- Kiki Deere, Destination expert
Via Montenapoleone is the city’s most exclusive shopping street, lined with designer boutiques and major fashion houses. Milan’s La Scala theatre is a stone’s throw away, while Piazza del Duomo and the Pinacoteca di Brera, home to an extensive collection of Italian art, are both a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Style & character
The hotel is set in a building that dates back to the 1930s, a time when rationalist architecture thrived in Italy. A lift takes guests from the main entrance up to the seventh floor, where the hotel lobby is located; from here two separate lifts serve floors two to six, which house the rooms. Designed entirely by Giorgio Armani, interiors feature a minimalist, sophisticated style, in which shades of sand, cream and beige prevail.
Service & facilities
There’s a 24-hour business centre with meeting room and two boardrooms. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the spa overlooks the city rooftops, and comprises a gym (personal trainers available on request), relaxation pool, steam and sauna facilities, six treatment rooms and a private suite for couples. Service is friendly. In-room mini-bars are complimentary.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Rooms are minimalist and chic in design; order and sense of space are of utmost importance, with cupboards recessing into walls and sliding panels concealing flat-screen televisions. Deluxe rooms measure 485 sq ft and have a vestibule entrance and stone bathroom with Armani toiletries. In-room iPads control lights, curtains, music and temperature, and allow guests to surf the net and select films that to view on aforementioned flat screens.
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Food & drink
The Armani/Bamboo Bar is a modish spot to enjoy a pre- or post-prandial drink, with its louvre windows, backlit onyx features and lounge music (DJ sets Wednesday-Saturday, live music on Friday). Contemporary Italian cuisine with an international influence is served here; the fusilli pasta with caramelised leek cream, clams and coffee powder is particularly good. The Michelin-starred restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling glass panels offering city views, has a similar but more extensive menu. Breakfast is served here.
Value for money
Double rooms from €550 (£393) in low season; rising to €1,650 (£1,178) in high. Breakfast excluded, priced at €40 (£29). Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are two rooms equipped for disabled guests.
There are seven interconnecting rooms, and beds can be added to some rooms. Cots are available, and babysitting services can be organised upon request. The chef can cater for children.