Crème de la Crème:
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Located in the most fashionable district in the city, this beautifully restored building dates back to the 15th century. The hotel itself is first-class, with lush furnishings, every imaginable luxury and two restaurants to boot. If you’re looking for the best, this is probably it. Excellent dining in-house at Il Teatro.
Park Hyatt Hotel
Superbly located just off Piazza Duomo and the Scala Theatre, in the heart of Milan’s historic centre, the Park Hyatt is best described as refined luxury in a contemporary style. Features a spa with both beauty and holistic treatments, and a fitness centre.
Armani Hotel Milano
For lovers of all things Armani, Giorgio’s recently opened hotel on the top floors of the flagship store is a must-stay. Subdued interiors, reflective of the classic Armani pieces featured just a few floors below in the Armani Casa (Home) store, set the discrete yet elegant atmosphere. With a 1,000 square-metre spa and fitness area, all details for a luxurious stay have been covered.
Bulgari Hotel Milan
Situated just steps from the shopping district and Brera, Milan’s artistic district, and only minutes away from the city’s main square, Piazza Duomo. The hotel is surrounded by the above-pictured private garden (the ideal landing point for evening aperitivo) and features modern design in both its public and private rooms. Looking to relax? Be sure to check out the extensive list of spa treatments or a tranquil dip in its gorgeous indoor pool (a rarity among Milan hotels).
This intimate boutique property with only 21 rooms features very contemporary design elements and modern amenities. Unlike other boutique options, it also has a gym, restaurant and bar.
A successful blending of modern design within a historic building, this 18-room hotel is a good choice for guests who appreciate an informal atmosphere with well considered art and architectural detail. Well positioned in the historic centre, yet also part of a neighbourhood.
Outside the City:
L’Albereta (Relais & Chateaux)
A bit of an outlier on a list of Milan hotels, but this 19th-century manor house an hour and a half from Milan’s historic offers a country setting amidst the vineyards of the Bellavista Winery. Four nearby golf courses, a recently developed spa and access to Verona make this an ideal alternative to staying in bustling Milan. Its two-star Michelin restaurant is overseen by the renowned Gualtiero Marchesi, the first Italian chef to be awarded three stars in his Milan restaurant.
Antica Locanda Solferino
Located in the Brera district, the artistic, fashion area in central Milan, this homey boutique property still houses the furnishings and atmosphere of the old inn (locanda) it used to be. Eleven rooms, plus recently added apartments. All rooms have baths. Advanced reservations recommended as are requests for rooms on the upper floors.
About the Author
As a columnist for The Slow Road, veteran Trip Designer Georgia Yuill draws upon her experience as a guide, a hotel expert, an Italian resident and, above all, a facilitator of fun.