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Top hotels in Milan for all tastes at the foot of the Cathedral

Looking for a reason to visit Milan?

Well, there’s the skyline – the tallest in Italy. A nightlife brimming with aperitivi and Spritz cocktails. Internationally renowned museums and art galleries. Street after street of shops fit for all budgets. Shops filled with designer goods you didn’t even know you wanted. Parks where you can run or, if you’d prefer, take a stroll. And much, much more! Forget the old clichés – there’s much more to this city than the infamous fog!

But before you set off to discover the magic of the city, you need to know where to stay. So, get ready for our handy guide on what to do in Milan’s most fascinating quarters, and which hotels there won’t cost you the earth.

Central Milan

Stay here if…

  • You want to gaze through the windows of the Galleria shopping centre or lose yourself among the shops along Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
  • You want to immerse yourself in the exhibitions at the Palazzo Reale or see twentieth-century masterpieces at the Museo del Novecento.
  • You want to see the Madunina statue of Our Lady up close, and wander among the Cathedral spires.

Top tip: starting to feel peckish with all that roaming around the city centre? Take a leaf out of the locals’ book and at lunchtime make your way to Luini for a panzerotto to take to the nearby Piazza La Scala.

Duomo Rooms

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You can’t get more central than Duomo Rooms. This hotel is perfect if you want to experience Milan’s glamorous spirit. In fact, it sits just a stone’s throw from the Fashion Quarter and Piazza Duomo, making it the ideal starting point for a day of shopping. The rooms have been decorated by renowned interior designers, so you’ll have the perfect backdrop in which to let out your inner Chiara Ferragni and post ultra-fashionable Instagram stories.

Duomo Rooms

Milan, 6.9 km to Airport Milano Linate
8.9 Excellent (283 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Montenapoleone Suites

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Are you looking for a hotel with in-room Jacuzzi in Milan? Or even a hotel room with its own Turkish bath in Milan? If opulence is what you desire, there’s plenty of it at Montenapoleone Suites. Your stay is made to measure, so you can soak in the bath and forget all about Milan’s infamously busy streets. If you feel like venturing out of this aparthotel, you can do so in the knowledge that the Quadrilatero della Moda fashion district is right outside your door, so you won’t even have to choose between shopping and relaxation!

Montenapoleone Suites

Milan, 6.2 km to Airport Milano Linate
9.0 Excellent (1911 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Air conditioning
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Navigli district

Stay here if…

  • You want to live like the locals and be in Milan’s best aperitivo spot.
  • You don’t want to miss the exhibitions at MUDEC, the city’s new Museum of Cultures.
  • You want to take a walk around the Tortona district, Milan’s newest area to grab a drink, between Porta Genova and Piazza Sant’Agostino.

Our tip: nip down to the Darsena indoor marketplace for a pit stop – whether it’s for a snack or glass of wine is up to you.

Nhow Milano

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Don’t want to miss out on modern-day Milan’s place to be? Then not only do you need a hotel in the Tortona district, you need the hotel in the Tortona district, Nhow Milano, whose parties are attended by models and style icons. Located in a flawlessly redeveloped ex-industrial area, this hotel offers all the exclusivity you could wish for with its bold colours and designer furniture (which you’ll also find in the shop windows of the Design District). Furniture that – in the lobby at least – changes every six months! And if you want to throw yourself into the Milanese nightlife, you know you’re just a few minutes away from the Navigli canals.

nhow Milan

Milan, 9.3 km to Airport Milano Linate
8.3 Very good (2818 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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From Sant’Ambrogio to the Columns of San Lorenzo

Stay here if…

  • You want to meet up for a beer with friends under the famous Columns of San Lorenzo.
  • You want to see Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
  • You want to walk beneath the cloisters of the Università Cattolica and visit the church of Milan’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose.

Top tip: to get to the city centre from the Columns, walk along Via Torino, a busy shopping street for those on a budget.

Hotel Ariston

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Located between Sant’Ambrogio and the Columns of San Lorenzo, and between the Cathedral and the Navigli canals, Hotel Ariston is in a prime position for you to explore the city’s main attractions without even having to use public transport. Unless, of course, you fancy using one of the bicycles available for free from the hotel. After a day exploring every corner of the city on foot (or by bike), take a moment to relax in your room and recharge your batteries before throwing yourself back out into the Milanese nightlife.

Ariston Hotel

Milan, 7.7 km to Airport Milano Linate
7.7 Good (2089 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.8 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Hotel bar
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Porta Venezia

Stay here if…

  • You want to walk the famous Corso Buenos Aires and get lost in the myriad of shops.
  • You want to take a break at the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens after a heavy shopping session.
  • You want to wander among the area’s little lanes with your nose to the sky, admiring the art nouveau façades of the liberty houses, such as Casa Galimberti and Casa Guazzoni.

Top tip: choose this area if you want to be in the heart of the city but just off the main streets. The very centre and the Navigli are just a few stops away by public transport (or a short walk, if you’re that way inclined).

Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo

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Just behind one of Milan’s longest shopping streets, Corso Buenos Aires, you can wave goodbye to stress the moment you cross the threshold into the Hado Spa. The Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo has the optimum combination of location and services to ensure your holiday to Milan has the perfect balance of shopping and relaxation. A sauna, Turkish bath, sensory shower and plenty more relaxing options will help melt away the frenzy of the city, while the elegantly decorated rooms will be a worthy way to end your day.

Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo

Milan, 5.9 km to Airport Milano Linate
8.2 Very good (3906 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Morta Nuova – Isola

Stay here if…

  • You want to be among the skyscrapers of Milan’s most modern area.
  • You want to get to Sforza Castle and Parco Sempione with a leisurely stroll starting from Piazza Gae Aluenti, via Corso Como and past the district of Brera.
  • You want to take in a unique view of Milan from the top of the Unicredit Tower.

Top tip: Do you want to see one of Italy’s most futuristic pieces of architecture? Admire (from the outside) Stefano Boeri’s Vertical Forest in the Isola district.

Manin Milano

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Is Milan really as grey as they say it is? The unique view from the rooms facing the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens at Manin Hotel, Milan will certainly make you think twice! If you’re staying in the Panoramic Suite, not only will you have park views, but you can even sit in a Jacuzzi on the terrace looking out over the treetops. If that isn’t luxury…

Hotel Manin Milano

Milan, 6.6 km to Airport Milano Linate
8.1 Very good (3027 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.8 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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NH Milano Touring

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If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in Milan, the NH Milano Touring is sure to win you over. You can even see the skyline of Porta Nuova and the Cathedral from the rooms here, and you can get to both Brera and the shopping streets on foot. What’s more, the NH Touring sets itself apart with one key fact: it was the first hotel in Italy to have… an en suite bathroom (it did open in 1926, after all!) Feel free to share that little gem with your travel companions over an aperitivo.

Hotel NH Milano Touring

Milan, 6.7 km to Airport Milano Linate
8.1 Very good (3517 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.7 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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Crowne Plaza Milan City

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Are you a gym bunny? If so, you should choose the Crowne Plaza Milan City while staying in Milan. Where else can you work out in the gym with views of Monterosa but still be close to the shiny new Isola quarter? Take advantage of the sauna and Turkish baths in the hotel fitness centre to relax after a nice run.

Crowne Plaza Milan City

Top rated
Milan, 6.9 km to Airport Milano Linate
8.5 Excellent (1458 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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Porta Romana

Stay here if…

  • You want to drink coffee like you’re in a Wes Anderson film in the utterly instagrammable Bar Luce, designed by the man himself.
  • You want to discover the Fondazione Prada, with works by some of the best contemporary artists.
  • You would prefer to stay somewhere less central to save money without compromising on good transport links to the city centre.

Top tip: don’t have time to visit the inside of the Fondazione Prada? Head over there to see it from the outside at least – it will be a real golden moment!

Grand Visconti Palace

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You only have to venture a little outside the centre of Milan to find the Grand Visconti Palace, a four-star hotel that has everything you need to make your Milanese holiday a relaxing one. Between the 120 m2 pool,  a sauna, a Turkish bath and treatment rooms, you won’t know where to begin. In fact, it’s no coincidence that we included the Visconti among the best spa hotels in Italy. Remember to pack your swimming cap though: without it you won’t be allowed to dive in to all that relaxation!

Hotel Grand Visconti Palace

Top rated
Milan, 5.9 km to Airport Milano Linate
8.6 Excellent (2452 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Wellness centre / Spa
Gym
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Photo credits: Navigli – Strocchi via VisualHunt | Columns of San Lorenzo – Voyages etc… via VisualHunt | Porta Venezia – corno.fulgur75 – via VisualHunt | Bar Luce – HeinzDS via VisualHunt