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The Carlton Hotel Baglioni, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World (a collection of 400 or so luxury hotels across the globe), is the only hotel in Milan that has an entrance on Via della Spiga—one of the Milan luxury avenues and most fashionable streets. Paved in cobblestones, lined with fashion boutiques and open only to pedestrians, Via della Spiga is in the heart of Milan’s fashion district. It also happens to be a short walk to the other historic and rather dazzling Milanese sites: The Duomo (5 minutes), Castello Sforzesco (10 minutes) and the Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper (15 minutes). So what do you need for a visit into one of the best 2015 Milan Hotels?
As is the case with most of the Milan luxury hotels—the Baglioni doesn’t announce itself-the main entrance is fringed in a massive wall of blooming daphneadora; you’d be hard-pressed to find it unless you were looking. The dining spaces are refined and intimate, (they even offer a separate dining room for those who wish to smoke). Most of the outdoor garden terrace adjacent to the lounge, has an inviting space that sits on the main street (opposite Via della Spiga) but is cosseted in so much greenery it feels more like a backyard garden.
This is also a hotel where you’ll want to budget time for the remarkable breakfast buffet. Baglioni retained a special food consultant to rethink the entire culinary experience and source the best local, organic and unique offerings possible. Cereals are organic, and pastries are crafted by a local artisan—each chocolate croissant is made by hand—not the frozen version we all know from other tired hotel buffets. It’s all so delightfully unexpected!
The rooms here vary a good bit in terms of décor and amenities so when booking it makes sense to ask for details. Some of the grand deluxe rooms have private terraces overlooking Via della Spiga. Superior and classic rooms are on the first and second floors and while offering all of the textural opulence in terms of fabric and design, they lack the views and outdoor options.
Details like leather headboards, linen sheets—crispy ironed—solid marble bathrooms and silk chantung curtains imbue the rooms with jewel-toned richness. Some are more opulent than others, some are more modern. Some caveats —be sure to request a room near the center of the building, or overlooking Via della Spiga, and not on the main street as windows are large and lovely but the single panes allow for street noise to penetrate.
For an indulgent splurge, the absolute best room in the hotel is the Montenapoleone Terrace Suite—comprised of two connecting suites (which are exquisitely trimmed out in designer fabrics). This room’s expansive terrace overlooking the Via Della Spiga is what truly delivers a wow factor. It calls to mind a yacht at full sail; part of the terrace is covered with a flowing open-air tent, two sofas for lounging and a small area for eating.
Keep the splurging going with a visit to the hotel spa, Spiga 8 SPA Natura Bissé. I didn’t personally enjoy a treatment, but the sauna and steam room are open to all guests, as is the fitness facility. They also have a boutique on site, Amaranto Boutique, which specializes in smaller, up-and-coming designers.
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