This STRAF project, encompassing a stunning hotel and vibrant bar, is an architectural and artistic gem. Chosen for their natural components, the materials making up the hotel (such as burnished brass, oxidized copper, concrete and mirrored walls, and industrial iron panels) evoke sophisticated tastes. Moving away from clichéd hotel concepts, STRAF has personalized the design of the rooms to expand spaces with illusionary perspectives. “I imagine the STRAF hotel as a type of installation; a concept from which I began to extract a multitude of elements associated with contemporary art,” said architect and interior designer Vincenzo De Cotiis.
- Every week, guests can enjoy a DJ set and live music.
- The hotel treats guests to five well-being rooms and seven relaxation rooms—all worth
exploring for aromatherapy, massage chairs, and chromotherapy.
- Relax on the vintage brown leather sofa at STRAFbar and mingle with like-minded guests.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking the Executive room.
Hotel Principe di Savoia Varesine
A hotel from Dorchester Collection, Hotel Principe di Savoia is loved for its traditional hospitality and urban setting. Here, international elite traveling for business and leisure come together to enjoy an unforgettable atmosphere and sophisticated style.
Whitewaller recommends: Having dinner at the in-house restaurant Acanto.
Palazzo Segreti Cairoli Castello
Charmingly dedicated to privacy and a seductive atmosphere, Palazzo Segreti exudes old-fashioned elegance and new-fashioned design. Warm colors and raw materials are in harmony throughout all 18 rooms (each unique—some with baths, others with views of via Dante), with artistic details executed by Brizzi+Riefenstahl Studio.
Whitewaller recommends: Eating breakfast in the lounge bar.
Mandarin Oriental, Milan Quadrilatero della Moda
Stylish and intimate, Mandarin Oriental, Milan is an elegant hotel with 104 rooms steps away from La Scala opera house. Complemented by a two-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant, Seta, and a bar-bistro, Mandarin Bar & Bistrot, the hotel also welcomes guests to a spa, a fitness center, an indoor heated swimming pool, six private treatment rooms, a beauty studio, and more.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying private dining for up to eight guests.
TownHouse Galleria Piazza del Duomo
With 58 rooms and suites, TownHouse Galleria is a home away from home located inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The five-star luxury hotel offers world-class amenities, such as stunning lounges, the Oyster Bar, and a relaxing spa.
Whitewaller recommends: Tasting the Mediterranean dishes at Ottagono Restaurant.
Magna Pars Suites Porta Genova
Inspired by their love of hospitality, art, and perfume, the Martone family created Magna Pars Suites Milano—originally the site of their perfume factory. With 39 suites, each dedicated to and decorated with various florals and trees, the hotel’s expression of excellence is creatively catered to refined and discerning guests.
Whitewaller recommends: Taking a stroll through the hidden garden.
The Bvlgari Hotel Milano Brera
In 2004, this location opened in Brera as the first Bulgari hotel. At the heart of classic and contemporary design, the hotel offers 58 elegant guest rooms and suites, relaxing public spaces, a new spa collection, a restaurant and a private dining room, a lush garden, a cigar room, two boardrooms, and sketches of Bulgari jewelry in each room.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out The Mirror Cube installation in the garden.
Park Hyatt Milan Piazza del Duomo
An oasis of sophisticated contemporary luxury, Park Hyatt Milan is notable for its strong international identity. The hotel offers 106 sleek rooms and suites, and boasts the Michelin-starred restaurants VUN Andrea Aprea and La Cupola, the bar Mio, and a relaxing atmosphere at The Spa by Sisley.
Whitewaller recommends: Reserving one of the 25 suites, six of which have private terraces.
Palazzo Parigi Porta Nuova
In September 2013, the architect Paola Giambelli opened Palazzo Parigi. With regal interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the hotel balances the style and elegance of two influential cities—Paris and Milan. Its 65 guest rooms and 33 suites greet visitors with lavish living spaces—a true vacation in itself.
Whitewaller recommends: Retreating to the Deluxe Corner Suite.
Armani Hotel Milano Quadrilatero della Moda
Anchoring the Quadrilatero della Moda fashion district is Armani Hotel Milano—a stunning hotel with design touches by Giorgio Armani throughout the building, originally built in 1937. With 95 guest rooms and suites, the exquisite escape welcomes guests to meals at Armani/Ristorante, the Armani/Bamboo Bar, the Armani/SPA, and more.
Whitewaller recommends: Staying in the Armani Presidential Suite.
Grand Hotel et de Milan Quadrilatero della Moda
First opened in 1863, Grand Hotel et de Milan represents comfort and sophistication. Recently refurbished by Dimore Studio, the hotel’s design details are striking, as each room offers a unique combination of fabrics, paintings, and art objects. Enjoy a bite to eat at Caruso or Don Carlos, and a cocktail at Gerry’s Bar.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking the Puccini Room for a meeting.
Sina The Gray Piazza del Duomo
Between the Duomo Cathedral and La Scala opera house is Sina The Gray, with 21 guest rooms and the lounges—perfect for a cocktail or a snack—GBAR and ARIA.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking one of the bi-level rooms for its private steam room.
VIU Hotel Milan Chinatown
Irresistible for its progressive and sustainable architectural concept, Hotel VIU Milan is a design-savvy oasis full of blended colors and textures. The 124-room hotel also welcomes guests to a relaxing spa, the restaurants Morelli and Bulk Mixology Food and Bar, and Milan’s only rooftop pool.
Whitewaller recommends: Reserving The VIU Suite.