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Lombard capital, a metropolis of a thousand faces and opportunities, among the liveliest in Italy and Europe. Milan is a true crossroads of creativity and ambitions that meet and embrace, moving the gears of the entire urban fabric every day. Her soul, then, imagines it in the shape of a needle and thread, and of a ruler, pencil and compass. Because here, everyone knows, fashion and design reign supreme.
Now that April is almost upon us, the city is already in turmoil again, ready to dress up in her best dress for the long-awaited Design Week. This year, from the 9th to 14th, we will welcome enthusiasts, onlookers, artists and professionals from all over the world, who will come to celebrate Made in Italy with Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone. The air is already filled with buzzes of names that until then will echo everywhere – Philippe Starck and Gio Ponti certainly among the most repeated.
So, among upcoming fairs, exclusive events, parties, rooftop aperitifs and street concerts, you must find the ideal location to spend these exciting few days. We have curated a list of 10 design boutique hotels to stay at – or simply to get to know.
SAVONA 18 SUITES
Via Savona, 18
Renovated from a typical banister house, Savona 18 is the new and prestigious Design Hotel signed by the genius of Aldo Cibic that preserves the architectural image of the historic building, combining it with an indisputable modern taste. The balance between the retro structure, the contemporary furnishings and the décor is perfect, almost poetic. It gives one the feeling of being a spectator of the dialogue between yesterday and today. The minimalistic style enhances the coziness of the atmosphere. The spaces are dominated by pieces from Tablejoy by Paola C . Each room is decorated with vintage items (available for purchase), from Italy and the world. Savona 18 Suites also boasts a delightful internal courtyard with the Petit Café, a cafeteria where you can relax and enjoy the buzz of the neighborhood that bustles outside the windows.
THE YARD MILANO
P.zza XXIV Maggio, 8
A vintage soul in a location with an experimental taste, and in the background the Darsena. At The Yard Milano the logic of Old but Gold is in full force. Vintage objects are transformed into unique pieces of furniture, making every corner of this hotel something to be discovered. Accompanying customers on a journey through time between lands and different eras. The air you breathe is international; so, once you cross the threshold, you as if you are a halfway between Old England anf the rest of the world. Lovers of Oscar Wilde and dandyism, then, can only make a trip to The Doping Club, the hotel’s Mixologist bar, which hides a mysterious cocktail bar called Wootsu Society, accessible only to the most elite – like a Mr. Lee …
P.zza IV Novembre, 3
The Nyx Hotel is the most energetic you can get when it comes to Europe’s first lifestyle hotel that combines hospitality, design and art. A structure made of music, live DJ sets and hits played day and night. It is jealously guarded inside a veritable gallery of street art. Between the corridors of this urban hotel the imaginative graffiti of writers, autochthonous and internationally renowned artists were called to collaborate and to impress their manifesto on the walls. All twelve floors are unique and have an unmistakable style. The Nyx Hotel is a sort of “diffused museum” made of colors, tempera, sprays, paints, geometries, surrealism, portraits and self-portraits. It cradles the technical virtuosity of talents from all over the world.
ROOM MATE GIULIA
Via Silvio Pellico, 4
The Room Mate Giulia hotel is set in a historic building that dates back to the 19th century, in the heart of the historic center of Milan, a few steps from Piazza Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Here, shades of pink, green and blue alternate with traditional materials like Lombard terracotta marble bricks and designer furniture. The main aspects of a space that bears the unmistakable signature of Patricia Urquiola – a well known Spanish designer. 85 rooms with a vintage touch and a Wellness area where you can relax between the Spa and the sauna (open from morning until 1:00 am). The atmosphere is sparkling and warm welcoming customers with a pleasant feeling of familiarity.
SINA THE GRAY
Via San Raffaele, 6
Sina The Gray is an eclectic design boutique hotel, about 100 meters from the Duomo, and can be recognized by its Art Nouveau façade. It is the product of the imagination and originality of the Florentine architect Guido Ciompi. Here you can breathe a cosmopolitan atmosphere and the Italian style blends with wise harmony in ethnic references: the 21 rooms and suites, all different from one another, are conceived as real urban shelters. Staying in one of these, you will be pleasantly surprised by the continuous ethnic calls and refined furnishings – which also includes curious suspended beds like swings – and by a breathtaking view of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The GBar, then, is an original lounge bar, perfect for those who want to take a break after shopping or an aperitif after some Design Week event.
Via Sacchini, 18
The name inexorably recalls the backbone of this Art Boutique hotel, the color of the elevator. RossoSegnale B&B has a post-industrial spirit with a romantic flavor, decò. Each room has its own personality and a story to tell and is a culmination of found, recovered, inherited, re-invented (and purchasable) objects, which blend harmoniously with design pieces and works of art. Here, young emerging artists have been called upon to fill all spaces with their style. Let yourself be pampered in the morning with the organic breakfasts and “specialty coffee”, to share with other guests, or in the hotel’s art gallery (3001 LAB), to transform your meal into a moment of “artistic meditation”.
Via Santa Cecilia, 4
The unquestionable elegance is the distinctive trait of this boutique hotel located between the most fashionable streets of Milan, the fashion district. Montenapoleone Suites has a modern and design style. It is equipped with suites with all the comforts you are looking for. Ideal both for business and leisure stays and perfect for those who want to spend time immersed in its refined and charming surroundings. The rooms are branded by an evident attention to the smallest detail, by the use of precious materials for furnishing and by colors, well-designed shades to guarantee absolute relaxation. Between Double Rooms, Classic and Deluxe Suites and Executive Suites with a Turkish Bath or Sauna (or both), you will certainly know feel indulged.
Via San Raffaele, 3
Located a stone’s throw from the Duomo, the Straf Hotel (a member of Design Hotels) is a reference point for travelers and lovers of Milanese nightlife, who find their happy place for animated aperitifs with live music and DJ sets at the iconic STRAFbar. Proposing a new concept of hospitality characterized by a personalized, attentive but not formal service, this hotel in Via San Raffaele moves away from the typical standardization of the sector, both in terms of concept and style. The design is the work of the architect De Cotiis. Characterized by the use of unusual materials, which can be traced back to industrial furniture and poor art, to recycling and experimentation. The restaurant, the fitness room and the events hall – often used as a fashion showroom and art gallery – complete the hotel offer.
Via Senato , 22
The private residence of the Ranza family (entrepreneurs for four generations) in a neoclassical Palace, transformed into a classy boutique hotel, with a zero km design. The reception is a triumph of pleasant light emanating from the wall lamps in the shape of ginkgo biloba, meticulously worked by hand. The central court of the lobby is occupied by a stretch of water and the swinging of marble, wood and brass furnishings, a work of Italian craftsmanship, does not hide the bold and clear dualism between tradition and innovation. All the furnishing elements including the armchairs and the tables are unique pieces designed by the architect Alessandro Bianchi – who oversaw and designed the hotel. 43 rooms welcome guests by enveloping them in an elegant atmosphere.
Via Bergognone, 34
Feel at home while being immersed in a real pioneering cultural project. casaBASE resides in the heart of the Tortona district combining different styles of hospitality, recreating an informal and creative environment that, in all aspects, reflects the soul of BASE. casaBASE was designed by Stella Orsini of h +, who wanted to create a place where comfort and simplicity intertwine with refinement through a mix of colors and materials. Here, designer furniture by Mezzo Atelier coexist with vintage pieces and prototypes designed and made with Leftover in the BASE joinery. The space is also often used as a film set, for photo shoots, exhibitions, performances and concerts.