Milan: A love declaration by Allegra Görtz! Part I: Where to stay in style.
Milan is a Pandora’s box and one of the most visited cities in Italy, yet tourists only seem to scrape the surface when coming to the fashion and interior design metropolis.
Milan, the business city with its callous reputation, is a place full of little stories that will warm your heart. The only problem is: you have to look for the stories.
While Florence and Rome want to seduce people, Milan does not. Milan doesn't try to entice you at all. Milan doesn't even want to cuddle! Or does it? Even the Italians turn up their noses at the richest metropolis in their country. It's considered ugly and the people unfriendly and rushed.
Milan needs patience. And that's why shopping in 4 hours is simply impossible!
Even a weekend trip is not enough to fall in love with this city; possibly an extended XXL trip from Wednesday night to Sunday will do. My colleague, Allegra Görtz, explained the reason why to me. She is not only a child of this city, but fashionista, gourmande and femme fatale all in one!
Milano mia, my home! A love declaration.
Despite my German roots, I am a proud Milanese. Having grown up in the glamorous world of fashion, Italian design and Dolce Vita, I can only say that this city has much more to offer than just an express weekend.
As an Italian cliché, I had the good fortune of having a Vespa to jet through the city. But of course, the city can also be discovered perfectly by public transportation. Unfortunately, I am always fashionably late and therefore dependent on the Vespa. But in reality, there is no nicer and more exciting way of discovering a city than through walking. So, for the brave ones who don't necessarily have to go waltz the night away in in 12cm Aquazzura shoes on the very same evening, an important tip from me: put on your most comfortable sneakers, andiamo!
As you will notice later on, I did an extensive list for future Milan lovers so in order not to get bored and overlooking important info I will divide the article into five different parts.
First question: where should I stay?
My recommendations are the following hotels: Hotel Senato, Fifty House, Bvlgari Hotel, Hotel Parigi or Park Hyatt.
The more budget friendly option is Fifty House and, whereas the remaining few are more glamorous and luxurios.
Bvlgari Hotel: a very popular spot for locals for aperitivo or after dinner drinks in the spring summer time for the beautiful garden. But the hotel guests come for the ultimate luxury experience and the VIP factor is guaranteed. The crowd is relatively young.
Dresscode: a mix between Off-White, Riccardo Tisci’s new Burberry and Louis Vuitton will do the trick.
Personality: Bella Hadid and other Bvlgari ambassadors, such as Kris Wu and Kitty Spencer might stand next you at the reception.
Palazzo Parigi Hotel: If you love big & bold décor Palazzo Parigi Hotel is the destination – a perfect mix between Milanese minimalism and Parisian elegance. Milan’s artistic Brera is just a few steps away and before you start getting for the night, make sure to dive into the pool at their reknown spa.
Dresscode & Personality: Palazzo Parigi used to be influencer Chiara Ferragni’s homebase. Amongst their frequent guests you can find the Spanish tenor José Carreras and movie producer Tarak ben Ammar.
Hotel Senato is a verypopular destination for the international fashion elite for its interiors, but the location is also chosen frequently for business meetings for its ambiance.
Dresscode: fashionista, classic with a fashion twist, Milano chic.
Personality: Linda Fargo, Iris Apfel.
Park Hyatt: THE best location of all hotels in Milan - attached right to Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Go down to the reception and find the iconic Prada store or, at night, dance to the Teatro alla Scala to look at world famous ballets and operas.
Just like the Galleria the main hall of the hotel is covered by a grand cupole that elevates the athmosphere of the ambience. The décor is majestic and extremely sophisticated, brown colour palette with small hints of colour and all in the finest materials.
Dresscode & Personality: picture top class business people and otherwise extremely refined tourist who do not want to miss on la crème de la crème that the city has to offer.
An alternative would be the go-local option Airbnb, but it is important to book the accommodation within the right districts: Brera/ San Marco, Ticinese, Milano Centro "Quadrilatero della Moda", Magenta, Guastalla, Porta Romana and Porta Vittoria.
For the second part I advise you not to read it while you’re hungry, because it will make things worse. Cravings guaranteed!