BEST HOTELS IN MILAN | ITALY
Home to a range of the best hotels in Milan, high-fashion boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants and numerous bars, Milan is less about traditional “sights” and all about the lifestyle. Milan is the capital of Italy’s Lombardy region and the nation’s second most populous city after Rome.
Modern and prosperous, it is both Italy’s fashion and design capital, as well as its financial hub. That being said, many of the best luxury hotels in Milan place their booking locations near the Duomo (Milan’s iconic medieval cathedral) or near the train station (an imposing 20th-century structure).
By day, enjoy Milan’s café culture near the design museums; by night, experience rooftop pool bars and cocktails overlooking the city.
Perhaps it’s the appeal of being one of the first to stay in this newly opened 5-star luxury hotel or the fact that each of its 12 rooms is entirely unique and styled by one of Italy’s top interior designers that has made these gentlemen’s club-Esque, luxury hotel such a big hit. Or maybe it’s that it’s tucked in nicely next to the beautiful Milanese Gardens called Giardini Indro Montanelli, in a well-connected part of the city.
The luxury hotel hosts the Cipriani restaurant with a large terrace alongside the chic Bar Arrigo and Socialista, a Cuban-inspired lounge with live music and Caribbean flavors, alongside a wellness center and spa. All of which makes Casa Cipriani a sanctuary of peace, entertainment, well-being, and happiness.
“Brilliant place! We will come again! Attention to detail! Everything was just great!”Check availability
Pairing the 5-star experience with the more casual flavors of Milan life, this newly opened hotel combines the best of both worlds for an unforgettable stay that touches on the beating heart of the city from the comfort of its brand-new walls. Calling one of the oldest seminaries in Europe home, Portrait Milano is awash with tranquility that’s only enhanced by the quintessentially Italian service that’s always on hand.
Rather refreshingly, they offer a no-frills, easy-on-the-pallette yet seriously flavorful menu at their in-hotel restaurant, 10_11, which sets them apart from other Milan hotels as they offer a relatively casual dining experience that’s open to all guests.
“Beautiful, modern and elegant! I loved the design and the location; the staff was exceptional!”Check availability
Tucked away in the heart of the historic Brera district that’s much-loved among designers, Vmaison Brera is like a home away from home with a Bohemian boutique twist – and with a team of dedicated servers to take care of your every need – of course. Despite being quite central, the hotel feels like a sanctuary of peace and tranquility.
Various beautifully and uniquely decorated rooms line the hotel’s stunning corridors, with impressively patterned headboards and often eye-catching wallpaper. Catch a bite to eat in their Penelope a Vmaison restaurant that follows a quirky, French-inspired décor trend. Terraced rooms are available with idyllic views across the city for a stay you won’t soon forget.
“Wonderful staff, amazing, innovative, and provocatively beautiful decor! Wonderful restaurant, as well.”Check availability
Located in the futuristic CityLife district in the heart of Milan, the new hotel is a masterful mix of old and new, inviting you to discover Milan as it really is. Built from the structure of the Church of Christ the King, the imposing building was designed to preserve the artistic heritage of the original building.
Upon first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this imposing hotel for a church. On closer inspection, you spot the modern tower, which indicates that something a little more exquisite is going on inside. NH Collection Milano CityLife features rooms with sweeping city views and suites with separate living rooms for those who wish to upgrade.
Guests have the chance to wine and dine in a restaurant that features spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows and a peaceful terrace. They can also relax in the striking lobby bar, break a sweat at the in-hotel gym, or take a dip in the rooftop pool with a poolside bar, terrace, and sun loungers.
“Everything. The service, staff, and maintenance. This hotel is beautiful and very luxurious.”Check availability
The spectacular beauty of this hotel has to be beheld for a moment before you step through the door – this is classic Radisson like you’ve never seen it before.
A theme of elegance runs throughout every room in the Radisson Collection Hotel. Guests can indulge in a high-end restaurant with a glam bar and a library, as well as a polished lobby lounge, a spa, and a leafy courtyard garden.
However, perhaps the most compelling reason to stay at this Milan hotel is that the storied 1915 building sits almost directly in the city center, offering guests the chance to explore the heart of the city on foot.
“Great location, around 8 minutes’ walk from the Duomo. The staff were extremely helpful, and the food was delicious. Everyone who visits has to try the tiramisu pancakes!”Check availability
This marvelously merry hotel is tucked away nicely in a bustling area and, as the name would suggest, within a 5-minute walk of the Piazza del Duomo. However, what looks like any other hotel on the outside reveals a veritable Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-Esque wonderland interior.
With retro, candy-themed, and spectacularly colored rooms, the Odsweet Duomo Hotel is the ideal luxury yet fun accommodation choice for families with young children or just those looking for something a little different. Within these quirky rooms are all the same trappings of a modern-day hotel. You won’t want to miss breakfast, as it’s served on the hotel’s rooftop terrace that offers spectacular views of the cathedral.
“Fun, cozy, fantastic interior decor; we stayed in both a marshmallow and chocolate room, and it was amazing! Such a great experience for our kids! Sweet, helpful staff and a beautiful view of Duomo square from the very Instagramable rooftop bar! All new and delightful and delicious candy samples too. The free minibar was an extra plus!”Check availability
This family-friendly Milan hotel is ideal for those who want to take on Milan at a leisurely pace. Located in the fashionable and Bohemian Brera arts and shopping district and not much farther away from Milan Cathedral, there’s something a little laid-back yet central about this hotel’s location. Expect the Royal Treatment
The elegant, Parisian-inspired rooms have balconies offering either courtyard or city views. If you want to upgrade, you can enjoy suites with living rooms and marble bathrooms. Keeping in line with the sophisticated trend at the Palazzo Parigi is the stylish lounge with a bar that leads into a peaceful 18th-century garden with seating. Grab a freshly brewed coffee from their Caffè Parigi paired with a mouth-watering Milanese aperitif. And when ready to unwind, head over to the luxury spa, where you can enjoy the use of authentic finish saunas, a large pool, and Jacuzzis.
“An absolutely wonderful experience. All the best to the extremely pleasant staff, which provided us with top-notch service and fulfilled every need.”Check availability
When it comes to Milan Hotels, The Street Milano Duomo stands out as one of the most singular. They take an entirely new and “urban-style” approach to hospitality and décor, with many of their walls being wallpapered with black and white city views. Composed of 11 spacious rooms and suites that occupy the whole building of five floors, there’s an intimate feel to the hotel alongside flawless service and attention to detail that could only be equated to “the celebrity treatment.”
Guests can step out of their hotel doors and directly into the hustle and bustle of Milano’s historic center. The hotel finds itself just a few steps from the Duomo Cathedral, La Scala, Fashion District, and all the most important places to visit in Milan.
“Perfect location close to Duomo and big room compared to average hotels in Milano. The staff went over and beyond to make our life easier.”Check availability
Excelsior Hotel Gallia reflects the opulence and glamour of Milan, which gives the city its nickname of “city of style.” Originally opened in 1932, the hotel has been wholly renovated by renowned Milanese designer Marco Piva, resulting in a masterclass in Belle Époque architecture and ultra-modern, chic décor.
Guests can unwind in the serene, polished 1000-m² Shiseido spa before savouring culinary treats from a Michelin star-crafted menu in their rooftop restaurant while enjoying awe-inspiring views over Milan.
The 5-star Milan hotel is well-known for its time of dedicated servers, fine dining at reasonable prices, and an unmatched all-around ideal stay that appeals to all types of guests.
“The staff was spectacular! The pool is fantastic!!! A great experience. Also, the food is superb!!!!”Check availability
Magna Pars L'Hotel à Parfum: Notes, Hints, Accents, & Aromas Galore
Fine-scented sophistication in Milan’s creative quarter is perhaps the best way to describe the entirely unique Magna Pars L’Hotel à Parfum. Owned by a family of perfumers, perhaps it comes as no surprise that no corner of this luxury hotel is without an irresistible, sense-soothing aroma. Fragrances waft throughout the corridors, with a heavy emphasis on perfumery, inviting you to discover new accents as you explore the hotel. Somehow, they’ve also managed to squeeze a landscaped garden into the centre of Milan, making this hotel a veritable city-center paradise.
In this fragrant luxury hotel, you’ll find sleek white furniture alongside oak floors and stunning artwork. Each suite claims a signature, specifically crafted fragrance. As well, nestled away just south of the busy Duomo district, the hotel is surrounded by studios of artists and designers instead of the touristy hustle and bustle. In terms of Milan Hotels, this is the cool kid. With terrace seating complete with cozy fireplaces, a wine bar in the cellar, a library, a roof deck, and a trendy lounge bar with garden views, as well as a fitness and wellness center boasting a gym with Technogym equipment and a Turkish bath – it’s the accommodation option with it all.
The best part? If at any time you come across a fragrance within the hotel that simply indulges your senses, you can likely find (and purchase) it in the perfume laboratory that doubles up as a gift shop, LabSolue, just downstairs. The guests will find two perfume collections: LabSolue, which takes its name from the laboratory, and Aqua Adornationis.
“Great concept of the hotel. Love it when the staff explained that each one of the rooms comes with different scents of perfumes.”Check availability
We cannot help but note a hint of “Wes Anderson” film in this charming hotel. Overlooking Piazza Della Repubblica, it’s a sort of airy oasis among the urban landscape. Timeless glitz meets sophistication as Modern luxury weaves its way through the hotel’s traditional Milanese design.
If that all sounds quite innovative, that’s undoubtedly how the owners of the hotel intended it to be. The streets surrounding the Principe Di Savoia are named in honor of Italian philosophers, pioneers, and scientists, making it the ideal place to begin your own Milanese adventure.
To refresh after a long day of exploring all the city has to offer, guests can refuel on gourmet Italian fare in one of the hotel’s 2 plush restaurants or try their favorite tipple at the flashy bar. Other amenities include a spa, an indoor pool, and a hot tub, plus a fitness room, a rooftop terrace, and a garden.
“Everything was perfect from beginning to end, beautiful hotel with the classic Italian touch.”Check availability
Looking to stay in the style of iconic fashion house Giorgio Armani? Then the colour scheme in Milan's first 5-star hotel of the same name, with lots of beige, chocolate and black marble, is elegant, calming and just what you're longing for. The furnishings with backlit headboards and sliding doors also tell of a fine sense of style and functionality.
The Armani Restaurant and Bamboo Bar on the seventh-floor offer floor-to-ceiling views of the Milan skyline, and the elegant spa on the hotel’s top floor adds a sense of space and relaxation to your next Milanese getaway.
“Gourmet restaurant, luxurious leisure, spa facilities and signature Armani hospitality combine to create the ultimate experiences.”Check availability
Hotel Viu feels like a cosy eco-retreat right in the centre of Milan. The seven-storey façade is covered with a vertical garden of ivy, jasmine and roses, which continues into the courtyard. Large glass windows, sustainable wood-panelled walls, and recycled paper art in neutral tones ranging from coffee brown, and taupe to beige create a warm atmosphere.
We recommend cooling off in Milan's first rooftop pool and enjoying a fine traditional Milanese dinner in the Morelli restaurant on the ground floor.
“An unconventional hospitality and luxury vision. A mix of innovation and contemporary design, high-quality services and sustainability.”Check availability
In the creative Brera district, in a leafy side street, you will find the Bulgari Hotel Milano. The hotel brand of the luxury jewellery company knows style. With its elegant rooms, it is one of the most sophisticated addresses in the city and one of the best hotels in Milan. The interior is stylishly restrained. Black marble, teak, oak and floor-to-ceiling windows. Let the light fall into your room from the private garden in the inner courtyard.
And how does that sound: an apéritif in the evening or fresh croissants for breakfast, in the middle of this green oasis? Or dinner in the main restaurant of Italian delicacies like seafood and grilled vegetables?!
“A tastefully renovated 18th-century building with delightful and unexpected courtyards and green spaces.”Check availability
Spanish design icon Patricia Urquiola, who is also responsible for Il Sereno Lago di Como, is the creator of this mid-century boutique hotel in the heart of Milan. The interior is playful and friendly. Geometric retro prints, curtains in a lattice pattern design, and colourful Cassina furniture with splashes of red and forest green fill the rooms.
A big plus is a price-performance ratio—as usual with Room Mate. This makes the Room Mate Giulia just the thing for your next short trip to Milan.
“A design boutique hotel that has the unmistakable signature of Patricia Urquiola, located right in the heart of Milan.”Check availability
In Milan's artistic Navigli district, you'll find the eclectic boutique hotel The Yard, reminiscent of a retro bachelor pad in love with sports. Vintage sports trophies and skis, boxing gloves, suede riding boots and old-fashioned suitcases have been collected by the owner from various European flea markets and skilfully placed here. You check in on barber chairs and the guest rooms are individually themed, from hunting to racing. Just like the neighbourhood, so is the space.
“A stylish and exclusive residence, furnished with unique pieces, where you can feel at home.”Check availability
The Park Hyatt Milano is located in the heart of Milan. What was once a palazzo from 1870 is now a luxury hotel. Some balcony rooms overlook the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade. La Scala and the Piazza Del Duomo are only a few steps away. We stood spellbound in front of Anish Kapoor's steel sculpture under the glass dome in the lobby. One of the strongest positions on our list of the best hotels in Milan.
The upstairs rooms feature travertine marble, Venetian stucco and hand-blown Murano lamps emblazoned on the ceiling. The CuMi restaurant respects traditions in its gastronomic menu and invites you to savour fabulous local cheeses, dishes with flavours of the sea and desserts not to be forgotten.
“A combination of fun, fashion and food culture to provide real Milanese vibes to its guests.”Check availability
The STRAF is a good mix of originality and elegance with minimalist design and classic Italian architecture. We stayed in rooms characterized by style, functionality and maximum comfort. Only a few steps away from the Duomo Cathedral, the fashionable Via Montenapoleone and the La Scala theatre, we were especially convinced by the location.
The unconventional atmosphere of the STRAFbar with excellent service offers the ideal meeting place for professional meetings or downtime after one of those infamous city strolls. A small but very nice wellness area has also been added to the hotel's great facilities.
“The perfect destination for art and design lovers, only a few steps from Duomo.”Check availability
Style, sophistication and class, that's the Rosa Grand Hotel in Milan. From the heart of the city, you have a view of the historic Piazza Fontana, just behind the impressive Duomo. The interior glows in warm, inviting tones, creating an intimate and private atmosphere. The elegant décor between gold and pink tells of Italian craftsmanship, and the unique lighting design also deserves special attention.
Works of art, vases with fresh flowers and stylish armchairs complete the picture of this one of the best hotels in Milan. The elegant fashion district and the art collections of Palazzo Reale and the Museo del Novecento are all nearby, as are La Scala and the famous Galleria, with exclusive boutiques and historic cafés. Enjoy!
“A style icon in the fashion and design capital, with a gourmet restaurant and a wellness centre.”Check availability
In Milan's city centre, lifestyle has a new name: the NYX Hotel – brand new, unexpected and exciting. An urban hotel right next to Milano Centrale station, from which you can easily reach all the popular spots.
Inside, artworks by local street artists impress and unique sounds waft throughout the lobby, mixed by well-known live DJs. The in-house Clash restaurant serves healthy, light and international cuisine, and private tour guides show you the most secret corners of the city that even we didn't know existed.
“A brand new lifestyle hotel for modern travellers, with street art and live music. For me one of the best hotels in Milan, no doubt!”Check availability
The best hotels in Milan: the Bottom Line
So pick from one of the best hotels in Milan to ensure you enjoy your stay to the max!
Milan Hotels are coveted worldwide for their singular stylishness that reflects the city’s beauty. As the fashion capital of the world that finds its strengths in the arts and architecture, Milan was never going to welcome its guests with anything less than the best – the best being exquisite finery, quintessential Italian hospitality, and ultimately, warmth mixed with the passion that is a trademark of the city.
Last Updated on February 12, 2024 by Editorial Team
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