Milan, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, is the fashion capital. It offers a unique mix of historic architecture, glistening skyscrapers, and peaceful canals with colorful cafes masquerading as houses. Explore the famous flying buttresses of Milan’s Duomo or shop like a local in the Fashion District. You can also visit Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’.
Taste some of the region’s best wines with a tasting tour, or head to one of the many wine bars. Spend fabulous evenings at La Scala Opera House or sipping cocktails with the Milanese bourgeoisie in a chic bar. You know where to go, but how do you choose where to stay? In our guide, we choose some of the best neighborhoods in the city which may suit your needs. If you don’t find your new favorite, feel free to browse our Milan hotels.
Where to Stay in Milan’s Fashion District & Brera
Once you’ve visited the Duomo and Sforza Castle, why not indulge in some retail therapy? Milan offers shoppers more than designer boutiques, with artisan stores, local creative workshops, and art galleries dotted throughout the city. One of the most popular areas in which to shop is the Quadrilatero d’Oro fashion district. These designer stores feature show-stopping windows, and the streets are home to some of the world’s most famous names in couture.
If you wish to stop for a bite of lunch during your spending spree, stop at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. It houses cafes and restaurants as well as fine stores, and if you’re seeking hand-made jewelry, vintage garments, and antiques, head to Brera. This charming district is everything you could want with quaint houses, pastel-colored shutters, wrought iron balconies, and hidden shops. Our Milan travel guide covers the best the city has for visitors.
Grand Hotel Et De Milan
This prestigious hotel is over 150 years old, opening in 1863 and serving countless distinguished guests in historic Milan. The Grand Hotel Et De Milan was also home to Giuseppe Verdi for nearly 30 years. Located in the center of this bustling city, the elegant and opulent hotel offers a refuge from the streets just beyond with tempting dishes and desserts at each of the eating establishments. The rooms are decorated with 18th-century furniture that gives each space a feeling of retreat. Each of the staff is certified in hospitality, and they’re ready to answer any questions about the city you may have.
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 29, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Another hit from this luxury chain that dominates the upscale hotel market, the Mandarin Oriental perfectly blends a traditional Milanese atmosphere from the restored 18th-century buildings that house the hotel with the highest levels of modern luxury. This hotel is housed in 4 restored historical buildings only steps from La Scala, and a decadent escape in the heart of the city. While the rooms are stunning and the spa is also to die for, the restaurant Seta is the icing on the cake. A world-class eatery with 2 Michelin stars, chef Antonio Guida offers a contemporary twist on Italian classics. Be aware there is a dress code.
Via Andegari, 9, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Bulgari Hotel Milano
Tucked away on a private street near La Scala Opera House and Via della Spiga, Bulgari Hotel Milan is the perfect hideaway for discerning guests. The 5-star luxury hotel blossoms with courtyards and green spaces including a 4,000 square meter private garden which is an extension of the nearby Botanical Gardens. Spacious premium rooms and suites are decorated in cool tones with signature furniture pieces and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. There are several chic bars and restaurants run by Michelin-star chefs and a spa and fitness center where you can rebalance your mind and body following a busy day of shopping and sightseeing in Milan.
Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7B, 20121, Milan, Italy
Where to Stay in Centro Storico
The city’s most important landmark the Duomo occupies the main piazza of the historical center. Its flying buttresses and rooftop views are legendary affording you the best photographs of Milan. Nearby, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the city’s oldest and most glamorous shopping mall invites you to shop till you drop, and the former Royal Palace mesmerizes visitors with grand sweeping staircases and art curated by Italian masters. A short walk away you can view Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ or enjoy an afternoon stroll in picturesque Sempione Park.
Exquisitely designed and located in the Centro Storico, the Senato Hotel is a cultural powerhouse even in magnificent Milan. This elegant and private hotel offers guests a graceful oasis minutes from the beating heart of this global fashion capital. From handcrafted ginkgo biloba light fixtures to individually unique handmade furniture, you’ll be entranced from the second you step into the courtyard. Each carefully curated room offers guests a haven to refresh, and the spa is stocked with world-class treatments. This converted private residence doesn’t skimp on its culinary offerings. Whether you want an espresso to start your morning in the classic cafe or to enjoy aperitifs on the picturesque patio.
Via Senato, 22, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Located in the heart of Milan, close to the historic center, this elegant hotel is within a short walk from all things art, culture, and fashion. The hotel is the epitome of sophistication with stylish rooms and suites, marble bathrooms, and all the amenities. Hotel Manzoni’s restaurant serves delicious pasta and Milanese meat dishes alongside some of the finest Italian wines. However, if you fancy dining out you will be spoiled for choice with several trendy eateries close by. This is also a great hotel for those seeking designer shopping in Milan. Step outside and you’ll discover Cartier, Armani, Prada, and Chanel all within a couple of minutes’ walk.
Via Santo Spirito, 20, 20121, Milan, Italy
This stylish design hotel is only minutes from the Duomo and offers full-service upmarket accommodation for discerning guests. Each room is carefully curated to appeal to all with elegance and grace, elevating minimalist style to a new level. The gourmet restaurant on-site, run by renowned chef Enzo Petté, reinterprets classic Italian and Milanese favorites with his signature flair. Enjoy your meal on the airy garden terrace with the hotel’s signature cocktail. The Rosa Grand is also perfect for those combining business with pleasure. They employ an in-house event manager to schedule conferences, book any of the 8 meeting rooms, or plan events for guests.
Piazza Fontana 3, Milan City Centre, 20122 Milan, Italy
Where to Stay in Porta Romana
Porta Romana, close to the center of Milan, flourishes with well-kept avenues, upscale residences, fine dining, and fashion emporiums. The other side of the neighborhood is vibrant with craft markets, and trendy bars, popular with Milan’s hip crowd. There’s history here too, with a 16th-century imperial gate guarding the area, only 10 minutes from Milan’s Duomo. Enjoy leisurely days browsing markets or relaxing at QC Terme Milano, a historic thermal pool, and spa in a tram depot. The buzzing district also has some of the best nightclubs in the city where you can party until sunrise. You can also take a night walking tour of Milan to experience the romance of the city, or our insider tour of Milan to discover its secrets.
Hotel Bianca Maria
This downtown hotel is perfect for guests on the go; with its own private parking, spacious and airy rooms that prize comfort above all else, and a fully decked-out fitness center, the Hotel Bianca Maria offers all you could ask for. Nothing is more central than this property, but with custom cocktails and seasonal dishes on their expansive balcony, you may never leave. They also offer 24/7 concierge service, and their carefully manicured garden is a tranquil escape from busy city life.
Viale Bianca Maria 4, Milan City Centre, 20129 Milan, Italy
Sina The Gray
This intimate boutique hotel is tucked behind an Art Noveau facade and is eclectically decorated with vibrant pieces. The Aria Restaurant pushes to the front of gastronomic trends, combining new favorites with tradition, while G-Bar is a masterclass in design and the importance of ingredients. Each room is totally unique, and a centralized location only adds to the incredible experience at this small property. A delight for all your senses, you won’t regret booking a stay at Sina the Gray.
Via San Raffaele 6, Milan City Centre, 20121 Milan, Italy
Employing a unique design that utilizes recycled materials and industrial elements, Straf is the most unique hotel on this list. Rooms come with cutting-edge technology and are decorated with timeless minimalism using innovative materials like gauze-effect glass and bespoke furnishings. Fashion and art exhibitions, along with different musical acts, are all housed here. Beyond the impeccable design and role in contemporary Milanese culture, the hotel creates a sustainable experience from the ground up. Tasty food, refreshing cocktails, and a full fitness center are also on tap.
Via San Raffaele 3, Milan City Centre, 20121 Milan, Italy
If you’re looking for an amazing place to stay in Porta Romana, Fifty House Milan is the place to be. Hidden inside a majestic townhouse, the hotel’s interior transports you to an old-world era with a modern twist. The boutique hotel’s 50 suites are design-driven with striped walls, hand-crafted light fittings, and pops of bold color throughout. Kowa Restaurant is intimate and elegant with vermilion drapes, velvet seating, risqué abstract artwork, and a glass roof. Chefs prepare Asian ingredients fused with international flavors to create dishes that melt in the mouth. The garden patio with Buddha statues and evergreens is the perfect place to sip wine as the sun sets.
Via Cellini 14, Milan, Italy
Jet-Setting in Milan
It can be difficult to choose where to stay in Milan, Europe’s fashion capital. Elegant historic stays battle with upmarket newcomers on every street, each offering a unique experience. To help with this decision, we recommend first going through the list of the top things to do in Milan. Once, you’ve decided on an itinerary, check out our informative map of Milan to see what hotels are best located for you and the attractions you want to visit. No matter what you decide, we hope your Milanese journey leaves you with memories to last a lifetime!