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Best Milan hotels to stay? Experience the exciting city of Milan while staying at The Westin Palace, Milan. Its downtown location is convenient to the city’s famous shopping and monuments, including The Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, which houses Leonardo’s Last Supper.
From its convenient Piazza della Repubblica location, the 12-story Westin Palace Milan façade, striated in red Aswan and gray marble, has become a Milanese landmark. Dating from 1920, the original neoclassical-style building was renovated and expanded in 1950 after sustaining World War II damage. Recently remodeled common areas, corridors and guest rooms have been polished up by designer Irene Pansadoro. Expect a grand, historical hotel with plenty of amenities.
In a mix of classic and modern architectural styles, the rooms benefit from Westin Hotels & Resorts signature services, such as its Heavenly Bath white tea aloe beauty amenities and its plush Heavenly Bed mattresses and bed linens collection.
Wrapped in neutral palettes with accent colors under crystal chandeliers, the Classic accommodations are decorated in traditional Empire-style design, and the Classic Superior rooms are inspired by Milanese vintage glamour with artwork by Jole Veneziani.
Suites feature gold-leaf accents, antiqued mirrors and mosaic-marble bathrooms. The 2,153-square-foot, split-level Presidential Suite boasts a private marble Turkish bath with Duomo views, a wine cellar, a grand piano and a 1,615-square-foot private terrace with a solarium and a hydrospa.
Over oak floors, warm boiserie details and gold-leaf pilasters, the Empire-style Lounge Bar serves barman Luca Raimondo’s creative drinks, such as his off-menu S.P.G. — a mix of Sotol, St. Germain, tabasco and lime — named for the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program of the Milan hotel’s parent company. An adjacent, intimate Smoking Lounge is arranged with dark English leather sofas placed around soaring pillars and under chandeliers.
At Westin Restaurant, chef Augusto Tombolato tailors Italian-inspired menus to daily market discoveries. Beveled mirrors, louvered windows, Rationalism-style furniture gleam under Achille Castiglioni Taraxacum lamps.
In spring and summer, Tombolato’s fare is also served on the first-floor, outdoor Ivory Terrace dressed with flowering jasmine and manicured botanicals.