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Milan it is famous for one thing, fashion, but it is as well one of the world’s great hubs for leisure, full of boutique stores, restaurants and hotels. Time to meet the coolest and trendy 10 Milan boutique hotels right now.
Mandarin Oriental Milan
Those who are familiar with the Mandarin Oriental Milan might be suspicious as to its boutique leanings. Based on name alone you might be under the impression that the Mandarin Oriental is yet another stuffy luxury hotel. It’s true that the Mandarin Oriental is a five star luxury hotel, however this particular Milan branch of the hotel has been designed in a quirky and eccentric style that is sure to appeal to your artistic leanings.
It’s located in one of Milan’s most fashionable streets — Quadrilatero D’oro, which is full of the most charming roadside cafes and boutique shopping outlets imaginable. Even the interiors of the hotel have been designed in an intimate and warm style, in the aesthetic style of a Milanese residence in the 20th century.
The aesthetics of the hotel pays homage to its quirky character. Instead of being fixated on one particular style, the Mandarin Oriental borrows from 20th century Italian influences, Asiatic influences, along with some minimalist features. The walls of the hotel are pastel yellow, and the lobby even features an open fireplace. It truly can’t get any more eccentric than that!
This hotel is situated amidst a lush green private garden in the artistic district of Milan — Brera. Not only is the hotel located in an artists’ corner, in many ways it is an artists’ retreat in itself. The garden in which the hotel is located comprises a variety of lovely flowers and trees such as the wisteria and the horse chestnut. In fact, opposite to the hotel is Pinacoteca di Brera, which, as you might already know, hosts a famous collection of Italian paintings.
The interiors of the hotel have been designed in such a way so that it allows plenty of natural light in through the floor to ceiling windows and glass walls. As such, the hotel doesn’t only look bright, it also looks green because of the surrounding vegetation. The restaurant features a truly trendy detail with mirrored window-panes that look out at the garden.
Grand Hotel et de Milan
This hotel isn’t located in one of the hip or trendy neighborhoods. Instead it’s located in the Montenapoleone area. However, it’s right opposite to the prime fashion district of Quadrilatero d’Oro. As such, in a lot of ways, it’s even better to be in the vicinity of the hip and trendy location rather than to be in it, because you get the peace that comes with being just a little removed from all the prime action, while still retaining access to it.
Having been opened in 1863, this is one of the oldest hotels in all of Milan, and has been run by three successive generations of the Bertazzoni family. The hotel has been designed in the stylings of a 19th century mansion and as such is replete with vintage details such as original parquet floors, and original artworks collected by the Bertazzoni family for ages!
This incredibly hip and trendy hotel is located in Via Montenapoleone, the city’s prime spot flanked by boutique shopping stores and fashion houses. If you love art, then Pinacoteca di Brera is just a short walk from the hotel. The hotel has been established in a building which was built back in the 1930s, and as such it’s full of some cool vintage details.
The lobby of the hotel is on the sixth floor, and the entire hotel, as the name suggests, has been designed by Armani himself, one of the world’s foremost designers. In typical Armani style, the hotel is hip, trendy, and ultra-modern with clean contemporary lines, geometric shapes, minimalist decor, and a color palette comprising sand, cream, and beige shades.
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
You might know of this hotel as one of the world’s most luxurious five star hotels, but it actually embodies quite a boutique aesthetic in Milan. Located in Quadrilatero district, it’s within the vicinity of most of the fashionable boutique shopping outlets of Milan. The structure of the hotel has a truly vintage and authentic history, having been established in an old convent from the 15th century. If you’re looking for a boutique hotel that also offers all the luxuries of a five star hotel, then Four Seasons is the one for you.
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
The location of this hotel in itself is enough to establish it as one of the most trendy hotels in all of Milan. It has a pedestrian street opening into Via della Spiga, a quirky Milanese street lined with fashion boutiques and quirky cafes. The hotel was opened in 1962, and it tries to maintain a really cool vintage vibe while also being modern, and as such it’s decked out with antique furniture and brocaded upholstery for the furniture. Even the suites and rooms feature lacquered furniture with a cool Art Deco aesthetic.
This is a truly vintage-looking boutique hotel with a a stone facade and a columned portico. The hotel gives off the vibe of being extremely hip and polished with its face towards the Piazza del Duomo. As such it’s in one of the prime spots of Milan. The rooms are sophisticated, and they feature balconies with views of the square and cathedral.
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