Where to stay in Milan, Italy: 3 cool boutique hotels to check into
Even the most demanding runway model couldn't find fault with this palatial, parquet-floored palazzo, housed in a former bank. Located in the artsy Brera district, this newly renovated hotel is the last word in old-school glamour, with interiors by a French designer who's imparted a certain je ne sais quoi — and an Italian approach to hospitality that favours friendliness over formality. Each room has a balcony that showcases the city in its full glory — the best way to spend your mornings, we think. Otherwise, Palazzo Parigi also has a fabulous Moroccan-inspired spa that you may bliss out at.
The Art Nouveau façade of this statuesque hotel in the heart of the fashion district hides 21 contemporary rooms upstairs, dressed head-to-toe in glam gadgetry — in-room gyms, private hammams and more. There's a bright pink two-seater swing in the lobby for those who want to continue the party back at the hotel and a rooftop bar for mulling over the season's latest trends. Offsetting the look is the elegant Le Noir restaurant — dressed in dark, delicate shades, like the little black dress that never gets old.
If Hotel Viu Milan was an attendee at fashion week, she'd get top marks for accessorising: this sleek, contemporary base is outfitted in shades of caramel and cream by haute furniture design house, Molteni&C. The hotel's clientele are similarly stylish. Find them milling around in the softly-lit bar, Insta-glamming it up by the wall of painted flowers and sampling chef Giancarlo Morelli's morsels in two wood-panelled restaurants. On sunny days, stretch out by Milan's first hotel rooftop pool, from where you can spy the surrounding Porta Volta neighborhood, home to covetable shops, bars and cafés.
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