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5 Hotels in Milan That Are Perfect for Every Kind of Traveler
From time-tested greats like the Four Seasons to newcomer Me Milan Il Duca, here are the top places to stay the next time you find yourself in Italy's fashion capital.
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While fashion hogs the spotlight in Milan, tourism—namely the fantastic range of hotels—deserves as much attention as haute couture. Naturally, some of the biggest names in design and luxury—Bulgari and Armani—have staked out prime real estate in the city. The Mandarin Oriental chose Milan as the spot for their first property in Italy. And then there are time-tested, classic standbys like the Four Seasons Milano, which never seems to go out of style. Here’s a Town & Country-approved guide to Milan’s best hotels for every taste, mood, and whim.

THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL


Since opening two years ago, the Mandarin Oriental has come into Milan with a bang. There’s Seta, its two-Michelin star restaurant, overseen by chef Antonio Guida, who specializes in modern Italian cooking. The hotel embodies a key strain of Milan’s DNA with extraordinary suites designed by two of the city’s most famous designers: Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti. The Forsanetti suite is nothing short of a masterpiece—and is worth a trip to the Mandarin just to live amidst his exuberant pieces, even for a few days.


A deluxe room at the Mandarin Oriental

Outside of the rooms, the Mandarin Oriental has become a place to be seen. “It has the best vibe at the very cool-all marble bar,” says Valentina De Santis, the 34-year-old owner and CEO of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the legendary Lake Como hotel. “It’s a real hotspot in the city nightlife scenario,” De Santis says.

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MILANO


You know a hotel is doing something right if Manolo Blahnik, the emperor of shoes, calls your hotel his “home” of the last two decades. And he’s just one of many members of the fashion set to embrace the property. (Blahnik, however, is the only one who has collaborated with the Four Seasons Milano to design some of the chicest hotel slippers you’ll ever see.) Housed in an old covenant with beautiful gardens, the vibe at the Four Seasons is relaxed elegance, but the service doesn't miss a beat. In fact, try giving the staff something they can’t do.


La Veranda, the restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano

La Veranda, its excellent restaurant, serves a cavatelli cacio e pepe that is not to be missed. And the hotel provides an array options for sightseeing in Milan, including a personal shopping experience that showcases many of the city’s hidden and exclusive retail gems. And if you want to get out of the town, JoeyRent will drop off one of its fabulous cars so you can hit the road, perhaps to drive the La Dolce Vita route, an idea conceived by the Four Seasons, that involves stops at their sister properties in Florence and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, both about 300 kilometers from Milan.

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BULGARI HOTEL MILANO


The Bulgari hotel lobby

Bulgari, the mega-luxury brand, opened its first hotel in Milan in 2004. Located next to the Botanical Gardens in the prestigious Brera district, the property is tucked away on a quiet side street. With just 58 rooms, the Bulgari Milano has an intimate feel yet doesn’t skimp on amenities. There’s a newly renovated spa with a marble steam room, Swedish sauna, and treatments that use La Mer products, the prestigious Swiss skincare line. Their tranquil patio and restaurant is also a favorite spot for locals. “The Bulgari Milan is like home away from home and has the nicest and most relaxing garden in the whole city for a coffee or glass of wine,” says Milan resident De Santis.

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ARMANI HOTEL


Personally designed by Giorgio Armani, the hotel, naturally, is located on Via Montenapoleone, one of the most prestigious shopping districts in Milan. Like Armani’s clothing designs, the rooms are sleek and streamlined. And it’s Armani all the time here. The 95 rooms and suites—some of the largest in the city—include the brand’s exclusive furniture. In addition, there’s a Michelin-starred restaurant, an indoor relaxation pool, and the Bamboo Bar, which offers panoramic views of the city.

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ME MILAN IL DUCA

Opened in May 2015, this is the brand’s first hotel in Milan. And it’s already very much on the radar. As one local said, “This is where all the cool kids go.” ME, as it’s referred to, attracts a younger crowd, which probably has something to do with their starting room rates of $250 per night. Nightlife is a centerpiece of the hotel, which mostly revolves around their rooftop bar and the super swanky STK Milan restaurant. The five-star property is located near the Corso Como area, the hip shopping and going out area. The rooms include futuristic touches like a digital media hub where guests can control everything with custom settings. And instead of a concierge, they have someone called an “Aura Manager”—the company looks for “trendsetters” for this position—who provides personalized services that goes beyond making dinner reservations. Their job, they say, is to connect guests with “the newest and coolest experience in Milan.”

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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