- Kiki Deere, Destination expert
The hotel has a discreet entrance on a quiet side-street in the heart of Milan’s fashionable Quadrilatero district, home to the city’s most exclusive boutiques and fashion labels. La Scala Opera House and the Duomo are a short walk away.
Style & character
The hotel occupies four 18th-century buildings, formerly the headquarters of a bank (the original coat of arms of the Lombard provinces are still visible in the inner courtyard). Interiors aim to recreate a Milanese residence of the early 20th century, with mellow pastel-coloured walls and an open-plan fireplace complemented by Oriental-inspired details that echo the hotel group’s Far Eastern heritage.
Service & facilities
Excellent personalised service and professional staff. Spa interiors incorporate the five key elements of Feng Shui philosophy including wood, fire and water. Holistic treatments are developed with traditional Chinese medicine specialists. The fitness centre features the latest Technogym equipment; there’s a heated indoor swimming pool, as well as male and female sauna and steam bath.
Spread over five floors, the contemporary rooms are furnished with bespoke Italian fittings and natural materials including oak parquet floors and walnut and oak boiserie. Purple and beige dominate, with plum-coloured armchairs and velvet textiles complemented by smoky linen curtains. Some rooms overlook the hotel’s leafy inner courtyards, while others have views of the city rooftops and historic streets. Spacious Italian marble bathrooms have glass-fronted rain showers and bath tubs.
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Food & drink
The sleek Mandarin Bar is a modish spot for an aperitivo or cocktail, featuring black and white geometric mosaic patterns. There’s a leafy inner courtyard with wicker sofas and lounge chairs where light meals and snacks are available throughout the day, while the lunch and dinner à la carte menu offers an excellent choice of Italian dishes (the octopus served on a bed of creamy mash is particularly good). Run by award-winning chef Antonio Guida, the sophisticated Seta restaurant serves Italian cuisine with a touch of French and a pinch of Oriental. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2015. I tried the exquisite homemade ravioli stuffed with hummus, lemon sauce, cumin and oriental spices, gently pan-fried with basil oil in a pepper and caprino cheese sauce.
Value for money
Double rooms from €770 (£542) in low season; rising to €1320 (£929) in high. Breakfast excluded (from €35/£25). Wi-Fi is €15/£11 per day.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. There are five rooms equipped for disabled guests.
Yes. Children are provided with gifts upon arrival. Cots, baby tubs, bathrobes, wind-up bath toys, slippers, baby toiletries and personalised bedding for girls and boys are provided, along with complimentary game consoles and children’s DVDs. The bar and restaurant have a children’s menu, and colouring books and iPads are available. Tailor-made city tours for children can also be organised.