Milan is world-renowned for its fashion & design industries, its numerous art galleries, as well as its local cuisine. Having pursued my undergraduate studies in Milan, I feel very attached to this city and love going back as often as I can.
Here is a review of four hotels in Milan. Although all of them have a four-star rating, each one caters to a different traveler group and is located in a different part of the city.
As I realized I would have rated all hotels as “very good”, I am not ranking the hotels this time. Indeed, all four provide great service and have beautiful interiors. They also all have very good restaurants and bars.
The Hub Hotel
I am starting with this hotel, because, given its location (quite far from the city center and requiring either the hotel’s free shuttle service or a taxi from the underground station Certosa), it caters to a very specific visitor group. Actually two groups.
One group is made of organizers and attendees of corporate events. The design hotel has, indeed, lots of space for hosting large events and offers very good facilities: a restaurant with open-view kitchen, a spa, a large fitness center, and a swimming pool. The last two are located on the 14th floor and have panoramic views over the city.
The rooms are spacious and have elegant, minimalist interiors. The breakfast buffet is quite big by Italian standards.
The other group of visitors the hotel caters to are large groups of tourists in transit between Milan and other cities further north. Given Milan’s parking space problems, staying at a hotel outside the city center can be especially convenient for tourist groups traveling by bus.
N.B.: I was invited to stay at this hotel for free, since a food blogger event organized by Carlo Vischi, the director of two cookbook series at publishing houses Trenta Editore e Malvarosa Editore, was held there. I am very thankful for this kind invitation!
Address: Via Privata Polonia 10, 20157 Milan
Hotel Milano Scala
Of all four hotels, this is the one with the most central location, making it a very good choice of place for those visiting Milan for leisure rather than for business meetings elsewhere in the city.
Two particularities make this hotel quite remarkable: Not only is this Milan’s first and only zero-emissions hotel, but guests can also enjoy live background music in the lobby / breakfast room at most times of the day. Given its very close location to La Scala, Milan’s opera house, music is the dominant theme in the entire hotel.
I really liked the room and hotel interiors, especially the large bookcase in the lobby! The fitness center is quite small, but open 24 hours. There is also a spa.
The hotel has a very good restaurant, called Green, where I had lunch once and ordered a mozzarella & tomato salad. There are many options for vegetarians. Both the food and the service were very good.
N.B.: Here too, I was invited to stay at this hotel for free. I am very thankful for this kind invitation!
Address: Via dell’Orso 7, 20121 Milan
Milan Marriott Hotel
This is the only hotel of all four where I stayed one night without trying out the restaurant – not even for breakfast. But I did order room service and that was very quick… they also brought lots of cookies with the latte I had ordered! (See previous post)
I enjoyed my stay and was impressed by the hotel’s pretty interiors. The lobby is quite impressive and the rooms very charming. The well-equipped fitness center is open 24 hours.
The location is very close to Milano Fiere, Milan’s exhibition center, making it quite convenient for business travelers. The area is, otherwise, quite residential, though there are many good restaurants and cafés nearby.
Address: Via Washington 66, 20146 Milan
AC Hotel Milan
AC Hotel Milano is located very close to the train station Porta Garibaldi and the stylish street Corso Como. It is a short walk away from the artists’ neighborhood of Brera and other major attractions of the city. (See previous post)
The hotel’s decor is rather business-like, but not at all sterile. There are many paintings and other art objects that give a nice feel to the place.
The two things I appreciate most about this hotel (besides its location) are. The first one is the excellent food of its restaurant, which I highly recommend. The other is the fact that the minibar is not only stocked every day, but is also included in the room rate.
There is a 24-hour fitness center.
Address: Via Tazzoli 2, 20154 Milan
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