Seventy-two rooms, twenty-three suites, two restaurants, a cocktail bar and more than 150 years of history. A few traits are already enough to guess that this is the iconic Grand Hotel et de Milan, but perhaps words are not enough to make up its atmosphere and mix of history and timeless charm.
The unmistakable elegance and strategic position, in front of the Fashion District and a few steps from the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, have made the Grand Hotel et de Milan a point of attraction for artists and celebrities. Gabriele d’Annunzio, Maria Callas, Eleonora Duse and Giorgio Strehler – just to name a few – stayed in these rooms and some hotel suites are dedicated to them. In these rooms, period objects, photos and even original documents evoke the extraordinary lives of these characters.
Yet, the historic hotel in via Manzoni, 29 has been able to go beyond its past and has been able to continuously renew itself without betraying the original allure. The hotel was in fact recently renovated under the guidance of Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Dimore Studio. The team of architects performed an extremely delicate job, focusing on choosing fabrics and colors suitable for giving a more contemporary appeal. Shades ranging from pink to green, velvets with floral motifs and liberty-inspired decorations integrate with the hotel’s historic furnishings. Just as the palm trees and the tropical decorations inspired by the east evoke the love for the unusual and exotic of the sumptuous fin de siècle society.
The rooms, which retain all the period furniture and original floors, have been enriched with fine carpets and fabrics after the restoration. The hotel offer is not addressed only to guests who want a charming holiday in Milan, but also to the Milanese public. From the name, the Don Carlos restaurant celebrates the close link between the hotel and the world of music, paying tribute to Giuseppe Verdi, who stayed in suite 105 for over twenty years. Among dim lights, paintings and stage drawings from the Museo della Teatro alla Scala, chef Mauro Moia offers traditional Milanese dishes reinterpreted in a contemporary key alongside seasonal gourmet menus.
The Caruso, on the other hand, a tribute to another illustrious hotel habitant, is an eclectic bistro, ideal for a business lunch or an informal meeting. The element that characterizes it is the jardin d’hiver inspired by the Parisian style and furnished with historical and contemporary elements. If you are looking for an even more exclusive and secluded atmosphere, for an aperitif or after theater, then the ideal is the Gerry’s Bar with its selection of classic cocktails.
The privileged relationship with La Scala was carried out with the Opera Experience, an absolutely interesting offer for anyone wishing to give themselves an experience out of the ordinary. With its centuries-old history, Milan never ceases to fascinate and with every visit: long or short, it will always have something new to tell its guests.