Where to stay in Milan
Where to stay in Milan: best accommodations
Oh, Milan! With such a unique blend of art, fashion, culture and design, it really is one of the world’s most intriguing cities. And I’m not just saying that because of its (amazing!) Fashion Week, where the planet’s top designers converge for an irresistible bonanza of beauty, style and trend-setting… 😉
But like most cities, Milan saves its best for those who know where to look. It’s one of those places that will really grow on you: the more you know it, the more you love it, and only if you take the time to explore it in depth will you discover its true charm, its hidden wonders and its magical little secrets. Still, not everyone has the time to experience a city so closely, which is why I decided to tell you about the most interesting and original hotels I’ve stayed at in Milan. Are you ready to come with me on a virtual voyage to Europe’s capital of cool? Fasten your seat belts: I’m about to fly you through my very own guide on where to stay in Milan.
Where to stay in Milan: the Hotels
Search engines can be extremely useful in finding the right solutions for every kind of need and every kind of pockets. But to really help you discover the charm and history of such a spectacular place, I’ve come up with my own original approach: The “who stayed where” tour of Milan!
As you can easily imagine, all the biggest names in the worlds of showbiz, arts or entertainment have stopped by this town, and you can bet they didn’t book a room just anywhere. Did you know, for example, that the Principe di Savoia has welcomed international icons from Evita Peròn to George Clooney, incredible voices from Maria Callas to Lady Gaga, and influential businesspersons like Aristotle Onassis and Mr. FIAT Gianni Agnelli?
Among the best places to stay in Milan, I was especially intrigued by a hotel that bears the name of one of my favorite designers, Giorgio Armani. It’s called – you guessed it! – Armani Hotel, has hosted the likes of Jessica Alba and Barbara Berlusconi (daughter of Italian businessman and former PM Silvio Berlusconi), and is everything you might expect from a hotel designed by one of the great style gurus of all time. Totally trendy and astoundingly spacious (the smallest suite is 2,200 square feet!), it provides guests with a “lifestyle manager” ready to pamper them every which way, at their beck and call 24 hours a day… Now, how sweet is that?
Of course, if what you’re looking for is old-word luxury and impeccable elegance, there are two names I simply can’t leave off my list: The first is TownHouse Galleria, an ultra-chic hideaway with a truly superb location inside the famous arcade that houses the city’s high-end fashion boutiques. The other is Palazzo Parigi, a sumptuous hotel overflowing with fine marbles, fairytale staircases and crystal chandeliers, set in a stunning building in the heart of Brera, Milan’s design district.
These are the “big four” hotels, the ones (almost) everyone knows in Milan. But there are a couple of other refreshingly original, can’t-miss spots. The first one is Room Mate Giulia, a boutique hotel located in a 19th century building, whose quirky and eclectic interiors contrast nicely with the building’s historic aura. Add to this an amazing staff that will go above and beyond to make you feel at home, and what you have is a true delight. Pardon my rhyming, but I fell in love at first sight!
And for all lovebirds out there hoping for a totally “outside the box” romantic evening, you simply have to check out (and check into) Motel K! Before I tell you about it… just have a look at the pictures! It turns out that, even for local couples, the new “it” thing is spending a night at this unique “motel” that offers a collection of themed suites, one more surprising than the other, and each with its own distinct identity. You can spend an evening “underwater” at the Atlantis suite or bask in the sensually exotic aura of the Antigua… Many of the rooms offer inviting, two-person hut tubs, and the best thing of all is that they’re not in bathroom… but right in the bedroom! Wanna know my favorite room? Well, that would have to be the Fantasuite Thailandia, steeped in the charms of the Orient and equipped with a private indoor pool. Heated, of course, and with a waterfall to boot! In fact, let me just see if it’s available… 😉
Keep in mind, however, that Milan isn’t just luxury and extravagance: there are plenty of more affordable solutions that will leave you thoroughly impressed! One of these is Bed più Art, a highly-original b&b close to the main train station, which turns creative recycling into a form of interior design. Where else, for example, can you find a headboard made out of tree branches? Last but not least is Ostello Bello Grande, Italy’s most famous (and most fun!) hostel. The style is contemporary and bursting with color, while the outdoor space boasts comfortable hammocks, a vegetable garden, and even a barbecue to enjoy some grilling with friends both old and new… sound like a good time! And to top it off, the prices are extremely inviting…
So, have you started packing yet? Just reminiscing about these amazing hotels makes me want to hop on a plane back to Italy… And I’m sure that the next time I’m there, I’ll discover some new amazing spots where to stay in Milan. Because, as the locals like to say, Milan is always Milan!