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Milan’s Best Luxury and Design Hotels, fit for Italy’s Fashion Capital
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Milan’s Best Luxury and Design Hotels, fit for Italy’s Fashion Capital

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. Home to a range of 5-star and luxury hotels, high-fashion boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants and numerous bars, Milan is less about traditional “sights” and all about the lifestyle. That being said, many hotels 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.

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Armani Hotel Milano

“Gourmet restaurant, luxurious leisure, spa facilities and signature Armani hospitality combine to create the ultimate experiences.”

 

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.

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Hotel Viu

“An unconventional hospitality and luxury vision. A mix of innovation and contemporary design, high-quality services and sustainability.”

 

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, recycled paper art in neutral tones ranging from coffee brown, 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.

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Bulgari Hotel Milano

“A tastefully renovated 18th-century building with delightful and unexpected courtyards and green spaces.”

 

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. 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 aperitif in the evening or fresh croissants for breakfast, in the middle of this green oasis? Or a dinner in the main restaurant of Italian delicacies like seafood and grilled vegetables?!

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Room Mate Giulia

“A design boutique hotel that has the unmistakable signature of Patricia Urquiola, located right in the heart of Milan.”

 

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, colourful Cassina furniture with splashes of red and forest green fill the rooms. A big plus is the price-performance ratio – as usual with Room Mate. This makes the Room Mate Giulia just the thing for your next short trip to Milan.

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The Yard at Aethos Hotel

“A stylish and exclusive residence, furnished with unique pieces, where you can feel at home.”

 

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.

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Park Hyatt Milano

“A combination of fun, fashion and food culture to provide real Milanese vibes to its guests.”

 

The Park Hyatt Milano is located in the heart of Milan. What was once a palazzo from 1870 is now a luxury hotel. Some of the 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. 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.

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STRAF Hotel

“The perfect destination for art and design lovers, only a few steps from Duomo.”

 

The STRAF is a good mix of originality and elegance with minimalist design and classic Italian architecture. We stayed in rooms characterised 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.

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Rosa Grand Milano – Starhotels Collezione

“A style icon in the fashion and design capital, with a gourmet restaurant and a wellness centre.” 

 

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. 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. The elegant fashion district, and the art collections of Palazzo Reale and the Museo del Novecento are all within walking distance, as are La Scala and the famous Galleria, with exclusive boutiques and historic cafés. Enjoy!

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NYX Hotel Milan

“A brand new lifestyle hotel for modern travellers, with street art and live music.”

 

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.

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