Friday, January 27, 2012

Where are the Hotels in Milan?

Hey guys– I always like to tell you when I find a great hotel, like the Hôtel Thoumieux in Paris. Unfortunately, I’ve been traveling to Milan for six years and still haven’t found a good, reasonably priced hotel to call my home away from home.


I’ve stayed at the Principe- too expensive, too corporate, and when they re-designed the bar they lost me. The Grand is certainly grand and in a beautiful location, but the insanely slow internet makes it difficult as a top choice. Most recently I stayed at the new La Scalawhich was too expensive for an upper-mid level corporate hotel with no discernible charm. The AC Milano is too far out of the center, and its neighbor, the Una Hotel Tocq, located in the heart of Milan’s noisiest nightclub district, is loud every night of the week. The Nhow, out in the Tortona art district, is even farther away, in the opposite direction of the AC Milano.


I just stayed at the Cusani during Men’s this month; great location and typical corporate atmosphere, but the food simply was not up to par by any Italian standards.


So, I’m begging you…please help me find a hotel in Milan!


My dream would be old school Italian design, reliable internet, reasonably good food (especially breakfast), and located somewhere in the center of Milan.


I’m counting on you guys, I can’t wait to read the responses tomorrow and book my room right away!


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  1. Kiyash

    January 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Not cheap, but the Townhouse 8 is amazing, does good breakfast, and could not be more centrally located.

  2. p coyle

    January 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  3. Melodie

    January 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I dont think the concept of fast Internet even exists in Italy! Just kidding. I’m a student so I’ve only stayed in small hotels and my friends’. Good luck! m

  4. carla

    January 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Una Maison Milano was fantastic when I stayed and it’s incredibly close to the Piazza del Duomo.

  5. Mia

    January 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    NH maybe???

  6. Kev.

    January 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Go ahead and book your room in grand hotel. I went there a couple of month back and it was quiet the place.

  7. Robbie Vorhaus

    January 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

  8. Daniela

    January 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    have a look at the chateau monfort next time. just opened and looks very charming from the outside for us living in the neighborhood. 5 mins walk from san babila.

  9. Susana

    January 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Have you tried There are pearls hiding in that website if you’re into the guest/host experience. Otherwise, a fellow milanese journalist just recommended ostello bello near the duomo, not glamourous but apparently comfy, cool, n’ central. Good luck!

  10. Barbara - COLOUR THE CITY

    January 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Four Season for sure!!!!

  11. Miles

    January 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I stayed at the new Bvlgari and it was BEAUTIFUL! Very modern, not exactly the old italian style you were describing but the whole experience is divine, right down to the location around northern Milan. It is no more than a 10 minute walk to Corso Como. I highly recommend it.

  12. Murray Crane

    January 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I am staying here next month, highly recommended:

    Antica Locanda Solferino
    via Castelfidardo 2
    Tel: 026570129.
    [email protected]

  13. Ed Kavishe

    January 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Scott i have to agree with you on this one…Milan lacks that very much, always a hassle during fashion week, have done Principe before i love the bar…Hotel STRAF Milano is my fav right now….good luck on finding a new home away from home.

  14. Jennifer

    January 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I second the airbnb suggestion if the hotels haven’t been working so well for you. As examples:

  15. Raffaella

    January 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Last time I’ve been in Milan I stayed at Maison Borella hotel.

    it’s well decorated, modern but with a touch of “bucolic”. People there are nice and friendly. Good choice of pastries at breakfast. Is near Porta Ticinese, 20 mins walking to Duomo.

  16. Suzanne Nelson

    January 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Sart, my advice would be to give up trying to find a decent hotel in Milan, skip it entirely and stay at the Danieli in Venice…

  17. Ralph

    January 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Rosa Grand right beside the duomo. You want to be in the heart of Milan right now.

  18. Rita

    January 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    The straf! Great breakfast, central location.
    Also try booking via tablet hotels.

  19. matthew

    January 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Palazzo Segreti – only 18 fantastic rooms with balcony and wonderful service. if you’re looking for a great breakfast…this is it!

  20. helen

    January 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    The Park Hyatt is OUTSTANDING – we had a wonderful experience there, and my husband seemed very satisfied with the internet connectivity, which he’s rather sensitive about (although he’s not uploading data.) The location couldn’t be any better, either. The Duomo is literally around the corner.

    While it’s rather expensive, it being a Hyatt property has its advantages as they’re one of the few luxury hotel chains that allow you to collect points.

    Otherwise, yes, it seems like you’re SOL in terms of location and reliable service…. and don’t you just hate that ridiculously long ride to the airport??

    I would also highly recommend Giacomo Bistrot – if you don’t know it already – it is perfectly old-fashioned and has a very sartorial clientele.

  21. Flavia Style Source

    January 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Milan is very expensive but so are other main European cities. Why wouldn’t you consider a furnished studio in such a city… I would consider a furnished short term or medium term accomodation. Sometime you may find very good apartments from private persons that are reluctant to just give their space in regular long term rent. Some may have several apartments with nobody to live.
    Personally, I rent studios if I go for a 1 month or more vacation in Europe. If I have to stay less than 1 month, I use a Bed&Breakfast instead. In hotels, even 4 start superior, or some 5 stars I smelled dust in them and hated their lack of personality.
    Making friends with the local people and speaking their own language matters…
    I wish you great luck to find your home away from home!

  22. Isaac

    January 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Have you tred Enrout and Airbnb? Both have great offerings for vacation rentals, though Enrout has more selection.

  23. natasha

    January 28, 2012 at 12:30 am

    try Sheraton diana majestic.

  24. Dee Dee

    January 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Hotel Cavour! Via Fatebenefratelli 21. You will love, and you are right there!

  25. Miriam

    January 28, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Do you know that Corso Como 10 has a few rooms to rent out in the building it is housed in? Haven’t actually had the chance to stay there myself but can only imagine that they are lovely. Here is the link:

  26. Miriam

    January 28, 2012 at 1:07 am

  27. Nicky Meo

    January 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

    We stay at the Straf……fabulous breakfast….pleasant service, great location…….

  28. Nicky

    January 28, 2012 at 1:44 am

    The Straf…..great location…great staff, great breakfast

  29. Saki

    January 28, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Dear Scott,
    I lived in Milan a couple of years back. At the time, Straf was the only hotel I’d recommend to friends and family.

  30. Russ

    January 28, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Carlton Hotel Baglioni
    Hotel de la Ville
    Bulgari Hotel Milan

  31. Mike

    January 28, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I strongly recommend Hotel Manin, in front of Giardini di Porta Venezia.
    It’s a 4 starts, old school Italian hotel. Great location, no noise, good food and pretty convenient too. Overall a very good experience.
    Here’s the link for their website:

  32. Dirdy

    January 28, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Like Ralph, I can also recommend the Rosa Grand. Great location, lovely team and right in the heart of things. I’ve also paid great rates when staying there.

  33. Paolo

    January 28, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I have for you 2 suggestions close to the “Arco Della Pace” area
    If you want to fill the real old style food of Milan you could spent one night in the restuarant in the old downtown called: “Trattoria la Milanese” in Via Santa Marta,,Milano
    And in order to drink a good glass of wine: CANTINE ISOLA in Via Paolo Sarpi, Milan
    Good suggestions for your next trip in Milan.
    Paolo & Daniela

  34. Mangoblüte

    January 28, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Fours Seasons! The best breakfast (no buffet!) I’ve ever had, old but new, fast internet, great location (Via Gesù – a small street on the Via Montenapoleone), beautiful rooms, great service… here is my opinion with photos of the hotel (I went there for my birthday last year):

  35. Mangoblüte

    January 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Hotel Straf and The Gray I would not recommend! Poor service, very thin walls, very expensive… no, not good!

    But Bulgari is also nice! And what about the Armani Hotel?

  36. Raffa

    January 28, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I live in Milan, I have not been to the following residence but it is highly recommended by friends

    it is a residence not a hotel. I think the kind of hotel you look for is more often to find outside Milan in smaller towns e.g. Parma. But I might be wrong. Good luck.

  37. Jenny

    January 28, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Diana Majestic!

  38. Julia

    January 28, 2012 at 3:08 am

    3 Rooms in 10 corso como – its a small hotel, spacious and lovely rooms, private, with a nice little breakfast area.

    or hotel straf.

  39. Ksenia

    January 28, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I stayed in Town House 8 once(right in the Gallery) the prices are more or less OK and the hotel is quite nice. However, i should say probably the best i tried was Bulgari hotel (very cute territory). Did u try Armani hotel yet? BUT…all NH hotels are really really good in Milan and they have hotels all over the city.

  40. Ksenia

    January 28, 2012 at 3:22 am

    would agree with the comment about vacation rentals, though! If u look for the hotel on they suggest apartments as well that are VERY well located and for all sort of prices.

  41. merle

    January 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I’ve stayed there some time ago. It’s close to Santa Maria delle Grazie and it was no problem to walk to the center. The staff was charming, so were the rooms and the building and the little courtyard.

  42. Eve

    January 28, 2012 at 3:32 am


    If you want the best hotel in Milan then the only answer is Hotel Bvlgari. After staying in a dodgy buisness workers hotel my first trip to Milan (aged 9 i am now 15) i finally convinced my mum to book Bvlagri it really is the best Hotel even in the most basic room it is an amazing experience. Of course it is part of the Bvlgari group a fashion hotel that is done exceptionally well!

    - The food is amazing
    - The spa and pool is gorgeous

    Love Eve (Melbourne) Xx

  43. Jonathon

    January 28, 2012 at 3:43 am


    Dee Dee beat me to it – Hotel Cavour is fantastic! Affordable, a great location and family owned, it feels authentic and without any sense of pretention. Of all the many (dodgy, terrible, hideous) hotels I’ve stayed in Milano this is the one I always want to go back to.


  44. adrian james mimnagh

    January 28, 2012 at 3:47 am

    i’ve stayed in the cavour in via fatebenefratelli, just 2 monuted from the armani store on via manzoni…. don’t go by the photos on the website, in real life it has a kind of 50′s old world charm, the service is excellent, the food very good, it’s not too bit, not too small, and can almost feel like home….. not sure about the internet connection though !!

  45. Elisabetta

    January 28, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Hotel Spadari I would say – do not know about the Internet though

  46. Alessandra

    January 28, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Maybe you should try Alle Meraviglie, it’s small but therefore cozy and comfortable and makes you feel like being at home. Moreover its located in the center of Milan. :)

  47. Anna

    January 28, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I’ve stayed at the Bulgari, too small rooms for the price they charge. I’ve stayed at Straf, didn’t dig the location and too cool for school. I’ve always wanted to stay at the four seasons but it is just soooo expensive. But it has great location and a wonderful piano bar! Now I always stay at hotel Manzoni on via Manzoni. Small, superb location and very quiet, not expensive but totally boring interiors and not very exciting rooms. The breakfast is not all that either but has ok coffee.

    But I totally agree – where on earh are the great hotels in Milan???!!

  48. Gianni Fontana

    January 28, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Hi Scott: Townhouse, Boscolo, Bulgari. But do not expect a really fast connection in Italy. Ciao

  49. Wimereux

    January 28, 2012 at 4:11 am

    We stay at the StarHotels Anderson every year. It’s a modern boutique style hotel. It’s not that central but it’s reasonably priced and opposite the Centrale train station so very easy to get around.

    We never mind the walk into the centre of town because it takes us past the ice cream shop :-)

  50. Olivier

    January 28, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Hey Scott, just recommend you the Hotel Spandari Website
    and if you want to eat great, just try
    have great time in Milano!

  51. Sancha

    January 28, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I always stay at the Hotel Manzoni in Via Santo Spirito (right in front of Balenciaga store). Although is in the center the street is very quiet and the prices are always the best deal.

  52. jicky

    January 28, 2012 at 4:42 am

    a really really great one: (you can also live in big appartments and really cheap and chic!!!):

    (tested and approved!!!!!) We’ll go back there again

  53. chicco

    January 28, 2012 at 4:42 am

    un hotel carino e sostenibile green è E.CH.O.
    buon soggiorno
    ciao chicco

  54. Marieclaire

    January 28, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I live in Milan. When my friend visited he stayed at a bed and breakfast in Porta Genova called The Ralph. It is stunningly decorated and the family that runs it are very accommodating. The food is great and the internet service runs well. Best of all it is a cheap and comfortable alternative to the corporate hotels on the other side of the center. If you are in Milan on the last Sunday of the month it is also has the added bonus of being across the street from the antiques market held by the Navigli. A lot of the shows are also in this area.

    My other favorite is the Bulgari Hotel. It is off Montenapoleone and is definitely the most gorgeous in Milan, but also the most expensive.

  55. pommieknight

    January 28, 2012 at 5:10 am

    It’s not quite in the city centre but I enjoyed staying at the Hotel Michelangelo. It’s directly opposite Milano Centrale railway station. It depends on what you’re looking for in terms of opulence. The food in the hotel’s very good and there’s an extremely good restaurant right on the doorstep. The staff are friendly and the hotel gets a good mix of clientele, both businesses and tourists.

  56. Nick

    January 28, 2012 at 5:10 am

    The Diana Majestic is a great old-world hotel, though it’s been a bit Sheraton-ised:

  57. Al

    January 28, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Of all the places I’ve been, Milan Rome and Venice (I’m Italian, I’ve been there quite a few times) are probably the places with the worst hotel offer. They are totally not reflecting the standards of the category (any category) and are awfully overpriced.

    I really suggest you to have a look at apartments, I stopped to go to hotels in some cities a few years ago because an apartment is terribly more convenient and comfy, quiet and gives you additional values that a hotel will never give.

    I would consider it if I were you.


  58. sd

    January 28, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Il Resentin.

    Amazing little 4 room guesthouse, with a great restaurant (that serves your included breakfast) downstairs.

    (please say hi to ms pero for me)

  59. Simone O.

    January 28, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I second the Palazzo Segreti’s suggestion: Conveniently located in the very centre and with plenty of charm.

    My second choice (although it’s definitely more expensive and a bit more ‘corporate’) would be the Park Hyatt. They have the best bar in Milan (with a dedicated menu for Bloody Marys) and the restaurant is equally top-level (clearly aiming for a Michelin star in the near future). Service is also top-notch.

  60. Filippo

    January 28, 2012 at 6:23 am

    I grew up in Milan and still find the hotel scene one of the worst compared to the rest of the european counterparts. Do try the Foresteria Monforte, in Piazza Tricolore. It’s just perfect, location, price and everything. Only downside, it has only 3 rooms. It is the home away from home in Milan.

  61. Ivana

    January 28, 2012 at 6:34 am

    i’d suggest Resentin
    ground floor is a lovely restaurant (where you have breakfast in the morning with all the locals having their cappuccio off their feet. and upstairs they have 4 beautiful rooms. very cosy and the lady that runs it is brilliant. it’s in zona brera
    enjoy~ ivana

  62. Nicola

    January 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I had to live at the Principe for 6 weeks one summer and I agree it lacks charm. As does the Four Seasons.

    My favourite was the Sheraton Diana. Best breakfast I had in Italy and a fabulous garden. My only complaint was the gym which was lacklustre. Not sure about internet. It’s been a few year, so things may have changed:

  63. Gonçague

    January 28, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I recommend hotel Straf. Is close to Domo and it’s modern and with a good internet access. I always stay in that hotel when I travel to Milan.

  64. Christoph G

    January 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Hey Scott,

    i agree with Nicky, 10corso is cool.

    But i always stay at when i shoot in Milan.
    Great location, easy design, good internet, etc, i could go on!
    Try it.

    All the best,

  65. kt

    January 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

    corso como 10 has a three room hotel which should be quite nice. I’ve never been there myself because I live in milan, but I think it could be your kind of thing. Keep up with the good work, I love looking at your photos of Italian people!

  66. Trevor

    January 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I lived in Milan for some five years, and with friends and family in town often, I’ve done some leg work on this one.
    I’d recommend starting with Hotels that you’d consider “old school Italian” are many among some 400 Milan hotels listed on the site, and you can narrow your search by “zone della citta” to specific zones in the center (ie. Navigli, Porta Venezia). You’re also likely to find comments on breakfast in the reviews.

    I’ve had no bad experiences with the hotels I’ve booked on — they were family-owned/ran, charming, and reasonably priced.

    Good luck!

  67. gonçague

    January 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I highly recommen Straf, close to Domo and with a very good service.

  68. Sally

    January 28, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Perhaps the Straf?

  69. cristina

    January 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

    maison borella and antica locanda solferino
    the first is brand new, very nice location, good design, the second is old style, very intimate, great location too

  70. Stefania

    January 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    The townhouse 31 …. Maybe?

  71. Julie P.

    January 28, 2012 at 8:06 am

    The only place I have ever stayed in Milan is the Hotel dei Cavalieri, just about a block from the Piazza del Duomo, across the street from Sta. Maria presso S. Satiro, a beautiful church. I stayed in the owner’s suite while I was there, which was very comfortable. I can’t remember what the internet was like. It’s a solid 4star Italian hotel–not too luxurious, a little businessy.

    Good luck!

  72. Chiara

    January 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Definitely the Uptown Palace! It just opened last October and is really great! 10 min walk from Duomo, beautiful rooms and excelent service…it also is next door to Aquae Calidae, a great spa which has an Ancient Rome inspiration and just won a price as Best Italian Urban Spa.

  73. Tonio

    January 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

    The Bulgai Hotel. Expensive but well worth it.

  74. rapi

    January 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

    why stay in a hotel when
    you can rent a house or apartment through homeaway….

  75. JR

    January 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Stayed at Maison Moschino, lousy internet, breakfast for models but rooms and price OK. 10 Corso Como has 3 fantastic rooms, although not cheap and good luck with reservation during fashion week.

  76. rachele

    January 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    “straf” is great, but I also love “spadari al duomo”…
    let me know!

  77. rachele

    January 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

    “straf “is great, but i also love “spadari al duomo”!
    let me know!

  78. TaniaPoli

    January 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Hi Scott,
    Why don’t you try an apartment? I’m sure there’s a lot of short-lets, and tripadvisor’s reviews will give you an idea of how good (or bad) they are.
    I always do that in Paris and could recommend one but nothing to add about Milan… Hope this helps though…

  79. Katherine

    January 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    the Bulgari hotel- certainly not reasonably priced but amazing experience and tremendous food- you feel at home the second you walk in the door (where large glass containers of complimentary candies are filled to the brim- for the child in each of us) overall, a surprisingly wonderful place- would not stay anywhere else in the city

  80. María Cristina Acquaroni

    January 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

    When I go to Milan I always stay with friends but I did buy The Hedonists Guide to Milan and it’s got some pretty cool options, I personally have always wanted to stay at 3 Rooms at Corso Como 10

    Good luck!!!

  81. Susan

    January 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The Straf.

    It’s the absolute opposite of old school Italian design, but it ticks all the other boxes.

  82. moreskinnydays

    January 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Who eats at the hotel? Except, as you said for breakfast. I liked the regular Marriott on George Washington and found their concierge breakfast perfect. It has reliable internet and none of the old school Italian charm you’re looking for. The staff is wonderful and it’s only a ten minute walk to the metro–five minute walk to the trolly.

  83. Liz

    January 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I’ve stayed in Milan when I was involved with the US Consulate General there. I found the Hotel Windsor to be affordable and nice and they have an amazing staff and complimentary breakfast! It’s closed to down town Milan and right on several train and tram lines!

  84. MIsha

    January 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Tried just about every hotel in Milano…. and decided to always and only stay at Hotel de la Ville in Monza. 30 minutes by car/taxi, 30 minutes by train.

  85. Lena

    January 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Last year we stayed at the Straf. Centrally located, modern, minimal feel, good breakfast, not too expensive. Best brunch at the Four Seasons. Have a great trip!

  86. chris

    January 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

    hotel straf!

  87. Sandra Busby

    January 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    if you haven’t tried the Hotel Manin, you might have a look. It is adjacent to the fashion district, old world charm, park across the street, lovely outdoor dining. There is a charge for internet, so I didn’t use it.

    Sandra Busby

  88. Tom

    January 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I would echo the Park Hyatt recommendation. May be pricy but worth every penny.

  89. Vanessa

    January 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hotel Maison Borella, brand new, charming, small & cozy. Actually fav one of some of the most famous fashion brands like LV and Pomellato.

  90. Flam

    January 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

    As Raffaella said, Maison Borella looks perfect for you: small, charming, stylish with a vintage touch, quiet and near the center. Plenty of restaurant at walking distance.
    One of the favourite of some luxury brand.

  91. Emme Gee

    January 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I love Antica Locanda Solferino in the Brera neighborhood. It has so much charm – Fellini used to stay there. The hotel rents apartments in the same neighborhood, too.

  92. maria

    January 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Le Stelline in Corso Magenta. Cheap and very well located

  93. Emme Gee

    January 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

    And PS – the restaurant right next door – Ristorante Solferino is amazing!

  94. Freddy H.

    January 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Scott,I have been going to Milano for over 20 years.I have stayed everywhere.I think you would like very much the Hotel Diana Majestic.Its close to everything and it is a very happening hotel.I also like the Carlton Baglioni .Like you I have stayed in the Principe many many times.It used to be the go to place,but like you said after they change the bar it lost its appeal.Give the Diana a shot although not a grand hotel it will work for you.

  95. Stacy

    January 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Hotel Palazzo delle Stelline. It’s right across from Santa Maria delle Grazie and in a very beautiful, quiet part of the city. Cadorna is a 5 minute walk, tops, so easy access to the metro and the Malpensa express.

  96. Stephen

    January 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

    May I suggest Hotel Spadari al Duomo. It is right next door to the upscale deli PECK. It is 2 blocks from the Duomo right in the heart of things. Very understated modern decor and a small lovely breakfast room. Also, it will not break the bank. Ciao.

  97. S'Notes

    January 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Dear Scott,
    Recently the Armani Hotel has just opened:

    I suggest Maison Moschino:

    The Sheraton Diana is also very good.

    If you are looking for some cool places in Milan, where to eat good italian meal, this is my blog with some suggestions on this city:

  98. tina

    January 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

    try with hotel manzoni, via s. spirito. good luck

  99. Patrick

    January 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Definitively Bulgari! They even have a small garden if you like to smoke a cigar while flipping through your photos ;)

  100. YOU Footwear

    January 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    A good chioce could be the Atica Locanda Solverino. Very centrally located near Brera, it is not the typical corporate hotel such as the Park Hyatt, in fact it is a small fancy hotel with a very bohemian charm and for sure one place which can easily make you feel home when you’re away.


  101. Catalina

    January 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    IQ Hotel!

  102. stefano

    January 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    charme nice apartments let for short periods, in the heart of the isola district, pictures on demand , may be can be a good alternative!!

  103. Debora

    January 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I used to travel to Milan for business and tried a number of hotels. I suggest the Hotel de le Ville. Centrally located, small, comfortable with personal service. And not as expensive as some.

  104. Marcello

    January 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I love the Ralph

  105. brýle

    January 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I can confirm Maison Milano is a great hotel spent some time there last year.

  106. anonymous

    January 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    My advice after perusing some of the sites that others have suggested is to stay at the Grand and go to an internet cafe for high speed internet. The Grand looks the most sumptuous of all the choices. Why is everything so difficult in Italy? I stayed there for a month touring and every day was a hassle. True, it is the most beautiful country on earth, but really… can’t the trains run a little better, the flight was delayed, our hotels were always a disappointment or worse… and the food…

  107. cindy

    January 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Hotel de la ville milano is the best hotel i guess, it’s in the back of la rinascente! free wifi, nice breakfast and it’s surrounded by many delicious italian restaurants! or just spend a few nights in the moschino hotel near corso como

  108. lori

    January 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    The best place to stay in Milan is at the Locanda Resintin in Brera. 4 amazing rooms above the locanda. Great service, great food and reasonable for the location. I have stayed at all the expensive hotels in Milan and this is better than any place we have stayed.

  109. Amanda Dirksen

    January 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Scott,

    I really had a good time at The Grand Visconti Palace! Great restaurant with the best Italian dishes and wine!

    Good luck,

  110. Alice

    January 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    3 Rooms at 10 Corso Como is really special:

  111. Mr McLaughlin

    January 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Meliá Milano has to be worth your patronage.

  112. Lee

    January 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Corso Como Dieci but it’s not my idea of reasonably priced either.

    Frankly Milan is a bit disappointing with the hotel scene. … very weird for such a fashionable city.

  113. Natalie J.

    January 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I studied in Milan for 6 months and would have to say that of all my time there the Antica Locanda Leonardo was a sole winner.

    Gorgeous 19th century building, on Corso Magenta (quiet but happening enough), exclusive.

    Reference my blog for pictures.

    Bid you luck!

  114. Michele.

    January 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    STRAF . It’s amazing. It’s a design hotel.

    Have fun!.

  115. Michele.

    January 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    It’s designed by De Cotiis, an amazing Milanese architect.

  116. libby

    January 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  117. Marianne Fersing

    January 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about Milano hotels… You would love the Carlton Baglioni located just behind via Montenapoleone, very vintage italian style, with one of the best restaurant of Milano (the favourite of Mrs Miuccia Prada).

  118. Maria

    January 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Armani hotel

  119. Tom

    January 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I travel to Milano 4x per year minimum and I have had the same experience. Unless you stay top 5 star, they are all overpriced and they under-deliver.Una Maison Milano is reasonable, new-ish, clean, modern bathrooms and good sized contemporary rooms with excellent staff. No lobby or bar, so it’s like staying in an apartment to some extent.

  120. Marci C

    January 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hotel Spadari Al Duomo…perfect location, and next to Peck!! And across the street from the best macaroons ever.

  121. HAW

    January 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I can’t recall the name but there is a great boutigue hotel just down the street from the church with “The Last Supper”. Was there a few years ago and it was wonderful, would look up the name for you but on vacation in the islands and spotty internet.

  122. A

    January 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The Hyatt in Milan is beautiful and is in perfect location! Feels royal staying there! But its veryy pricey!

  123. Red

    January 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Try the Una Cusani, very simple, modern big rooms with great Internet and close to everything, plus the service is always above and beyond. The base for a lot of fashion crews over fashion week but very peaceful.

  124. Esbjörn

    January 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I would go with whomever suggested Straf. I’ve read some negative reviews about them but I’ve also read that they’ve changed management. I stayed there recently in any case, and while the design is a far cry from “classical italian”, the Internet was fast (yes, Milano, Italy!) however a bit of a complicated system with codes. The breakfast was typical italian hotel buffet, but really good. It’s right next to the dome and there’s a really good bar towards the street which gathered alot of locals in the evening. I will stay there again.

  125. Jill

    January 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Hotel Spadari is very nice

    just next to Peck Market and around the corner from a famous candy shop that I forget the name… get some sweets for Garance!

  126. Fernando Leta Jr

    January 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I usually stay at the Grand But some friends stayed at the Hotel Manzoni and Liked it. Its at via Santo Spirito Near via Della Spiga.

  127. Milano Citizen

    January 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  128. anon

    January 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    sorry, but do you think we will tell you our secret spots here?

  129. anon2

    January 29, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Hotel Sanpi!

  130. Pavel

    January 29, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Nice staff (more of American hospitality standards, not usual Italian), artistic interiors decoration, reliable free Internet, good breakfast. No bar or restaurant, but location is diner-friendly. Not much of business, mostly tourists and shoppers. Price is reasonable. Ask for 6th floor: you’ll have a balcony.

  131. Name*niccotina

    January 29, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Hotel Baglioni.
    very centered (one of the entrance is on Via Della Spiga).
    My grandparents always go there when they visit Milan. My family has 140 years of history in fashion and my grandpa loves to treat himself with perfect service and food. I went with him once, and I had the chance to meet Marta Marzotto at tea time, and dine close to Domenico Dolce at night.

  132. Marghe from Milan

    January 29, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Hi, I live in Milan, and I understand your point of view but…. Maybe I can help you:
    try with: “The Ralph Suite&Dependance” or “Maison Borrella” other hotel but DIFFERENT…. and….. my favorite is “Art Hotel Navigli” so romantic, vintage, modern, fantastic….
    Let me know….

  133. Giorgio

    January 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Absolutely Diana majestic.

  134. Goretti

    January 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Hotel Cavour for me is the best. In Fatebenefratelli..near of all…is the just size for work and repose..
    Sure!..I’ve try others, but since 7 years this is perfect.

  135. Alphonse

    January 29, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I would go for the Solferiono, via Solferino or the Diana ( Maybe Majestic Diana or Diana Majestic)

  136. agnes

    January 29, 2012 at 6:12 am

    you should try Hotel Straf. Its right in the center, has a pretty cool vibe, and Bar Straf, right next to it has some incredible parties for such a tiny place, and its a pretty trendy place in milan!

    Good luck!


  137. chichilafraise

    January 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I stayed at Palazzo Segreti and I really enjoyed it. Wifi internet was pretty decent and free. No restaurant, but there is a really charming one around the corner. The breakfast selection was quite small but the food itself was really good.

  138. Angela

    January 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I stayed at this hotel when I went to Milan for my birthday and it was wonderful – well priced and central with great facilities:

  139. maud

    January 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Bvlgari hotel

  140. maya

    January 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    have you tried Maison Moschino ?

  141. Bill

    January 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hotel Manzoni is perfect and convenient, Cavour is old fashioned but fine, and when I am broke , Hotel Carrobio ( Duomo area off V. Torino)…used to be a pensione we all stayed in the modeling days.. Top Floor terraces…nice people and good location

  142. francesca

    January 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Still the best compromise style/price!

  143. Francesca

    January 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I would recommend
    It’s in a very nice Milan zone (I used to live there, just around the corner).
    Just at walking distance you have very nice , good and even cheap restaurants (la Cala Due, Cucina Economica, Gattò, La cantina di Manuela)…and maybe the best croissant in Milan @PasticceriaSissi.

  144. Alison Francis

    January 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Nice suggestions…
    Hotel Milano Scala looks like a nice one. Artsy and homely,.. not cold. Character. Location. And good price ratio.

  145. Anna

    January 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Absolutely HotelMaisonBorella

  146. Beatrice

    January 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm


    I lived in Milan for 3yrs – these are where we’d put visitors up:

    TownHouse hotels…
    Antica Locanda Solferino
    Park Hyatt

    Take care!

  147. Bruce A

    January 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Every year for the past 6 years, we’ve been going to Milan for photoshoots. We absolutely love Townhouse 21. Quiet, feels like my home. Only serve a breakfast, but lots of great restaurants in the area. Very neighborhood.

  148. Name*

    January 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    4 seasons is the best! Ive stayed there for the past 5 years

  149. K

    January 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

    It has been a couple of years since I’ve been, but I agree that Milan hotels can be very inconsistent, and there is a lack of places where service and convenience are paired to a great environment and space… Hence, I would either stay at the 5plus star hotels Bulgari, Baglioni ($$$), or opt to stay somewhere unique, like 3 Rooms at 10 Corso Como. Best breakfast delivered to your living room, beautiful, unique, and comfortable rooms. My absolute favorite.

    Hotel Cavour is a practical option, excellent location, decent breakfast. The rooms are comfortable and nice, but aesthetically, nothing special.

    Townhouse (there are several) are ok, but some are not as well located, and depending on where, the rooms can be tiny and dark, the service can be inconsistent.

    As for Antica Locanda Solferino, though my room was beautiful, some friends had a terrible one for the same price. Nice location, but not a business, work friendly set up.

  150. JS

    January 30, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, Corso Buenos Aires, 3, cheers

  151. Julien

    January 30, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Try Moschino house :

  152. Enrico

    January 30, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I noticed that no one suggested The Pierre, but I think is one of the best choices to spend some time in Milan. The location is great, expecially for fashion week and Salone del Mobile (it’s right in the middle of Duomo and Tortona design district) plus I really like the area around, which is Corso di Porta Ticinese. The hotel is small for a 5 star, but in an intimate kind of way, and I found it not too expencive. Its look is definetly Italian upclass style, but not too let’s say costumy! I really liked the food too and believe me when I say that, cause I stayed there for 3 weeks, and every hotel food get us sick after 3 weeks!
    Hope to have been of any help!

  153. Christian Eduardo

    January 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Corso Cuomo rents some room at he upper floor of the boutique! It’s so you! I might say so even if I don’t actually know you.

    Christian Eduardo

  154. Laura

    January 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

    the Maison Moschino is behind Corso Como, super close to the center, the rooms are great, the bar and restaurant are very good quality ones and the furniture is amazing.

  155. Lara

    January 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Armani has just opened an outstanding hotel in the center of Milan.

  156. Juan

    January 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

    My dear Scott,
    my apartment is old school Sicilian design, but I would not let you sleep all night… and your camera would run out of battery

  157. Giuseppe

    January 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I think you would love the HOTEL STRAF, its a great hotel, i love the design, the bathroom its great it has a big shower all in copper, the room its confortable and the staff is very helpfull and the location its perfect, right infront of the Duomo.
    I reccomend this hotel for you, check it out.


  158. cat

    January 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Rosa Grand! wifi, pretty good breakfast but location location location! ask for a reno-ed room – it’s literally right beside the duomo!

  159. Bonnie McCarthy

    January 30, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I look forward to your review! Good luck!

  160. Juan A.

    January 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

    For mi the best: Four Seasons.

  161. Innerspace Interior Design

    January 30, 2012 at 11:37 am

    It’s not the newest, or the least expensive, but we always end up returning to the Grand Hotel et de Milan. Classic, comfortable, a most convenient location on via Manzoni @ via Montenapoleone, and a friendly, helpful staff, especially Walter, the concierge.

  162. Philippa Charnaud

    January 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

    My husband travels to Milan often and he recommends The Boscolo Exedra in the fashion district, the Hotel Straf near Parco Sempione and The Gray.

  163. Gary

    January 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    You’ve received a fair number of recommendations for the Straf on via San Raffaele and now you’re receiving one more. My wife and I honeymooned in Italy back in October and started and ended our trip at the Straf. We enjoyed virtually everything about it–the location, the design, the staff, the breakfast (although I’m basically a cappuccino and a yoghurt kind of guy), the wifi. The only thing we’d improve would be the design of the bathroom, the sink was the opposite of practical.
    For the past 10 years or so, whenever I’m planning travel abroad I always look at what the Design Hotels group has to offer.

    P.S. Thanks for your tips about Piombo and Aspesi (from last summer), they’re fantastic shops.

  164. steve morren

    January 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hotel Spadari,,,great location near the Duamo,,good b’fast,,beautiful artwork

  165. Avazeri

    January 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    May be it’s too late but try starhotel ciao bello

  166. Monica

    January 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hello from Milan!
    I would suggest “Antica Locanda dei Mercanti” very charming and confortable, “Hotel Pierre”, a 5 stars hotel with the ancient milanese class, close to Sant’Ambrogio, and not expensive at all…

    Hope you’ll enjoy your stay!

  167. Hotels Tacloban

    January 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    that sounds really weird, a corporate hotel with slow internet?

  168. Mendez&franco

    January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    We are a pair of designers and you have a lot of great suggested hotels like straf, nhow, bulgari, 10 corso como,…. But if you call to fabio novembre one of the most crazy designer of the world he could suggest good options or with a little Luck he invited you at home, his look are totalLy sartorialist, look his web Other good option are the b&b vietnamonamour were his owner are a exfashion designer with a súper personal looks and the best b&b of Milán with a special Vietnamese restaurant, they are Lovely.
    Good look!!

  169. Evan

    January 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The NEW “Armani hotel”..Is The Best choice…
    (Life Blog)

  170. try

    January 31, 2012 at 4:25 am

  171. bern

    January 31, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Camperio House suites could do the job not expensive some colours better than others but peaceful private and easy to get around

  172. antonella

    January 31, 2012 at 6:52 am

    You can look take a look at “10 Corso Como”,but I’ve never been there. Good Luck!

  173. Valentina

    January 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

    There is a small lovely hotel near the Piccolo Teatro Grassi, in via Rovello. I am afraid I do not remember the name though, sorry! It had a lovely ‘aged steel’ door and a Driade vase in the lobby, that’s all I remember…

  174. Andrea

    January 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

  175. MM

    January 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

  176. Chiara H. Mapelli

    January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I think this is the best hotel in Milan. (I am from Milan)
    check it out, AWESOME

  177. giuseppe

    January 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Not expensive, not corporate but absolutely lovely:

  178. marina

    January 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    the grand hotel de Milan
    via Manzoni
    i stay there old times with Mr. Joseph (london shops),
    went there again and again!!!
    love it

  179. Neill

    January 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    And if you’re forced to take an early flight and want / need to stay near the airport the Hotel Villa Malpensa is wonderful. Drop the car off, take the hotel bus back to the hotel , 5 minutes and be sure and make a reservation for the morning bus to the airport. Great dining room last I was there.

  180. giovanna

    January 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    check the townhouse in Via Goldoni, 31 just two minutes away from Dolce & Gabbana Theatre. “home away from home” is their claim, maybe it’s true?

  181. marco

    January 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Regardless of where you stay, need to get a slice at Pizzeria Spontini. I miss the pizza…. delectable

  182. anastacia bogdanova

    February 1, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Grand hotel is really good
    As for me i am normally stayng at diana majestic – you should check this one.
    Btw, here are some pictures from the lobby

  183. Marco

    February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I’d say The Straf, as many have suggested and its neighbor The Gray.

    They are both central, the area is quiet at night and you are literally 3 steps from everywhere you might need to go.


  184. fran

    February 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    try the ostello bello – it’s meant to be a hostel, but it features private rooms as well (well, you can be sure it’s not corporate nor boring!). free wi fi all over the 5 stories of the building, right in the city center (off via torino between duomo and colonne di san lorenzo), two terraces, the hot spot for happy hour these days (every day bewtween 6 and 9 pm). actually, you really wonder where all thos hip milanese people went to, before having this place to mix up with more hip tourists…? i bet you could take some good pictures there, too.

  185. byron

    February 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    king mokinba , good , cheap , near the center

    King Mokinba Hotels
    Corso Magenta 19, Centro Storico, 20123 Milan

  186. Donata

    February 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hotel maison borella !
    Simple and friendly but new and charmant!
    See you soon
    Ps: we’ll be in NY in two weeks!

  187. elise

    February 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    the rosa grande is pretty perfect despite the name!

  188. Kim

    February 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Personally I would rent a furnished appt on craigslist there are some great offers in Milan and Paris!

  189. Biczel

    February 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Have you tried this:;l=Milan,+Italy;d=2012-02-12;n=1;mf=p for your search? This tool in just great!

  190. Marie

    February 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I have had the same problem, however, the best hotel I’ve stayed in so far is this little hotel called Palazzo Segreti.
    Small, discrete with individually designed rooms. Additionally, the most lovely, well-dressed italians are always ready to give a hand down in the reception.
    Highly recommended – no doubt my go-to place in Milan

  191. Dennis

    February 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    To me, visiting Italy and Milan a few times per year, the Enterprise Hotel ( stands out. Combining fair priced rooms, reliable internet, conveniently close location to city centre and … best (hotel) breaskfast I’ve experienced in my years of travelling!
    Curious to know whether you share my view!

  192. Amy

    February 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Definitely check out the new Chateau Monfort mentioned above!
    Love The Park Hyatt Milano. Great service, large rooms, real breakfast but yes pricey.
    However, If you want a small place away from the scene you might check out Hotel Ariosto. I’ve never been inside, but it’s in a lovely neighborhood, Pagano. Corner Ariosto/Mascheroni, around the corner from the boutique, Pupi Solari.
    If you’re interested I will stop by to see if it’s up to par.

  193. piesse

    February 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

    i’m quite sure you’ll like the concept of very much different than any hotel in milan.

  194. Katya Lavrovskaya

    February 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    You’ve got to try Antica Locanda Solferino in Milan. It’s a sweat old Milanese style hotel, with antique furniture and good food. Lot’s of restaurants and bars around and you are right in the heart of BRERA.

  195. Anna Mare

    February 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Scott, try NH hotel
    It’s really worth staying- rooms are spacious, staff ‘s friendly, great location next to Centrale and very nice breakfast =)
    Have a great stay in Milan next time!

  196. Luke Surace

    February 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I would strongly recommend Hotel Boscolo the position is fantastic and the rooms are great.

  197. Kayaherb

    February 23, 2012 at 3:36 am

  198. Lavinia

    March 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

    This is a small four stars hotel, in an ancient house of the 18th century surrounded by a huge garden and facing the Naviglio Grande.
    Drop me an email if you’d like to stay here!

  199. jen

    March 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Hotel cristiforo colomobo.

    great hotel
    great spa connected to the hotel
    enough said.

  200. Chloé

    April 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I know it’s a little late but i stayed ate Rosa Grand and i loved it

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    March 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

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