Most would consider Milan to be Italy’s capital of fashion and design. It is the birthplace of Prada, after all; with the fashion house found on almost every street corner, along with other other Italian heavyweights like Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Fendi.
The cobbled streets of the city attract some of the most prominent names in the fashion industry, especially with the ongoing Milan Fashion Week, which is taking place from 19 to 25 September. It’s not a rare sight, then, to see international models, fashion designers, and some celebrities walking along the cobbled streets of the city — whether they’re heading to shows, after-parties, or just drinks at some of Milan’s trendiest hotels.
Here, we round up the best hotels in the fashion capital favoured by the Fashion Week crowd. From fashion houses making forays into hospitality to 18th-century mansions that have seen some of the most important events in history, these are the hotels to check into (or have a drink at) the next time you’re in Milan.
Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa, part of Leading Hotels of the World, is located on the site of a circa 1600s palazzo in the heart of Milan’s fashion district. The building was home to a prestigious Italian bank in previous years and has been refurbished by owner/architect Paola Giambelli with interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, inspired by Milan and Paris.
The property is home to 65 spacious guest rooms and 33 suites, all individually designed and distinctively appointed with hand-selected artwork, marble, rich woods and luxurious fabrics. Each room has a window or private terrace that looks out to views of the city or the hotel’s century-old private garden.
It’s not easy to be regarded as the chicest hotel in Milan. Yet, the Bulgari Hotel Milano pulls it off. The hotel, located on a private road between Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, La Scala and the Accademia di Brera, combines contemporary design with top-notch hospitality and comfort in Milan’s most stylish precinct.
The Bulgari Hotel Milano’s interiors were dreamt up by Milan’s interior design hero Antonio Citterio. Look beneath its austere facade, and you’ll find beautiful courtyards and green spaces along with tastefully-refurbished guest rooms and suites located in a renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo.
The Four Seasons Hotel Milano offers 118 chic guest rooms and three outstanding dining venues framed by an unforgettable 15th-century cloistered and landscaped courtyard. The hotel, which boasts a prime location just 250 metres from Montenapoleone Metro Station, exudes Old World charm with its frescoes, stone accents and vaulted ceilings.
Those feeling peckish can indulge in a dinner at the hotel’s elegant restaurant, La Veranda, which offers mouthwatering Mediterranean and local cuisine in an idyllic setting overlooking the central courtyard.
Mandarin Oriental Milan occupies four elegant 18th-century buildings just steps away from La Scala, the city’s fashion district. The property features 104 hotel rooms and suites adorned with furniture designed by Antonio Citterio, modern dècor and parquet floors. The rooms overlook the courtyard or the street, with some featuring views of Milan’s cathedral. Additionally, the property also boasts a wellness centre with an indoor pool and fitness centre, a two Michelin-starred restaurant (Seta), the Mandarin Bar and meeting facilities.
Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, Palazzo Matteotti, housed in a 1920s-era building in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, just steps away from famed landmarks including the Duomo and Teatro alla Scala. The 141 rooms and 13 suites are beautifully-furnished and feature mosaics by Bisazza, lighting by Artemide, furniture by Driade and Meritalia, among others. The hotel’s F&B establishments, Ristorante Oltremare and the Terrazza, a rooftop deck, are both favoured by the fashion week crowd.
The highlight here is the Simone Micheli-designed spa, Milan’s largest, boasting a comprehensive menu of soothing, restorative treatments; complete with a pool, sauna and a Turkish bath.
The Hotel Principe di Savoia, part of the prestigious Dorchester Collection, is a neoclassical gem overlooking Piazza della Repubblica. The spectacular landmark building boasts 301 rooms and suites spread out over 10 floors.
The property, popular with the notoriously design-savvy such as Jefferson Hack and Dutch design studio duo Studio Job, is elegantly decorated, splashed out in late 19th-century lavish damasks, rich colours and collector’s antiques in marbles and woods by interior designers and architects such as Milan-based Celeste dell’Anna and London-based Francesca Basu. The hotel is also home to its in-house restaurant, Acanto, a 5000-square-foot fitness centre and spa on the top floor, as well as a heated swimming pool, steam room and sauna.