Milan + the Lakes Region

Hotels in Milan + the Lakes Region

Former convent dating from the 15th century with a lovely courtyard, located on the exclusive Via Gesù, not far from the city's best shopping, on Via Montenapoleone.

Business travelers are especial fans of Milan’s Park Hyatt, located just five minutes from the stock exchange and financial district. The 24-hour Business Centre includes a multi-lingual staff, secretarial services, and several state-of-the-art boardrooms for meetings.

The mansion of an aristocratic family in the 19th century (and, during World War II, Benito Mussolini), Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli resembles a private country manor. Its 21 suites pay homage to the Feltrinellis, with more than a thousand of their paintings and antiques on display.

Students of contemporary design especially love the industrial cool zeitgeist of this hotel less than a block from the duomo. The façade may be 1800, but the interior is total avant-garde with a penchant for black slate, burnished brass, copper paneling, and concrete walls.

Perhaps no other place in Milan makes guests feel more at home than Forestiera Monforte in the fashion district of Piazza San Babila. Situated over the owner’s pharmacy, the two rooms and one suite feel more like a well-to-do friend’s apartment than a bed and breakfast.

An 1860’s palazzo right above the flagship Prada store inside Milan’s famed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Situated in the small town of Azzate, this former medieval settlement-turned-hotel has 12 individually designed rooms outfitted with antique touches—Oriental rugs, original marble bathrooms—as well as modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The fact that this guest house near Cairoli castle is so bereft of signs or lights outside the 18th-century building can be taken as evidence of a different approach to accommodations.

In Milan, the penultimate manifestation of cool is the Bulgari Hotel. Located in an 18th-century palazzo at the end of a private cul-de-sac, the hotel blends its own 4,000-square-meter back garden into the city’s own botanical gardens beyond.

In the buzzing Tortona area of Italy’s industrial capital, Matteo Thun’s 249-room Nhow hotel—housed in a former factory—features a revolving showcase of contemporary art and furniture from Edra, Kartell, and other all-star design companies.