Visiting Milan and you want to stay somewhere that ticks all the boxes for a design tourist?
Well I’ve got the low down on 5 great hotels worth laying down your hat in.
Milan is famously dubbed the global capital of design, and
As interiors are my passion and a significant part of my day job, it’s not surprising that I am equally fascinated by the interiors of hotels. From cosy former private residences to an airy historic perfume factory, Milan’s lodging opportunities are reminiscent of the city’s creatively prosperous past. Whether you are in town for
After more than one hundred years as a private residence, the Ranza family has converted their former family home into an exquisite 43-room boutique hotel named Hotel Senato. It was redesigned by architect Alessandro Bianchi, who conceived its renovated exteriors, planned its light and airy public spaces, and carefully considered every marble, wood, and brass detail. It’s neoclassical on the outside, contemporary on the inside, and welcoming all around. But the way the marble has been used (the stripes are exquisite) is worth the visit alone to see the lobby.
Roommate Hotel Giulia is located in a late 19th-century building designed by Patricia Urquiola. It’s also featured on my Instagram account a couple of times too. Why? In most part, because of Urquiola’s distinctive style and in her use of bright pink, green, and blue hues paired with traditional materials such as terracotta bricks and marble fixtures which are impeccably paired. Each of the hotel’s 85 room and suites, as well as its unique public spaces are bursting with interesting details and mid-century shapes. It feels young and fresh, and it’s only a stone’s throw Piazza del Duomo, in fact, its a design tourists dream. One day I’m going to stay here and I’m going to photograph every corner of the place. If you’re going to be a design tourist in Milan you’ve got to document it, right?
The Yard Milano offers 32 suites in the heart of Milan’s hip Navigli neighbourhood. What began as a simple search for a family home became a new livelihood centred around running this prestigious boutique hotel frequented by global
If you have deep pockets and want to stay in central Milan and experience refined quiet luxury then you need to consider The Bulgari Hotel. This 58 room hotel was designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners in 2004. The 18th century Palazzo is situated centrally near the Via Montenapoleone and Via
Located just outside of Milan, the Borgo Nuovo is warm and inviting. The interiors are by Viviana Fedeli and Luca Puglia, who have chosen to decorate them with art and installations created by Samantha Lina. Its spaces, which include four suites, seven superior rooms, and a restaurant-lounge are sophisticatedly-inspired by the 1940s and filled with both vintage treasures and contemporary touches.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest addition to my design tourist series. If you’d like to see more take a look here.
All images provided via the hotels listed.