaurant, enjoy an aperitif in the Visconteo Lounge Bar or relax and unwind in the Amanti SPA. Opera fans can make the most of the hotel’s Opera Package with a two-night stay with breakfast, dinner and tickets to Teatro all Scala.
The three-star family and pet-friendly Biocity Hotel is a unique and humbling place to stay. In a city that is focused on high-end fashion and luxury, Biocity Hotel is a breath of fresh air. The project was born out of a passion to create an organic, environmentally-friendly and ethical hotel in the heart of Milan, all while maintaining a level of comfort and customer service. The interior design and furnishings are all-natural while the toiletries and cleaning products are organic and biodegradable. The hotel uses a zero-emission climate control system and an energy-efficient heating system. The vegetarian and vegan specialist bistro Biogusto boasts a simple menu based on the principles of a healthy Mediterranean diet while a spa is available at a surcharge. Nearby you have Milan’s central station that easily takes you to places like Corso Como, which is known for its buzzing nightlife.
This self-acclaimed urban lifestyle hotel is a part hotel and part art gallery. The unique four-star concept hotel is decorated with art by Milanese street artists making it extremely contemporary and colourful. Possibly the coolest hotel in the city, NYX even has its own in-house DJ. Rooms feature vivid walls painted in bright colours and posters of old film stars hanging on the walls, all while offering great views of Milan. Besides thee 299 rooms, the family and pet-friendly hotel also has a rooftop terrace and garden, as well as a business centre. Retro arcade games are dotted about the hotel for guests to enjoy and a packed calendar of pop-up events keeps the place busy and bustling. Guests can enjoy eating in the Clash Restaurant and drinking in the Clash bar.
While the four-star Osteria della Pista is situated just outside the city of Milan, it’s well worth a visit. Located 7 km from Milan Malpensa Airport, in the centre of Casorate Sempione, the 30-room hotel was renovated in 2013. Every room in the hotel – which has a rich equestrian past – is named after a famous horse or important stable. Osteria della Pista dates back to 1875 when it launched as a rest stop for nobles and knights travelling from Milan for leisure breaks to hunt or take part in equestrian competitions. The historic hotel offer free airport shuttle and welcomes guests travelling with pets. For food, visit the on-site pizzeria and restaurant that both serve traditional Italian cuisine.
The spacious, modern rooms at the three-star Hotel Viva Milano provide guests with a comfortable home away from home, just 15 minutes from central Milan. The newly-refurbished hotel boasts 55 rooms available as single, double, twin, triple or family-sized making it a perfect accommodation offer for all groups. The minimalist hotel is decorated in swathes of whites and neutral colours with pops of colour in the furnishings, creating a contemporary and timeless finish. Guests can make the most of free breakfast made up of local cuisine before exploring the local neighbourhood of Citta Studi, a budget-friendly area known for its churches, parks and cafes. Attractions like Teatro alla Scala and Museo del Duomo (Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore) are both easily accessible.
Widely regarded as one of Milan’s most luxurious hotels, the palatial five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a fusion of traditional Milanese design with Oriental luxury – and all just around the corner from the Teatro alla Scala. The elegant hotel occupies four 18th century buildings which have been beautifully transformed into a chic and sophisticated place to stay for couples and families. All of the rooms are finished with flares of Italian design with the art of Feng Shui while guests have the choice of two restaurants: traditional Italian Seta and Mandarin Bar & Bistrot. For an urban escape, guests can also make use of the hotel’s tranquil spa.
Nestled inside Milan’s first and best concept store, 10 Corso Como, Hotel 3 Rooms is one of the most exclusive hotels in town. As the name clearly states, the venue only has three rooms which are actually three suites, all offering top notch service and luxury amenities. 10 Corso Como, is run by Carla Sozzani, a prominent Milanese figure and sister of the late Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia. The entire venue, including the hotel, has a fashionable and artistic vibe: the best of international fashion brands, contemporary art and modern literature are surrounded by jasmine flowers and Art Nouveau decors.
Possibly one of Milan’s best little-known secrets, the Atellani Apartments are situated in the museum and private home Casa degli Atellani, where Leonardo Da Vinci himself lived while working on the Last Supper. The residence offers 6 self-catering, elegantly furnished and fully-serviced vacation apartments, combining Milanese ancient charm with contemporary comfort, all in the historical center of Milan. Restored in the 1920’s by architect, Piero Portaluppi, Casa degli Atellani transports visitors into the Milanese Renaissance, with architectural elements that date to as early as the 1400’s. The inner courtyard hosts a vineyard known as La Vigna di Leonardo.
Parfums in the world. Each of its 39 suites is associated to an exclusive fragrance, which accompanies guests throughout their stay. The hotel is set on what were once the industrial premises of Marvin, Italy’s most important cosmetic brand. Today sisters Giorgia and Ambra, third generation of the Martone family, carry on the family tradition by running an artisanal perfume laboratory inside the hotel’s winter garden. Guests and public can try the various fragrances, have them bottled and customised in front of their eyes, and also learn more about the ancient art of perfumery by accessing the laboratory’s personal library.
The only hotel overlooking the Navigli canal of Milan, Maison Borella is a 4-star hotel set in an ancient working class house, carefully restored under the supervision of the Regional Board of Milan. The timeless atmosphere, the hotel’s internal courtyard and the charm of the neighborhood (one of the most authentic zones of Milan) are its key features. In this elegantly decorated maison with exposed-beam ceilings and boiserie, relaxation and discretion define a very stylish stay. The hotel’s shared areas and the rooms have a bohemian feel, thanks to their creative and colourful decors.
STRAF is situated in the city centre, a short walk from the Duomo Cathedral, its origins lay in a modern concept of hospitality, characterised by a personal and attentive, yet informal service. By choosing unusual materials, recycling objects and experimenting with the surroundings, architect Vincenzo De Cotiis has achieved an interior design that looks more like a contemporary art installation rather than a standard hotel. It includes elements of industrial style and ´Arte Povera´ (an Italian artistic movement of the late 60s and 70s). The premises are often used to host fashion shows and art exhibitions, while the street bar STRAF hosts successful musical evenings.