Italians do it better in furniture, fashion, and now in boutique luxury hotels. From low-key hotel areas to lavish 5-star accommodation, Milan has it all. Drawing crowds year-round thanks to its world-renowned fashion and design industries, the city has experience in hosting some of the most discerning guests, and boy does it show. Design Contract gathered 10 worthy hotel interiors, that you might want to check in right now.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Starwood Hotels and Resorts has never been short of statement accommodation. The iconic boutique hotel Excelsior Hotel Gallia, located in Milan’s former Palace Gallia-was reinvented by local studio Marco Piva, to include a sleek glass extension, the hotel has also been upgraded by furniture brand B&B Italia, whose use of materials such as aluminum, glass and marble tie in with an Art Deco-inspired theme.
Guestrooms are a medley of custom-made pieces from brands ranging from Poltrona Frau to Cassina, while public spaces feature specially commissioned installations including a 30-meter high Murano glass chandelier by De Majo.
Room Mate Giulia
Located in Milan’s core, and a quick two-minute stride from the Piazza del Duomo, the 85-room Room Mate Giulia is the result of a canny collaboration between Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola and the budget-friendly hotel group Room Mate. The prices might be economic, but the finishings are definitely top-rate, with most of the hotel furniture designed by Urquiola and custom-made by Cassina, where she is creative director.
In guestrooms, bold armchairs by Kartell and Moroso sit alongside lamps by Flos and Oluce, while grid patterned Kvadrat curtains provide visual texture. Downstairs, an eclectic mishmash of furnishings and color combinations form the lobby area, which is also lined with artwork by local creatives.
The benchmark for the luxury boutique hotel at any Bulgari Hotel is pretty high. At Bulgari Hotel Milan, world-class design — by architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners — a multifaceted spa and five locally lauded food and drink outlets combine for the full luxury effect.
But the stars of the show are undoubtedly the 58 contemporary rooms and suites, all generously lined with Zimbabwean marble, solid teak, and oak, with most offering views over Il Giardino, the hotel’s multifunctioning gardens designed by Agata Ambroise.
Park Hyatt Milan
There are a few reasons why savvy travelers are invariably delighted by the Park Hyatt Milan, and by the fact Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Piazza Duomo, and Teatro alla Scala are so close to this boutique luxury hotel, is one. Another is designer Ed Tuttle’s soothing interiors of cool stone, marble, and warm fabrics, which dress 106 chic guestrooms and suites that are also outfitted with Tai Ping rugs and hand-blown Murano glass lamps.
The property’s four food and drink outposts include the two Michelin-starred VUN Andrea Aprea, where modern Italian cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients charms both visitors and locals.
Senato Hotel unfolds within a neo-classic building that was once a private residence. For the hotel interior decor, architect Alessandro Bianchi has roped in a host of local Milanese talent — including lighting company Bottega Gadda — to build on his sleek interiors, which are an assembly of plush materials; marble, brass and rich velvet furnishings amongst a palette of matt black, bottle green and shimmering gold.
Blanketed in Armani’s instantly recognizable brand of understated chic, the luxe Italian fashion brand’s Milan hotel — the second from the label — isn’t so much a gateway into the Armani aesthetic as it an experience of the Armani lifestyle. Fully furnished with pieces inspired by the Armani/Casa home collection, the property exudes Armani’s signature calm beauty while simultaneously respecting the 1937 rationalist style building in which it is housed, designed by Enrico A. Griffini.
As such, the 95-room property features a plethora of stylish linear sofas covered in chic fabrics, walls lined with Silk Georgette, a smooth limestone from Asia, and striking swooped staircases in the Armani Presidential suites which allow guests to have the grand entrance they deserve.
Hotel VIU Milan
The newest luxury boutique hotel VIU Milan is a striking addition to Milan’s Porta Volta skyline, announces itself in a grand manner. Carved from a central block of glass panels bookended with green walls festooned with jasmine, ivy and clematis, the seven-storey building cuts a dramatic figure amongst this up-and-coming neighborhood.
Every aspect of the hotel area— from the 124 guestrooms to the lobby and bar — has been furnished by Molteni&C who have injected the space with a unified mood board of warm brown tones and low slung pieces framed by a backdrop of oak parquet flooring, black basalt tiles, and Rubelli textiles. A restaurant Michelin star led by Giancarlo Morelli, and Milan’s first hotel rooftop pool provide ample distraction.
Hotel Il Duca, is conveniently positioned on Brera’s Piazza della Repubblica at the edge of the city’s fashion and Milan design district, the property steadily draws in the fashion crowd it has set out to court. Originally designed by late architect Aldo Rossi the building is characterized by its large Carrara columns, green Murano stone, and expansive windows.
Now, it’s just as noteworthy for its hotel interior designs by local outfit Mortini’s Studio, who have provided a balance of traditional and contemporary Italian design. This is best exemplified in the 132 guests rooms; each a medley of muted tones unified by luxe textures and furniture designed by an Italian dream team of Gio Ponti and Luca Meda in collaboration with Rossi.
Fifty House Milan
Defined by a seamless blend of luxury, design, and informality, Milan’s Fifty House presents a heaven of warmth and comfort in a city that constantly bustles. This boutique hotel has gathered objects, collected art and eclectic furnishings by Driade stylishly placed in and around the 50 suites.
With walls draped with bold wallpaper by Flamant and lighting in both internal and external areas supplied by Antonangeli Illuminazione, each space here is touched by a penchant for the bold and the beautiful. An elegant and highly manicured courtyard garden rounds things off with Eastern-inspired statues and plant life.
Presenting 104 rooms carved out of three 19th-century piles, Milan’s outpost of the Mandarin Oriental wholly embodies the grand elegance that is now firmly the brand’s MO. Located near La Scala, and just a stone’s throw from the city’s smart Brera quarter, the property screams high-end glamour, bolstered Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, who have stuck to Mandarin’s signature mood board of muted hues and Asia-lite decorate touches, accented with timber floors, customized Egyptian cotton bed linen, and organic Panpuri bathroom products.
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